Framingham TM rejects leaf blower ban
By Danielle Ameden/Daily News staff
The MetroWest Daily News
Posted May 24, 2012 @ 12:00 AM
FRAMINGHAM -- Town Meeting wrapped up its business late Tuesday by blowing away a proposed ban on leaf blowers and acting on several other citizen petitions.
Voters nearly burned the midnight oil to close out the 44-article warrant on night No. 13 of the annual session.
After some debate, Town Meeting overwhelmingly rejected resident John Cunningham's call for a noise bylaw that would prohibit the commercial use of leaf blowers.
“I think it's actually kind of foolish,” said Precinct 6's Bill Osborn, who said he could maybe see banning use during certain hours or on Sundays.
But an all-out ban? “I'm totally against this,” he said.
Osborn's fellow voters agreed, shooting down the idea, 107-15. An earlier motion to send the article back to its sponsor for possible reworking failed in a closer vote, 73 to 59.
In other business, Town Meeting voted down Precinct 7 member Joel Winett's motion to seek a special act from the Legislature that would allow cities and towns to shift the property tax burden from homeowners to businesses by a factor of 2.0.
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Source: Metrowest Daily News, May 2012