Special town meeting to consider plastic bag ban



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A special town meeting to consider funding for a water and sewer district project and a plastic bag ban is set for Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the firehouse.

Warrant articles ask whether ordinances should be enacted for the ban of plastic bags and polystyrene containers. The proposed bag ban is the result of work by a group of students, now freshmen at the high school, who began working last spring on a project to ban plastic bags in Mount Desert Island towns. The vote was scheduled for this fall in order to give businesses plenty of time to adapt before the 2018 tourist season, officials said at a hearing last month.

Residents will be also asked to authorize selectmen to enter into an agreement with the district to pay the debt service on a $500,000 that is designated for improvements to the water station on Long Pond.

The full text of the proposed ordinances can be found online at southwestharbormaine.org.