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Cooling Centers Open Through The Weekend

The following locations are available to the public as cooling centers in Royal Oak this weekend:

Leo Mahany / Harold Meininger Senior Community Center
3500 Marais Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073
Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 1:15 pm, 4:45pm – 11 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm


Salter Community Center
1545 E Lincoln Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Friday: 8:30am – 9:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday: Closed

John Lindell Ice Arena
1403 Lexington Blvd, Royal Oak, MI 48073
Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday: Open all day
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City Commission Special and Regular Meeting Monday July 22

The city commission will meet on Monday July 22 beginning at 6:00pm with a special work session meeting to discuss the legalization of marijuana prior to their regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30pm.  Both meetings will be held in room 315 at city hall and the agenda can be found at:  https://www.romi.gov/AgendaCenter/City-Commission-11/?#07222019-1637

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One More Week to Have Your Opinions Counted - Take The Fair Housing Survey Today!

Every five years, Royal Oak conducts a Fair Housing Survey to identity issues that lead to the development of educational and enforcement strategies to reduce discrimination.
We encourage all residents to take a few moments to participate and share their experiences related to housing and access to opportunity.
Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rofairhousing

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Construction to Begin at 10 Mile and Woodward 

Starting the week of July 22, The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be making safety improvements around the Woodward-10 Mile intersection. The improvements include minor road reconfiguration, sidewalk improvements and signage that will make safer turning and pedestrian movements. Ultimately. southbound Washington at Woodward will become two travel lanes crossing northbound Woodward to allow for widened sidewalks across Woodward. The contractor performing the work is C.A. Hull, Co.
During construction, traffic lanes will be reduced on Woodward Avenue, 10 Mile Rd.-the I-696 service Drive and Washington Avenue.  It is expected to be completed in October.   

The Dog Days of July Continue!  


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It Can't Be Summer Without
The Summer Concert Series on Center Street

Now through August 15th enjoy an evening sure to delight everyone of your senses.  Music, entertainment, food, and fun and fun and fun!  

July 25th the night starts with the Detroit School of Rock and Pop at 6:00pm and then the at 7:00pm it is the Jill Jack Band and then it's The Orbitsuns with their low down outlaw country sound ending the evening.    

Make it a complete night out - have dinner at the show!   Royal Oak Brewery, Lockhart's BBQ and Bar Louie have got you covered - they will be at every concert this summer dishing up the delicious dining options the Royal Oak way!   

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Thank You Royal Oak! 

“Giving is not just about making a donation. Its is about making a difference.” Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations.

This July, Christmas came early at Tim’s Kitchen at the Mahany/Meininger Senior Community Center! Many of you saw the Website posting or flyers asking for donations and so many of you delivered. My excitement is twofold; first from your smiles upon delivery to the Center, and second, creating lovely meals or baked goods that get our seniors talking and/or coming back for more events at the Center. So many donations have been received this past week, that I’ve had to re-organize to better store and display all the goods.


To the individuals who have purchased a membership to BJ’s Warehouse through the Membership Fundraiser benefiting Tim’s Kitchen, thank you. For those of you who would like to sign-up, the fundraiser is being extended through the end of August.
I invite each and every one of you to stop by the Center, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm to see the Center and our wonderful staff, to purchase a baked good, sign-up for dine-in or carry out meal, or just to say hello.

My deepest heartfelt thanks to everyone that answered the call supporting Tim’s Kitchen’s Meal Program.
Sincerely,
Chef Erin Koch
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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.

What's Going On At Normandy Oak Park?? 

Here's the latest:  At long last, the weather has turned warm and sunny and allowed the park property to dry up and the project to commence! Prior to this, invasive species treatment was completed in preparation for grading work. This week, you will begin seeing earth moving equipment on-site and the site contractor beginning to strip and stockpile topsoil. The first part of the next week, tree removal crews will begin taking down the trees necessary to develop the park improvements.
This delay in beginning the project may require some components that were planned for completion in 2019 to be pushed into the spring of 2020. The city and contractor teams are determined and focused though on completing as much of the project according to the original schedule as possible the remainder of this summer and fall.

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Skoop Pedicabs Will Continue Through July

Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority and Skoop will continue to provide free  pedicab rides through the month of July.   

Take a Skoop pedicab to your downtown Royal Oak destination, compliments of the DDA!  Hours of operation in July will be Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and evenings 6:00 p.m. to midnight; and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Whether you're headed somewhere specific or just want to take a little tour of downtown, hop on the Pedicab and enjoy!  

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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.  

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!  

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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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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