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Modernize 75 Project Updates



MAJOR TRAFFIC ALERT: I-75 is closing in both directions from I-696 to Square Lake this weekend.


Beginning Friday May 10 at 10pm, I-75 will close IN BOTH DIRECTIONS from I-696 to Square Lake Road.  The freeway is expected to re-open Monday May 13 at 5am.   You'll need to plan accordingly to get around this massive highway closure.


Stephenson Highway Resurfacing Begins Mon May 13th

From Twelve to Fourteen Mile Road the highway will be resurfaced.  During the 14-week construction period, Stephenson Highway will have one-lane open in each direction for traffic.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  

To stay informed of latest closing and developments, please see: 
www.Modernize75.com 


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A Great Way to Exercise!

National Ride Your Bike to Work Week begins Monday May 13th.  Get fresh air and exercise while saving money on gas & parking!!  Looking for ideas on how to get your business involved or for more information, go to:  https://bikeleague.org/content/bike-month-dates-events-0

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City Commission Meets
Mon May 13 and Wed May 15

The city commission will meet on Monday, May 13 at 7:30pm for their regular meeting and on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30pm for a special meeting on the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget.  Both meetings will be in city commission room 315 at city hall and agendas will be available on the city website:  https://www.romi.gov/AgendaCenter

Thank You for Parking Mr. Bs

Thank You For Parking in Our Downtown Garages!  

The city is partnering with local businesses to launch a ‘Thank You for Parking’ campaign encouraging visitors and residents to park in one of the nearly 2,000 available spaces in the three city-owned downtown parking garages. 

Each week of May a different downtown Royal Oak business will offer a special thank you from free fries to 15 percent off a purchase for parking in a garage.  This week is Mr. B's showing their appreciation to customers  - free fries with any burger or sandwich!  

•    Toyology Toys, 119 S. Main St., is offering 10 percent off an order from May 18 to May 24 by showing a garage parking receipt.
•    Freshii, 304 S. Main St., is offering free Energii Bites when spending $10 or more from May 25 to May 31 by showing a garage parking receipt. 

Downtown Royal Oak has three city-owned parking garages:  North Lafayette, South Lafayette and Center Street where parking is free for the first two hours before 5:00 pm.   People can even arrive at one of these garages at 4:55 p.m. and still receive two hours of free parking until 6:55 p.m.    And, a fourth parking garage being built along 11 Mile is scheduled to open in June 
with 581-space parking garage, including 20 handicap spaces as well as 23 adjacent surface level parking spaces along the garage in the Royal Oak Way alley (behind Main Street from 11 Mile to Third Street).   

For more information about the Thank You for Parking campaign and to download a parking guide, please visit www.rethinkro.com.


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Aging In Place Task Force Focus Groups -
Two Task Force Meetings This Week

Just two more chances to have your voice heard.  Join the focus group this Tuesday May 14 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the Royal Oak Manor (606 Williams Street) and 

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
Transportation 
Housing
Social participation
Respect and inclusion
Civic participation
Communication and information
Community and health services

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Ice Show Flyer


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Piano Paint Day May 19th 

Have you always wanted to paint a piano? Or be part of a public art project? How about both!!! Pianos will be back on the streets of Royal Oak again this summer, but first they need to be prettied up!

May 19th is "Piano Paint Day" from 9:00am to 1:00pm at:

Professional Movers
1270 Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390


This is the warehouse where they are being stored by Professional Movers who are great supporters of the project.
If you’d like to paint please email Jason Gittinger: 
info@DetroitSchoolOfRockAndPop.com

It’s going to be awesome!
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Marijuana Survey Online 

Marijuana Survey: Residents are invited to take a brief online survey on marijuana at https://www.cobaltcommunityresearch.org/ro.html.

Use the ID: RoyalOak

The survey is identical to the survey randomly sent via U.S. mail to 3,000 residents.


Please take a moment to share your thoughts as city officials consider rules and regulations to implement legalized marijuana in a balanced way.
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Celebration of the Arts

The 5th Annual Royal Oak Celebration of the Arts honors
all the amazing visual and performing arts that occur right here in the Royal Oak community through performances, art displays, and interactive activities, all provided free of charge to the public.

Saturday June 1, 2019 12:00 pm to 5:00pm
Royal Oak Middle School (709 N Washington)

30 Minute Parking

30-Minute Parking on Main Street


For quick stops downtown, Royal Oak implemented a pilot program for 30-minute parking spaces, to allow for faster, more convenient short-term parking, including food delivery, in the downtown area in December 2018. The program includes five designated parking spaces with 30-minute meters along Main Street between 11 Mile Road and Fourth Street, located near Diamonds Steak and Seafood, Bruegger’s Bagels, Starbucks, FedEx Office Print & Ship Center and Verizon Wireless. 

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


 
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Keep Grass Clippings Off the Streets!

When you're out cutting your lawn and cleaning up the clippings, please keep those grass clippings off the public streets. Clippings can accumulate over the sewer covers and during spring showers will cause the streets to pool with rain water unnecessarily.

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Grass Mowing Schedules Affected By Spring Showers

Spring is proving to be an uncooperative partner in the department of public services grass cutting endeavors!  The continuing wet weather is keeping crews from being able to stay on schedule.  

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

Public service crews monitor the conditions throughout grass cutting cycle.

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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Family Pride Save the Date Flyer
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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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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.

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.


CROSSING AND TRESPASSING ACCIDENTS ARE PREVENTABLE!

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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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!  

https://royaloakmi.seamlessdocs.com/f/birthcertificaterequest

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.  
https://royaloakmi.seamlessdocs.com/f/doglicense
https://royaloakmi.seamlessdocs.com/f/dogparkapplication


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.  
https://royaloakmi.seamlessdocs.com/f/deathrecordrequest

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.

https://royaloakmi.seamlessdocs.com/f/residentialparkingapplication
 

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

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Want to know what's happening in Royal Oak?
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. 

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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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