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City Commission Meeting

City Commission Meets
Monday, December 9 at 7:30p.m. 

The newly sworn in 50th city commission meets on Monday, December 9 at 7:30p.m. in the commission chambers at city hall.  One the agenda will be the acceptance of the financial audit and comprehensive annual financial reports; updates to the Woodward Corners development and stormwater utility.  To view the meeting agenda go to:  https://www.romi.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_12092019-1778

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Royal Oak Jingle - An Entire Day of  Holiday Fun!!

Start the Jingle with the Cookie Crawl beginning at 1:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.  Families and Friends who take part in the Cookie Crawl will receive a Royal Oak Jingle commemorative cookie tin and will crawl from retailer to retailer in the Downtown Area to collect delicious holiday cookies. At check in (inside the Heated Tent, location to be announced soon), you'll receive your tin, map to all the participating retailers and a punch card. As you walk around downtown you'll fill your tin with freshly baked holiday cookies from local bakeries!

MUST CHECK IN BY 4:30 PM. Allow 90 minutes or more to complete the crawl.

At 6:00 p.m. downtown Royal Oak will be radiant with the kickoff of the Lighted Holiday Parade on Main Street.  The parade will feature floats, musicians and local groups, all with lighted elements, as they travel along Main Street to the cheers of crowds on the sidewalks. 

Area businesses, local residents and groups are invited to apply to participate in the Lighted Holiday Parade. All parade participants are required to have a lighted element whether it is incorporated into a float or on what they wear as they walk down Main Street. 

Santa will light the tree at the conclusion of the parade at Third and Main Streets.  

Shop the Marketplace on Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15; enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride; meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer and much, much, more fun.  

For details and to purchase tickets go to https://rojingle.com/

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More Park Improvements as Work Begins at Sullivan Park!

The planning department reports: Sullivan Park is scheduled for improvements. The city’s contractor (American Athletix LLC) will be removing the existing playground equipment. New playground equipment and fall zone surface material will be installed.

Site work is scheduled to start the first week in December 2019. Portions of the park will be closed during construction for safety purposes. It is anticipated that the project will be completed with 3 weeks depending upon the weather. The scope of the project will be limited to the park and is not expected to affect access to adjacent residential or commercial properties.

During construction, there may be intermittent parking restrictions to allow for construction equipment to gain access to the park. If needed, “No Parking - Tow Away Zone 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.” signs will be posted well in advance to allow for various construction operations. There will be no change in the trash pickup dates and the trash will be taken care of as usual during the construction operations unless otherwise notified by the city.

This project is being funded exclusively through the City’s Community Development Block Grant allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. If you have any questions, please contact:
Joseph Murphy in the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at
 248.246.3285 or email him at  joem@romi.gov or
Lee Collick at the Department of Public Service at  248.246.3316 or email at leec@romi.gov
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We're Still Gathering Information and
We Want To Hear From You!! 

Whether you are a senior, take care of a senior or are considering what being a senior in Royal Oak will be like for you, then we want to hear from you!!! 

The next focus group will meet on January 11, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Mahany-Meininger Senior Community Center and the first 70 to RSVP will receive a FREE lunch.  RSVP by calling 248-246-3200
Can't make a focus group?  Then take the survey from the comfort of your own home  at this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EBLAS

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On-Street and Surface Lot Handicap Parking Free Through February Throughout Downtown Royal Oak

Parking for disabled persons is now free in many areas in Downtown Royal Oak through February 2020.

The free parking is being offered at nearly two dozen recently added on-street handicap spots and all surface lots. (Normal parking rates apply at all city-owned parking structures.)

The locations of the on-street handicap parking spaces -- located on Washington Ave, Center St. and Seventh St. -- were selected to minimize the distance to the nearest ramp or dropped curb, and to provide a safe aisle adjacent to the parking space.

It should be noted that the new handicap spots are not necessarily ADA compliant as the roadway pavement may exceed 2 percent in some areas. However, for a retrofit of existing parking areas, the selected locations are appropriate.

The following link contains a document that shows the locations for the new handicap parking spaces within the angled parking zones of downtown Royal Oak.
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Do I Have a Lead Water Service Line?  

This past week in response to a water advisory, more than 900 of you have performed a simple test to find out what material your water service line is made of and reported it to the Department of Public Services (DPS).

DPS estimates that approximately 6 percent of water customers in Royal Oak have lead water service lines. Taking the simple test helps the city develop its inventory and lead water service line replacement plan.

Find out if you have a lead water service line and report it!
Get started now at https://royaloakmi.seamlessdocs.com/f/LeadTesting

Since 1992, the city has been testing the water of homes with known lead service lines. Tests were recently conducted on 30 of these homes and eight exceeded the new Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act action standard.

And, again, thanks!
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Thursday are Live Music Night in Royal Oak! 

Royal Oak is Live Music Town! Thursday nights. Jazz Goodnite Gracie. Open Mic Goldfish Tea. Dueling Pianos 526 Main and so much more! Come groove with us! Oak City Grille, Royal Oak Music Theatre, so much more! #thingstodoinroyaloak — at Downtown Royal Oak, Royal Oak.

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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.


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

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.


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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

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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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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