Cape Council to discuss pay-per-bag disposal possibilities at next workshop

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council will dedicate a workshop on Monday, Aug. 9 to discuss the preparation of a pay-per-bag trash disposal system in town.

The 7 p.m. council workshop will take place at Town Hall. 

Councilors received a memo from Town Manager Mike McGovern including comparisons of recycling and solid waste data of 11 ecomaine communities since 2006.

The data shows since the 2006-2007 year, Cape Elizabeth has had the largest percentage decline by weight in municipal solid waste, and the largest percentage increase by weight in recycled material going into the “silver bullet” recycling Dumpsters.

The council decided at their July 12 workshop to meet Aug. 9 to discuss potential pay-per-bag guidelines. The council is expected to send the pay-per-bag issue to public hearing on Monday, Sept. 13.

At their 7:30 p.m. regular council meeting, councilors will continue a discussion on rooster restrictions within residential areas. The issue was referred to the Ordinance Committee in July, and may be moved to the Planning Board as it can be addressed within the Zoning Ordinance.

Councilors will also consider proposed amendments to the Town Council Rules to implement changes consistent with the newly adopted communications strategy.

Under the section regarding participation and conduct of meetings, the council will discuss removing a section that will limit dialogue to only the councilors and invited parties. They may also remove the section that allows public comment on proposals discussed at workshop meetings to be voiced only at regular business meetings and by e-mail, letter and phone.

In it’s place, the council may allow the public to speak on each agenda item for up to three minutes for a total of 15 minutes before the council discusses the item. The council chairman may allocate additional time if there are more speakers than the time allows,  and the public participation portion will end when the council begins its discussions.

Supplemental documents and other agenda items may be viewed at

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or