Chapter 22 PUBLIC WORKS AND IMPROVEMENTS*
Section 22-159 Residential customers.
Rates. Residential service shall consist of the removal of refuse, in bags provided by the
city or approved by the director, or in centralized containers set for grouped residential units as
approved by the director, once weekly. The fees for such service shall be as follows:
Residences, per month, per residential unit (single-family, duplex, apartment
up to four (4)
units) ....$ 15.42
Residences, per month, per residential unit when property is vacant and owner
discontinuance of a metered service 4.90
Grouped residential units having centralized collection containers instead of
refuse bags, per
unit, per month....14.67
(b) Refuse bags. Residential customers shall
be provided refuse bags by the city at the rate
of twenty-five (25) bags every four (4) months. Additional refuse bags will be made available for
sale to the customer at a cost and location to be determined by the director.
Customer responsibility. It shall be the duty of every customer to place the daily
accumulation of refuse in refuse bags which are securely closed or other disposable container for
pickup, and it shall be the duty of every person placing garbage in any such bag or container, to
eliminate, as far as possible, all water and liquid from such garbage before placing same in such
bag or container.
Location of refuse or yard waste for pickup. All material to be removed by the city, or its
authorized collector, shall be placed in an easily accessible location at the back of the curb, edge
of the roadway or immediately adjacent to an alley, as the case may be. Material for disposal
shall not be located within a building or structure. If more than one bag is necessary to hold the
refuse accumulated at a customer's premises, or if more than one bag is used for the refuse from
any one building, all bags shall be placed at the same location on the premises.
Unlawful to deposit other than refuse in bags for pickup. It shall be unlawful for any
person to deposit in a container or bag from which refuse is to be removed by the city or its
authorized collector, any material other than refuse as defined in this article. If any container or
bag contains material other than refuse, the city or its authorized collector shall not be obliged to
remove the contents of such container or bag.
Unlawful to place refuse at curb, when:
It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership or corporation to place or allow any
refuse, grass clippings, leaves or brush, to remain at the curb or edge of the roadway, or in any
other open and unscreened area accessible to animals, on any day other than the scheduled day of
collection of refuse for that location. The "day of collection" is hereby defined to be the
from 4:00 p.m. of the day preceding collection until 6:00 p.m. the day of collection.
The person or persons in whose name the refuse account is maintained and the owners of
record of the property on which the refuse
grass clippings, leaves or brush, is placed
or allowed to remain shall be prima facie responsible for its placement and maintenance in
(3) Violation of this subsection shall
constitute a Class "C" misdemeanor pursuant to the
provisions of chapter 16, article II of this Code.
Dimensions and weight. All material for collection must be in a bag, disposable containers,
or securely bound bundles not greater than four (4) feet in length, two (2) feet in diameter, and
shall not exceed fifty (50) pounds total weight each.
Collection and pickup. Residential refuse pickup shall be made once weekly according to a
schedule on file with the director. Yard waste pickup shall be on a seasonal schedule to be
prepared annually by the director. The director may vary the schedule and will post notice of any
such variance because of weather conditions or other conditions which make the normal
collection schedule impractical. When a holiday is observed on the normal day of collection, the
collection will be made the following day or as approved and publicly announced by the director.
Special pickup. A special pickup for residential customers will be provided on a continuous
basis at no additional charge. This service is intended for disposal of quantities or items which
are too large for regular pickup. All material for special collection shall be placed in a visible and
easily accessible location not to extend more than fifteen (15) feet from the back of curb, edge of
roadway or immediately adjacent to an alley, as the case may be. Materials resulting from the
erection, destruction or major remodeling of a building, felled trees, large automobile parts,
hazardous materials, etc., and items which cannot be handled by the special collection crew will
not be picked up. Material meeting the special pickup criteria but placed for collection by owners
of commercial businesses or rental property will be collected based on the commercial hand
pickup service charge, provided previous arrangements are made.
Suspension of bundle requirements. In the event of a storm which causes widespread tree
damage, the requirement to bundle brush and tree trimmings for collection may be suspended by
House collection for physically disabled or handicapped:
(1) Any owner, occupant, tenant or
lessee of a residential unit who, due to a physical
disability or handicap, is unable to carry refuse to the curbline may receive house collection at
the same service rate as curbside collection. A request for this service must be submitted in
writing to the director. This request must include certification by a licensed health care provider
of the applicant's physical disability or handicap.
(2) Refuse to be collected from the
house must be in bags and shall be located in plain view
in an accessible location at ground level or on an open platform not more than four (4) feet above
the ground level and so placed that they may be reached from the ground by the collector. Bags
shall not be located within a building or structure. Collection will be made from only one
location on the premises.
Major appliance pickup. The director shall establish a date and time for pickup of major
appliances at curbside upon the payment of a fee of
fifteen dollars ($15.00)
and receipt of a
permit for each appliance to be picked up by the person desiring the pickup. The permit shall be
nonrefundable and nontransferable. Upon the applicant's request, the permit fee may be charged
to the applicant's utility account.
Special pickup of unlawfully placed material. The city may remove refuse that is untimely
placed or allowed to remain at the curb or edge of the roadway in violation of subsection (f) of
this section. The city may remove yard waste that is improperly deposited at curbside for pickup
in violation of section 22-158(b)(3). The fee for material removal service under this subsection
shall be as follows:
Special pickup $
The person(s) whose refuse or yard waste is being disposed of, the person(s) who
placed the refuse or yard waste, the occupant(s) of the property where a special pickup occurs
and the owner(s) of the property, if different, shall be jointly and severally liable for payment of
the special pickup fee. Normally, special pickup fees shall be billed initially to the city utility
customer for the location where the special pickup was made.
(Code 1964, § 10.9070; Ord. No. 9931, § 1, 9-6-83; Ord. No. 12023, §
1, 9-19-88; Ord. No.
12820, § 1, 12-10-90; Ord. No. 13055 § 1, 8-19-91; Ord. No. 13057, § 1, 8-19-91; Ord.
13925 § 1, 1-3-94; Ord. No. 14213 § 1, 9-19-94; 15641, § 1, 6-15-98; Ord. No. 16776,
§ 1, 2-5-01; Ord. No. 16851, § 1, 4-2-01; Ord. No. 17020, §1 , 9-17-01
; Ord. No. 17836, § 1, 9-15-03;
Ord. No. 19207, § 1, 9-18-06; Ord. No. 19678, § 1, 9-17-07; Ord. No. 20263, § 1, 5-4-09;
No. 20341, § 1, 7-20-09;
Ord. No. 20741, § 1, 9-20-10; Ord. No. 21075, § 1, 9-19-11
Note--See the editor's note following § 22-158.
(Ord. 21075, Amended, 09/19/2011, Prior Text; Ord. 20741, Amended, 09/20/2010, Prior Text; Ord. 20341, Amended, 07/20/2009, Prior Text; Ord. 20263, Amended, 05/04/2009, Prior Text; Ord. 19678, Amended, 09/17/2007, Prior Text; Ord. 19207, Amended, 09/18/2006, Prior Text; Ord. 17836, Amended, 09/15/2003, Prior Text; Ord. 17020, Amended, 09/17/2001, Prior Text; 16851, Amended, 04/02/2001, Prior Text; 16776, Amended, 02/05/2001, Prior Text; 15641, Amended, 06/15/1998, Prior Text)