Spring has arrived along with the robins, daffodils, tulips, and the gas-powered leaf blowers, the latter being less desirable than the others.

While we’re waiting for the village board to take broad and decisive action on regulating gas leaf blowers, we have another option.

Our landscaper’s first visit to our condo building produced a pollution storm of noise and fumes. When our Landscape Committee chair texted the owner, his immediate reply was that his workers would use the battery blowers in the future. It was that easy. Who would have thought he had battery blowers!

Sure, there is still noise, and batteries need electricity to be charged, but the environmental impact appears to be much less. So try it yourself. If you have a landscaper, express your preference. Just speak up.

Elaine D. Johnson

Oak Park

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