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Statewide Roads Funding Election is May 5

Voters in the State of Michigan will determine the outcome for a ballot proposal on funding for state roads, as well as revenue for schools and municipalities on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

The exact ballot language is as follows:

Proposal 15-1: A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operation on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

The proposed constitutional amendment would:

    • Eliminate...

Police Catch Marriage Proposal On Tape

Marrraige Proposa;On April 17, 2013, a young man was pulled over by a Royal Oak Police officer while on his first date with a young woman.

Two years later to the day, he asked the ROPD for help with his marriage proposal to that very same young woman.

Royal Oak police were happy to accommodate him.

Watch the video.

Optimist Junior Golf Qualifying Tournament Planned for May 16

The Royal Oak Optimist Club is holding its annual Junior Golf Qualifying Tournament on Saturday May 16 at the Royal Oak Golf Club.

This event is open to golfers from 10 – 18 years old. Junior golfers who achieve the qualifying score for their age group can move on to the Optimist District Tournament at Metamora Country Club in June. The Royal Oak Optimists will sponsor the low qualifier in each age group. 

For more information contact Mike Ripinski at 248–789–2735 or or go to .

Learn How to Manage Your Storm Water Runoff at Royal Oak in Bloom May 10

Make sure to stop by the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board’s tables at the Royal Oak in Bloom on May 10, 2015 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. The environmental advisory board will have information on how southeast Michigan residents can reduce storm water runoff at your property. Volunteers from SOCWA will be providing information on mulching, composting, and planting native plants, while MI Rain Barrels will be providing information on rainwater harvesting and selling rain barrels. Read more>>

Normandy Oaks Update

Southfield-based Signature Associates presented its findings to the Normandy Oaks Task force on April 23 for the marketing and sale of 10 acres of the former Normandy Oaks Golf Course.

In its discussions, the task force stressed the importance of keeping easy access and maintaining views to the park property for neighbors along Nakota Road and Woodland Avenue. After going over options for developing single-family residential along Nakota Road, the task force came to the conclusion that keeping all development on the west side of the former golf course would minimize the impact of the future development on adjacent residential neighborhoods.

Signature Associates also provided the task force with estimated returns on property sold for single-family, multi-family, industrial and commercial purposes. It was suggested that commercial would not be viable on any portion of the site and that industrial would offer the lowest return. Single-family would return much less than...

2014 Annual Police Report: Crime in Royal Oak at All Time Low

ROPD 2014 Annual ReportA 4.3 percent reduction in serious crimes is one of many accomplishments outlined in the 2014 Royal Oak Police Department Annual Report.

Part A Crimes, which involve force or threat of force, such as assault, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses and burglary, have dropped more than 25 percent in the last four years.

"Royal Oak had fewer home invasions, fewer vehicles stolen and fewer assaults than at any other time on record," said Chief Corrigan O'Donohue. "We had 10 robberies in 2014, which is up one from our all time low in 2011."

The 47-page report includes a variety of crime statistics, operational data, photos and videos, including K-9 Ryker in action.


ROPD Challenge Day: Are You Faster Than a Cop?

ROPD Challenge DayJoin Chief Corrigan O'Donohue and members of the Royal Oak Police Department to celebrate National Police Week!

Train with Royal Oak's finest

  • Chief O'Donohue and members of the ROPD will lead a 1.5 mile  group run at Royal Oak Oak High School on May 9. Are you faster than a cop? Find out if your time ...

Notice of Construction Near Farmers Market

Beginning in April 2015, WCI Contractors, Inc. will be performing work to extend the existing Royal Oak Farmers Market parking lot further south. The new parking lot addition is scheduled to be open for vehicles before Labor Day weekend.

In addition, work along South Troy Street and East 11 Mile Road will also be performed to improve sidewalks. The map (attached) provides an overview of the construction limits of both areas.

The farmers market and courthouse will be open for the duration of this project. Access to the existing driveways will be maintained, except for the driveway at Hamilton Court, which will be closed permanently.

If you have any questions, please contact the City of Royal Oak Engineering Division at 248-246-3260.

Click here for map.

Arbor Day Foundation Names Royal Oak Tree City USA

In honor of Royal Oak's commitment to effective urban forest management, the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, named our town a 2014 Tree City USA.

Royal Oak and Adrian are the only two communities in Michigan that have been recognized with the Tree City USA award every year since the beginning of the program in Michigan in 1976.


More information on the program is available at


Royal Oak Implements Plan for Road Millage Funds

Less than six months after voters approved a 10-year 2.5 mill road tax, the Royal Oak Community Development Department will begin a series of projects this spring to be financed by the millage.

Moving forward, roughly $5 million of millage funds will be spent throughout the city this year as part of an overall plan to maintain, repair and reconstruct local streets, roadways and right-of-ways.

The following is a list projects the engineering division has scheduled for the 2015 construction season:

Millage Concrete Street Repair Projects

Total estimated cost: $1.26 million

  • Amelia St. from N. Main St. to Bellevue Ave.
  • Bauman Ave. from Rochester Rd. to Campbell Rd.
  • Donald Ave. from Rochester Rd. to Campbell Rd.
  • E. Sunnybrook Dr. from N. Alexander Ave. to N. Blair Ave.
  • E. Windemere Ave. from N. Alexander Ave. to Campbell Rd.
  • Englewood Ave. from N. Main St. to Rochester Rd....

State-Wide Road Funding Ballot Proposal Goes Before Voters on May 5

A May 5 statewide ballot proposal will ask Michigan voters to approve a 1 cent sales tax increase to help fund the state’s roads and schools. If Proposal 1 passes, it will increase the 6 percent state sales tax to 7 percent, while dropping the sales tax on fuel.

The initiative, which requires voter approval, will ensure in Michigan’s constitution that all state taxes paid at the pump will go to the support of transportation. The state could see more than $1.3 billion in increased sales taxes, most of which would be spent on roads and streets. A portion of this would filter down to the local level.  City Manager Don Johnson estimates Royal Oak could receive an additional $1.7 million for major streets and $500,000 for local streets, representing a 60 percent increase in state funding.

“If the state-wide proposal is approved by voters, it may enable us to reduce the amount of the road...

Upcoming Events

ROPD Challenge Day: Are You Faster Than a Cop?

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 9:00am

ROPD Challenge DayJoin Chief Corrigan O'Donohue and members of the Royal Oak Police Department to celebrate National Police Week!

Train with Royal Oak's finestRead more »

Royal Oak In Bloom

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Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 7:00am - 2:00pm

On Sunday, May 10th, 2015 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., over 70 vendors with bring everything from flowers to landscaping décor and participate in the 22nd Annual Royal Oak in Bloom. This open-air market is filled with a spectacular selection of garden treasures and color, taking place in the Williams Street parking lot located in front of City Hall.Read more »

Food Truck Rally!

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

It's another Food Truck Rally! On Wednesday, May13th, from 5-9pm, a gathering of Metro Detroit's finest food trucks will be setting up inside the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Bring the whole family for a great variety of affordable food and wonderful music! This event is brought to you by the Michigan Mobile Food Vendors Association (MMFVA).

Wine Stroll

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy featured wines and signature hors d’oeuvres from over 20 of the top Royal Oak restaurants in this walking tour of downtown.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the day of and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland & Macomb Counties.

Check back for a list of participating locations as well as their food and wine offerings.

Tickets available on

Place Flags on Veterans Graves

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:00am

The Memorial Society needs volunteers to place flags on Veterans graves at Oakview Cemetery on May 23 at 10 a.m. For more information, 248-543-8420

Memorial Day Community Parade

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Monday, May 25, 2015 - 9:00am - 11:30am

The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade Committee announced plans for this year's parade which will be held on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.  All veterans, veterans’ groups, school, and community organizations are invited to participate in this expression of our community’s gratitude to our fallen heroes.  The theme remains "Honor Our Country, Honor Our Flag”, but this year the Committee will pay special tribute to our Royal Oak Police, Fire, and other emergency responders who are currently serving, or have served, in the military. The parade will start at 9:00 a.m.Read more »

Oak Apple Run

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 6:00am - 12:00pm

The 38th Oak Apple Run event in downtown Royal Oak will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Gather your family, friends and/or coworkers and spend some time having fun getting fit. Whether it's the 10K, 5K, 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk, or the 1/4 Mile Kids Run, there's an event for you!

For online registration, entry forms, teams, sponsorship, volunteering and more, visit the official race headquarters at:

Stampede Scleroderma

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Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

Join us on June 7, 2015 in the Stampede on Scleroderma by participating in the Walk/5k/10k Run, at the Detroit Zoo. Last year’s event had more than 800 participants, and we’re hoping to make the herd even bigger in 2015. Registration is open, so sign up today! Your registration includes all-day admission to the zoo-bring your family and friends and make a day of it. The ultimate goal of all our fundraising events is a cure for scleroderma. But we’ve decided to add a few more incentives along the way for our Stampede Scleroderma participants.Read more »

Food Truck Rally!

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

It's another Food Truck Rally! On Wednesday, June 10th, from 5-9pm, a gathering of Metro Detroit's finest food trucks will be setting up inside the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Bring the whole family for a great variety of affordable food and wonderful music! This event is brought to you by the Michigan Mobile Food Vendors Association (MMFVA).

Clay Glass and Metal Show

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 10:00am - Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 5:00pm

The 21st Annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show is one of the jewels of Royal Oak taking place Saturday, June 13 from 10am-7pm and Sunday, June 14 from 11am-5pm on 4th Street in downtown Royal Oak. One of the country's top art shows, the event features 125+ of the finest artists in clay, glass and metal work, who are selected by a jury process. The event also includes demonstrations and some specialty food choices. Contact for additional information.

Summer Stroll for Epilepsy(tm)

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 7:30am - 11:15am

The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan is proud to announce its annual Summer Stroll for Epilepsy(tm) - Detroit Zoo taking place on June 27, 2015! The Summer Stroll for Epilepsy(tm) is an inspirational morning walk that gathers individuals from all across Michigan to encourage widespread epilepsy awareness and fundraising for the many programs and services offered by the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. Registration begins at 8:30am and the walk commences at 9:30am.Read more »

Food Truck Rally!

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

It's another Food Truck Rally! On Wednesday, July 8th, from 5-9pm, a gathering of Metro Detroit's finest food trucks will be setting up inside the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Bring the whole family for a great variety of affordable food and wonderful music! This event is brought to you by the Michigan Mobile Food Vendors Association (MMFVA).

Outdoor Art Fair

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Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 10:00am - Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 5:00pm

The 45th Annual Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair will be held at Memorial Park (Corner of Woodward Avenue & 13 Mile Road) on Saturday, July 11, 10am - 6:00pm & Sunday, July 12, 10am - 5:00pm. Juried artists will be selling original art work for your home, office, or as a gift.  An exciting variety of art offered by these juried artists include ceramics, painting/prints, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood, glass, leather, and mixed media.  A variety of food items will be available.Read more »

Woodward Dream Cruise

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Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 8:00am - 9:00pm

The Annual Woodward Dream Cruise will be in Royal Oak on Saturday, August 15. The event attracts thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom, collector, and many other vehicles to the nostalgic cruising lanes of Woodward Avenue. Visit the official "newly designed" Dream Cruise website at for more information.Read more »

Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes

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Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 8:00am - 11:00am

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is the signature fundraising walk of the American Diabetes Association. Step Out has been taking place for more than 20 years and has raised more than $175,000,000 to Stop Diabetes! Join the Walk today! Registration starts at 8am and the walk will begin at 9:15am on September 12, 2015! All participants who are 2 years and older must raise at least $25 to enter the zoo!

Event Location and Address: Detroit Zoo, 8450 West 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067 Read more »

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