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MLK Service Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday
A day on; not a day off.

The communities of Berkley and Royal Oak will honor the life Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the third annual Day of Service on Jan. 21, 2019 at Royal Oak High School (ROHS), 1500 Lexington Blvd.

The event will begin at 7:45 a.m. at Royal Oak High School with a light breakfast, followed by a program with keynote speaker Chuck Stokes, WXYZ editorial & public affairs director and talk show host, and inspirational performances from students. Admission is free with the donation of one or more items (see items needed at https://www.romi.gov/998/MLK-Service-Day). Beginning around 9 a.m. and following the morning program, various onsite and offsite volunteer opportunities are available for participants.

Beginning around 9 a.m. and following the morning program, various onsite and offsite volunteer opportunities will be available for participants. Onsite, participants will be able to help collect and sort items for area charities, and craft blankets for the Children's Hospital.

Attendees can also volunteer offsite. Yad Ezra, The New Foster Care, Neighbors Building Redford Brightmore and Cass Community Social Services are all taking volunteers from the event.

To sign-up for onsite and offsite opportunities, visit the event's SignUp Genius page: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4badad22a2fa7-mlkday1


City Offices to Close in Observance of MLK Jr. Holiday

City offices will be closed in observation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 21.

The public library will close on Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21 for the holiday and will re-open on Tuesday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Trash collection will be uninterrupted by the holiday.

Main Street

North Main Street to Close

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22, North Main Street will be closed to through traffic from Crooks to 12 Mile Road for traffic signal work. If the weather cooperates, work is expected to be completed on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Detour signs will be posted or drivers can take alternate routes to avoid the road closure.
Residents on Euclid Avenue and patrons of Michigan Cabinet World and Tuff Shed are advised to use Washington Avenue.

Travelers will be allowed to use North Main Street to access the following establishments during the road closure:

• Burger King 
• Motor City Photography
• Shut Up And Box
• North Main Animal Hospital
• Royal Oak American Legion
• Morisette Automotive
• Michigan Soy Products 
• Whiski Kitchen Design Studio


Get Those Shovels ready!

Snow is in the forecast. Here is what you should know: 

The National Weather Service is forecasting approximately  2-4 inches on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The city asks all property owners to do their best to clear a path at least 36-inches wide after a snowfall for people using wheelchairs and strollers to pass. (Please do not push snow into the street.)

If you can, please help your elderly or disabled neighbors remove snow and ice from steps and sidewalks.

The Department of Public Service will be in full swing the next few days plowing and salting.

Conditions may warrant declaring a snow emergency on Saturday. The city offers several ways to know if a snow emergency is in effect:

  • ?? Check the city's website at romi.gov
  • ?? Check the city's social media accounts. (Facebook, Twitter & NextDoor)
  • ?? Call the Snow Emergency Hotline at 248-246-3442
Learn more at https://www.romi.gov/317/Snow-Emergency-Information.

Man Suspected in Father’s Death

A 31-year-old man is being held after his 73-year-old father was found deceased late Thursday evening in a home they both shared. On Jan. 17 at 5:52 p.m., Royal Oak Officers were called to a home in the 3700 block of Elmhurst when relatives notified police they were concerned about their father after repeated phone calls to the father and the man’s son went unanswered. Responding officers located the father deceased inside the house with his hands and legs bound.

Officers discovered the father’s vehicle missing and attempted to locate it along with the man’s son. As the investigation continued, officers learned a Berrien County deputy had contact with the son early Thursday morning because the vehicle had run out of gas on I-94 near the Indiana border. As a broadcast was sent to agencies throughout Michigan and neighboring states, Gratiot County deputies were called to investigate a subject acting erratically at a gas station Thursday evening.

Deputies identified the subject as the son and were alerted he was wanted in connection with a homicide investigation in Royal Oak. As the deputies began taking him into custody, he violently assaulted the deputies and fled in the vehicle, sparking an hour-long pursuit through several counties. Gratiot County deputies pursued the vehicle through Clinton, Ingham, and Livingston Counties while other deputies along the pursuit route deployed spike strips, which disabled all four tires of the vehicle.

The vehicle became completely disabled on I-96 in Livingston County near Howell where the son was taken into custody with the assistance of the Livingston County Sheriff deputies. No other injuries were reported during the pursuit and the son was taken to the hospital for evaluation of minor injuries.

The son remains in custody while Royal Oak Police Detectives continue to work the investigation.

The father is believed to have passed earlier this week and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday to determine the cause of death.
30 Minute Parking

New 30-Minute Parking on Main Street

Royal Oak is introducing a pilot program for 30-minute parking spaces in the downtown area to allow for convenient short-term parking. The program includes five designated parking spaces with 30-minute meters along Main Street between 11 Mile Road and Fourth Street.

The new spaces address the need for quick visits to downtown businesses as well as the surge in services like GrubHub, DoorDash Food Delivery, Uber and Lyft.

These spaces will run as a pilot program through May 2019 and will be removed or made permanent based on input from the public.

The 30-minute meters have designated signage and take coins or credit card payment via ParkMobile. The cost is 50 cents for 30 minutes.


Police Department Update

Residents can find the most recent police reports on the city's website at http://romi.gov/963/Press-Releases

Citizens are also encouraged to sign up for crime alerts at crimemapping.com. Crime Mapping's goal is to assist police departments in reducing crime through a better-informed citizenry.

Sign up for public safety alerts from the police using Civic Ready. Click here to subscribe.


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 Library Events

There is always something interesting and exciting happening at the Royal Oak Public Library. Go to ropl,org to learn more.

Library hours are: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (September through June only)

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Work for the City of Royal Oak

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Royal Oak.
To browse through available opportunities go to: romi.gov/jobs


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Shovel It Forward

This winter, the City of Royal Oak is asking all property owners—residential and commercial—to join the Shovel It Forward movement and keep our sidewalks free of snow and ice. When sidewalks are clear, we increase the safety and mobility of everyone – from those with disabilities to children walking to school. Find out how you can Shovel It Forward.

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Senior Times

Senior Times Newsletter

The City of Royal Oak offers mature adults opportunities for lifelong education, fitness, nutrition and leisure activities.

Click here for the latest news and information from the Mahany/ Meininger Community Center. 

Mobile App

City Launches Mobile App

The City of Royal Oak has a new mobile app! Find out what's happening, get meeting agendas, discover employment opportunities within the city and more.

Download the app at these locations:

Apple Store 
Google Play Store

Support Local Service Clubs & Organizations

Royal Oak service clubs support our public schools, local history, nature, senior citizens, young people, veterans and more. To learn more about Royal Oak service clubs go to www.romi.gov/interclub.

Pay Online

Make Convenient Online Payments

Did you know you can make online payments for property taxes and utility bills?

Go to http://romi.gov/868/Online-Payments to learn more.

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