By Todd Edelman
City of Davis people... why has there not been a ban on use of leaf blowers in the nearly month-long wildfire fallout event?
Why do feel the need to remove every leaf and bit of dirt from our landscapes?
Why do we allow ourselves to send dust clouds and noise to our neighbors when we might not even know their names?
Why do some falsely portray a ban as an assault on a largely Latino workforce?
WRITE the City Council NOW!
Agenda - September 15, 2020
Item 6 (8:15)
Natural Resources Commission Recommendation on Updating/Strengthening Leaf Blower Ordinance and Request for City Council Direction (Public Works Utilities & Operations Director Stan Gryczko/Management Analyst Adrienne Heinig)
Receive the Natural Resources Commission’s (NRC) report on Updating/ Strengthening the Leaf-Blower Ordinance and recommendation to consider a ban on all leaf-blower activity within the City limits
Staff has not completed a full review and analysis of the NRC’s report and does not have a recommendation for a specific action at this time. Instead, staff asks that the City Council provide direction on (a) the Council’s priorities and goals with respect to limiting or banning the use of leaf blowers, and (b) any actions the Council would like to take, including, for example, one or more of the following actions:
- Continue to allow leaf-blower activity but direct staff to conduct stakeholder outreach regarding possible future restrictions.
- Continue to allow leaf-blower activity but direct staff to educate the community on appropriate uses of leaf blowers, encourage the cessation of use while the community is impacted by wildfire smoke or poor air quality, and provide guidance on proper personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be used when cleaning up ash.
- Direct staff to prepare an urgency ordinance to temporarily ban the use of gas-powered leaf blowers within City limits until October 31, 2020 in order to avoid exacerbating air quality conditions, and to begin preparing outreach materials regarding the ban.
Impose a temporary ban on the use of leaf blowers for City operations when the air quality index crosses a specific threshold.
- Provide guidance to staff on a preferred option not listed here.
- Direct staff to return to the City Council at a future meeting with a full analysis of the NRC’s report and a staff recommendation for amending the Davis Municipal Code.
Note re: Leaf Blower Regulations
YSAQMD does not recommend the use of leaf blowers when ash is present as it causes ash to become airborne and increases the risk of inhalation on harmful particulate matter by residents and animals.
City of Davis crews have temporarily discontinued use of blowers in accordance with this guidance.