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Sonoma City Council eyes leaf blower ban, dogs at Montini Preserve

A double-header could fill the grandstands, if there were grandstands, in the Community Meeting Room Monday night, when the Sonoma City Council takes up two controversial issues in which a large number of Sonomans are deeply invested.

First up will be discussion, consideration and possible action on the introduction of an ordinance banning gas-powered leaf blowers in the city.

Details of the ordinance were not available at press time, but sentiment following a Sept. 4 City Council meeting – during which a parade of speakers vented their dislike for the noisy machines – seemed to favor limiting new rules to gasoline-powered blowers, although some members of the public urged a ban on both gas and electric models.

If such an ordinance is adopted, Sonoma would become the first city in the county to take such a step. Statewide, at least 20 cities have banned the devices.

Four council members indicated support for the ban Sept. 4, with only Mayor Pro Tem Tom Rouse objecting, saying he wanted to hear from more people before making a decision, and might even prefer a ballot measure requiring a public vote.


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