Corvallis City Council to discuss changes to bag ban at Monday meeting

2013-05-04T08:15:00Z Corvallis City Council to discuss changes to bag ban at Monday meetingBy JAMES DAY, ANTHONY RIMEL AND BENNETT HALL. Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

The Corvallis City Council will discuss possible changes to the single-use plastic bag ordinance at its 6 p.m. meeting Monday at the downtown fire station, 400 N.W. Harrison Blvd.

The ordinance bans merchants from issuing plastic bags at checkout and charges customers 5 cents for each paper bag. The city began enforcement Jan. 1 for the 11 retailers with more than 50 full-time employees, and the ordinance goes into effect for smaller retailers July 1.

The Administrative Services Committee approved two changes in the ordinance at its April 17 meeting, and the full City Council will review those recommendations Monday.

The proposed tweaks would limit the charge for paper bags to full-sized or “barrel” grocery bags and only require 40 percent post-consumer content in full-sized bags.

Previously, all paper bags required a minimum 5-cent charge and all paper bags had to contain 40 percent post-consumer content.

The changes were made at the request of small-business owners who said it was difficult to find the specialty bags they use that meet the post-consumer content requirement.

In other public meetings:

Today

• Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning will be the “government corner” guest from 10 a.m. to noon at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

Monday

• The Watershed Management Advisory Commission will present a “Know Your Forest” public event on the Corvallis Forest at 6 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

• The Corvallis School Board will gather at 6:30 p.m. in the district offices, 1555 S.W. 35th St. The board will consider a $142,000 contract with a consultant that will pay for a facilities assessment on district buildings.

• The Philomath School District will present its proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year for the second time. The local option levy on the May ballot also will be discussed. The 7 p.m. meeting is in Philomath High School auditorium, 2054 Applegate St.

Tuesday

• The Corvallis Airport Commission meets at 7 a.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 S.W. Madison Ave.

• At 9 a.m., the Benton County Board of Commissioners will hold a work session at 205 N.W. Fifth St. to discuss a flood mitigation project at 37296 Soap Creek Road.

• At noon the commissioners will hold a public hearing at 205 N.W. Fifth St. on an Allied Waste/Republic Services proposal to implement a refuse rate index. Under the plan, the trash hauler would get automatic rate increases every year in which the cost of living goes up.

• The Corvallis Human Services committee meets at 2 p.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room.

• The Corvallis Downtown Parking Commission meets at 4 p.m. at the downtown fire station.

• The Corvallis Urban Services Committee meets at 5 p.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, with the key agenda item a discussion of the city’s wastewater treatment options as it tries to comply with state environmental regulations.

• The Benton County Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the Sunset Building, 4077 S.W. Research Way. The commissioners will hold a work session to discuss the Prairie Species Habitat Conservation Plan and newspaper notice requirements.

Wednesday

• The Collaboration Corvallis project will be discussed at noon at the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce’s May luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 S.W. Eighth St. City Manager Jim Patterson and Oregon State vice president for marketing and university relations Steve Clark will be the speakers. The event costs $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

• The Corvallis Administrative Services Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room.

• The Corvallis Downtown Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room.

• The Collaboration Corvallis parking and traffic workgroup meets at 5:30 p.m. at Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 N.W. Highland Drive.

• The Philomath Budget Committee meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 980 Applegate St. to review the Public Works budget.

Thursday

• A community meeting to review the trails plan that will be incorporated into the Parks and Recreation master plan is set for 7 p.m. at Osborn Aquatic Center.

May 11

• Ward 3 Corvallis Councilor Richard Hervey will be the “government corner” guest from 10 a.m. to noon at the library.

Anthony Rimel covers K-12 education. He can be reached at 541-758-9526 or anthony.rimel@lee.net.

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