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City survey to remain online until October, Chamber to launch survey in October

The city of Sandy has set dates for public hearings to hear community input on a proposed plastic bag ban.

City Manager Kim Yamashita proposed an ordinance to restrict use of plastic bags to the City Council on Sept. 4, and a decision was made to hold two public hearings so the community can weigh in on the topic before policy is implemented. The first will be at 7 p.m. during the Monday, Oct. 1, City Council meeting and the second is at the following meeting on Oct. 15.

Councilor Carl Exner expressed concern of how an outright ban could adversely affect the business community, small local businesses especially.

In response to the council discussion, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce will release a survey to its members in October asking how a ban would affect them.

The city already has a separate survey online for community members to complete at www.ci.sandy.or.us/plastic-bag-ban-survey.

For information on how the current candidates for city council and mayor stand on the proposed ban, read the article about the Sept. 24 candidates forum on today's Page A1.

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