North Haven could be the region’s first municipality to ban leaf blowers powered by gas all year.
After years of complaints about noisy leaf blowers, the Village of North Haven will become the first municipality in the region to ban gas-powered leaf blowers year-round for all users if it adopts a proposed noise code change unveiled by Trustee Chris Fiore during the Village Board’s monthly meeting on August 17.
If the ban is passed, it will apply to homeowners as well commercial landscaping crews. It also would include tough penalties for construction crews that work on weekends in violation of the village’s noise code.
“Hopefully, as of the first of April next year, we will never hear a gas-powered leaf blower”After highlighting the provisions in the proposed code amendment that he had developed with Trustee Dianne skilbred, Mr. Fiore spoke again in North Haven.
After Mr. Fiore outlined the proposal, board members agreed to set a public hearing on it for the board’s next regular meeting at 5 p.m. on September 21 in Village Hall. Eileen Tuohy, Town Clerk, stated this week that the village attorney was working on the proposal’s text and it will be published in the Sag Harbor Express as a legal notice.
Board members were informed by Mr. Fiore that he had spoken to them. “a couple of landscapers” and they had expressed no opposition to the proposed ban, telling him they’ve been expecting similar restrictions across the region.
Mr. Fiore stated that they had told them that it would cost them $4,000 to purchase commercial blowers powered with batteries as well as enough batteries for their crews. “they didn’t seem to be surprised or upset.”
He stated that he would prefer to have the option to choose between them. “to just not hear”The sound of gas powered leaf blowers “any more, including from any resident … even if it’s high leaf time.”
For around $200-300, you can purchase heavy-duty, battery powered blowers online that are suitable for residential use. You can also purchase additional batteries and chargers for about the same price. Lighter models labeled “cordless”They are generally cheaper. Although heavy-duty, gas-powered leaf blowers are typically slightly more expensive than battery-powered models, some are similar in price.
The board members stated that bans similar to North Haven’s have been implemented in other municipalities. Mr. Fiore claimed that Sag Harbor had “just passed the same ordinance, the same update. I’m told Southampton and East Hampton have done it as well”; and Trustee Terie Diat stated “the village of Southold just did it.”
North Haven would be North Haven’s first city to ban leaf brooms powered by gas.
The Town of Southold has placed restrictions on when leaf blowers may be used throughout the year. Sundays are also prohibited. Sag Harbor, 2020, restricted the hours of operation of all types and types leaf blowers. Southampton Village enacted a partial ban in 2019 that banned all leaf blowers from being operated during the summer season and on Sundays.
East Hampton Town has banned the use gasoline- or diesel-powered leafblowers during the summer. It also established hourly limits throughout each year. The Town of Southampton considered, but never adopted any restrictions regarding leaf-blowers. Quogue has banned leaf-blowers powered by gas from Sundays and holidays between May 15th and October 15.
The noise code proposal also includes a provision that would let Building Inspector George Butts get tough on contractors who violate the noise code’s existing ban on weekend and holiday construction. If they ignore the warning Mr. Butts may issue a one-week suspension of work order. A third offense could lead to a $5,000 fine and a two-week stopwork order.
The maximum penalty is $250. There is no stop work order. That doesn’t deter the contractors, Mr. Butts told the Village Board in June. “They just don’t care,”He said.
Other noise codes amendments would also prohibit outdoor speakers from producing direct sound. “toward adjacent property.”Hours are also available “tractors, lawnmowers, leaf blowers and power saws”The hours of work would be 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays. Yard contractors would be permitted to work Saturdays from 8 AM to 5 PM and prohibited from Sundays.
Also, at the August 17 session, the Village Board approved a six-month moratorium on shoreline hardening structures like bulkheads or rock revetments. The board will continue developing new regulations to control erosion.
The hearing on the plan was closed to the public. The vote was 3-1. Trustee Diat voted “no”After arguing, the moratorium should also apply “soft”Projects to protect the shoreline, such as vegetative “coir”Logs and plantings Others disagreed and stated that the village has tried for years to encourage plantings. “soft” shoreline protection measures and shouldn’t restrict them now.
Other actions were also taken by the board during the meeting.
• Heard Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni, a North Haven resident, announce that the Southampton Town Board was set to approve the purchase of the 4-acre former Lovelady Powell property on Sunset Beach Road for preservation through the town’s Community Preservation Fund.
• Approved an intermunicipal agreement with Sag Harbor under which Harbormaster Bob Bori’s team will patrol all of North Haven’s waters to enforce local regulations, not just the “inner cove,”It costs $12,500
• Discussed meeting with Southampton Town Police to more effectively address the problem of speeding drivers and drivers who ignore stop signs. Eileen Tuohy (Clerk-Treasurer) stated that she would invite police representatives to the September 21st board meeting.
• Discussed asking horticulturalist Chris Miller, who manages the village’s 4-poster tick-killing deer-feeding stations, to attend a board meeting to report on the program’s status and effectiveness.
• Heard Trustee Fiore report that cell service in North Haven could be improved significantly if radio station WLNG’s owner Bill Evans succeeds in winning permission from Sag Harbor to replace the existing broadcast tower on Redwood Road with a 160-foot monopole on which cell providers could install their equipment. Mr. Fiore said no dates had been set yet for Sag Harbor’s planning board or village board review of the proposal.
• Heard Trustee Diat report that village residents will soon receive an email with a link to participate in an on-line poll inquiring about the issues they want the village to address.
• Decided to seek another proposal for the installation of equipment in the meeting room that will allow synchronous broadcast of in-person public meetings on line via Zoom. Ms. Tuohy presented one proposal, which included two 65 inch screens, cameras, microphones, and a laptop for $16,640.
• Set a public hearing for September 21 on an amendment to the “Peace and Good Order”Section of the Village Code prohibiting marijuana use and vaping public property.
• Discussed the need to establish a procedure to allow the Sag Harbor Fire District to fine North Haven property owners for false fire alarms, as it fines property owners elsewhere in the fire district.