City of Coldwater, MI
Branch County
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[Ord. No. 421, passed 12-22-1986]
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the business of collecting garbage, refuse or industrial waste in the City without first obtaining a license from Council. No private or commercial license need be granted if City services are available.
The following types of licenses may be available if the City is not currently providing services:
(a) 
Residential refuse licenses;
(b) 
Residential garbage licenses;
(c) 
Commercial garbage and refuse licenses, which may include permits for recyclables generated from any premises from which commercial waste is collected;
(d) 
Solid industrial waste licenses, which may include permits for recyclables, refuse and garbage generated from any premises from which industrial wastes are collected; and
(e) 
Liquid and chemical industrial waste licenses.
[Ord. No. 421, passed 12-22-1986]
Council, before granting a license, must be satisfied that the application meets the following criteria:
(a) 
The applicant must have adequate equipment and containers to perform the services for which license application is made, so that spillage of the materials on customers' premises and streets of the City is not likely to occur, and so that the public health and safety is protected and that the equipment is such that continuity of services is likely.
(b) 
The applicant must demonstrate that he or she has made arrangements for the proper disposition of the garbage, waste and refuse in accordance with State and Federal laws, and has any required State and Federal permits or certifications.
(c) 
The applicant must demonstrate that his or her financial condition is adequate to perform the services for which application is made.
(d) 
If the application is for a residential refuse license or residential garbage license, Council must be satisfied that a need for such service exists which is not being currently met by the City or by any previously licensed hauler.
(e) 
If the application is for a commercial garbage or refuse license, which license is designed to service commercial business establishments, Council must be satisfied that a need for such service exists which is not being currently met by the City or by any previously licensed hauler.
[Ord. No. 421, passed 12-22-1986]
If at the discretion of Council a license is issued, it shall be for a period of three years. Two months prior to the expiration date of a license, the applicant may reapply for the license by submitting a new application. Any company or hauler already possessing a license to engage in one or more of the specific types of hauling mentioned above shall, upon the adoption of this chapter, have 60 days to submit an application for a license under the provisions of this chapter. Any licensee who does not actively use a license for a period of six months or more shall automatically lose such license.
[Ord. No. 421, passed 12-22-1986]
No license is transferable. The City may, at any time, review the operations of any licensee, and, if it appears that the licensee is no longer able to meet the criteria for initially obtaining a license, or if the licensee has conducted operations in violation of this chapter or any ordinance of the City, or in violation of the terms of any State or Federal permit, then such license may be revoked by the City upon such findings and after hearing.
[Ord. No. 500, passed 12-12-1994]
The City Engineer or his or her designated representative, and/or the Director of Police and Fire Services and his or her designated representative, are hereby designated as the authorized City officials to issue Municipal civil infraction citations (directing alleged violators to appear in court) or Municipal civil infraction violation notices (directing alleged violators to appear at the City of Coldwater Municipal Ordinance Violations Bureau) as provided in Chapter 211 of the Administration Code.
[Ord. No. 500, passed 12-12-1994]
A person who violates any provision of this chapter is responsible for a Municipal civil infraction and shall be subject to the payment of a civil fine of not less than $50, plus costs and other sanctions, for each infraction. A second offense, within a period of 90 days, shall be subject to a civil fine of not less than $100, plus costs and other sanctions, for each infraction. Third and subsequent offenses, within 90 days, shall be subject to a civil fine of $250, plus costs and other sanctions, for each infraction.