Leaf blower law re-examined

The Village of Mamaroneck leaf blower law is under review.

The Village of Mamaroneck leaf blower law is under review.

The Village of Mamaroneck discussed amending its seasonal leaf blower ban in such a way to allow property owners to be able to use the machines year-round.

Trustees discussed the possible amendment at their June 9 meeting, which would replace the noisy, gas-powered leaf blowers with environmentally friendly electronic machines. The new law will allow leaf blowing to occur year-round for residential property owners, and for anyone in situations involving severe weather emergencies.

In the village, leaf blowers are not allowed during the period between May 15 and Sept. 30. However, if in the summer months we have severe weather, like a hurricane, supervisor of the Department of Public Works Tony Lacovelli has to say ‘it’s okay’ for leaf blowers to be used.

Village Manager Richard Slingerland said, “This law will allow property owners to use electronic leaf blowers year-round.”

As the law stands now, the village code reads as follows with respect to permissible times to use leaf blowers.

“From Oct. 1 to May 14, when the use of leaf blowers is permitted…only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday. No such activity shall be permitted on Sunday or on any holiday…No more than one leaf blower may be operated at any time on property with an area of 5,000 square feet or less.”

If landscapers or property owners use leaf blowers within the time period it’s prohibited, the landscaping business and/or property owner will receive a $50 fine.

So far this year, the village has received a total of 13 complaints after May 15, but no violations were found in those instances.

At the June 9 meeting, some residents expressed annoyance about the noise gas-powered leaf blowers emit.

Democratic Trustee Andres Bermudez Hallstrom said residents should stay vigilant when it comes to violations of the law.

“We really need to report on [leaf blower] violations,” he said. “If residents see landscapers going against the law, they should report it to police. If the police don’t see or hear about violations, they go unnoticed.”

The amendment to the law is still under review.

-Reporting by Molly Stazzone