CRANSTON CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING July 2, 2020

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CRANSTON CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING

A Public Hearing on the following amended Ordinance 6-20-01S will be held before the Special City Council on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM pursuant to Section 3.12 of the Charter.

Topic: Special City Council Meeting
Time: Jul 2, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time
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Michael J Farina Leanne Zarrella, JD
Council President City Clerk


PROPOSED ORDINANCE 6-20-01S IN AMENDMENT OF TITLE 8 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF CRANSTON, 2005, ENTITLED “HEALTH and SAFETY’’ (Plastic Bag Reduction)

*Amended by Special Ordinance Committee 6/18/2020
**Amended by Special City Council 6/25/2020

It is ordained by the City Council of the City of Cranston as follows:

WHEREAS, the City Council enacted Ordinance 2019-14 on March 25, 2019 relating to the elimination of plastic bags by local restaurants and businesses; and

WHEREAS, the enforcement of Section 8.12.140 of the City Code was enacted with enforcement of any violations of its requirements stayed until July 1, 2020; and

WHEREAS, local restaurants and businesses have been closed and financially hurt by the state and local emergencies declared by the Covid-19 pandemic; and

WHERAS, the enforcement of the plastic bag reduction will impose additional economic harm on businesses who have been closed and still have an inventory of bags to use and are not yet ready to operate under the required provisions.

NOW THEREORE, the Cranston City Council desires to extend the date of enforcement until **July January 1, 2021.

Section 1. Chapter 8.12.140 of the Code of the City of Cranston, 2005, entitled “Plastic Reduction” is hereby amended by extending the enforcement date of the ordinance until **July **January 1, 2021. **Notwithstanding the foregoing, during the period from January 1, 2021 to July 1, 2021, no fines shall be imposed.

*Section 2. Notice. The Mayor or the appointed office or offices designated by the City to enforce Chapter 8.12.040 shall send notice to all businesses which are reasonably assumed to be impacted by Chapter 8.12.040 no later than 90 days prior to the enforcement date containing a copy of Chapter 8.12.040, and any other relevant information.

Section 3. This ordinance shall take effect upon its final adoption.

Sponsored by Councilmember Hopkins

7/2/20

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