The White Plains Common Council approved legislation Monday night that would increase existing restrictions on the use of gas powered leaf blowers, as well as create new decibel-level limits for landscape maintenance equipment.
“This law represents an effort to reduce loud, unnecessary and unwanted noise in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Tom Roach, in a press release. “Newer model gasoline powered leaf blowers will meet the decibel level restrictions, so this law is not expected to impose a hardship on landscape businesses nor directly impact the cost of landscaping services.”
According to a City press release, the White Plains Police Department will distribute informational flyers to landscapers they encounter during routine patrol. The flyers and a link to the law will be also posted on the City’s website.
Here are the details on the law:
Blower Ban: White Plains’ previous leaf blower law banned the machines from June 15 through Sept. 30, allowing residents to only use them between Oct. 1 and June 14.
The law now extends the ban from May 1 through Sept. 30 and from Dec. 16 to March 14. Leaf blowers can now only be used in White Plains between March 15 and May 14, and again between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15.
The machines can still be used between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Only one leaf blower can be used on a property 5,000 sq. ft. or less.
Noise Restrictions: Decibel levels for leaf blowers must remain at 70 decibels or less for gas powered leaf blowers and 85 decibels or less for gasoline powered landscape equipment; such as lawn mowers, chain saws and trimmers.
What do you think?
- Are you glad to see the increased restrictions? If so, why?
- Do you think the restrictions are too aggressive? If so, why?
- Do you think the restrictions are not aggressive enough? If so, why?
- How do you think this law will affect landscapers?
- How do you think the law will affect homeowner?
- What's wrong with using a rake?
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