Romeo, Michigan

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Romeo is a village in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,721 at the 2000 census. The village is situated at the southeast corner of Bruce Township, with a portion extending south into Washington Township. Armada Township is adjacent to the east and Ray Township to the southeast. Romeo is located on the exurban fringe of the Detroit metropolitan area, and many of its residents commute to jobs closer to the city.

Romeo once served as a hub for the timber industry, and many wealthy timber families resided there. Dozens of stately Victorian mansions survive. Romeo is distinct in the area for having a fairly robust traditional downtown which has never seen a major fire. Because of this, there are stores and restaurants downtown that have original tin ceilings from as long ago as the Civil War. Romeo was also an early participant in the automobile industry, serving as home to the Detroit Auto Vehicle Company from 1904 until 1908.

Romeo is known for its Peach Festival, which takes place every year during Labor Day Weekend. This event dates back to 1931 and includes a car show, floral parade, craft show, and many other downtown events.

Tillson Street is known for its elaborate Halloween decorations . Thousands trick-or-treat Tillson Street every Halloween to see the homeowners one of a kind Halloween stages.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.2 km² (2.0 mi²). 5.2 km² (2.0 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.

Government

The government of the Village of Romeo consists of elected and appointed officials. The elected officials include: six council members, one President- Michael A. Lee, one Treasurer, and a Clerk. The appointed officials include: Chief of Police, Department of Public Works Director, and Village Administrator. Currently, the elected clerk also holds the appointed position of Village Administrator. The day to day operations of the Village are handled by the Clerk/Administrator.

Over the past 20 Years, Romeo has undergone numerous upgrades to the infrastructure of the Village. These include a revamping of the streetscape on Van Dyke Avenue, the main road through the Village, and the installation of a new water tower. Romeo also has one of the few wastewater treatment plants in the region. While most of the region receives water and sewage service from the City of Detroit, Romeo sustains its own supply of water, and treats all of the Village sewage through their own treatment plant. It also receives electricity from the local Ford engine plant. This was especially valuable during the blackout that occurred throughout the entire NE United States on August 14, 2003. Romeo was one of the many areas in the Detroit Metropolitan area to have clean running water and electricity. More recent infrastructure improvements include a complete renovation of the Village water system, and replacement of all the sidewalks throughout the Village.

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