Bailey seeks help in cut­ting plas­tic waste

Kent County News - - OBITUARIES - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­

— For­mer mayor Margo Bailey, now stump­ing for the Ch­ester­town En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mit­tee, is ask­ing the town for sup­port in a cam­paign to re­duce plas­tic waste.

Sin­gle-use plas­tic trash “is wreck­ing our oceans and rivers. We are dec­i­mat­ing our wa­ters,” Bailey said at the Sept. 5 mayor and coun­cil meet­ing.

Bailey was mayor for 20 years, step­ping down at the end of her term in 2013. She launched sev­eral go-green ini­tia­tives and led the ban on plas­tic shop­ping bags in 2011.

At last week’s mayor and coun­cil meet­ing, she asked if the town would write a let­ter to lo­cal restau­rants ask­ing them to have their ser­vice staff ask cus­tomers if they want a straw with their drinks and a plas­tic bag with their take­out con­tainer — in­stead of au­to­mat­i­cally sup­ply­ing these.

To help re­duce the waste stream of Sty­ro­foam, Bailey sug­gested that din­ers bring their own take­out con­tain­ers. She said Stro­foam can­not be re­cy­cled and re­leases meth­ane.

She said the en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­tee would pro­vide the coun­cil with a sam­ple let­ter to send to restau­rants. The ob­jec­tive, she said, “is to make peo­ple start think­ing about what’s hap­pen­ing.”

As of Wed­nes­day, a sam­ple let­ter had not been given to the town, Clerk Jen Mul­li­gan said.

Dur­ing ward re­ports Sept. 5, Liz Gross thanked Town Man­ager Bill Inger­soll and Zon­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tor Kees de Mooy for work­ing with man­age­ment at Am­berly Park in ad­dress­ing com­plaints of trash and un­de­sir­able ac­tiv­ity at the trailer park on Philoso­phers Ter­race.

“It is look­ing bet­ter,” Gross said.

Coun­cil­man Sam Shoge, whose Third Ward in­cludes Wash­ing­ton Park, re­ported that de Mooy had sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion for Pro­gram Open Space fund­ing for im­prove­ments at the re­cre­ation area to in­clude a pav­il­ion, walk­ing path and land­scap­ing.

The grant would not be awarded un­til next sum­mer, Shoge said.

By unan­i­mous vote, the coun­cil au­tho­rized Util­i­ties Man­ager Bob Sipes to work out a pay­ment sched­ule with a prop­erty owner on Calvert Street who in­curred an out­stand­ing water bill due to a leak un­der the house in a crawl space.

The leak was at a rate of 4,000 gal­lons of water a day and re­sulted in a loss of 347,000 gal­lons over a span of seven months, Sipes told the coun­cil. The leak was re­paired March 31.

Sipes does not have uni­lat­eral au­thor­ity to waive a water bill. He told the coun­cil that he had cred­ited the sewer por­tion of the home­owner’s util­i­ties bill.

He said this was only the third time in nearly 14 years that he has re­ferred a “hard­ship” re­quest to the mayor and coun­cil.

The debt must be paid by June 30, 2018, the end of the fis­cal year.

Rose­mary Ram­sey-Granillo, di­rec­tor of the Fam­ily & Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ships of Kent County, spoke about free work­shops on break­ing the cy­cle of poverty that are be­ing of­fered. Lo­cally, spon­sors in­clude the United Way, the school dis­trict’s Judy Cen­ter and the FCPKC.

Ram­sey-Granillo said 50 per­cent of Kent County’s chil­dren are liv­ing in poverty.

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