Residents will still be free to use gasoline-powered leaf blowers on Thanksgiving Day after an amendment to the city’s leaf blower ordinance fell one vote short of approval Monday night.

The amendment would have banned leaf-blower use on all federal, state and local holidays, but Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, pointed out that most holidays already fall within periods of the year in which use of the blowers is already banned.

She said she doubted anyone would be using a leaf blower on Christmas Day anyway, and added that if it was snow blowers they were using, then that’s noise she wanted to encourage, not discourage, to get the sidewalks cleared.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said he took up the proposed revision to the ordinance after a resident complained of hearing leaf blowers on the holiday two years in a row.

Other aldermen opposed to the amendment suggested that it would be an unfair burden on residents who work long hours and may only have the time to catch up on yard work on a holiday.

The ordinance only bans gas powered blowers, the ones most often used by landscape contractors, and does not ban the electric blowers more commonly used by homeowners.

Voting against the ordinance were aldermen Fiske, Braithwaite, Wilson, Tendam and Rainey.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Well, you might hear a leaf

    Well, you might hear a leaf blower on a holiday because people are off of work and doing things around their house. But, lets make it more difficult for everyone because a couple of people don't like leaf blowers. Lets start focusing on getting business and revenue in this town or before you know it the residents will not even spend their money here.



    1. Stereotypes

      No, I'm not going to hear a leaf blower on a holiday "because people are off of work and doing things around their house".

      I'm going to hear a leaf blower because some pudgy middle aged man with more money than sense is sitting on his couch watching football while his landscaping servants are out doing the work he's too lazy to do himself.

      And if his servants use 2-stoke gasoline powered devices that generate more pollution hour per hour than 80 modern automobiles and produce noise that others find objectionable, well, too bad. 

      1. I am not pudgy. I don’t even

        I am not pudgy. I don't even like sports. And yes, you will hear a leaf blower on a holiday and any other day of the year.

        My minions, however, do the work I tell them to and I direct them to use their leaf blowers because I am forced to maintain land I don't even own. So long as I am so forced, I will make noise and if it bugs you, then too bad… 🙂

        You want pristine little communities with neatly trimmed lawns and clean sidewalks, you have to accept what it takes to get them that way.

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