Less Noise and Less Burning Of Gas In Montclair New Jersey- Is It A Good Thing?
There are certain things we can all agree on. I would say, pizza being an amazing food and puppies being cute are two things. Metallica being heavy and awesome is another. But at times we butt heads. And with the discussion of gas-powered leaf blowers in Montclair, that’s what has been happening for quite some time. But not anymore!
As reported by NorthJersey.com, it seems the debate has been settled when a majority of the council in Montclair approved an all-out ban on gas-powered leaf blowers.
Some residents are thrilled as this will cut back on the noise and of course, help the environment by not burning up fuel. However, some residents and professional landscapers have been vocal about their disagreement about this being a good idea.
At Tuesday night’s council meeting, some spoke about the lack of consideration given to the dangers and pollution found in their electric alternatives.
Bob Fredette, a landscaper based in Montclair, told the council the lithium batteries he uses can power a leaf blower for about five minutes and need up to 30 minutes to recharge, requiring him to keep up to 20 of the purportedly unstable power supplies in his truck throughout the day.
“This is a potential fire hazard that you’re not even ready to face,” he warned. “You haven’t addressed any of that.”
Councillor Peter Yacobellis told the public that the township manager will explore financing a $10,000 buyback program for residents’ gas-powered leaf blowers.
While helping cut back on noise levels and burning fuel in each blower especially running heavily in the autumn is great, I do see what the landscapers are saying. Keeping so many batteries in a truck on a hot day isn’t safe, not to mention it’s not as simple as when one dies, you just pop a second one in.
Regardless, the law has passed, so we’ll have to wait and see how well it plays out for both residents and professional landscapers in the city of Montclair!