Council Overturns Mayor's Veto

Plastic Bag Ban Set to Take Effect Jan. 1st
Aaron Selbig


     Homer’s ban on disposable plastic shopping bags has gone from on-again to off-again to back on-again. With a final vote of the Homer City Council Monday night, the bag ban is set to become law January 1st.
     In advance of Monday’s meeting, council members got a look at a petition opposing the plastiuc bag van. The petition was circulated in the weeks before the meeting at Ulmer’s, the Kachemak Gear Shed and Spenard Builders Supply. 363 people signed the petition, calling for a repeal of the ordinance, which was passed by the council August 13th but then vetoed by Mayor Jim Hornaday.
     But on Monday night, when public testimony on the issue went on for an hour, it was the other side that dominated the discussion, with the vast majority of residents testifying in favor of the ban.
     As she has in the past, council member - and mayoral candidate - Beth Wythe voiced her steadfast opposition to the plastic bag ban.
     "I don't feel like we need to be forced to have a conscious decision about how we treat our environment," said Wythe. "Every person has the choice ... and that's what they are saying to you."
     And as he has in the past, council member – and ordinance co-sponsor – Beau Burgess defended the plastic bag ban.
     "We cannot rely on poeple ... to address the issue of plastic pollution," he said.
     And with that, the original 4 to 2 vote on the issue held and Mayor Hornaday’s veto was overridden. 
     Homer’s ban on plastic shopping bags is set to go into effect January 1st.