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City Commission Tackles Short Agenda Tonight

The Royal Oak City Commission meets Monday to discuss special event permits and a Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office participation agreement.

At their 7:30 p.m. regular meeting at City Hall, city officials have only a few items on the agenda.

Special Event Permit for food truck rally

Commissioners will consider Ye Olde Saloon's request for a Special Event Permit (SEP) to host a food truck rally on Oct. 20.

While Interim Police Chief O’Donohue and City Manager Don Johnson do not anticipate the event will create any enforcement issues for the Police Department, Johnson anticipates opposition to the SEP from restaurants objecting to food trucks to operating in locations where they would normally be prohibited, according to a memo to commissioners.

"Many of the restaurant owners are already unhappy with the food truck event held monthly at the farmers market where such activities are permitted," said Johnson in the memo.

Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office participation agreement

The Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office (SEMREO) has invited the City of Royal Oak to become a member, waiving the fee of approximately $32,000.

"SEMREO is a collaborative organization of nonprofits and local governments that seek to help members improve energy efficiency and sustainability...their primary function is to serve local governments by working as an adjunct staff of sorts to help create Energy Plans and seek grants on behalf of its members," wrote Johnson in a memo. 

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