Pittsfield City Council leaves bag ban on the table

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PITTSFIELD — Members of the City Council decided not to take up a proposed bag ban on Tuesday because multiple members of the council were absent.

The hour also had advanced to nearly 10 p.m. by the time the council reached the bottom of the night's agenda, with a new solar ordinance and a housing loan program proposed by Mayor Linda Tyer taking up most of the evening.

The proposed bag ban, which would take effect Jan. 1 of next year, will likely be taken up during the next meeting. During their meeting last month, councilors sparred over whether or not to charge five cents per bag for paper and compostable alternatives as a way to encourage people to bring their own reusable bags.

Rinaldo Del Gallo initially proposed the ban in 2013. The measure then spent several years with the Green Commission, and has been in the City Council's lap for about a year.

Absent during the Tuesday meeting were Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon and Councilor At Large Melissa Mazzeo.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296

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