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ISSUES

We have a great community, with strong neighborhoods, and quality city services. But to keep
things on the right track, we need leadership that listens, understands the needs of our
residents and is always striving to improve on what’s not working. With your support, I will
dedicate my passion, skills, and expertise to making Royal Oak even better. 
Neighborhood Preservation

Create strong neighborhoods through better maintaining our parks & protect greenspace, holding landlords and builders accountable, and growing our neighborhood associations

 

Adhere to the design of the city master plan, and strive to maintain the integrity and individuality of our neighborhoods
 

Encourage residents to take advantage of city services that offer tree planting on public easements.

Housing 

We want Royal Oak to be a place where you can get your first place after college, and then later your starter home, and then a larger one to raise a family, and then have places to downsize after the kids move on.  We are that community.  And to remain that community we need to work to ensure the opportunity is available for everyone.

Sustainability 

Support the Cites goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050
 

Work with the city manager to upgrade city buildings to energy-efficient standards, saving the city money and reducing consumption.

 

Preserve green space and expand our tree canopy.
 

Improve stormwater retention with smart planning and permeable surfaces to never again have a flood like the one that destroyed homes and property in August of 2014.

Quality Public Services

A strong city has strong quality public services.  These are no “nice-to-have” amenities, but rather the things that contribute and make a place inviting and a top destination in the region.  These are the core components that make residents want to live here.

  • Support our Police, Fire & EMT to keep our community safe

  • Increase opportunity for seniors in our city by funding quality programming at our senior center and improved transportation options

  • Continue park upgrades and improvements 

  • Invest in the Farmers' Market, repairing crumbling infrastructure and ensure the Market lasts another 100 years!

Community

 

Increasing Community Engagement:

• Increase resident participation in all decisions

• Better use technology to share information

• Strengthen & empower citizen boards and committees

 

Ensure that our community fosters a culture of safety, awareness, and tolerance

COVID Recovery

Covid-19’s long-term impact to the economy, state shared revenue funding, and other revenue sources leaves us with uncertainty.   Proactive budget planning , outcome based budgeting, and collaborative actions between the City Commission and city staff are essential to navigating these uncertain times.