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.
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 arborday.org/TreeCityUSA....
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.
Based out of Royal Oak, the Michigan Warriors Hockey Program gives disabled Veterans a no-cost opportunity to get onto the ice. The nonprofit organization provides an educational and developmental atmosphere for Veterans of all skill levels for both stand-up and sled hockey. The program runs completely on donations and sponsorships.
“We're honored by the opportunity to support our military veterans. These men and women have dedicated their lives to serving our nation and in some cases, suffered...
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.
Dog licenses will be available for purchase at the event. Any dog four months or older must be licensed in the City of Royal Oak.
For questions call Mary Ellen Soma at (248) 542-9029.
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...
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