Meetings TimesThe City Council meets the 2nd and 4th Monday every month at 5:30pm.
Henry L. Brown Municipal Building
1 Grand Street
Coldwater, MI 49036
Council Chamber (2nd Floor)
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes
John PetzkoPhone: 517-278-6234Third Ward Councilmember 2018-2019
Michael BeckwithPhone: 517-617-2359Third Ward Councilmember 2011-2021
Planning Commission Rep. 2018-2019
Randall HazelbakerPhone: 517-279-7875Mayor Pro Tem 2018-2021
Fourth Ward Councilmember 2001-2021
Scott HoutzPhone: 517-617-8070Fourth Ward Councilmember 2016-2019
James KnaackPhone: 517-279-6353Second Ward Councilmember 2016-2021
Travis MachanPhone: 517-278-8391First Ward Councilmember 2015-2021 / CBPU Liaison 2017-2019
Francisco (Cisco) OrtizPhone: 260-667-3455First Ward Councilmember 2007-2019
Chris PiercePhone: 517-279-9900Second Ward Councilmember 1992-1993; 1997-2005; 2007-2019
Mayor term length is 2 years. Council Member term length is 4 years.
The Coldwater City Charter provides for the council / manager form of government with authority and political responsibility vested in an elected council and centralization of administrative accountability in an appointed professional administrator
About the Council
Coldwater has four wards with two council members representing each ward. The nine-member city council is the governing body of the City and determines all municipal policies, adopts ordinances (local laws) and approves the budget for carrying out all municipal operations. The mayor is charged with the responsibility of conducting the meetings of the council and also represents the City in ceremonial functions.
The city manager is appointed by the city council on the basis of merit, professional training, experience in city management and demonstrated ability. The manager is responsible to the council, ensures that laws and ordinances are enforced and works with the department heads and employees so that municipal operations and functions are carried out efficiently. The manager and staff keep the council advised on the financial condition of the City, prepare the annual budget for council review, prepare the agenda for council meetings and through periodic reports keep the council and public informed on City operations.
We are always looking for ways to improve our community and quality of life for our residents. We are committed to keeping you informed of the latest developments and changes that can affect you and your community.