The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees effectively shelved a proposed Local Law that would have allowed gas powered leaf blowers to be used at additional times than now allowed. A public hearing on the proposed law was held at the Board's meeting on Sept. 29 but no action on the proposal was taken.
Comments from the public generally raised objections because of concerns about pollution and noise. Some residents also complained about school district employees who use the blowers to clear snow at the high school/middle school as early as 5:00am after a light snowfall.
Mayor Michael Volpe said he would contact school officials about the matter and at the Oct. 6 Board meeting said he did discuss the matter but learned there are issues of budget, limited time to get the job done, etc. He said the discussion is continuing.
The proposed law that was shelved would have banned the operation of leaf blowers powered by internal-combustion engines only to June 1 to September 30. They would be allowed from Oct. 1 to May 31.
Currently, the leaf blowers are permitted only from March 15 to April 30 and from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15.