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Dobbs Board to Discuss Leaf Blower Law Amendment Tonight

Dobbs Ferry board to meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall

Leaf blower laws are always contentious. The Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees will discuss amending theirs tonight.

Under the current law: 

GAS POWERED LEAF BLOWERS MAY BE USED:

FROM MARCH 15TH TO MAY 1ST AND SEPTEMBER 15TH TO DECEMBER 15TH FROM 8:00 A.M. UNTIL 6:00 P.M. ON MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND 10:00 A.M. UNTIL 5:00 P.M. ON SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND HOLIDAYS

GAS POWERED LEAF BLOWERS MAY NOT BE USED AT ANY TIME:

FROM MAY 2ND TO SEPTEMBER 14TH AND DECEMBER 16TH TO MARCH 14TH

ELECTRIC LEAF BLOWERS MAY BE USED ALL YEAR LONG DURING THE FOLLOWING HOURS:

FROM 8:00 A.M. UNTIL 6:00 P.M. ON MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND 10:00 A.M. UNTIL 5:00 P.M. ON SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND HOLIDAYS

FINES FOR VIOLATING THE LEAF BLOWER LAW:

ANY PERSON VIOLATING THE LEAF BLOWER LAW SHALL BE GUILTY OF AN OFFENSE PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF:

$50.00 FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE AND $250.00 FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE IN THE SAME CALENDAR YEAR

FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, A “PERSON”, INCLUDES THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY AND THE OPERATOR OF THE LEAF BLOWER.

However, according to Mayor Hartley Connett, the law has upset landscapers—in particular—who believe they should have the right to work more efficiently using the gas-powered leaf blowers year-round. 

"We think the request is fairly legitimate," Connett said. "They've asked to used one gas-powered leaf blower per job during the banned seasons."

The board will just be discussing the amendment to village code; no action will take place. 

"When we pass a law—even a good one—there's always something that's overlooked, and we're always amenable to looking into amending it if need be," the Mayor said.

"In this case, it seems to have major consequences for a significant population, which is why we're looking into tweaking it"

What do you think about the issue? 

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See the board's full agenda here.

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Rob May 09, 2012 at 04:37 AM
The number of leaf blowers is irrelevant. It just means the single blower will be used longer on the property to do the work of 3-4 blowers. The use blowers during the Summer is not an efficient use of landscapers time. Just look at the photo accompanying this article; the landscapers are blowing minute bits of organic matter. Yet we've learned that grass clippings and other organic matter should be left on the lawn as a natural fertilizer. In fact, in trainings conducted by landscapers and Greenburgh Nature Center IN DOBBS FERRY VILLAGE HALL, even leaves should be taken care of with a mulching mower until the very end of the season. Blowing grass is bad for the soil, the air, and a waste of time and energy. I have about 10-12 houses near me. Each one has a landscaper who in the Spring -- after the initial cleanup -- blows for 20-30 minutes. That means I have to listen to 4-5 hours of blowers per week. And that does not include the houses further from me that I still can hear. It is bad enough that I'm subjected to this most almost all Spring and Fall. (The seasonal ban ends on Sept 15th, even though the leaves don't really fall until late October). Can't we leave the current law as-is so I can have some peace and clean air during the Summer?
Joanie D May 09, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Ditto to all Rob said. Worse still is when I see them blowing Hardscape for a whole minute until one wet leaf dislodges. Cleanliness takes many forms & clean air & healthy soil & undisturbed eardrums should trump visually "clean"

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