Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Town Meeting-approved bylaw banning gas-powered leaf blowers stipulates that anyone can use them from Sept. 15 to Dec. 15.
Last fall the The leaf blower ban warrant article passed last fall's Special Town Meeting, and went into effect in June of this year. Per the stipulations of the bylaw, gas-powered leaf blowers are not permitted except during two two-month-long windows during the year: from March 15 to May 15, and from Sept. 15 to Dec. 15 Outside of those dates and times, use of gas leaf blowers is not allowed. The ban does not apply to electric leafblowers, nor to to the Department of Public Works's leaf blowers or those of town Contractors. If you have a leaf blower, it also has to meet the town's noise limit of 67 decibels. Many machines will have a manufacturer's sticker indicating the noise level, but if yours does not, the Department of Public …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Autumn is nigh. Do you chafe at blasting leaf-blowers, or is that tidy look worth the audio anguish?
The first leaves are falling, and, in some towns, season leaf-blower bans are about ready to take a vacation. Ladies and gentlemen, start your leaf-blower engines. Newton actually has a Leaf Blower Task Force. Brookline's already got one. Leaf-blowers have been banned since spring; starting next weekend (Sept. 15), blowers will be allowed for three months; the leaf-blower ban resumes in December. What do you think about banning leaf blowers: the blessed sound of leaf-blower silence or a prime example of government overreach? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Editor's note: This story is posted on multiple Patch sites.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Brookline Police Department issued a reminder that leaf blowers are not to be used for certain parts of the year. The bylaw goes into effect today.
[Clarification: The phrase "leaf blower" in the bylaw refers to gas-powered devices. The police department clarified in an e-mail: The language of the by-law defines leaf blowers as any portable gasoline-powered machine used to blow leaves, dirt, and other debirs off lawns, sidewalks, and other horizontal surfaces. The article has been updated to clarify this point. 9:34 a.m., June 6] It is time to hang up your leaf blower for the summer, because summertime use of the gardening equipment is banned. The leaf blower ban warrant article, which passed Town Meeting last fall, has gone into effect, per a document sent out by the Brookline Police Department earlier today. Brookline Police sent out a timely PDF reminder, available to the right…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Warrant Article 9, designed to restrict the use of leaf blowers to a few weeks of the year, passes unamended at Brookline's Special Town Meeting.
Brookline's yards will be free of leaf blowers noise, at least for certain parts of the year. At Brookline's Special Town Meeting last night, town meeting members voted to support warrant article 9, including an exemption for the Town and properties over 5 acres, passing on the Advisory Committee resolution to enforce the noise bylaw better. Under this new bylaw, property owners can only use their gas-powered leaf blowers in spring between March 15 and May 15, and in the autumn between September 15 and December 15. Property owners with more than 5 acres, and the Department of Public Works are exempted, allowed to use leaf blowers year round. These large property owners include the golf course, and Hellenic and Pine Manor colleges. …