The Boulder City Council will hold a public hearing and second vote Wednesday about a proposal to require bear-resistant trash cans west of Broadway.

The City Council meeting was moved to Wednesday from its usual Tuesday schedule to allow people to participate in political party caucuses.

The ordinance, which passed unanimously on first reading last month, would have a phased implementation, with homes with alley trash service to be the first to need bear-resistant containers.

The ordinance gives the city manager the authority to expand the area where bear-resistant cans are required depending on how bear activity expands as trash gets harder to obtain west of Broadway.

Western Disposal is in the process of testing a retrofit to its containers and expects to be able to offer bear-resistant cans for between $2.78 and $4.75 a month. Previously, the cost was $10 a month per can.

The ordinance also raises the fine for not securing trash properly to $250 from $100.

The City Council meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers in the Boulder Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway.