Normandy Oaks Update
Southfield-based Signature Associates presented its findings to the Normandy Oaks Task force on April 23 for the marketing and sale of 10 acres of the former Normandy Oaks Golf Course.
In its discussions, the task force stressed the importance of keeping easy access and maintaining views to the park property for neighbors along Nakota Road and Woodland Avenue. After going over options for developing single-family residential along Nakota Road, the task force came to the conclusion that keeping all development on the west side of the former golf course would minimize the impact of the future development on adjacent residential neighborhoods.
Signature Associates also provided the task force with estimated returns on property sold for single-family, multi-family, industrial and commercial purposes. It was suggested that commercial would not be viable on any portion of the site and that industrial would offer the lowest return. Single-family would return much less than...
2014 Annual Police Report: Crime in Royal Oak at All Time Low
A 4.3 percent reduction in serious crimes is one of many accomplishments outlined in the 2014 Royal Oak Police Department Annual Report.
Part A Crimes, which involve force or threat of force, such as assault, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses and burglary, have dropped more than 25 percent in the last four years.
"Royal Oak had fewer home invasions, fewer vehicles stolen and fewer assaults than at any other time on record," said Chief Corrigan O'Donohue. "We had 10 robberies in 2014, which is up one from our all time low in 2011."
The 47-page report includes a variety of crime statistics, operational data, photos and videos, including K-9 Ryker in action.
ROPD Challenge Day: Are You Faster Than a Cop?
Join Chief Corrigan O'Donohue and members of the Royal Oak Police Department to celebrate National Police Week!
Train with Royal Oak's finest
- Chief O'Donohue and members of the ROPD will lead a 1.5 mile group run at Royal Oak Oak High School on May 9. Are you faster than a cop? Find out if your time
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....
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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