The ongoing leaf blower saga took a slight turn on Tuesday night as the Township Committee held another lengthy discussion that included more public testimony and a fine-tuning of the proposal to extend it for the summer of 2017.
The latest proposal initially agreed to by the TC at the meeting would institute a ban on commercial gasoline-powered leaf-blowers between May 15 and Sept. 30. This expands the ban that was in place last summer from June to the end of August.
It would also limit the use of gas-powered leaf blowers by residents and commercial firms the rest of the year to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
It would also ban any commercial gas leaf blowers on Sunday and limit residential use on that day to 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those who violate the ordinance would face fines of $500 for the first offense, $1000 for the second offense, and $1,500 for the third offense.
None of the restrictions apply to electric leaf blowers.
Township officials still need to fashion a specific ordinance or resolution and hold another public hearing on the final version before a vote can be held.
"We're getting this decision closer," Mayor Vic Deluca said.