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Royal Oak Now Accepting Online Payments

You can now make online payments for property taxes and utility bills. Go to www.romi.gov/online-payments to learn more.

 

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City to Save $2.2 Million after Refinancing Bonds

The City of Royal Oak authorized the refinancing of $17.3 million in bonds in March, a move the finance director says will save customers and taxpayers more than $2.2 million over the next 13 years.

The bond sale closed on March 30 after the Royal Oak City Commission authorized the refunding of the bonds in January to take advantage of lower interest rates. The bonds were issued in 2006 and 2008 to fund numerous water, sewer and parking projects as well as various road resurfacing ventures and vehicles and equipment for the Department of Public Services.

Four banks responded to a request for proposals.

“I was pleased and appreciate the bids that came in from Bank of America – Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan Securities and Robert W. Baird & Co. They were all very competitive.” said Finance Director Julie Rudd. “The St. Louis-based firm of Stifl, Nicolaus & Co. came in with the lowest interest rate of 2.1 percent.”

2016 Community Development/Engineering Projects Map

2016 Projects MapThe Royal Oak Engineering Division released its 2016 projects maps, which includes the locations of road construction improvements, water main improvements, streetscape improvements, sidewalk improvements and more for this year.

Click on the map to enlarge or go to http://romi.gov/webfm_send/4550 to download a PDF.

 

Housing Rehabilitation Program Helps Low-Income Homeowners Fix Up Houses

Each year dozens of Royal Oak homeowners with low-to-moderate incomes are able to make up to $40,000 worth of home improvements through a city grant and loan program.

The Royal Oak Housing Rehabilitation Program at City Hall helps homeowners with grants of up to $10,000 and no-interest or low-interest deferred loans. Read more>>>

2016 Tree Trim Maintenance Map

DTE Energy has released its 2016 Tree Trim Maintenance Map for Royal Oak. (See http://romi.gov/webfm_send/4509 for a printable map.)

Here’s what residents can expect will happen over the next several weeks, according to DTE:

• You may see DTE arborist planners in your yard or neighborhood inspecting the power lines and trees to determine where trimming is needed. Arborist planners will be wearing yellow DTE Energy vests andcarrying ID badges.

• If tree work is needed on your property, the arborist planner will knock on your door. If you are not home, DTE will leave a “Tree Work Scheduled” door card. If you have questions about the work intended for your property, please call the number on the door card.

• If a tree poses a serious hazard to power lines or if trimming will put the tree’s health at risk, DTE may need to remove it. DTE will make every effort to work with...

Have a Voice in City Government

Be involved in your hometown in an advisory capacity by volunteering to be a part of a city board, committee or commission.

An informational list of boards and committees within the city and a current list of vacancies is posted on the city's website at: http://romi.gov/departments/city-clerk/boards-committees

Indicate your interest to serve by filling out an application. You can download the form at:http://romi.gov/webfm_send/3611

Students are encouraged to participate, too! The student application can be found at:http://romi.gov/webfm_send/2967

Be involved! Fill out an application today.


Upcoming Events

Life 50 Miles from Tomorrow

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 7:30pm

“Life 50 Miles from Tomorrow” speaker program is being held on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington).  National Park Ranger Stephanie Schneider took time off from Yellowstone to spend the summer of 2015 in the Arctic village of Kotzebue. Kotzebue is a small Inupiaq community 50 miles from the international dateline, and 30 miles above the Arctic Circle.Read more »

Royal Oak Democratic Club Meeting

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 10:00am

The Royal Oak Democratic Club May Meeting is May 7 at 10 a.m. at the Royal Oak Senior Center, 3500 Marais.

The guest speaker will be David Holtz, Chair of the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter Executive
Committee.

 Website: http://roadc.com

War Veterans Grave Cleaning

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In preparation for the Memorial Day tribute, the Royal Oak Memorial Society is seeking individuals and groups to help clean veterans’ graves at Oakview Cemetery on May 7th and 14th from 10 a.m. until noon and to help place US flags next to the graves on May 28th from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Pond Life

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 11:00am

“Pond Life” program is being held on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 beginning at 11:00 am at Tenhave Woods.  Park at Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance.  We will be sampling the vernal pond for what is living in it.  We will have viewing trays to examine what we find.  For those interested small aquarium nets will be available for you to catch your own pond life and have us identify.  Come and learn about the interesting aquaRead more »

Spring Wildflower Walk

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 2:00pm

“Spring Wildflower Walk” nature walk is being held on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 beginning 2:00 pm at Tenhave Woods.  Park at Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance.  We will be looking for Red & White Trillium, blue & yellow violets, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Bloodroot, Trout Lily, Wild Geranium, Spice Bush, Spring Beauty, Wood Poppy, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, & Wood Anemone and more. Read more »

School Senior All Night Party Fundraiser

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Royal Oak High School Senior All Night Party Fundraiser takes place on May 7 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Clawson Knights of Columbus Hall, 870 North Main Street.  

Website: www.sanptrivianight.weebly.com

 

Royal Oak in Bloom

Event - Date & Time: 
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 7:00am

This annual flower and garden sale, held annually on Mother’s Day for the past 23 years, draws residents and visitors to the Williams Street Parking lot to shop for flowers, plants, landscaping items, and decorative elements for their lawns. Nearly 70 vendors attend, offering everything from perennials to copper sprinklers, annuals to trees, tomato plants to wind chimes, porch swings to etched stones. Designed to help Royal Oak homeowners beautify their property, Royal Oak in Bloom is a Mother’s Day tradition for many.Read more »

Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra Concert

Event - Date & Time: 
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 8:00pm

Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra Concert is May 13 at 8 p.m.

The orchestra, under the direction of Jeremy Duby, will perform with the Metropoliltan Detroit Chorale at Berkley High School, 2325 Catalpa Dr, Berkley.

Website: www.RoyalOakOrchestra.org

War Veterans Grave Cleaning

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In preparation for the Memorial Day tribute, the Royal Oak Memorial Society is seeking individuals and groups to help clean veterans’ graves at Oakview Cemetery on May 7th and 14th from 10 a.m. until noon and to help place US flags next to the graves on May 28th from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Wine Stroll

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

12th ANNUAL WINE STROLL SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016!

 

Tickets are on sale now and going fast! Participating restaurants and retailers to offer wine samples and signature hors d’oeuvres for strollers; proceeds to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties.

 

Royal Oak, MI—Tickets are on sale now for the 12th annual Wine Stroll in Downtown Royal Oak, Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.!

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Flag Placing on War Veterans Graves

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

In preparation for the Memorial Day tribute, the Royal Oak Memorial Society is seeking individuals and groups to help clean veterans’ graves at Oakview Cemetery on May 7th and 14th from 10 a.m. until noon and to help place US flags next to the graves on May 28th from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Pancake Breakfast

Event - Date & Time: 
Monday, May 30, 2016 - 7:00am - 12:00pm

The Royal Oak Historical Society will hold its annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast from 7:00 a.m. until noon at the Royal Oak Farmers Market.

Memorial Day Parade and Service

Event - Date & Time: 
Monday, May 30, 2016 - 9:00am

The Memorial Day Parade be held on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. All veterans, veterans’ groups, school, and community organizations are invited to participate in this expression of our community’s gratitude to our fallen heroes.Read more »

Clay, Glass and Metal Show

Event - Date & Time: 
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 11:00am

This award-winning art show features works created from heat using fire and dirt. Held in the heart of the downtown on Washington Avenue, the only mediums presented in this June show are Clay, Glass & Metal pieces, ranging from jewelry to large, decorative items. Entrees are juried by a group of artists to ensure only the best of the best are presented.

Event Location and Address: Washington Avenue (in between 4th St. & Lincoln Ave.)

Event Contact: Jennifer Clark, Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Read more »

Outdoor Art Fair

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 10:00am - Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 5:00pm

The 46th Annual Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair will be held at Memorial Park (Corner of Woodward Avenue & 13 Mile Road) on Saturday, July 9, 10am - 6:00pm & Sunday, July 10, 10am - 5:00pm. Juried artists will be selling original art work for your home, office, or as a gift.  An exciting variety of art offered by these juried artists include ceramics, painting/prints, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood, glass, leather, and mixed media.  A variety of food items will be available.Read more »

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