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Chili Cook Off & Fall Beer Festival This Weekend!

Royal Oak Chili Cook Off & Fall Beer Festival is happening Oct 4 - 5 on Williams and 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak. Over 14 restaurants will compete for the best chili and only one will take home the trophy!

Local restaurants including Lockhart’s BBQ, Royal Oak Brewing Company, Roak Brewing Company, Royal Oak Tap House, Five15, Fifth Ave, Main 526 and many more will be competing for the best chili in town and you get to be the judge! Chili sampling will take place Friday and Saturday from 5pm - 9 pm. Ticket holders will receive 10 sampling tickets and vote card for only $15.

You can also sample a variety of craft beer for only $25. Beer sampling takes place during festival hours. Michigan based breweries will be lining the streets. You can sample beers from Royal Oak based breweries River Rouge Brewing Company and Roak Brewing Company. Other Michigan based breweries, including Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Atwater Brewery, North Peak Brewing Company, Dragon Mead will also be on-site sampling their fan favorite and seasonal beers.

Want best of both worlds? Get a combo pack of Chili and Beer sampling tickets for only $35. Tickets are available at www.ChiliCookOffRO.com

The festival will have something for everyone! There will be oversized games, including a 12 ft dart board, inflatable axe throwing, Connect 4 and Jenga. Kids can also play pumpkin’ bowling for prizes.

It wouldn’t be a street festival without live music. On Friday night, get ready for the Ultimate 80s Rock Experience with ROCKSTAR! They’ll warp you back in time with songs from your favorite Rock bands form the 80s, like Quiet Riot, Journey, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue and many more! Eva Under Fire, a local Detroit band who was recently signed with a major recording label, are coming out of the studio to play for fans. On Saturday, Detroit’s award winning cover band, Mega 80’s will be taking the stage along with Mad Rabbit.

The event is FREE to attend. There will also be a cash bar featuring Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard, Truly, Motor City Gas Whiskey and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Lockhart’s BBQ will also be serving food.

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Senior Health & Fitness Expo Monday Oct 7th    

The Royal Oak Farmers Market is hosting a Senior Health & Fitness Expo on Oct. 7 from 9 am to 2 pm.

This free event will provide excellent resources, flu shots and help with Medicare & Medicaid enrollment. Stage presentations include information on nutrition, exercise and what the area has to offer for adults 55 and over.

Entertainment, give-a-ways, raffle prizes and lunch are all included in the fun!

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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.

Park Concept Drawing

Let Your Opinion Be Heard! 
Wed Oct 9  | 5-9PM | Farmers Market Food Truck Rally  

YOUR input is needed! The Downtown Park Task Force and landscape architects and planners from MKSK Studios want your feedback on conceptual design ideas for a downtown park.

Help us make our new park great by sharing your ideas, visions and concerns at the October Food Truck Rally at the Royal Oak Farmers Market.

When: Oct. 9 from 5 pm to 9 pm

Where: Royal Oak Farmers Market

What to watch before you go: MKSK presentation can be found here https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/aOt1iJYvW4IQawSCE8Goebgvo0CdBFwN/media/515158

What to read: Download the presentation in PDF form at https://www.romi.gov/DocumentCenter/View/24945/RODP-Task-Force-Meeting-2019-0930

Questions or trouble viewing or downloading the links above, call Judy Davids at 248-246-3201.

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Leaf Pick Up - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know! 

The City Needs Your Help For A Smooth Leaf Collection

The large number of trees in Royal Oak make the fall leaf collection a major task; to make it happen the City uses 13 dump trucks, two sweepers and a front-end loader with an attached clam bucket.  Crews work long hours to cover the 212 miles of streets twice during the 6 week pick-up season.

The City has to wait until late October to begin the process to make sure most of the leaves are down, unfortunately Mother Nature doesn't cooperate some years. Also, the City starts at a different end of the City each year as a matter of fairness.

No Street Parking

Royal Oak will post signs in neighborhood streets, just off of major thoroughfares, notifying residents that leaf pick-up will be in the neighborhood the following day. The signs ask residents to park cars off the street because cars in the street can slow down the trucks and make it impossible to pick-up leaves in front of the residence where the car is parked.

"It's important to be considerate of your neighbors," said Greg Rassel, Director of Public Service. "A parked car left out front doesn't just affect one house, the trucks have to go around and sometimes they also can't pick-up neighbors' leaves." Temporary no-parking signs (limit 2) are available at the Department of Public Service (DPS), 1600 North Campbell Road (located on the East side of Campbell, just South of 12 Mile Rd) M - F 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The signs are not enforceable but may help remind people to park off the street.


Schedules are available at the Department of Public Service, cable channel 17 on Comcast or channel 10 on WOW, the Insight magazine and on the City’s website. Information is also available by calling the DPS during regular business hours, M - F, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (248) 246-3300 select option 2, then option 1.

Please Help - Only Put Leaves Out!!

Just as important as keeping cars off the streets on leaf pick-up days is removing sticks, rocks, pieces of wood and other hard objects from leaf piles because they can damage propellers in the leaf vacuums which could cause downtime thus delaying leaf pick-up.

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Share Your Ideas to Improve Age-Friendliness in RO!

The Royal Oak Senior Task Force is conducting focus group sessions. It's your chance to provide feedback on topics such as transportation, housing, outdoor spaces, communication, and health services.

The focus group will be held:

Thursday, Oct 24, 6-9 pm
First Congregational Church
1314 Northwood

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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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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.


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

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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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