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K9 Officer Ryker Retiring

The Royal Oak Police Department is pleased to announce the retirement of canine officer Ryker. Ryker is retiring after seven years of dedicated service to Royal Oak. Ryker’s career began with the Royal Oak Police in 2012 with his handler, Officer Richard Chipman.

Officer Chipman and his partner, Ryker, have been a very productive team. During their very first night together, they tracked a subject wanted for questioning for homicide out of the City of Detroit. Throughout Ryker’s dedicated years of service, he successfully tracked and apprehended many suspects, including assisting with the capture of a subject breaking into businesses on New Year’s Eve, locating a suicidal person who fled during transport to the hospital, and locating a larceny subject during a foot pursuit. Ryker is also credited with the discovery of 14 kilos of heroin and over a million dollars while assisting a nearby law enforcement agency.

Officer Chipman and Ryker participated in many community events, neighborhood block parties, and school events in the City of Royal Oak. One of Officer Chipman and Ryker’s favorite events is reading the well-known canine book “Officer Buckle and Gloria” to children at the library. Ryker was always popular with the Citizens Police Academy during his canine demonstration.

Ryker will enjoy his well-deserved retirement years with Officer Chipman and his family.

Happy Tails Ryker! Thanks for your service!
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Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day October 2      

October 2, 2019 is Energy Efficiency Day in Royal Oak (well that's just officially - everyday is energy efficiency day!)

How can you reduce your energy consumption?  Here are three easy ways to begin!
1. Turn off, unplug and better yet use Smart Power Strips. The electricity used by electronics when they are turned off or in standby mode, are a major source of energy waste, up to 75 percent of the energy used to power household electronics is consumed when they are switched off. Smart or advanced power strips eliminate the problem by shutting off the power to electronics when they are not in use.

2. Reduce the amount of meat you eat. Different foods require different amounts of energy to produce. Meat is four times as demanding as grains are to produce.

3. Replace your light bulbs. Halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use anywhere from 25-80 percent less electricity and last three to 25 times longer than traditional bulb!

#SaveMoney = #CutCarbon = #BreatheEasier. Pledge to cut energy waste for National #EnergyEfficiency Day on Oct. 2 bit.ly/EEDay2019 #EEDay2019
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League of Women Voters to Host Candidate Forum    October 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm 

The League of Women Voters will host a Candidate Forum on Monday October 7 in the city commission room 315 at city hall beginning at 6:30p.m. with the mayoral candidates.  The LWV moderator will select questions from audience submissions.  Each candidate will answer the question in a given time-frame.  Questions will be asked to candidates in a rotating alphabetical order. 

6:30 - 7:05p.m. Two Candidates for Mayor

  • Michael Fournier
  • Stephen Miller
Voters will elect one candidate to serve a two-year term as mayor. 
7:10 - 8:50p.m. Six Candidates for City Commission
  • Kyle DuBuc
  • Tom Hallock
  • Randy LeVasseur
  • Pamela Lindell
  • Belem Morales
  • Patricia Paruch 

Voters will elect three candidates to serve four-year terms as city commissioners.  

Please note this is an informational event - there is no form of campaigning allowed.  No signs, placards, banners or political literature is allowed.  Audience members will refrain from applauding or in anyway demonstrating support or non-support for any candidate. 

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Join the Royal Oak Crime Prevention Council for the annual Cops & Doughnuts discussion. Don Ferguson will present OK2SAY! A confidential reporting system encouraging students, parents, and teachers to submit information about a student safety threat via text message, app, email, phone or online.

Thanks to State Representative Jim Ellison for providing the doughnuts for this event.

This event is FREE to participants.

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Show Your Royal Oak Pride and Help the Library 
pROud Shirt Orders Still Available

The Royal Oak pROud T-shirts were so popular, we decided to 'book' another run. This time the money raised will go to the Royal Oak Public Library.
Buy as many as you wish. It's OK to 'over-due' it. (Library humor.)
The unisex style is great for men, women and kids, too. The junior cut is more flattering for gals, but tends to run small so be sure to order a size up.

Thanks for your support. #RoyalOakProud #lifenowplaying
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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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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


'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 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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