Plastic bags are back on the agenda at City Hall Tuesday night, April 4, as is a citizen proposal for a wide-ranging city resolution on civil rights and the environment.

The City Council last month considered adopting an ordinance to limit single-use plastic bags at several large stores in the city, including Hannaford and Ocean State Job Lot. But testimony from residents who wanted a stronger law apparently struck a chord with the Council and the rules were tabled for redrafting.

A number of details remain to be determined, including: how many stores would fall under the new rules, whether shoppers would be able to get plastic bags or paper bags for a fee, and how the rules would be enforced.

The council on Tuesday will consider a "welcoming city" resolve. The document, drafted by the citizen group BelFem, primarily aims to affirm rights of historically marginalized people along with a slate of progressive causes, including climate change, access to healthcare, and energy independence. The group has stated it has more than 500 signatures from online and paper petitions.

City Manager Joe Slocum in his most recent manager's report expressed concerns that the council typically doesn't issue political statements, and that much of the proposal lies outside of the jurisdiction of city government.

The April 4 agenda also includes: a request from Anah Shriners to hold their parade and a fireworks show in Belfast June 17; a request from the harbormaster to contract with the 56-foot Oliver C. Wayent charter boat; repaving the city landing boat launch; building pickleball courts at City Park; and an executive session on union matters.

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