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Seasonal Leaf-Blower Ban Upheld in Arlington

Opponents of the ban fell 241 "No" votes shy of a repeal.

Despite taking Thursday’s vote by more than a 2-to-1 margin, opponents of Arlington’s seasonal ban on gas-powered leaf blowers, , fell 241 “No” votes shy of repealing the ban.

State law required opponents to get at least 5,780 “No” votes, which represents 20 percent of Arlington’s 28,898 registered voters, in order to overturn the action of Town Meeting. Instead, they got 5,539, or roughly 68 percent of the 8,158 votes cast. There were 2,619 “Yes” votes.

Thursday’s Special Election had 28 percent voter turnout overall. By comparison, , which featured hotly contested races for both the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, as well as numerous Town Meeting member races due to redistricting, had about a 26 percent turnout.

Polls were only open from 2 to 8 p.m. for the Special Election, instead of the normal 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, 1,402 absentee ballots were cast before Thursday’s vote.

, downing trees and wires and knocking out power to a solid portion of the area.

Of Arlington’s 21 precincts, only Precinct 8, which runs along Pleasant Street (Route 60) from Arlington Center to Route 2, had more “Yes” votes than “No” votes on Thursday, 235-233. Precinct 13, which borders Winchester, was also notable, with a 44 percent turnout and 84 percent of those voters opposing the ban.

The special election , not the Board of Selectmen. It was expected to cost the town between $25,000 and $30,000, according to Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine.

Residents were asked to vote on the following question:

“Shall the town vote to approve the action of the representative town meeting whereby it was voted to amend the Town Bylaws to prohibit the use of gas-powered leaf blowers on private property between May 15th and October 15th by a vote of 95 in the affirmative to 85 in the negative.”

charles ginsberg July 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I know who will stop u when your neighbors call the police to complain of your total disregard for the law.
charles ginsberg July 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM
you THINK you r going to bring up a warrant. bring up a warrant for your arrrest.
charles ginsberg July 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM
tim when you come by at 7 don't forget to take off your white hood and robe.
charles ginsberg July 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM
you put a benevolent police association sticker on your gas leaf blower? you should stick it on your forehead.
Rodolpho Larsapari October 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM
This is so stupid! MORE DUMB people dictating nonsense law on people. Thats just GREAT! I can't wait until it snows and we ban snow blowers because they make too much noise too early in the morning... I would and will argue that a snow blower is louder and make a bigger mess than a leaf blower. It really sucks that there are people in this town with nothing better to do than complain about a leaf blower, a lawn mower makes just as much noise as well.... stupid people, and dumb laws! I can't wait to see what is next? NO bright colored clothes, oh wait all the hippies would uprise.. NO motorcycles they make too much noise and they are dangerous.... wahh wahh wahh bunch of damn babies, get a life and mind your damn business!!! YUCK

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