BYO Public Hearing

Darien Town Hall, February 6th at 8 PM

On Wednesday February 6th, the Public Works, Public Health & Safety, and Town Government Structure & Administration Committees of the RTM will hold a Public Hearing  in the Darien Town Hall Auditorium located at 2 Renshaw Road,  for the purpose of affording the general public an opportunity to be heard concerning the proposed “Ordinance for the Management of Plastic and Paper Checkout Bags in Darien.” Residents can hear the discussion, and state their thoughts on this important environmental initiative. This is an important part of the democratic process in Darien. 


Anyone can come and speak, each speaker will be given 3 minutes/ one time to speak. This is a very important meeting because based on it, the RTM will decide if the matter should be brought to an RTM vote at a subsequent meeting. 


At this time, Darien is the only coastal town between Greenwich and Westport that has not banned single use plastic bags.  At town meeting in all the other towns, residents, students, business - spoke up on the need for such an ordinance. We need to do the same here in Darien. 


Please help us by joining forces with BYODarien to bring attention to the issue of plastic bag pollution. Here are some very important ways you can help:


  1. Attend the RTM meeting on Wednesday, February 6th and speak in support of the ordinance. Even if you don’t speak, please come to show your support for the initiative. Please RSVP if you can attend.
  2. Contact relatives, friends, people in their neighborhoods that will support the ordinance. Share a link to this page with them.
  3. Sign the petition by clicking here.
  4. Contact the chairs of the following three committees: Public Health and Safety, Public Works and Town Government Structure & Administration (TGS&A). See their contact information below.
  5. Contact your district RTM members. Click here for their phone number and address. 
  6. For ideas and letter format, please click here.
  7. Write a letter to the local papers in support of the ordinance.


Public Health and Safety Chair: James Patrick - jmprtm@gmail.com

Public Works Chair: Monica McNally - mmcnally@darienct.gov 

TGS&A Chair: Frank Kemp - fkemp@darienct.gov


You can also send an email to your RTM district chair who will forward the email to other members of your district. You will know your district by the polling place listed in parenthesis next to each district number.


District 1(Vote at 35 Leroy): Brad Patelli - bpattelli@darienct.gov 

District 2(Vote at Town Hall): Nina Miller - pokebox@aol.com

District 3(Vote at Noroton Heights Fire Department): Lisa Yarnell - lyarnell@darienct.gov 

District 4( Vote at  Hindley School): Brian Rayhill - brayhill@darienct.gov 

District 5(Vote at Town Hall): James Patrick - jmprtm@gmail.com 

District 6(Vote at 35 Leroy): Caroline Luz - luzfamily@gmail.com


Please cc the following on your email to ensure that all members receive the email: darienrtm@darienct.gov


To send a letter to the local news outlets, please send to:

Darien Times: https://www.darientimes.com/contact-the-darien-times/#form

Darien News Online: dariennews@hearstmediact.com