When asked to rate "quality of life" components, fire and emergency medical services, the police department and library, along with utility services, were at the top of the list for overall citizen satisfaction in a six-page survey conducted for the city by Cobalt Community Research – a Lansing-based nonprofit organization.
[Read: How Do You Think Royal Oak is Doing? City Releases Survey Results]
Let the ROPD and ROFD know how they're doing
If you weren't one of the 1,500 residents to receive survey in the mail, here's your chance to let police, firefighters and the library know how you think they're doing with your show of support.
The police and fire department will square off on the ice for the 4th Annual Royal Oak Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game on March 22.
"I’ve been soliciting local businesses for game program ad space and raffle drawing donations and the response has been good so far," said Sgt. Patrick Stanton of the Royal Oak Police Department. "I’ve all but stopped soliciting raffle items due to the sheer number of items I have to give away and am concentrating on the game program ads."
While the 50/50 and raffles make nice bonuses, Stanton says it's program ads and ticket sales that truly boost the bottom line for game proceeds.
"We played for MDA last year and ended up presenting them a check for $5,000," Stanton said. "That was nice, but down from the totals the first two years of the game. My hope is to get back to the $6,800 to $7,800 range, which we achieved the first two years."
Contact RoyalOakGunsAndHoses@gmail.com if your business would like to place an ad.
The proceeds this year will benefit the Canine Advocacy Program, a program that uses Canine Advocates to support children throughout the criminal justice process.
Let the library know how it's doing
Show your support for the Royal Oak Public Library by visiting the Friends' Annual Book Sale, March 6-8. Gently used books and media will be on sale in the Friends Auditorium and Youth Activity Room.
Proceeds of the sale will benefit library programs and services.
"The Friends of the Library are staunch supporters," Joan Koelsch, library board member, told the Royal Oak City Commission on Monday. "They make their money mainly through the used book sale and a used book shop within the library."
Friends of the Library fund all the programs at the library and have made a generous offer this year to match funding for replacing the library's public computers, which are five to six years old, Koelsch said.
Friends are looking for donations of used books.
"Books can be dropped off at the library any time the library is open," Koelsch said. If the library is closed, there is a cart near the library's employee entrance off Troy Street where books may be left.
For more information or to volunteer, call the library at 248-246-3700.
Save the dates
Friends' Annual Book Sale
- Where: Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. 11 MIle Rd.
- When: The members-only preview is Thursday, March 6, 5 - 8 p.m. Memberships are available at the door. Regular sale hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Friday, March 7, and 10 a.m - 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 8.
- Bonus: The $5.00 bag sale is all day Saturday.
4th Annual Royal Oak Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game
- When: Saturday, Mar. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Lindell Ice Arena, Royal Oak
- Facebook: Facebook.com/RoyalOakGunsAndHoses
- Twitter: @RO_GunsAndHoses