Community Invited to Provide Feedback on City Website

Over the next several months, the City of Royal Oak will be working to improve the layout and navigation of its website -- Your opinions are important in helping the city provide the best website possible.

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Read Mayor's State of the City Address

Mayor Jim EllisonIt took Mayor Jim Ellison 26 minutes to present his 2015 State of the City address at a luncheon hosted by the Royal Oak Rotary Club at Bistro 82 on July 21.

The mayor took the annual gathering, which was attended by more than 80 guests, to highlight milestones achieved over the past year.

Watch the State of the City address.Read more »

Art Explored Series Showcases Michigan Artists

Art ExploredThe third annual Art Explored Series has kicked off in downtown Royal Oak. This public art series launched two years ago with three featured artists, grew to eight local artists last year, and is now showcasing nine works by nine Michigan artists.Read more »

5 Things You Should Know About Your Summer Tax Bill

The first tax bill of the year, dated July 1, has been sent. Here are five things you should know about your summer tax bill.Read more »

Washington Avenue Construction Update

Washington Construction

The engineering division reports the following update to the Washington Avenue construction schedule:

July 27-31: Levelling course (first course of asphalt) will be placed on the west half of the road by July 31;Read more »

Golf With Royal Oak's Finest at Charity Outing

2015 Golf outingThe Royal Oak Police Department is pleased to announce its 2015 Charity Golf Outing will be held on Monday, Aug. 3 at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak. The event is open to everyone.Read more »

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2015 Summer Concert Series

Summer Concerts SeriesThe Royal Oak Commission for the Arts brings its summer concert series to the heart of downtown Royal Oak with weekly performances by some of the area’s top bands on select Thursdays in July and August.

The summer concert series takes place at the Center Street Pop-Up Park on Center Street between Third and Fourth Streets beginning July 9. Read more »

Information For Royal Oak Water And Sewer Customers Regarding Class Action Law Suit

Certain Royal Oak residents may receive notice this month of a “class action” lawsuit against the city entitled “Schroeder v. City of Royal Oak.” This webpage provides you with some of the important details about this case. We hope that the information provided here will help you to better understand the background of the case, the complicated legal issues it raises and how the eventual outcome of the case may impact you.

If you qualify as a member of the class, you will receive notice from the law firm of Kickham Hanley, PLLC, which is representing the plaintiffs. Read more »

'Embrace the Barrels' Kicks Off with Giveaways and Free Parking!

Embrace the BarrelsEmbrace the Barrels is a 10-week long promotion for Washington Avenue during the scheduled construction, beginning June 9 through Aug. 13. To help the businesses during these busy summer months, the Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority, in partnership with the City of Royal Oak, will be offering giveaways at featured Washington businesses and free parking on select days.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 »

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