Weston fourth graders Julia Morledge and Colleen Moore made a presentation to the Board of Selectmen proposing a ban on plastic grocery bags in town.
The girls, who have been working with the town’s Sustainability Committee, said they have collected more than 150 signatures from residents who support the ban.
Americans throw away millions of plastic bags, which can take 1,000 years to disintegrate, and when they do, the pieces that remain are still toxic and bad for the environment, Julia said. The bags also kill marine animals and use millions of gallons of petroleum.
The girls acknowledged that requiring plastic or cloth bags might be a burden on some merchants, such as Peter’s Market in Weston Center. But, they said, they are willing to work something out that would be beneficial for everyone.
The selectmen all praised the girls for their initiative and their polished and informative presentation. First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said she will try to facilitate a meeting with the girls and the Weston Center merchants. “They need to hear your concerns and you need to hear theirs,” she said.
Colleen and Julia agreed.
Julie Sidhu was unanimously reappointed to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee for a two-year term to expire Dec. 31, 2014.
All of the members of the Weston Veterans Affairs Committee were reappointed to new two-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2014. The members are Betsy Peyreigne, Bernard Wilson, Jane Anglim-Young, and Cathryn Saldinger.
Laura Davidson was unanimously chosen to serve as Weston’s representative on the Western Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors. Her term expires at the end of 2015.
Weston’s appointed Legal Review Committee was established as a temporary select committee that was to have served until Jan. 31.
“They have been working very diligently, but have not finished their mission,” First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said. As a result, the committee members asked for an extension.
The board unanimously extended the committee’s term of service to May 16.
The five members of the committee are tasked with reviewing the town’s legal representation.
Property tax refunds
The board approved seven requests for property tax refunds totaling $10,644.65.
The refunds granted ranged from $98.24 to $5,686.47.