An engaged but divided Oak Park Village Board last week took the more cautious step of ordering a feasibility study rather than following a commission’s recommendation of an outright ban on polluting and noisy gas-powered leaf blowers in the village.

There seems to be agreement on such a ban but questions remain on how it would be enforced and how to mitigate the impact on landscaping companies which rely on the devices.

Our complaint, though, is with citizens who mock this village board discussion as irrelevant and a distraction from real village issues. Finding ways on the local level to tackle climate issues is essential. Leaf blowers are a legitimate target for regulation and we support the village board’s intense focus on climate change.

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