Carbondale voters say ‘yes’ to bag ban
Aspen, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE – Voters in Carbondale narrowly upheld a ban on the use of plastic bags at the town’s City Market grocery store, 718 to 691, in Tuesday’s municipal election.
“I’m pleased with the bag-ban result,” said Trustee John Hoffmann, who won re-election Tuesday and voted for the ban when it was enacted last year.
Also pleased by the result was trustee-elect Allyn Harvey.
“I voted for it,” he said. “I think shoppers will adjust. I know I have.”
The Carbondale Board of Trustees originally approved an ordinance enacting the ban, which affects only grocery stores larger than 3,500 square feet, in October by a vote of 5 to 1.
Mayor Stacey Bernot opposed the ban, but not because she disagreed with the concept.
She said at the time that she felt it improperly singled out the City Market grocery store and did not deal with other stores in town that also hand out plastic bags to customers.
The ban was challenged in late January by Mary Boucher, Michelle Hyken and Lyndsey Sackett. They collected 195 signatures on a petition asking the trustees either to reverse their decision and vacate the ordinance or to put it to a vote of the people.
When approved by the trustees last year, the ban was scheduled to go into effect in May. Shoppers must bring their own carry-out bags to the store or purchase paper bags for 20 cents apiece.
A total of 1,409 votes were turned in for the bag-ban election out of approximately 2,303 active registered voters, according to Carbondale Town Clerk Cathy Derby, for a turnout of 63 percent.
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