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Beginning June 6 and continuing through June |
Thursday to Sunday Free Parking in City Owned Parking Garages and Free Pedicab Rides

Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority will be picking up the tab for all visitors to who park in any of the four city owned parking garages Thursdays through Sundays in June beginning Thursday June 6. 

You can also enjoy a free ride in a Skoop pedicab to your downtown Royal Oak destination, also compliments of the DDA!   Three pedicabs will operate in June on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. then 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.; and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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City Commission To Honor the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

Prior to their regularly scheduled meeting Monday June 10th, the city commission will host a flag raising ceremony commemorating Michigan's 100th Anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote.  The ceremony will begin at 6:15pm at the War Memorial at the Barbara Hallman Plaza outside the south entrance to the Library.  The flag will fly the week of June 10 to 17th.  

At 7:30pm the city commission meeting will take place in room 315 at city hall.  The meeting agenda is available at:  https://www.romi.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_06102019-1608

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Family Fun at Family Pride June 12 from 5 to 9pm 

Royal Oak's inaugural Family Pride event will take place at the June Food Truck Rally at the Farmers Market. This evening to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month by honoring families with a full schedule of fun and family-friendly activities. Drag Queen Story Time; Sing Out Detroit Choir; Dog Fashion Show; Face Painting; Bounce House; Photo Booth and much much more.

Entry and all activities are FREE of charge!

A big thank you to all of our generous sponsors making Family Pride possible: Rasor Law Firm - Five 15 - Sing Out Detroit - Bingo Pet Salon - Affirmations - Toyology - Quality Roots - Planned Parenthood - Central Woodward Junior Chamber - Stand With Trans - Greater Royal Oak Democratic Club - Royal Oak Public Library and Royal Oak Farmers Market.

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Blast Into Summer at the 11 Mile Garage June 15

The 11 Mile Garage is officially open - a FREE kickoff event will take place on June 15, 2019.

7 a.m. – 12 p.m., free light refreshments will be available to event-goers.
-The first 100 guests will receive a reusable Royal Oak Farmers Market bag and will be entered into a raffle to win farmers market prizes including market bucks, which can be redeemed by vendors at the farmers market.
- 9 a.m., yoga class led by Namaste Yoga – those interested in the class can sign up at www.namaste-yoga.net/schedule.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Toyology will host a “Pop up Park,” complete with children’s activities, refreshments, arts and crafts, games and more.
-Royal Oak City Mayor Mike Fournier will make brief remarks during the afternoon’s celebration.

We hope you'll join us!

An Open Letter from Department of Public Services About Park Maintenance

 Most of the 50 parks in Royal Oak are hideous overgrown messes right now. As are the boulevards and islands. Many of the soccer and baseball fields haven’t been mowed in over a week. It’s unacceptable.

Every spring we have flooding due to rain, but this year has been especially bad. Hopefully, this week will be our saving grace. Not only is there finally decent weather for the most part, but high school seniors graduated last Friday! That means this week, in addition to our four full-time employees cutting grass, there are now 11 part-timers as well. That’ll help.

We’re also waiting to start pouring concrete and putting four highway guys on mow crews when they’re not cold-patching until we’re caught up.

In the last two days, we had to have ‘stuck’ mowers towed out of parks seven times. The ground is still saturated. It’s a two-week cycle from start to finish to mow our 50 parks. That’s with good weather and dry ground.

Please bear with us folks. It’s gonna take a couple weeks, but we’ll get there. We’re putting up tennis nets in between striping soccer fields and ball diamonds. We’re picking up park rubbish once a week, and we’re keeping the cans close to the road where possible so we can do it as quickly as possible and get back to mowing.

Many of you had trees planted in front of your homes a couple weeks ago. We’ll be sending two of our arborists out next week to inspect the planted trees. I know some will need replacement, and some need to be moved. The contractor gives us a year warranty, so we have time. July/August once the grass starts growing slower, we’ll focus on the much-needed maintenance in some of our parks.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please feel free to call or email me any time. I can generally respond the same day. I do not make job assignments or respond to requests via Facebook. Sorry.
Lee Collick
RO Highway/Parks & Forestry Supervisor
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Police Department Starts Cracking Down on Woodward Cruisers

Royal Oak police will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to illegal activity involving cruisers on Woodward.
It falls on the police every year, once the weather turns warm, to depress any unlawful behavior along the city’s nearly six miles of curbs on Woodward Avenue. Speeding, loud music, and littering are just some of the complaints the police department fields.

The summer-long activity is incredibly disruptive to the otherwise quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods adjacent to Woodward.
Woodward Avenue – one of only 31 byways to be designated an All-American Road by the Federal Highway Administration – is host to the Woodward Dream Cruise annually in August. Royal Oak is widely considered the epicenter of the one-day event in August, which is regarded as the world’s biggest cruise, attracting classic cars and fans from across the nation.
“We are proud of Woodward’s strong heritage and the role we play in keeping the Dream Cruise a safe event for its fans,” said Chief Corrigan O’Donohue. “But the neighbors and businesses along Woodard have had enough with the summer-long activity. For the last few years, we have tried just asking motorists to move along and enforcing the more serious infractions, however, it has become like herding cats and it is pulling a tremendous amount of police resources. There is no question that our residents and business owners would like us to take a more aggressive approach to resolve this issue”
In addition to the more obvious violations, the Royal Oak Police Department would like to remind motorists that it is illegal to park on private property without the owner’s permission.  Most of the businesses along Woodward have granted police permission to enforce this activity
To report infractions as you witness them, please call the police non-emergency line at 248-246-3500.  

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11 Mile Road Garage is Open | 581 Parking Spaces

The brand spanking new 11 Mile Parking garage is now open!  

It’s clean, well lit and easy to navigate—no steep inclines, tight spaces or columns to worry about opening a door into.

There are 20 handicap spaces—-most are on the first floor. The remainder are near elevators on each floor. 

From the seventh floor, you can see the skyline of Downtown Detroit and there are plenty of interesting vantage points to view the Star Dream Fountain or all the various construction projects in the area.

Best of all it’s FREE during market hours. The rest of the week you get two hours of free parking if you arrive before 5:00 p.m. (That means if you arrive at 4:45 p.m., you park for free until 6:45 p.m.! That is enough time to grab an early dinner, shop at your favorite store or enjoy happy hour.)

We’re planning a family-friendly grand opening on June 15. We’ll have more details about it soon! #lifenowplaying #rethinkro
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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.

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.

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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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