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City Commission to Meet         Monday September 9 at 7:30pm 

The city commission will meet on Monday, September 9 at 7:30p.m.  Three firms in consideration to lead the city manager executive search will give presentations and take questions from the commission following their presentation.  The full agenda can be found at: 

Sunday Hours at the Public Library
Resume September 8!  

Sunday hours are back beginning September 8! The library is open on Sundays from 1pm-5pm and parking is free all day. Make the library one of your Sunday stops!

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                   Become a Consumer Tester for the                        Fair Housing Center of Metro Detroit  

The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit needs help testing for housing discrimination.

The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status. Investigations often times yield evidence of patterns or practices of illegal housing discrimination.

People of all backgrounds pose as interested parties seeking apartments and homes. These individuals are known as “testers”. A tester’s experience is then compared to the experience of a partner tester who is alike in every aspect except race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or familial status. The test results may help collect evidence of discrimination.

The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit needs people of every background but is especially in need of white males. More often than not, white males do not experience as many barriers to housing as others. Knowing their experience is vital in conducting comparisons.

Testers are utilized periodically. They are provided training, an hourly fee for their time, and mileage reimbursement for travel.

If you are interested in becoming a tester or learning more about fair housing, please contact: Engela Bertolini at ebertolini@fairhousingdetroit.org P 313-963-1274 extension 3

What's Happening Around Town 
Diabetes Management, Civil War Day, Barktoberfest & Autumn Tree Planting Begins

Free Six-Week Diabetes Management Program Begins September 13th at MM Senior Community Center

he Royal Oak Mahany-Meininger Senior Community Center will host the Diabetes Personal Action Towards Health (DPATH) on Fridays at 1:00pm.

This FREE six-week program begins Friday, September 13.

Anyone diagnosed with diabetes or caretakers are welcome to attend.

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Fall Tree Planting to Begin 

The department of public services has begun the process of staking locations for nearly 350 trees for the fall 2019 tree planting program on the north end of the city.

After trees have been staked, MISS-DIG will field verify that each location does not present conflicting underground utilities. This is critical so, please, do NOT remove the yellow stakes.

Once MISS-DIG performs its inspection, the city’s contractor (Crimboli Nursery) will begin to plant trees at each location with a yellow stake. It will take approximately 3-5 weeks to plant the trees.

Crews will provide an initial watering, as needed, and subsequent watering. Please do your part if you can and water the newly planted trees on a frequent basis. The newly planted trees may undergo “transplant shock” and lose their leaves. This is not uncommon. Just like any other tree, a strong root system must be established as the temperatures cool and the trees prepare for dormancy during winter.

If you have any questions during the process, feel free to contact Joseph Murphy at (248) 246-3285 or email joem@romi.gov.

Please note property owners were provided notice the April of the city’s intent to plant trees in its public right-of-way and their ability to “opt-out” of the planting program. It's not too late. If you see a yellow stake adjacent to your property and you do not want a tree planted, contact Joseph.
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             September Tim's Kitchen Top Ten List                      Restock the Pantry Continues with the Autumn Harvest  

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 September Top Ten List from Chef Erin.  

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!  

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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.

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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Farmers Market

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.

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


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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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