Vote will uphold or rescind the bottle ban

GREAT BARRINGTON — For the second time this year, residents will cast votes on whether or not single-use plastic water bottles should be sold in their town.

Great Barrington will hold a special town meeting on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. in Monument Mountain Regional High School’s auditorium. The meeting was scheduled after resident Laura Keefner gathered 337 confirmed signatures to repeal the bottle-ban bylaw passed by a decisive margin at annual town meeting in May.

If Keefner’s effort fails, retailers will be forbidden from selling single-use plastic bottles of up to one liter (32 ounces) of non-flavored, non-sparkling water within Great Barrington effective May 2019. Violators would face daily fines of $50 for first offenses, $100 for second offenses, and $200 for third and subsequent offenses.

The town manager has the power to temporarily suspend the ban in cases of water emergencies, and the bylaw includes exemptions for emergency personnel.

Keefner has said that the bottle ban would be burdensome to consumers and retailers.

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