In an effort to ward off an annual barrage of noise complaints, the city's Board of Aldermen is considering an ordinance that would ban the use of portable gas and electric leaf blowers between April 15 and Oct. 15.
The board's programs and services committee this week recommended the ordinance, which would also prohibit leaf blowers from being used in close proximity to doors and windows, or to spray onto a public way or neighboring lots.
Violaters would receive a warning for their first offense, be fined $75 for the second offense, $150 for the third offense and $300 for all offenses after that. The proposed ordinance will come before the full board on April 7.
-- Rachana Rathi
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