Leaf blowers: Westporters love ’em when they make our lawns look neat.

We hate ’em when they make our neighbors’ lawns look neat.

They’re an efficient way for lawn crews to work. They can also be very harmful to the environment.

These ideas have all been discussed before, both locally as well as nationally.

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting had a first reading of a proposed leaf ordinance — not the first one ever proposed here — earlier. A second reading, now that all revisions have been completed, is scheduled for the September 6 meeting.

Among the draft’s key proposals:

  • Electric-powered leaf blowers can be used throughout the year.
  • Gas-powered leaf blowers with gas engines are not allowed between March 15 and April 30, or October 15 to December 31.
  • Leaf blowers of any type cannot be used before 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on federal holidays or state holidays.
  • Storm clean-up operations could be exempted from this rule.
  • The ordinance does NOT apply to leaf blowers that are on municipal property, or public or private-owned golf courses.

The Conservation Department would manage enforcement. After warnings, they could issue penalties up to $100 for first violation and $249 for each of the subsequent violations.

Following Tuesday’s reading at the RTM meeting, it will go back to committee. It could be voted for in October. If passed, it would become effective March 15, 2023.

(Other items on Tuesday’s RTM agenda include an appropriation of $237,000 for drainage on the Longshore golf course greens; an appropriation of $313,500.00 for a traffic study of the “Cross Highway School Zone”Between North Avenue and Bayberry Lane, and establishment of a Long Lots Elementary school renovation building committee.

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