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Thanksgiving Holiday Closings, Trash Delays Outlined

All City of Royal Oak buildings will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26.

City Hall, the 44th District Court and the Mahany/Meininger Senior Center will also be closed on Friday, Nov. 27. The library will be closed on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28.

Trash pick-up will be delayed by one day for the Thursday and Friday trash areas only.

City, Firefighters Reach Contract Agreement

Royal Oak firefighters agreed to a series of two modest pay increases and changes in vacation scheduling under a tentative agreement approved by the Royal Oak City Commission this evening.

The agreement with Royal Oak Firefighters Local 431 will give firefighters a retroactive 2.5 percent raise dating back to July 1, 2015 – the same as all other bargaining units – and another 2.5 percent increase on July 1, 2016.

The new agreement also allows firefighters to be paid once per year for up to three unused vacation days. In exchange, the union approved a change that would amend the number of firefighters that can be off on a given day to three – instead of four – an agreement that is expected to save the city money in overtime wages.

“Compromises were made on both sides in order to get this contract in place. We are very pleased to have reached this agreement,” said City Manager Don Johnson. “We appreciate the union’s professionalism and the commitment of our...

NEW! Leaf Collection Progress Map

Residents can refer to the leaf collection progress map to see where leaf pick-up crews are currently working and where they are planning to work next. The map will be updated daily. (Click to enlarge map.)

As a reminder, Royal Oak will post signs in neighborhoods when leaf-vacuuming trucks make their rounds. The signs will be placed on neighborhood streets, just off major thoroughfares, notifying residents that leaf pickup will be in the neighborhood the following day. The signs ask residents to park cars off the streets because cars at curbside can slow down the trucks and make it impossible to pick up leaves in front of the residence where the car is parked.

For more information on leaf collection, go to

Royal Oak Announces 11 Mile Public Art Project Winners

The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts (ROCFA) officially announced the winners of the 11 Mile Public Art Project today. From nearly 60 applications, artworks by Richard Bennett of Detroit, Mark Beltchenko of Grosse Pointe Park, Mathew Zacharais of Ann Arbor, Emilie Beadle of Romulus and Gary Kulak of Birmingham were chosen.

ROCFA budgeted up to $40,000 of community development block grant (CDBG) funding for the purchase and installation of artwork to be permanently displayed along East 11 Mile Road from Troy Street to Campbell Road. CDBG funding is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program that provides communities with resources to implement unique community development needs.

“Judging was very difficult,” said juror Camille Lecoutre of ROCFA. “We were looking for projects that would make people going about their day-to-day...

Royal Oak Legacy Costs are in the News

The Daily Tribune recently published an article that does a good job of explaining why city officials in Royal Oak voted on Sept. 21 to move to issuing bonds to pay for retiree pensions and healthcare in an effort to save money.

A bond sale allows the city to fund outstanding debt on closed pension and healthcare plans at a lower cost and could save the city about $3.5 million a year.

To read the article, click here.


Call for Artists - Summer 2016

Art ExploredThe Royal Oak Commission for the Arts (ROCFA) is excited to announce its fourth annual call for artists to submit applications for temporary display of public art in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan.  Artwork will be displayed from June 2016 to April 2017.

Proposals will be reviewed and juried by a committee of ROCFA members and prominent community art representatives that have not yet been selected.

Selected artists will receive a $600 honorarium. Artwork will be accompanied by plaques identifying the artwork and artist.


What You Need to Know About Leaf Collection

Fall leaf pickup begins on Nov. 2. Everything you need to know about leaves can be found at:

To see when leaves will be collected in your neighborhood, go to:

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.

If you receive this notice and have additional questions regarding the lawsuit, please visit this firm’s website:

or email


Upcoming Events

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Event - Date & Time: 
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Royal Oak's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony happens on Thursday, Dec. 3 outside the Royal Oak Farmers Market.  The flip is switched at 7 pm.

Join us for a great evening of refreshments, caroling, lighting of the tree, and don't forget a special visit from SANTA! He'll be arriving at approximately 7 pm.

The farmers market will also be hosting the Holiday Magic Marketplace, which features more than 60 local crafters and artisans, from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Free hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee will be provided beginning at 6:15 p.m.


Food Truck Rally!

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

It's another Food Truck Rally! On Wednesday, December 9th, from 5-9pm, a gathering of Metro Detroit's finest food trucks will be setting up inside the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Bring the whole family for a great variety of affordable food and wonderful music! This event is brought to you by the Michigan Mobile Food Vendors Association (MMFVA).

Nature Society Speaker Program

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 7:30pm

"Great Smoky Mountains National Park” speaker program is being held on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington).  Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomes more visitors Read more »

44th District Court Closes Early

Event - Date & Time: 
Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 1:30pm

The 44th District Court will close at 1:30 p.m on Dec. 17 for a staff holiday gathering.



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