Article 80

ARTICLE 80

(Bylaw Amendment:  Noise – Gas-powered Leaf Blowers)

Carried Over from 2020 Annual Town Meeting

            To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Nantucket Noise Bylaw in the following manner: Amend Section 101-2 of the Town’s Code of Bylaws to prohibit, on a Town-wide basis commencing on December 1, 2020, the use of gas-powered leaf blowers at all times of the day on all days of the year, by any commercial landscaper, commercial landscape company, or other entity engaged in the business of providing home and yard repair, clean-up, and maintenance services for a fee; or take any other action on the matter.

 

Explanation: Complaints regarding gas-powered leaf blowers by property owners and gardening contractors have been increasing as the use of these tools has also increased. The environmental impact of such gas-powered equipment has also become a growing concern. Finally, it appears that some local commercial landscaping companies have already adopted battery-powered leaf blowers as an effective alternative with much reduced noise levels.

 

(Julia Lindner, et al)

FINANCE COMMITTEE MOTION:  Moved not to adopt the Article.

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE COMMENT:  The Finance Committee is concerned about the undocumented and unverified assertions by the Article sponsor.