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At its July 16 meeting, the Town Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Town’s noise control regulations. The amendment, which was introduced by the Council in response to numerous complaints about leaf blower noise, is aimed at increasing the "quiet time" schedule beginning in the fall of this year.
The amendment would prohibit gas-powered leaf blower operation before 9:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m. on weekdays, weekends, and holidays. In contrast, electric and battery-powered leaf blowers could be used from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Town Council and the Town’s Climate and Environment Group believe that this schedule change will not cause significant inconvenience, but will encourage residents, landscape companies, and Town contractors to consider switching to quieter, cleaner electric and battery-powered leaf blowers. The schedule change would be supported by educational workshops and outreach efforts to demonstrate the benefits of battery and electric landscape equipment and the relative costs of such equipment and the options available.
The proposed ordinance amendment and supporting Question & Answer document are available for review on the Town website. Comments and questions can be presented in person at the public hearing or submitted by email to the Town office at firstname.lastname@example.org.