Columbus Council officially passed the city’s $265.7 million budget last week, but it still had some fiscal housekeeping to tend to tonight.
One aspect of Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s proposed budget called for a ban of the use of plastic trash bags for yard waste. According to city administrators, the practice costs the city money for materials, manpower and wear and tear on the city’s trucks, and it slows the process of collection considerably and will shorten the effective life of the city’s landfill.
But banning them would inconvenience home owners and cost them money because biodegradable bags cost more than plastic bags, according to the proposal’s critics, chief among them Councilor Glenn Davis.
After much debate over the last couple of council meetings, council finally had to fish or cut bait tonight.
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There appeared to be another round of debate on tap tonight. There was a line of recycling recepticles and paper bags, along with price tags, lined up in front of the council horseshoe. But they were never used or even mentioned.
There was little, if any, discussion other than Davis’ moving to remove the restriction. Then councilors voted 6-4 to remove the ban and allow people to continue to use plastic bags for yard waste.
Voting to remove the restriction were Councilors Davis, Judy Thomas, Bruce Huff, Tom Buck, Mimi Woodson and Pops Barnes. Voting to sustain the ban were Councilors Skip Henderson, Mike Baker, Gary Allen and Evelyn Turner-Pugh.