Leaf Blowers!
In December, Council voted to ban gasoline-operated leaf blowers effective 1/1/23. Yes, this is a controversial topic. Council received much correspondence about it, both in favor and against. I’d like to tell you my reasoning- whether you agree or disagree, I would like to explain why I voted for it. 
 
When this topic first came up months ago, I was initially hesitant. I had concerns about regulating what landscapers and private citizens could do. However, I was equally aware that private citizens have rights as well. During the height of COVID when many people were working from home, the noise created was probably the biggest complaint that we got. I work from home, and my husband who works for a corporation STILL works from home, so I can relate. 
 
I do what I normally do in situations like this, I do my research. Is there true reason (besides general noise complaints) why we would ban them? What would be the repercussions?
 
Below, I will include all of the articles that I took into consideration. After doing my research I realized the issue was beyond just a noise nuisance- it is a health issue- which affects both the user and nearby neighbors, both physically and mentally. Lastly, it affects our environment, which was also concerning to me. Speaking of the environment, I continue to look into city battery disposal programs. 
 
Again, I know this is controversial and some of you do not agree with my decision and I respectfully understand. However I want you to know that I do not take any decision I make on the dais lightly, nor do I base my decision on what other municipalities and states are doing, I make my decisions based on what I think is best for Pinecrest. Should you have any further questions, feel free to reach out. 

And as an FYI, my husband and I bought a battery leaf blower a few weeks ago at our local hardware store. Most of the leaf blowers they sell now are battery. The Ryobi leaf blower that we bought was under $200 and the battery can also be used in our battery-operated chain saw we already own. Both work great, and no cost for gas (with current gas prices, we should be able to make up the cost of the purchases within 12 months).  

Stihl is another company that offers both commercial and residential landscape products, including leaf blowers. They have a battery product buying guide here

Leaf Blower Research:

 

https://www.fairwarning.org/2017/09/leaf-blower/


https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/hearingloss/index.html

https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fsustainability.wustl.edu%2frethinking-lawn-equipment-2%2f&c=E,1,VvPJxJGsbIN1-EVmjhMGMyHc19Wqc7aLp6n0wea94q-ZrohM7MqoglYb9ktEWcI7tQhW4PyySFNx4s0pk0HV3U_URj4oZFUxuXs5b3xTdwaJBi2yP8LN&typo=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/how-bad-for-the-environment-are-gas-powered-leaf-blowers/2013/09/16/8eed7b9a-18bb-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/25/opinion/leaf-blowers-california-emissions.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/04/james-fallows-leaf-blower-ban/583210/

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https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2015-09/documents/banks.pdf

https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fsciforschenonline.org%2fjournals%2fenvironmental-toxicological-studies%2fJETS-1-106.php&c=E,1,GjYIotIfFv4NV2-E8B3IpSNkGNTF-9Rn_UN-W_Aw3dLgp1UJI8ziqDaNJWeT6qrv10MhlQwnKkH94oa3p805t3NemZZ1iX4MfHzbCaM-ER63mA,,&typo=1

https://www.who.int/docstore/peh/noise/Comnoise-1.pdf

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