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Library Entrance

North Library Entrance Gets Makeover

Demolition of existing pavement and stairs at the north library entrance is slated to start next week. This work kicks off the initial phase of a new streetscaping on 11 Mile Road in conjunction with the new parking deck.

What to Expect

  • The stairs and brick walls will disappear and a new ADA compliant ramp to the north entrance will be constructed. The north entrance is expected to permanently reopen after being closed to the public for nearly a decade.
  • Decorative streetscape including ornamental street lights, trees with grates and stamped concrete will be put in place to match the looked of the work recently done on East Fourth Street.
  • During construction, the turn lane on 11 Mile north of the library will be closed.
  • Library hours and programs will not be affected by the work on the Eleven Mile side of the building.
  • The sidewalk is expected to reopen in December.
Drop Box

New Location for Library Book Drop Box 

Starting on Saturday, Oct.20, the curbside book drop off box will be temporarily located in city parking lot P4 behind the police department and city hall, accessed from Troy Street. It will be in this location for about 6 – 8 weeks while new sidewalk and curb and gutter is being installed on Eleven Mile Road immediately to the north of the library building. Customers wishing to return library materials when the library is closed can pull into the P4 lot from Troy Street and they should readily see the orange library drop box. 

Election Inspectors Needed

The City of Royal Oak is seeking election inspectors to work the November 6, 2018 election. To apply to become an election inspector, review the qualifications and requirements below, and submit your completed Election Inspector Application (PDF)to:

General Qualifications

  • Must be a qualified and registered elector of the State of Michigan.
  • Must be 18 years of age; a person who is 16 or 17 years of age may be appointed with special conditions.
  • Must be able to work be able to work from 6 a.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Must have transportation to and from polling location. Shall have a good clerical ability to perform duties.
  • Computer experience. 

Requirements & Duties

  • Must fill out an Election Inspector Application (PDF). 
  • Open and close the polling place location.
  • Set up voting booths, tables, precinct supplies and Aut0MARK terminal.
  • Able to use a laptop computer to record voter history.
  • Issue voters their ballot.
  • Assist voters in any phase of the voting process.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Chairperson.
  • Pay of job is $180 for the day and an additional $15 for attendance at training class.
New Park Area

New Downtown Park Visual Preference Survey Date

As a continuation of the community engagement process for the downtown park, registration is now open for the Visual Preference Survey on Nov. 3. There are two sessions; 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

The Visual Preference Survey is a public engagement session that allows people to view imagery and identify their preferences on a wide range of park design features and amenities. Park planners, landscape architects, engineers, city staff and commissioners are asking residents to express their opinions about the park, so we can all learn what it can look like and feel like.

This workshop is unique.

The Nov. 3 Visual Preference Survey is not the same as the survey that was completed this past Saturday, Oct. 6. If you missed the survey this past Saturday, that is okay. Your participation on Nov. 3 is welcomed and needed.
To register for this event, please go to www.romi.gov/rsvp. Registration is now open.
We look forward to seeing you on Nov. 3!
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Ruck 22 5K March to Benefit Veterans

Join the cities of Ferndale, Hazel Park and Royal Oak for a 5K ruck march through the three communities.


A ruck march involves walking at a fast clip with a weighted backpack or ruck. In the Armed Forces, participants carry at least 45 pounds in their rucks.

For this event, we are asking participants to carry at least 22 pounds or 22 items.

WHY 22?

On average, 22 veterans commit suicide in the United States.
By carrying at least 22 pounds of food or 22 personal items, we show our support for our veterans.
If we all carry the burden, no one has to do it alone.


Entry fee is $22 for adults and includes a t-shirt
Entry fee is FREE (does not include T-shirt) for active and retired military and children 10 or $5 with a T-shirt. (Please note shirts are only available in adult sizes).
T-shirts will have the event logo on the front; the number 22 is on the back. You can add your city's name -- Ferndale, Hazel Park or Royal Oak -- if you chose.

ALL monies from entry fees will be donated to the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial. Food and other items will go to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/22-ruck-march-tickets-50403195…

Learn more at www.22ruck.com.
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Requirements for Absentee Voting

Absent voter ballots are available for all elections. You may vote with an absent voter ballot if:
  • You are unable to vote without assistance
  • You are 60 years of age or older
  • You expect to be absent from your city or township on election day
  • You are in jail, awaiting arraignment or trial
  • You have been assigned to work as a precinct worker in a precinct other than where you are registered
  • You are unable to attend the polls because of religious beliefs
If any of these situations exist, you can obtain an absent voter ballot by writing to the Clerk. You must state the reason why you need an absent voter ballot, and you must sign the request.

A pre-printed absent voter ballot application form is available above or from the City Clerk upon request.

Request a Ballot
A separate absent voter ballot request must be submitted for each election. Download an Absentee Voter Ballot Request Form, fill it out and mail it to the City Clerk at:

Royal Oak City Clerk
211 South Williams Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067 

If you want the ballot mailed, your application must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election. Make your request early to allow for delivery time.

Voters Outside of the US
If you are temporarily outside the US, you can use a Federal Postcard Application to apply for an absent voter ballot. The FPCA must be signed under oath unless you, your spouse or your parents are serving in the armed forces or Merchant Marines.

Casting Your Absentee Ballot
A voter eligible to vote by absent voter ballot may mail their completed ballot. You may also vote in person at the Clerk’s Office anytime up to 4 p.m. the day before the election. All absent voter ballots must be received by the Clerk’s Office not later than 8 p.m. on election day.

Voter Information Center
To track the status of your absentee voter ballot, visit the State of Michigan Voter Information Center.
Bike Lanes

What Drivers Should Know About Bike Lanes

Here are three things drivers should know about bike lanes:

1. Only people riding bicycles may travel in a bike lane. 
2. Where bike lane lines are dashed, drivers may cross over the bike lane. 
3. Green paint indicates a potential point of conflict between auto and bicycle traffic. Drivers must yield to bicyclists until they have cleared this zone.

The above photo shows how a typical intersection on Main Street will be marked.


Police Department Update

Residents can find the most recent police reports on the city's website at http://romi.gov/963/Press-Releases

Citizens are also encouraged to sign up for crime alerts at crimemapping.com. Crime Mapping's goal is to assist police departments in reducing crime through a better-informed citizenry.

Sign up for public safety alerts from the police using Civic Ready. Click here to subscribe.


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 Library Events

There is always something interesting and exciting happening at the Royal Oak Public Library. Go to ropl,org to learn more.

Library hours are: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (September 10, 2017 through June 10, 2018)

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Work for the City of Royal Oak

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Royal Oak.
To browse through available opportunities go to: romi.gov/jobs


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Like us today at: https://www.facebook.com/Royal-Oak-MI-City-Hall-157871554266952

Senior Times

Senior Times Newsletter

The City of Royal Oak offers mature adults opportunities for lifelong education, fitness, nutrition and leisure activities.

Click here for the latest news and information from the Mahany/ Meininger Community Center. 

Mobile App

City Launches Mobile App

The City of Royal Oak has a new mobile app! Find out what's happening, get meeting agendas, discover employment opportunities within the city and more.

Download the app at these locations:

Apple Store 
Google Play Store

Pay Online

Make Convenient Online Payments

Did you know you can make online payments for property taxes and utility bills?

Go to http://romi.gov/868/Online-Payments to learn more.

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