Fresard Clock Tower on City Commission Agenda Tonight

Royal Oak officials will tackle a short agenda when they meet at 7:30 p.m. today at City Hall.

The Fresard Clock Tower is back on the Royal Oak City Commission's agenda when it meets today at 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of .

After much discussion on June 18, Royal Oak city commissioners agreed toto support  on Woodward. The Troy-based car dealership business is interested in purchasing and operating the 44-foot tall clock tower for advertising.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) determined the electronic display boards on the clock tower were abandoned signage and subject to removal. In a memo to the commissioners, City Attorney Dave Gillam advised MDOT is only interested in removing the display boards and not the structure itself.

If the commission chooses to support Suburban Collection in its discussions with MDOT to reinstate permits, the company is interested in entering into a new license agreement for the clock tower with the city. Up for discussion will be the use of the tower for public service announcements, brightness, hours of operation and restrictions on video displays.

Other agenda items

  • Public hearing on issuance of hospital revenue refunding bonds for the benefit of William Beaumont Hospital
  • Sidewalk café agreement for Pizzeria Fellini
  • Planning commission recommendation to rezone 3822 W. 13 Mile Rd.
  • proposed license revocation
  • Special event permit for Priority Health Arts In Motion 5K 
  • Request to amend Civil Service Merit System Ordinance
  • Library Board appointment


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