Snowmass Village council to vote on bags, discuss noise
August 20, 2012
SNOWMASS VILLAGE – The Snowmass Village Town Council will consider a resolution putting an advisory question about one-time-use bags on the November ballot at its meeting Monday and will take up a discussion about the town’s noise regulations.
The council decided July 23 that there wasn’t enough time to craft a bag policy to put before voters without borrowing an existing one from another municipality, so it voted to work on an advisory question to put before residents in November. At its last meeting, the council directed staff to keep the question simple, such as asking residents if they would or would not support some kind of policy on one-time-use bags.
Earlier this year, Aspen and Carbondale began prohibiting grocers from offering plastic bags to customers and requiring them to charge 20 cents for paper bags. Basalt residents petitioned for a similar policy, but the town’s electorate a bag ban down in May.
The deadline for election items is Sept. 6, and Monday’s is the last regular Snowmass council meeting ahead of that date.
Also on the council’s agenda is a discussion of the town’s noise regulation. Council members expressed the desire to review the noise policy after hearing from a resident in May that Snowmass Village police officers had difficulty responding to noise complaints from him because the town’s policy doesn’t include a hard number for the maximum level of sound allowed.
“I would like to see a number,” resident Steve Silber said at the May 23 council meeting. “The language isn’t there to be able to enforce that type of situation. It’s nice that it’s there, but there needs to be some kind of standard.”
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The Snowmass Village Police Department will provide a presentation on noise to the council, according to the meeting’s agenda.