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Construction Around Town

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The city realizes construction projects are an inconvenience. Every effort is made to expedite work and minimize traffic conflicts and access to the various properties abutting construction projects.

Should you have any construction questions, you can always call the City of Royal Oak Engineering Division at 248-246-3260.  If a problem occurs after normal working hours, please contact the City Police Department at 248-246-3500.

For information about construction projects around town click here.


Join Royal Oak’s Finest on the Links

Please join Royal Oak’s finest on August 1 for a day on the links at the prestigious Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak to benefit the Boys & Girls Club.

The shotgun start is at 1 p.m. 

Lunch will be served prior to tee off; an awards dinner commences immediately after at Red Run Golf Club.


Why Is My Water Cloudy?

With several water main projects being constructed around the city, here are five things to know about brown/cloudy water:

1. Water can appear cloudy and/or rusty whenever there is a large draw of water from the water main. This can occur when water valves are opened and closed, when there are water main breaks, and when hydrants are flushed or used by the Fire Department.

2. Naturally occurring mineral deposits that accumulate within the water main get stirred up and become suspended particles, thus...

Local Issues on August 2 Ballot

City officials are asking residents to remember to vote on two local issues in Michigan’s August 2 primary election.

Solid Waste & Recycling Millage Renewal

The millage, popularly known as the recycling levy, has been in effect since 1991. It helps pay for:

• trash pickup and disposal
• curbside recycling
• leaf collection
• bulk item pickup
• yard waste and twig/branch pickup
• household hazardous waste drop-off
• street sweeping
• drop off site for used motor oil and electronics

In addition to these services, the 1-mill renewal will help fund the switch to single stream recycling next year, which will eliminate the need to pre-sort recyclables and provides recycling carts to most homeowners.

Proposal B

Voters will be asked to consider amending the portion of the City of Royal Oak Charter dealing with requirements to run for mayor or city...

Summer Concert Series Returns to Center Street

The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts summer concert series, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, returns to a 'pop-up park' on Center Street beginning on July 14.


Consumers Energy to Replace Gas Lines in Royal Oak

During the construction season, Consumers Energy will replace the gas lines in multiple neighborhoods throughout Royal Oak. This will include the pipe in the street and the pipe that runs from the street to various buildings and homes. It may also require the relocation of gas meters. We know this process is inconvenient, but we are asking for your cooperation and understanding.

This work is part of Consumers Energy’s gas main replacement program to improve your gas service. The new piping will be more modern and will be more resistant to corrosion and earth movement. This will provide a more reliable system with less maintenance and lower energy costs.

What to Expect

Before construction equipment arrives on your street, you will notice numerous paint marks on the sidewalk and pavement along with small wire flags in the green belt. These paint marks and flags mark the location of underground utilities such as water main, sanitary sewer, storm...

Sewer Cleaning & Televising to Begin: Here’s 5 Things You Should Know!

A regularly performed sewer maintenance program is set to begin in northwest Royal Oak in June.

Sewer cleaning, televising and root treatment work is done to make sure Royal Oak sewers are functioning properly. If you live in the area bounded by Greenfield, Coolidge, 14 Mile Road and Webster, you can expect to see City of Royal Oak contractors accessing manholes located within existing backyard easements and/or public right-of-ways soon. Affected residents living in this area with manholes in their backyards have been sent notices from Royal Oak Community Development explaining this project.

In addition, a door hanger notification will be sent out at least 24 hours in advance before sewer...

New Voting Location for Precincts 7 & 24

Voters in Precincts 7 and 24 should look for new voter ID cards arriving in their mailboxes by the end of May.

If you previously cast ballots at Oakland Technical Center, your new voting location will be Woodside Bible Church, located at 2915 Normandy in Royal Oak. 

This move is permanent and will be in effect for the Aug 2 election.  

Not sure what precinct you're in?

The Voter information Center at has answers to frequently asked questions, including the following:


Pardon Our Dust: What's Happening at Fries Park

Fries Park is located at the intersection of Greenfield Road and Normandy Road and is currently being used for a staging area for a nearby water main construction on Greenfield Road. The staging area will be used to stockpile materials and debris and provide a place to park equipment.

Since this long overdue utility project had few nearby staging options within Royal Oak, the project's contractor was given permission to use the park provided that he restores the park to a better condition when the project is complete. This plan was approved by both engineering and public services and these improvements should increase the year round usability of the park once complete. The park improvements include:

  • Installing soil erosion measures and tree protections,
  • Stripping and salvaging the topsoil for reapplication and seeding,
  • Replacement of ornamental trees removed due to poor health,
  • Upon completion, the park will be regraded to provide...

2016 Community Development/Engineering Projects Map

2016 Projects MapThe Royal Oak Engineering Division released its 2016 projects maps, which includes the locations of road construction improvements, water main improvements, streetscape improvements, sidewalk improvements and more for this year.

Click on the map to enlarge or go to to download a PDF.


2016 Tree Trim Maintenance Map

DTE Energy has released its 2016 Tree Trim Maintenance Map for Royal Oak. (See for a printable map.)

Here’s what residents can expect will happen over the next several weeks, according to DTE:

• You may see DTE arborist planners in your yard or neighborhood inspecting the power lines and trees to determine where trimming is needed. Arborist planners will be wearing yellow DTE Energy vests andcarrying ID badges.

• If tree work is needed on your property, the arborist planner will knock on your door. If you are not home, DTE will leave a “Tree Work Scheduled” door card. If you have questions about the work intended for your property, please call the number on the door card.

• If a tree poses a serious hazard to power lines or if trimming will put the tree’s health at risk, DTE may need to remove it. DTE will make every effort to work with...

Have a Voice in City Government

Be involved in your hometown in an advisory capacity by volunteering to be a part of a city board, committee or commission.

An informational list of boards and committees within the city and a current list of vacancies is posted on the city's website at:

Indicate your interest to serve by filling out an application. You can download the form at:

Students are encouraged to participate, too! The student application can be found at:

Be involved! Fill out an application today.

Royal Oak Now Accepting Online Payments

You can now make online payments for property taxes and utility bills. Go to to learn more.


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Upcoming Events

Mushroom Walk

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 10:00am

“Mushroom Walk” is scheduled for Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at Cummingston Park beginning at 10:00 am. Park & meet at Leafdale & Torquay. Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk. Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. Read more »

Searchng for Bats

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 10:45am

“Searchng for Bats” is being held at the arboretum on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 beginning at 8:45 pm.  Meet at the north end of the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (3500 Marais) parking lot.  Amanda Felk will be using a bat detector that that plugs into an iPhone with an app that shows a graph of the different echolocation calls & identifies species with somewhat good reliability.   

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Meadow of the Arboretum

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 7:30pm

 "Meadow of the Arboretum” is being held at the Royal Oak Nature Society Arboretum on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 beginning at 7:30 pm.  Meet at the north end of the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (3500 Marais) parking lot. Read more »

Dolly Drive

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 6:00pm

Vista Maria's Dolly drive raises important funding and support for girls who are placed in foster care and human trafficking treatment. They need supportive adults who will love, nurture and protect them, as well as provide them with the opportunity to just be a kid. Read more »

Mushroom Walk

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 10:00am

“Mushroom Walk” is scheduled for Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at Tenhave Woods beginning at 10:00 am.  Park at the Marais/Lexington lot & meet at the park entrance.  Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk.  Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome.Read more »

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats

Event - Date & Time: 
Friday, September 2, 2016 - 11:00am - 11:00pm

Mark your calendars for Labor Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, September 2 - September 5 for fine art, fabulous music, great tasting food and lots of family fun!  Please visit the Arts, Beats and Eats website for events details.
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