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City Commission to Meet on Monday

The city commission will meet on Monday April 8, 2019 at 7:30p.m. in city commission room 315 at city hall.  The meeting agenda is available at:  https://www.romi.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04082019-1550

Road Closures This Weekend!  

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: Bridge demolitions will close local roads under I-75 this weekend in Oakland County
Fast facts:
- Segment 2 of the I-75 modernization project involves improving 18 bridges over a two-year period.
- Starting Friday night, crews will be demolishing the bridges that carry northbound I-75 over 14 Mile and Long Lake roads.
- Both local roads will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday, April 8.

The Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) I-75 modernization project second segment takes another step forward with bridge demolitions starting Friday night.
Contracting crews will be closing both directions of 14 Mile and Long Lake roads under I-75 for bridge demolition on the two structures that carry northbound I-75 over the local roads.
Currently, both directions of I-75 have two lanes open with all traffic using the southbound side of the freeway, separated by a temporary concrete barrier. This configuration will allow for the northbound lanes and bridges to be reconstructed this year and is expected to remain in place until late November.
Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, both directions of 14 Mile Road will be closed under I-75.

Posted detours use John R. Road, Stephenson Highway, and Rochester Road in both directions.
Both directions of 14 Mile Road will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, April 8.
Further north, both directions of Long Lake Road will close under I-75 beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday. Posted detours use Livernois, Big Beaver, and Crooks roads in each direction.
Both directions of Long Lake Road will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday, April 8.
This $224 million project involves reconstructing more than 8 miles of pavement, improving 18 structures, upgrading drainage, constructing community-developed aesthetics and federally approved noise walls, and continuing construction of the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes between Coolidge Highway and 13 Mile Road.
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Royal Oak Named 2018 Tree City USA

Congratulations to us! Royal Oak was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Foundation in honor of our commitment to effective urban forest management.
Last year, using funds from the community development block grant program, 688 trees were purchased and planted in our hometown. (Royal Oak's community development staff is already working on this year's tree planting program!)
Royal Oak is one of only two municipalities in Michigan that have earned Tree City USA designation every year since the award's inception in 1976. #treecityusa

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The Great Marshmellow Drop 2019 at Worden Park



Where can you see 15,000 marshmellows fall from the sky?  Worden Park. 

Friday, April 19 at 10:00am a helicopter will drop the marshmellows to three different age groups:  

4 years and younger and individuals with disabilities
Children 5-7 years old 
Children 8-12 years old

Children only need to collect one marshmellow to exchange it for a prize!  
For more details email NawrockiM@oakgov.com or call 248-858-5267

Presented by Oakland County Parks, City of Royal Oak, Vibe Credit Union and Detroit Kid City

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Construction Season Begins

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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Five Things You Should Know About The New Police Station

The construction of Royal Oak's new police station is slated to break ground this spring. Here are five quick facts about the design of the new police department headquarters that will make it a safer and more efficient community resource for our city.

1. Designed by Royal Oak's Finest

The new police station was designed with brainstorming and visioning input from the entire police department staff. From civilian employees in the records department to the police chief, every employee was asked to offer input on the layout. The result of this collaboration is a design that focuses on operational efficiencies. Patrol officers will spend significantly less time in the station and more time patrolling our community.

2. Safety First

The new building will come with a modern lock up and booking area that is much safer for both officers and prisoners. Ensuring safety in our community is the Royal Oak Police force's number one priority and this updated area will ensure a secure environment.

3. Public Access

Unlike the current station, with its small lobby and narrow entrance, the new facility prioritizes making circulation easier for visitors, including those using wheelchairs or strollers. All service counters in the new facility will be centrally located on the first floor making it visitor-friendly and easier to navigate. Additionally, there is a flexible conference room that will be available for committee meetings and public presentations.

4. Cool Cop Technology

The world of law enforcement is very different than in 1964 when the current police station was built. Technology and slick gadgets used by James Bond in Goldfinger (1964) are no longer the stuff of cinema fantasy but real elements changing the way police officers do just about everything. The new police station will be equipped with technological advancements that were unimaginable in the 1960s when the only modern requirement was a telephone jack. The state-of-the-art facility will allow our police force to do their job efficiently for our community.

5. Police have LEEDs

The design approach for the new building targets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards that will save money and help protect the planet.

What's Next?

* During construction, 180-parking spaces will be taken offline to make room for materials and equipment. The city has put together a guide to help visitors navigate alternative parking spaces in the vicinity. The guide can be downloaded at www.rethinkro.com.
* A brand-new parking garage one block west of the construction site is scheduled to bring 581 parking spaces to the area in June.
* The Royal Oak Farmers Market will remain open during the construction. Market officials have implemented free valet parking and shopping carts to offer visitors more options until the garage is available.
* Built nearly seven decades ago, the current City Hall and police station will be torn down when construction is completed. The work required to renovate and fix numerous problems in the older buildings were deemed too extensive and expensive to repair, according to a study commissioned from Plante Moran CRESA.
* After the buildings are demolished, construction will begin on a new two-acre downtown park. Residents have played an integral role in helping direct the look and feel of the new green space.
You can review the site plans and learn more about the police station project at www.rethinkro.com.

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You Asked | We Answered


A number of residents submitted questions regarding legalized marijuana and how it will impact Royal Oak's image, safety and economy. Click on the link for your answers:  https://www.romi.gov/marijuana

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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.


 
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2018 Federal Tax Forms Now Available

Taxpayers can pick up 1040 federal tax forms, the related six schedules and 1040 instruction booklets at the library. Tax forms and added information also can be found at www.irs.gov/forms-instructions. Please note: the IRS has eliminated the 1040A and 1040EZ forms this year. The library is expecting Michigan 2018 tax forms in mid-February. Michigan forms can be found at www.michigan.gov/taxes.

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Did You Know...

... if you park your vehicle blocking a sidewalk it is illegal?
Blocking the sidewalk means pedestrians; including children, individuals with disabilities using walkers and wheelchairs, and seniors; have to move out into the street to get around your vehicle creating potential safety hazards.
Under City of Royal Oak Municipal Code Chapter 115, Section 3 Prohibited Parking:

A vehicle shall not be parked, except if necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the law or the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places: 
A. On a sidewalk
If you see a vehicle parked in a manner blocking a sidewalk, please call the Royal Oak Police Department non-emergency line 248-246-3500
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City Clerk's Office Announces New 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
 

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Calling All Artists...

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.

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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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.

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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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 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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'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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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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