VACAVILLE — City Council members elected Tuesday to hold off on work that could lead to a ban of single-use plastic bags.
The council majority cited the amount of staff time needed to begin a draft model ordinance. They cited a similar state proposal, Senate Bill 270, which is working its way through the Legislature. They also voiced concern about the lack of supporting data, including the potential negative repercussions of a ban to local stakeholders such as businesses, nonprofits and city residents.
“What’s the impact going to be?” Councilwoman Dilenna Harris said. “I’m not comfortable until I understand more thoroughly what that looks like.”
Harris’ concerns were echoed by other council members. Councilman Curtis Hunt also wanted to know more about the cities that currently have bans and how those bans have affected them.
The agenda item was based upon a March 13 meeting of the City County Coordinating Council – made up of Solano city mayors and the county Board of Supervisors – in which those in attendance heard a presentation by the Solano County Resource Management Office concerning the single-use plastic bag ban proposal in the Legislature.
After the meeting, members directed County Integrated Waste Management staff to work with local jurisdictions to develop proposals to create a local draft ordinance.
Council members said they wanted to hear the presentation given to the March 13 contingent before moving forward. There was also concern about the 90-day turnaround time given staff to interview stakeholders as part of the initial process. It’s a time frame that Brian McLean, the public works manager for the city, said probably wouldn’t be doable.
“To do this and to do it right, it’s substantial staff time,” he said.
City Manager Laura Kuhn will draft a letter to the City County Coordinating Council stating that the council needs more information and staff can’t complete the needed task within the 90-day time limit. Arrangements will also be made for council members to hear the original presentation.
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