Topsham to Hold Hearing July 7 @ 7 pm

After three BYOB appearances before the Topsham Board of Selectmen, there is Let the people votefinally going to be a Selectboard hearing on our proposals to ban Styrofoam and place a 5-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags at checkout.  We are asking the Board to put our proposals on the November ballot for Topsham residents to vote on themselves!

WE NEED ALL SUPPORTERS TO COME AND SAY A FEW WORDS OF SUPPORT, IF POSSIBLE!

The Board is, frankly, skeptical and they think the community hasn’t heard about this proposal.  Let’s show them we are aware AND supportive!

Hearing is at 7 pm, Thursday, July 7, at Town Hall, 100 Maine Street, first floor Don Russell meeting room.  Residents will be allowed to give brief comments (think, 10 sentences or less).

Tips for testifying:  Speak from your personal experience and focus on 1-2 points to cover well instead of trying to cover everything.  Some examples of a point you could make are:

  • How the image of a healthy and vibrant Topsham community will attract businesses and residents.
  • How the amount of plastic trash you see in the environment affects you, your family and neighbors.
  • What your experience has been with bag fees elsewhere — not a big deal?
  • What you know about the problem of Styrofoam or plastic bags in the environment.
  • Why it is important to let the Topsham townspeople themselves make this decision.

The Selectboard apparently does not like repetition.  If someone else says what you were planning to say, consider saying, “I would like to second what a previous speaker said about XYZ.”

Hope to see you there.  Spread the word!

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