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Aging In Place Task Force Focus Groups -
Next Monday April 29  | 5PM

The Royal Oak Aging in Place Task Force is collecting information at five remaining focus groups in April and May as the basis for a multi-year plan to make the city age friendly.
The next session will meet on Monday April 29 beginning at 5:00pm at the 
Mahany-Meininger Senior Center (3500 Marais Avenue in Royal Oak).  

At the events, people will sit in small groups and trained, volunteer facilitators will guide them to describe their needs and wants in eight areas:
Outdoor spaces and buildings
Social participation
Respect and inclusion
Civic participation
Communication and information
Community and health services.

The city is looking for additional facilitators who will receive video training before they volunteer. Prospective volunteers should call 248-246-3912.

The focus group meeting dates and time in May are listed below.  Sites for these meetings are yet to be determined.  Stay tuned...
Saturday, May 4, 2:00 to 5:00pm 

Wednesday, May 8, 4:00 to 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 14, 1;00 to 4:00pm  and 
Thursday, May 23, 1;00 to 4:00pm
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Downtown Park Task Force Meets Tuesday April 30

The downtown park task force will meet on Tuesday April 30 at 6:00pm in commission room 315 at city hall.  Final deliberations and scoring of the five firms vying to do the design of the downtown park are on the agenda.  The task force will make a recommendation to take forward to the city commission.  What an exciting time in Royal Oak!  

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MOM Race Saturday May 4 | Register by April 30

Has your life been touched by mental illness or suicide? Are you looking to connect with others to help erase the stigma, or just participate in a local 5K for a good cause? If so, please join us on Saturday, May 4 in Royal Oak for the 14th Annual MOM Race for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention.
The 5K run/walk starts at 10 AM from Starr Jaycee Park and takes place in the beautiful Vinsetta neighborhoods between 12 Mile and Main St. The MOM Race is a USATF-certified 5K featuring age group awards, a team challenge competition, fundraising opportunities, plentiful refreshments, raffle prizes, live music and more! Proceeds from the 2019 MOM Race will benefit brain research at The University of Michigan Depression Center, suicide prevention programming by KnowResolve, and crisis intervention services provided by Common Ground.

Advanced online registration is required for the by Tuesday, April 30, 2019. So please sign up today and join the MOM movement! For more information, please visit MOMrace.org or contact Julie Farhat at (248) 376-4MOM or director@momrace.org.
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Calling All Artists|Art Explored
Deadline to Apply May 1

The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts is excited to announce another round of the popular Art Explored program!
Information on the call for artists and how to submit an application can be found on the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts' website.

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Did You Know?

Dogs Must Be Leashed in Public Places -
It's The Law! 

Did you know it is unlawful to walk your dog in any public place, including city parks (other than dog parks) without a leash?

City code chapter 195, section 16B states: "It shall be unlawful for any owner to allow any dog to stray beyond his premises unless under reasonable control which is defined as "keeping a dog on a suitable leash, cord, chain or rope of sufficient strength while under control of the owner, member of the owner's family or other responsible person who has the owner's permission, and in all cases other than while confined upon the owner's property".

As the spring weather gets more of us out walking and into the city parks for recreation, let's keep safety in mind for everyone, including our furry friends.

If you see a dog at large please call the non-emergency line at the police department at 248-246-3500. The nearest patrol car will be dispatched and if reported upon seeing, police have an excellent chance of addressing the issue.
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Grass Mowing Schedules Affected By Spring Showers

While April showers bring May flowers, they also bring delays in the grass cutting schedules at the city’s parks.

The saturated ground cannot support the heavy equipment necessary to maintain the parks.

Public service crews monitor the conditions throughout grass cutting cycle.

Railway Crossing Replacement Work Begins

After months of working with city officials, the Canadian National Railway (CN), is replacing the crossings at Fourth Street and at Lincoln Avenue. The work began Monday (ahead of schedule) and is expected to continue through May 6.

Motorists should seek alternate routes. More importantly, PEDESTRIANS need to be aware that these crossings are closed to for them as well. It is critical that folks are careful and heed the SIDEWALK CLOSED signs. Please be prepared, allow additional travel time and cross at Second or Sixth Street.

Detour routes for vehicles include 11 Mile Road and Sixth Street.

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Free Valet at the Farmers Market

Take advantage of the free valet, strolling shopping baskets and curbside loading when shopping for farm fresh finds at the Royal Oak Farmers Market this and every Saturday.

Mark Your Calendars! June Events Coming to Royal Oak!  

June looks to be a really BIG month in Royal Oak!!  Mark your calendars for these two events and look for details on the city's website and other social media!

June 1st Run With the Cops 5K Run featuring a Chase the Chief for Children 12 and under returns to Royal Oak for the second year and adding to the days event will be a Bike Rodeo - try an electric bike or roller skating - witness Extreme BMX - and more!  

June 12th brings the first ever Family Pride Event at the Farmers Market. Join the fun and enjoy Drag Queen Story Time, performances by Sign Out Detroit choir, food truck rally, , face painting, photo booth, and leave your mark on Royal Oak by participating in the community mural!  

All this and more coming to Royal Oak!  

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Ten Things To Know Before You Cross A Railroad Track

Each time you cross a railroad track irresponsibly there is a potential danger. 

Here are 10 things the Canadian National (CN) Railway Company Police need you to know:

1. Speed Misperception: Because of their size, trains appear to be much further away and traveling much slower than their actual speed. 

2. Trains can’t stop quickly: The average train needs at least 1 mile to stop. Trains can stop, but they can’t stop quickly!

3. Trespassing: Taking a shortcut across the tracks or being on the railroad property is illegal and trespassers can be seriously injured or killed.

4. Weight Ratio: An average freight train weighs over 12 million pounds. Compare that to a car, which weighs about 3,000 pounds. A train hitting a car is like a car hitting a pop can.

5. Railroad Cars: Stopped railroad cars can move at any time. If you are on one or near one when it moves, you could lose a limb or worse, your life.

6. Tunnels and bridges: Tunnels, bridges, and trestles are only designed for trains. Trespassers can be seriously injured or killed.

7. Overhang: Trains can carry loads that are wider than the railroad cars themselves. They can have chains, straps, or other equipment that may extend outside the car. If you are standing too close, you could get hit.

8. Any time is train time: Trains do not always run on a schedule. They can run at any time, on any track and come from either direction.

9. CN Police Number: Together we can help save lives! If you witness any unsafe situation near the railroad, please call 1-800-465-9239.

10. Emergency Notification Sign: At each crossing, there is a blue sign located on or near the crossing signals. You can call that number to report problems or obstructions at the crossing 24 hours a day.

CN's ultimate goal is to bring railroad crossing/trespassing accidents down to zero. Together we can save lives.


Construction Projects in Full Swing 

The city realizes construction will be an inconvenience and all efforts to expedite the work will be utilized to minimize traffic conflicts and access to various properties abutting the project. Residents on affected streets will be mailed construction notices  prior to work beginning, with detailed information on the project.

You can receive construction updates via e-mail or text by signing up for News Flash – Engineering under Notify Me on the city website www.romi.gov

If you have questions you can contact the engineering division at 248.246.3260.

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30 Minute Parking

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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City Clerk's Office Offers Online Services
Including No Reason Absentee Voting

The city clerk's office is pleased to announce several new services available online!!! 

Permanent Absentee Voting

With the passage of Proposal 3 last November, you no longer need a reason to vote by absentee.  If you would like to sign up now to be on our permanent absentee list, please go to our link located at https://royaloakmi.seamlessdocs.com/f/permanentabsenteelist

Birth Certificates

Stay at home and enjoy your new bundle of joy and request your birth certificate online!  


Dog Licenses and Mark Twain Dog Park Passes

We have your canine companion's needs all covered, new or renew your dog licenses and interested in a play date at Mark Twain Park?  Get your dog park passes online too.  

Death Certificates

It is a difficult time but you will need copies of the death certificate. We can make it  a little easier by saving the trip to city hall.  

Residential Street Zoned Permit Parking 

You can obtain a parking permit which allows the vehicle to only park on residential streets which are designated as permit parking zones. The parking permit allows the vehicle to park only during the times posted in the permit parking zone on the street for which they were issued.


Residential Lock Boxes Available at the Fire Department

When a person living alone calls 911 and is unable to open the door, firefighters must break through a door or a window causing costly damage to the person's home and wasting valuable time.
The Royal Oak Fire Department’s residential lockbox program is designed to get quick access to adults living in their own homes during medical emergencies -- especially senior citizens.
When you suffer a fall, stroke or heart attack, every second counts. The lockbox -- which contains a key to your home -- reduces the likelihood of property damage caused by first responders forcing entry into your home in response to an emergency call.

The lockbox program is open to all Royal Oak residents who either live alone or are left alone on a regular basis and have a condition which may result in the need for immediate assistance due to being incapacitated or unconscious. This includes the elderly, physically handicapped or residents recovering from a major injury or surgery.
For more information, go to https://www.romi.gov/1271/FAQ-Residential-Lockbox

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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


'Like Us' on Facebook

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Join thousands of your neighbors on the city's official Facebook page and get daily posts about the things that matter in our hometown.
Like us today at: https://www.facebook.com/Royal-Oak-MI-City-Hall-157871554266952

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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 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.

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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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