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Morristown Wants Residents' Opinions on Leaf Blower Noise

One councilman has put together a survey gauging homeowner's assessment of landscaping tool's impact.

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One of the benefits of living in northern New Jersey is the four seasons experienced by residents.

With those seasons comes landscaping, and one can say that leaf blowing is a three-season sport.

One Morristown councilman believes the noise impact of leaf blowers could be bothering residents, and is gauging the public’s thought on the matter. The town of Morristown’s website now has a survey asking residents their thoughts – in 10 questions – on the machine and how it is used around town.

You can fill in the survey here. 

Aside from normal background information, the survey asks if you, as a resident, are ever bothered by the noise from leaf blowers; if so, when; and if the time of use should be changed from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Finally, residents are given a chance – in 200 characters or less – to opine about leaf blowers.

Find out more here. 

Charlie Gaffen June 10, 2014 at 04:01 PM
2nd tchk, I agree with you, but hate to see this discussion degrade into political leanings. There is nothing liberal or conservative about this issue. Common sense is a-political. Seems that you are familiar with 'nonoise'. I'm nothing but a person who came from a hard working family who thinks we have enough regulations regarding nonsense. My commercial grade leaf blower works so well, I actually blow leaves (besides dust!), clean my driveway/walkways, dry my cars, blow the dirt out of my cars, and provide a second level of CLEAN after I use my snow-blower so my paved areas will have less chance of ice forming.
nonoise June 10, 2014 at 05:55 PM
It is not a political issue. It is about how loud the leaf blowers are and decibel limits. If only quiet leaf blowers are sold and used there is no problem. No laws are needed. What are the decibel limits? Are residents considerate enough to use quiet ones? Peace and quiet is the goal. If that can be done without new laws and enforcement that is great. But if not, that is when laws come into play. If not new laws, enforce the laws on the books. Whatever works to get some peace and quiet.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk June 11, 2014 at 06:02 AM
Charlie, I am glad you can strap on the blower and use it the way you want. I am sure out of common courtesy that you don't blow it in the wee hours in the morning. You don't need the government to have a law telling you that you can't make that particular noise at 4am. You are wrong about this being a political issue. the progressive liberals want the government to control all aspects of our lives. They want a world where you have to go down town and get a permit to use your blower and mail warning letters to the neighbors by certified mail that you will be using it on such and such date. They want you to pay a fee of say 5 dollars to use it. This is the progressive liberal paradise nonoise wants. a gestapo type world with regulation at every aspect of life, because we the people just can't be trusted to do anything right. we are just naturally crooked, and evil and we need government to keep us in line. I say to hell with nonoise and for her to shut up and get a job.
Charlie Gaffen June 11, 2014 at 02:42 PM
This is what I mean by 'degrading" into a political 'discussion'. I do not believe in agendas or ideologies for their own sake, which I believe is what divides so many of us. I celebrate and support yours, mine and nonoise rights to say what we want. To segregate a person into a particular loosely constructed group is wrong. Americans have made their greatest achievements by working together as individuals with respect for all ideas. NO ONE 'group' is right or wrong. There are good ideas on many 'sides'. To think that certain groups, at least in this country want to control is wrong minded, even for those that would like to return us to the Middle Ages. The topic of this is leaf blowers. I say "Leave" us alone and let us clean our yards and let others be employed. I promise never to start mine before 8 am or after 7 pm.
nonoise June 11, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Charlie, I totally agree with you. Of course, there are some extremist, but most people are somewhere in the middle. And, some we disagree with do have good ideas but simply do not see the good and bad to their ideas. Charlie, you can be left alone because you are a good neighbor. If all your neighbors are like you no law is needed. Problem is we all know a neighbor from hell, at least I do. My noisy neighbor is a church. I need them cited. Yes, while most churches are sweet and loving and do not want to disturb their neighbors, this noisy church does not give a rats hoot. When there is a bad neighbor then laws need to come into play. There is always one bad apple that spoils it for the rest. I fight for peace and quiet. No matter what the noise or the type of neighbor.

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