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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Town Council to Consider Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban

At its June 10 meeting, the Town Council will discuss, and consider introduction of, an ordinance to implement a phased-in ban of gas-powered leaf blowers in Town. 

In May, the Town’s Climate and Environment Committee presented a report to the Town Council requesting action to address noise, harmful pollutants, and other impacts from gas-powered leaf blowers.  In response to the Committee’s specific request for a phased-in ban, the Council asked the Town attorney to draft an ordinance to prohibit the use of gas-powered leaf blowers on Sundays, effective September 1, 2020, and to prohibit the use of gas-powered leaf blowers on weekends and federal holidays, effective January 1, 2021.  The Council agreed to consider introduction of the ordinance at the June Council meeting and to hold a public hearing at the July Council meeting. 

At its May meeting, the Council also discussed the Climate and Environment Committee’s proposal to implement a total ban of a gas-powered leaf blowers effective January 1, 2022.  Before considering this specific proposal, the Council agreed to hold a public forum in July to solicit community feedback.  More information on the forum will be included in the July newsletter.

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