There Ought to Be a Law
Our city has so many useless regulations , but there is one useful one I think is missing. We need a noise pollution law that either bans leaf blowers or limits their use to one day a week in each neighborhood. The city has no problem banning landscape watering to a specified three days a week to preserve our water. They need to schedule the use of leaf blowers to a specified day a week in each neighborhood and require that all leaves blown be placed in the proper recycling can.
I would apply this law only to those who do not live on the property being groomed -- mostly professional gardeners. It would be inconvenient, but they could rearrange their schedule to make it happen. Fewer homeowners have leaf blowers, and I realize they may only have the weekend off and must do their maintenance when they can.
As things are now, each gardener seems to hit my neighborhood on a different day so that no day is quiet. I hate having to write with silencers on my ears, as I am right now. They hurt my ears after a while. Besides the leaf blowers, the gardeners use other power tools before or afterwards to mow and edge lawns. My proposed law would have the added effect of keeping all the power tools a gardener uses confined to the one scheduled day. As things are now, it seems every day there is something making noise out there. Then at night the motor scooters hit the streets and their larger cousins, the motorcycles.
I can understand why my husband wants to move back to our tiny home on acreage when I get well. All we have there is loud music during winery celebrations no more than once a week, and tractors and chainsaws being used by our winery neighbors as needed seasonally. At least there are some quiet days.
How do you feel about noise pollution? Do you have a better solution than I have proposed?
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