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At its December 9 meeting, the Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance to amend Town regulations of gas-powered blowers. The new regulations are in response to resident concerns about noise and other impacts of this type of landscaping equipment. Specifically, they 1) expand quiet hours during which the use of gas-powered blowers is prohibited and 2) implement a ban on the use of gas-powered blowers from January 1 through October 14, effective in 2022. The regulations exempt gas-powered snow blowers and sprayers and do not include a total ban of gas-powered blowers. Montgomery County noise regulations also remain in effect in the Town.
The Council also approved a Battery-Powered Blower Rebate Program at its December meeting. The program is intended to reduce the noise and other impacts of gas-powered equipment by assisting with the cost of acquiring battery-powered equipment. In addition to the terms of the program, the Council approved a supplemental appropriation of $30,000 to fund the program.