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. Read more »

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.) Read more »

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.Read more »

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.Read more »

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.Read more »

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:

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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 »

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 »

Cupcake Wars’ Winner!!!

Michelle Brown and Yolanda Baston taste sweet success as winners of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network.   The owners of Taste Love Cupcakes, 304 S.Read more »

Royal Oak Parks: Lawn Season Comes Early

Spring has blossomed early in the City of Royal Oak and the grass in our lovely parks is coming up fast. The Department of Public Service wishes to inform residents that those charged with maintaining these park landscapes are mostly college students working their way through school as part-time summer staff. They are not available for lawn cutting until May, as most are still in school until then.Read more »

Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership Open House

Woodward 5 Communities - Live Life Here.

The Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership Online Survey is over! Thank you for your interest!

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 »

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