Allow gas leaf blowers back
Original post made by Barbara Cleveland on Aug 4, 2006
The noise level has been minimal. I have observed the gardeners to be organized and fast, and they should be allowed to do their jobs in the most efficient way possible. If this means gasoline-powered blowers, so be it.
on Aug 4, 2006 at 11:13 am
The noise level is, on the contrary, extremely high. It's a disaster for anyone who is at home during the day. One instance is bad enough, but multiply it by nearby gardener after gardener and it becomes Noise Pollution as well as just plain Pollution, which is the last thing we need with global warming roaring down the track at us. I had a neighbor who used a leaf blower every day for an hour or so. (I won't comment on how nutsy that was.)
Plus trying to bike through a cloud of leaf fragments and dirt being blown into the street is very annoying. I guess we should swerve out into traffic to avoid this.
Use a rake, use a broom. Show a little environental concern. And save the gardeners' hearing as well.
on Aug 4, 2006 at 11:57 am
Here we are at the "Leaf Blower Debates" again.
The commercial leaf blowers have not place in our residential neighborhoods.
The "Blow and Go" tactics of our gardeners throw a ton of dust in the air and that is unacceptable to maintain a good neighbor policy.
The alternatives are out there. One of my neighbors uses a small electric blower and if you didn't happen to see him you wouldn't even know what he was up to. Try that with a commercial blower.
We should make the ban on leaf blowers a permanent ban this time so that we don't have to revisit this debate each year. The gardeners will have to face the fact that they will not be able to blast clean a 5,000 sq. ft. property in 15 minutes and may have to use a rake and broom now and then and adjust their prices accordingly.
on Aug 4, 2006 at 5:00 pm
All machines that exceed mandated noise levels - levels that are set in law - should be banned. Otherwise, why have the law?
All machines that exceed environmental pollution standards set in law should be banned. Otherwise, why have a law?
I would welcome a NEW City Council ban on ALL machines that violate noise and pollution levels, with HEAVY and IMMEDIATE fines for anyone in violation.
I would also like to see our City up the number of civil code enforcement officers from the current number of one, to three or four, so that noise and other city ordinances can be effectively and consistently enforced.
I would also welcome a City Council ban on ALL equipment manufactured by ANY company that violates environmental safety levels set in our civil code.