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Petitioners ask Carbondale to reverse bag ban

John Colson
Post Independent
Aspen CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Three residents have petitioned the Carbondale town government to reverse its ban on plastic shopping bags in local grocery stores.

And if the board of trustees declines to undo the ban, the issue will go to the voters in the April 3 town election, according to Town Clerk Cathy Derby.

Derby said petitions containing 195 signatures were submitted Monday by bag-ban opponents Mary Boucher, Lyndsey Sackett and Michelle Hyken.

Town ordinances require that at least 143 signatures be verified as registered Carbondale voters, Derby said. She was able to verify 149, enough to trigger a reconsideration of the bag ban policy by trustees and, if warranted, an initiative election.

The trustees approved a ban prohibiting grocery stores from giving customers plastic shopping bags on Oct. 25 by a vote of 5-1 with Mayor Stacey Bernot dissenting. If upheld, the ban takes effect in May.

The ordinance is similar to one adopted by the Aspen City Council earlier in October. Because the ordinance applies only to stores larger than 3,500 square feet, it currently affects only Carbondale’s City Market store.

Derby said town voters have 30 days to protest the sufficiency of the petitions. If no protests materialize, or are not successful, the matter will go before the trustees on Jan 10.

If the trustees don’t withdraw the bag ban, voters will see the question on the April 3 municipal election ballot.

Also in the April 3 election, voters will decide on three trustee seats currently held by John Hoffmann, Pam Zentmyer and Ed Cortez.

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