For anyone who’s ever craved a few minutes more peace and quiet before the anal leaf-blower next door starts his weekly lawn scour, Middletown is offering a modicum of relief.

Under an ordinance approved by the town council last night, the screech of leaf blowers, mowers and other motorized tools would be prohibited after 9p and before 7a on weekdays and from 9p to 8a on weekends, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press.

Previously, the town’s laws addressed only noise levels, not hours of operation.

From the story:

The ordinance was adopted in a 4-1 vote, which followed a public hearing where one resident spoke. Committeewoman Rosemarie Peters cast the dissenting vote.

Peters said she is in favor of regulating noise but thinks the hours could be altered.

“I think 7 a.m. is really too early to allow the kind of noise that this ordinance covers,” she said. “I think 8 a.m. is a little bit more reasonable.”

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