City Commission approves restrictions to solid waste pickup times

The City Commission has approved an ordinance amendment prohibiting waste haulers from collecting refuse before 7 a.m. and after 8 p.m. in residential zones and commercial properties adjacent to residential zones that have dwelling units.

The commission began considering the action last fall after residents raised concerns about the noise and disruption caused by garbage trucks emptying dumpsters during the early-morning hours. The ordinance change will go into effect for one year beginning Feb. 23. In February 2018, the commission will evaluate its success.

Waste haulers may apply for an exception to collect refuse before 7 a.m. for business necessity, scheduling or dumpster location reasons. The DPW director will approve or deny the request based on factors cited in the application and public input.

If approved, the exception will last for one year. Residents within 300 feet of the dumpster will be notified and may appeal to the City Commission for reconsideration. If the request is denied, the applicants may also appeal to the City Commission for reconsideration. The decision of the City Commission is final.

For additional information, please call Public Works at (989) 779-5401.