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Is Royal Oak Michigan’s New Tech Center?

Is Royal Oak Michigan’s New Tech Center?A wave of cutting edge technology companies continue to call Royal Oak home.   Read more »

Election Inspectors Wanted for Aug. 5 Election

The City of Royal Oak is looking for new election inspectors to work at the polling places on Aug. 5.

General Qualifications: Read more »

Water Department Imposter Scam

The Royal Oak Police Department is investigating a Larceny that occurred in the 1100 block of Cherokee. A Royal Oak resident called the police department on July 1, 2014 at 2:27 p.m. to report a larceny. The resident stated two (2) subjects arrived at his residence claiming they were Water Department employees and needed to check the water meter.Read more »

Fireworks Ordinance Violations Result in Fines

Up To $500 Fine for Violating
Royal Oak’s Fireworks Ordinance

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Royal Oak Venue Chosen as Finalist for Free DSO Concert!

The City of Royal Oak and Royal Oak Schools have exciting news to share. The Dondero Auditorium at Royal Oak Middle School has been selected as a finalist among venues for a free Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) concert. 

Vote for Royal OakFifteen finalists are now posted on the www.dso.org/DTEpowersDSO site for community voting.   Read more »

Command Officers Reach Tentative Agreement

Royal Oak PoliceThe city and the Royal Oak Police Command Officers Association have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement.

After a series of spirited negotiations, according to City Attorney Dave Gillam, the agreement reached follows the pattern that was set previously with the detectives and patrol officers' associations.

The same wage pattern is in place – 0 percent increase in 2013, followed by 1.5 percent increase in 2014 and 2.5 percent increase in 2015.Read more »

City Commission Discusses Deteriorating Roads

Some Royal Oak roads are in poor shapeThe Royal Oak City Commission met Wednesday to focus on the city’s deteriorating roads and discuss what should be done to improve local streets.

Roads are a huge problem, not just in Royal Oak, but throughout Michigan, according to City Manager Don Johnson.  Read more »

Royal Oak Welcomes New Manager of Economic Development

Todd FentonThe City of Royal Oak is welcoming a former Wayne County senior development officer to serve as its new manager of economic development.

Todd Fenton – who has served as one of the region’s primary points of contact for companies seeking to grow, expand, and relocate to southeast Michigan – will lead the charge to provide resources and technical assistance to businesses contemplating investing in the city. He started his new position Monday.Read more »

Royal Oak Animal Shelter Receives $106K Gift

Thanks to the generosity of a long-time Royal Oak resident, the Royal Oak Animal Shelter (ROAS) has much to be thankful for. Royal Oak Animal Shelter

ROAS was the recipient of a generous planned gift from the estate of Loismae Murray on April 23, 2014. Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue plans to use the $106,448.86 donation for continual improvements at the shelter.Read more »

Service Line Warranties of America Frequently Asked Questions

Royal Oak homeowners will see an offer for a low-cost, worry-free sewer line warranty protection program in their mailboxes soon. Mayor Jim Ellison explains in a letter to residents how the voluntary Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) program could potentially save Royal Oak homeowners money. Read more »

Main Street Prepares for a Wave of New Construction

The sound of bulldozers, graders and backhoes can be heard from Lincoln Avenue to Catalpa Drive on Main Street nowadays.

Here’s what Royal Oakers should know about all those construction crews and barricades.

855 S. Main

855 S. Main (left) will be developed into a 5-story mixed-use building (right).Read more »

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 »

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