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2019 Woodward Dream Cruise Saturday August 17

The 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise is upon us!!  Cruisers and spectators will take over Woodward Avenue with 1 million people expected in Royal Oak.   Royal Oak Police Department reminds everyone

  • Woodward Dream Cruise is an alcohol FREE event (zero tolerance!)
  • Cruisers should obey all traffic laws - driving recklessly like spinning tires or revving engines can result in fines of up to $500. 
  • Median of Woodward Avenue is not available to spectators - it is an emergency lane during the Dream Cruise. 
  • Spectators coming to the event need to park legally especially in our neighborhoods.  Do not block driveways or leave your vehicle overnight.  
  • Bike riders shall remain on the sidewalks and not ride in Woodward Avenue.  In crowded pedestrian ares, bicyclists are asked to walk their bikes.

We want everyone to have a safe Dream Cruise and a GREAT TIME! 

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2019 Citizens Police Academy Accepting Applications

The Royal Oak Police Department is accepting applications for the 2019 Citizens Police Academy.

The Royal Oak Citizens Police Academy is an exciting seven-week course that meets once a week on Wednesday evenings at the police station at 6:30 p.m. Classes last for approximately three hours. The fall session begins Oct. 2, 2019. 

Open only to residents of Royal Oak, attendees get an insider's look at the internal operations and challenges of the police department. You must be 18 years of age or older to attend the academy. All potential applicants are screened before they are accepted. You will be notified no later than Sept. 30, 2019, if you have been admitted.

Questions regarding the academy should be directed to Lt. Al Carter at albertc@romi.gov. 
To apply, go to: https://seam.ly/hXHiV63d.

The Latest Updates At Normandy Oak Park 

NORMANDY OAKS UPDATE: Recent progress on the Normandy Oak project includes:

  • excavation and rough grading of the proposed parking area and “core” area (location of the proposed splash pad, pavilion and playground).
  •  footings and foundations for the proposed pavilion/restroom building have been placed
  •  the proposed bio-swales for stormwater runoff and absorption have been rough graded
  • all tree removals are completed along with the demolition of miscellaneous net poles, steps, etc. from the old golf course
The contractor team plan to continue with grading operations, including the expansion of the irrigation pond and placement of grid and aggregate within the parking area.

Please feel free to speak to on-site staff or contact Steve Sutton, Nowak & Fraus Engineers, anytime at 248-635-6571 or by email (swsutton@nfe-engr.com) with questions or concerns.
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Arts, Beats and Eats Announces 
2019 National Stage Lineup

MUSICAL ACTS for Arts, Beats & Eats were announced and here’s your
2019 National Stage lineup in no particular order:

  • Third Eye Blind
  • All-American Rejects
  • Theory of a Deadman
  • Night Ranger
  • Phillip Phillips
  • Randy Houser
  • Four Tops
  • Starship
  • Beatlemania Live
Who are you looking forward to hearing the most?
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Three Ways to Donate to Tim's Kitchen 

Here are three easy ways you can  help the Mahany-Meininger Senior Community Center.  Have a backyard garden and don't know what to do with extra fruits and veggies when the harvest arrives - simple take them to the senior center.  Chef Erin will add them to the lunch menu!  

Did you grab a couple of extra items at the grocery store last month?  Pretty easy way to help our right?  Or maybe you meant to and thought the opportunity has passed.  Check out the updated August Top Ten List from Chef Erin.  

Had family and friends around for various parties and you notice you have a surplus of Happy Birthday and Congrats Grad plates, cups, napkins but you don't want to just throw them away?  Well, take them to the senior center!    Re-purpose and use instead of waste!  

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Free Valet at the Farmers Market

Buying a LOT today?  You don't have to carry your plants and produce back and forth to the car - just 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.

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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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.

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!  


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


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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.

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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