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Need a Reason to Spend Small Business Saturday in Royal Oak?  Here are Just a Few!  

The Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority is pulling out all the stops for Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2019.   Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on all the entrepreneurs that make our downtown vibrant and unique. 

Many local businesses will be offering special, one-day-only deals for the occasion.  See a complete list below!  

Start with your shopping passport which were "mailed to many neighborhoods surrounding Downtown Royal Oak,” said Downtown Manager Sean Kammer. Didn't find one in your mailbox?  You can get a passport from any participating retailer. 

Another exciting feature are the Royal Oak shopping totes. Shoppers who make a purchase of $25 or more at a participating retailer will receive a 2019 Royal Oak commemorative shopping tote.

FREE HOT CHOCOLATE will be given out to shoppers on Washington Avenue between the hours of noon and 6:00 p.m. by the Tin Cup Coffee Company Food Truck at the intersection of Washington Avenue and 5th Street.

And finish the day off with 20% off dinner just by saying “SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!” 

Participating retailers and their special deals are:
Bingo Pet Salon
108 W. 4th Street
Purchase a $50 gift card and receive a $10 bonus for yourself
Black the Salon
314 W. 4th Street
Buy two products, get one free. $15 blow styles.
120 W. 4th Street
All regular priced clothing and jewelry 20% off
Citizen Yoga
500 South Washington Avenue
30% off any Citizen Yoga design
600 South Washington Avenue
20% off all holiday ornaments
Funky 7
411 South Main
15% off ‘Detroit City’ Apparel
Goldfish Tea
117 W. 4th Street
Buy one get one 50% off any bagged loose-leaf tea.
228 W. 4th Street
Celebrate our store expansion with free snacks and giveaways
Lily's Seafood Grille and Brewery
410 South Washington Avenue
Apps 50% off from 12-4pm. $4 handcrafted beer and house wines.
312 South Main
20% food by saying “SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!” Free dessert if you present a receipt from a local retailer.
Motor City Gas Whiskey
325 E. 4th Street
$2 off two craft cocktails with the purchase of any bottle of whiskey of MCG merchandise. Shoppers can purchase two bottles for 5% off, 4 bottles for 10% off or six bottles for 15% off
Oak City Grille
212 W. 6th Street
Buy two entrees receive free appetizer.
Pronto Restaurant and Video Bar
608 South Washington Avenue
Place any catering order for the month of December and receive 10% off, plus a $10 gift card to Pronto. Call 248.549.1519 to place your order.
Rock on Third
112 E. 3rd Street
15% off entire bill if you present a receipt from a local retailer
508 South Washington Avenue
20% off all candles and perfumes
Toyology Toys
119 South Main Street
15% off everything!
Write Impressions
407 S. Washington Avenue
Celebrating 30 years! Commemorative gift with purchase while supplies last. 

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours 

City offices at city hall, public services, police records department, and the district court remain closed on Friday November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.  

Remember the Thursday refuse collection will be  on Friday November 29 and the Friday refuse collection customers will have their refuse picked up on Saturday November 30.  

The public library will be closed Friday and Saturday November  29 and 30th.  

Mahany-Meininger Senior Community Center will remain closed on Friday November 29.  

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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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What's The Latest on Leaf Collection?

REVISED LEAF COLLECTION SCHEDULE: The Department of Public Services has issued the schedule for the final pass of fall leaf collection.

Due to the snowfall, raking leaves has been difficult. The schedule has been adjusted slightly to allow residents to rake leaves this weekend. For many, we know it may be the first opportunity you have had to do so.

Crews will be working this weekend. If you see them pass through your neighborhood, don't worry. They will be passing through the entire city one last time!

Reminder - What You Need To Know About Leaf Collection

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  pick-up season.

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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We're Still Gathering Information and
We Want To Hear From You!! 

Whether you are a senior, take care of a senior or are considering what being a senior in Royal Oak will be like for you, then we want to hear from you!!! 

The next focus group will meet on January 11, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Mahany-Meininger Senior Community Center and the first 70 to RSVP will receive a FREE lunch.  RSVP by calling 248-246-3200
Can't make a focus group?  Then take the survey from the comfort of your own home  at this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EBLAS

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Do I Have a Lead Water Service Line?  

This past week in response to a water advisory, more than 900 of you have performed a simple test to find out what material your water service line is made of and reported it to the Department of Public Services (DPS).

DPS estimates that approximately 6 percent of water customers in Royal Oak have lead water service lines. Taking the simple test helps the city develop its inventory and lead water service line replacement plan.

Find out if you have a lead water service line and report it!
Get started now at https://royaloakmi.seamlessdocs.com/f/LeadTesting

Since 1992, the city has been testing the water of homes with known lead service lines. Tests were recently conducted on 30 of these homes and eight exceeded the new Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act action standard.

And, again, thanks!
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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.

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.


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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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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