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. Read more »

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.

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How to Avoid Phone & Mail Scams

PhoneLearn how to avoid common scams initiated over the phone or through mail and email.

Join the Royal Oak Police Department and the Crime Prevention Council at 6:30 p.m. on April 14 for a presentation titled ‘How to Avoid Phone & Mail Scams.’ Donald Ferguson, from Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office, will provide tips on how to reduce incoming phone calls and junk mail and offer instructions on how to report a problem or scam.Read more »

Police & Fire to Drop Puck for 'Guns & Hoses' Charity Hockey Game

The hockey teams of the Royal Oak Police and Fire departments are set to square-off in the fifth-annual Royal Oak ‘Guns & Hoses' Charity Hockey Game on Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the John Lindell Ice Arena in Royal Oak. Proceeds from this year’s game will directly benefit disabled military veterans throughout Metro Detroit.Read more »

Rabies Vaccination Clinic Offered April 18

The Royal Oak Animal Shelter will be hosting the annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic at the Department of Public Services, 1600 N. Campbell, southeast corner of Twelve Mile and Campbell Roads on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bring in your dog or cat for a rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian for only $5. Rabies is a deadly disease if contracted, so vaccination is more important that ever to protect your best friend and companion. Read more »

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:

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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.Read more »

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us for Royal Oak's 33rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 4. The ceremony includes caroling by Stagecrafters, music by the Royal Oak Salvation Army Band and the Royal Oak Children's Choir. Song sheets will be provided by the Daily Tribune. Come join us for a great evening of refreshments, caroling, lighting of the Tree, and don't forget a special visit from SANTA! This event will be taking place outside the Farmers Market! Read more »

City Joins Energy Office

The City of Royal Oak officially became the 23rd member of the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office (Energy Office) earlier this month, with a unanimous vote of the City Commission. The Energy Office is a coalition of nonprofits and communities that work to help local governments reduce their energy use and save money for their citizens through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.Read more »

Woodward 5 Sustainability Oct 11 Public Forum

Woodward 5 Communities - Live Life Here.

Residents and business owners of the Woodward 5 Communities are invited to attend this public forum. Your hometowns want to hear from you!Read more »

ROPD Crime Mapping Tool

The Royal Oak Police Department is pleased to announce a new crime mapping tool that is now accessible to all members of the public. The crime mapping website,, will display the crime type, location, date and time of occurrence of all crime reports, excluding sex offenses, taken by the Royal Oak Police Department.Read more »

Safe Biking in Royal Oak

Sharrow ImageDrivers on Catalpa may have noticed these symbols painted on the ground as part of the recent paving improvements. These are Shared Roadway Bicycle Markings (SHARROWS) which are intended to alert other road users to expect bicyclists to occupy travel lanes, to help bicyclists position themselves away from parked cars and avoid being struck by suddenly opened car doors.Read more »

Detroit Zoo Summer Events

Royal Oak Chosen for DIA Inside|Out Program

June - September

Six masterpieces from the DIA’s collection are coming to Royal Oak this summer.  Read more »

Police Officers agree to pay cuts and other concessions

The 55 member Royal Oak Police Officers’ Association last Friday ratified a contract which includes pay cuts, reductions in health care benefits, increased employee contributions for pensions and health care and other concessions.   The City Commission voted unanimously on Monday to approve the two year agreement which will run from 7/1/2011 through 6/30/2013.Read more »

Detectives and Command Officers agree to pay cuts and more

A pay cut, health care changes, mirroring of prescription drug benefits in retirement and an increase in employee pension contributions are some of the concessions agreed to by the Royal Oak Detectives and Royal Oak Police Command Officers Associations.

The City Commission voted unanimously on Monday to approve both tentative agreements for the two year period of July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.  The unions voted to ratify their agreements on May 7.Read more »

Safe Neighborhoods Community Dialogue

Join Fox 2 Anchor & Reporter Ron Savage as he moderates the first annual Royal Oak Safe Neighborhoods Community Dialogue on Wednesday, June 27 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This is event is hosted at the Royal Oak Middle School Auditorium, 709 N. Washington Ave and is presented by the Royal Oak Crime Prevention Council, the City of Royal Oak, and the Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools. Anyone who lives and/or works in Royal Oak, homeowners, condo and apartment dwellers, business owners, employees, should attend this event.Read more »

Cupcake Wars’ Winner!!!

Michelle Brown and Yolanda Baston taste sweet success as winners of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network.   The owners of Taste Love Cupcakes, 304 S.Read more »

Royal Oak Parks: Lawn Season Comes Early

Spring has blossomed early in the City of Royal Oak and the grass in our lovely parks is coming up fast. The Department of Public Service wishes to inform residents that those charged with maintaining these park landscapes are mostly college students working their way through school as part-time summer staff. They are not available for lawn cutting until May, as most are still in school until then.Read more »

Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership Open House

Woodward 5 Communities - Live Life Here.

The Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership Online Survey is over! Thank you for your interest!

Residents and business owners of the Woodward 5 Communities are invited to attend this public forum. Your hometowns want to hear from you!Read more »

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