Let them use rakes!
The commission voted 5-0 in favor of the new ordinance. Now if we could just get their lawn guys to stop blowing the leaves into the street. I never understood that part of it.
Here's what the ordinance says:
It will be unlawful to operate, or cause to be operated, any powered yard maintenance equipment including lawn mowers, lawn edgers, weed trimmers, leaf blowers, chain saws, chippers, stump grinders, pressure washers, compressors, out-of-doors except as provided below:
(1) Commercial operations are only permitted on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays after 9 am and until 2 pm. No operations are permitted at any time on Sundays and any legal holidays.
(2) Non-commercial operations are only permitted on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 30 minutes after sunset and on Saturdays, Sundays and any legal holiday from 9:00 a.m. until 30 minutes after sunset
WHEREAS, City residents are entitled to peace and quiet at night and on the weekends and holidays; and
WHEREAS, the use of loud, mechanized yard maintenance equipment has the potential to interrupt sleep and enjoyment of one's yard, and
WHEREAS, residents who work may have no other time except weekends to take care of their yards; and
WHEREAS, certain commercial grade equipment is often larger and louder than consumer grade equipment, even when the engines are properly muffled; and
WHEREAS, mechanized leaf blowers have been shown to cause respiratory problems by blowing dust and mold particles into the air, and
WHEREAS, mechanized leaf blowers make particularly annoying and penetrating sounds; and
WHEREAS, no economic harm to lawn services has been demonstrated in communities where leaf blowers have been banned outright.
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