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Royal Oak Rolls Out 2014 Sidewalk Improvement Program

Residents who live in the area bounded by N. Main Street, 12 Mile Road, Woodward Avenue, 10 Mile Road, Longfellow and Alexander may have noticed work being done in the 2014 sidewalk improvement target area.Read more »

Annual Police Report Shows Serious Crime Down in 2013

Last year, Royal Oak experienced an 11 percent overall decrease in crimes that involve force or threat of force, such as assault, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses and burglary, according the to the Royal Oak Police Department’s 2013 Annual Police Report.Read more »

Powdery Substance Forces Closure of Royal Oak Police Station

The Royal Oak Police Station was evacuated this morning at approximately 8 a.m. after a Royal Oak detective opened an envelope containing a white powdery substance.Read more »

Pothole Repair Crews Keep Busy in Royal Oak

Potholes pop up faster than dandelions in the spring, according to Greg Rassel, Department of Public Service (DPS) director.Read more »

Police Contract Equates to More Officers on the Streets

Picture of Royal Oak Police StationA new police contract approved through 2016 effectively puts more officers on the streets in Royal Oak neighborhoods.

The city and the Royal Oak Police Officers Association have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement that gives the city the option to use civilians in place of uniformed police officers for front desk and property room responsibilities.Read more »

Water and Sewer Utility Warranty program

Service Line Warranties of AmericaMultiple Utility Line Protection Program Offers Create Confusion for ResidentsRead more »

Downtown RO Awarded for Streetscape Design

Downtown Royal Oak Picks Up Awards for Streetscape Design, Holiday Lights

The Michigan Concrete Association recently recognized the City of Royal Oak with an Award of Excellence for streetscape improvements at Third, Fourth, Troy and Williams Streets.

The scope of the award-winning project included replacing existing sidewalks with decorative concrete and block, as well as the addition of trees, tree grates and site lighting. New underground utilities were also installed.

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) paid for the streetscape enhancements.Read more »

Sinkhole on 11 Mile Road East of Woodward

Royal Oak police report a sinkhole on 11 Mile Road near Pleasant Street, east of Woodward Avenue.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12 causing damage to a few vehicles, said Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue. No one was hurt.

The sinkhole encompasses the entire eastbound lane, and part of the west. Police are diverting eastbound traffic to the westbound lane. Read more »

Snow Emergency Declared!

The snow emergency of March 12, 2014 has been cancelled as of 7:44 p.m. on Thursday, March 13.Read more »

Royal Oak Recognized for Environmental Leadership

Royal Oak was recognized for environmental leadership at the Michigan Green Communities conference in Flint on February 25. As part of the Michigan Green Communities Challenge, participating local governments were awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze or Member seals of achievement reflecting community leadership in areas such as natural resource conservation, green economic development and energy efficiency.Read more »

SOAA Winners Display Art at 822 Gallery

The South Oakland Art Association (SOAA) is proud to announce that they are presenting their 1st place winners of the Artist of the Month at 822 Gallery in Royal Oak. Stop in and see this beautiful space filled with many beautiful works of art. 822 Gallery will feature 3 new works of art from SOAA members each month. February’s Artists of the Month winners on display are:

Portraits:  Stevie Nicholson for "Ashley"
Representational:      Bob Dennis for "Texas Sunset"
3D/Abstract:  Kathy Pare for "Under the Sea"Read more »

Memorial Day Parade

The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade Committee has announced plans for this year's parade. The parade will be held on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 and the theme of the parade is "Honor our Flag". The Committee will once again reach out to veterans' groups, schools, community organizations and service clubs alike to invite their participation and to keep the parade a truly unique Royal Oak event. Also, family members will be encouraged to walk with their memorial flag during the Parade.
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Winter Weather Advisory January 27

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory that will remain in effect until noon today. A wind chill warning will then be in effect from noon today to noon on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph this morning will create considerable blowing and drifting of snow. Read more »

Stagecrafters Receives Grants

ROYAL OAK, Mich., January 16, 2014 – Stagecrafters recently received two grants totaling $38,000 from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural affairs in mid-December 2013. The grants will assist with both capital improvements and operating expenses. Read more »

Plow Ride Along with Commissioner Douglas

There couldn’t have been a better time for my snow plow ride-a-long than after an 11-inch snow fall. What a revelation!

Plowing is slow, methodical work. The trucks make four passes per block. I can’t believe it only takes 24-36 hours to do the whole city! Parked cars really create problems.  Driver D.J. deftly maneuvered around them and threaded the needle when there were cars parked on both sides of the street, but it wasn’t easy.  

(Something to think about: You can learn how to drive the truck but the only training for snow plowing is on the job.)Read more »

Public Art Program Grows

Royal Oak, MI – “Public art is abounding in Downtown Royal Oak!” according to Royal Oak Commission for the Arts member Keith Howarth. The new public art program called Art Explored that launched this summer with three works from Michigan artists Brian Brook, Richard Gage, and Todd Stovall, continues to grow with six new installations. The new installations include the 20 foot “Whimsy of Whales” by Jennie M. Burt on the side of Qdoba off of 3rd street.Read more »

MI Solar Works Comes to Royal Oak

Royal Oak has been selected as a pilot site for an exciting new partnership called MI Solar Works to drive adoption of rooftop solar PV systems throughout the State. EcoWorks, a local non profit, is partnering with Srinergy  to get the cost down to $3.00/ watt for 5 kW Read more »

Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) Invites YOU to attend upcoming December 2013 Community Meetings.

What: Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis (AA) Community Meetings
Why: SEMCOG invites you to learn more about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and why it is moving forward as the preferred mode for further analysis. Come out and give us your input about the latest project developments.
Format: Open House and Presentation
Where/When:Read more »

New City Brand Unveiled

Action and culture, new urban and authentic, inclusive and progressive. These are the characteristics that define the City of Royal Oak, and its new brand.

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Public Art Pops Up in Downtown RO

Royal Oak, MI – Public art is popping up in Downtown Royal Oak as a new public art program called Art Explored makes its first appearance. Works by Michigan artists Brian Brook, Richard Gage, and Todd Stovall are being featured in this year’s program.Read more »

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