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Name not shown inside Decatur August 1, 2022, 9:16 PM

Store 1 Trader Joes
Store 2 Sephora
Store 3 Anthropologie
Would you like to see these stores in downtown Decatur? Yes

Jen Rosiere Reynolds inside Decatur August 1, 2022, 9:10 PM

What outlet do you prefer to receive general information from the city (website, Decatur Focus newsletter, The Decatur Minute blog, Facebook, Twitter, NextDoor)? website
When an emergency occurs, do you seek out information from the City of Decatur? No
What outlets do you use to find the latest emergency updates from the city (website, The Decatur Minute blog, Facebook, Twitter, Smart911, NextDoor)? Do you have one outlet you prefer? Website, Twitter

Kimberly Alexander inside Decatur July 28, 2022, 12:02 PM

What outlet do you prefer to receive general information from the city (website, Decatur Focus newsletter, The Decatur Minute blog, Facebook, Twitter, NextDoor)? I have lived in COD for 3 years and this is my first time hearing about the Decatur Focus newsletter and The Decatur Minute Blog: due to this fact I would have to say NextDoor.
When an emergency occurs, do you seek out information from the City of Decatur? No
What outlets do you use to find the latest emergency updates from the city (website, The Decatur Minute blog, Facebook, Twitter, Smart911, NextDoor)? Do you have one outlet you prefer? NextDoor

Name not available inside Decatur May 6, 2022, 3:23 PM

Which part of Decatur do you reside in? Northeast quadrant
Were you aware that the City of Decatur currently has a noise ordinance? The ordinance can be found here for reference: https://library.municode.com/ga/decatur/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH42EN_ARTIIINO Yes
Do you feel that your quality of life has been impacted by current noise levels in the City of Decatur? Yes
Which noise source impacts your quality of life in the City of Decatur? (Select all that apply) Lawn Equipment, Construction Activities, Traffic, Other - Gas powered leaf blowers should be outlawed in the city limits. That is easy to eliminate. Construction and traffic can't be easily curtailed but gas powered leaf blowers could be.
What time of day do you notice the most noise? (Select all that apply) Morning (7 a.m. to noon), Afternoon (noon to 5 p.m.)
Have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? Yes
If you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise, to whom was the complaint made? City of Decatur Police Department
In the last twelve months, how often have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? 0
Do you feel like your complaint was adequately addressed? Other - We have notified the city when large construction projects were working after 7 PM. Now I feel somewhat conflicted doing so, because the workers are just trying to make money.
Do you or your neighbors or nearby buildings have and utilize generators? I don't know
Is lawn equipment (such as lawn mower, leaf blower, etc.) used on your property? Yes
If you use lawn equipment, what type of equipment do you use? Battery-powered Electric
How often is powered lawn equipment used on your property? Seasonally
Are the services of a landscaping company employed on your property by you or your HOA? No
How often has construction activity been a nuisance to you or a family member? Seasonally
What type of construction activity has been affecting your quality of life? Other - Please notify all contractors doing business in the city to remind their subs that there should be no construction after 7. This becomes more of a problem in the summer months.
How often have special events been a nuisance to you or a family member? Other - Special events are fine. We live close to downtown and parking on our street can be an issue
What type of noise restrictions on generators would you support? Other - no gas leaf blowers
What type of noise restrictions on lawn equipment would you support? Other - I would say decibel, but seriously....just outlaw the gas powered leaf blowers.
If you would be willing to switch to a "quieter" lawn equipment, what would help you start the process? Nothing needed

Name not shown inside Decatur May 4, 2022, 7:57 AM

Which part of Decatur do you reside in? Northwest quadrant
Were you aware that the City of Decatur currently has a noise ordinance? The ordinance can be found here for reference: https://library.municode.com/ga/decatur/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH42EN_ARTIIINO Yes
Do you feel that your quality of life has been impacted by current noise levels in the City of Decatur? Yes
Which noise source impacts your quality of life in the City of Decatur? (Select all that apply) Generators, Lawn Equipment, Construction Activities, Other - Large building HVAC equipment, especially the First Baptist Church. Also home construction crews that use generators that they leave near the curb or power source.
What time of day do you notice the most noise? (Select all that apply) Other - Random times.
Have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? Yes
If you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise, to whom was the complaint made? City of Decatur Police Department
In the last twelve months, how often have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? 0
Do you feel like your complaint was adequately addressed? No
Do you or your neighbors or nearby buildings have and utilize generators? Other - First Baptist Church, maybe the Place on Ponce apartment building
Is lawn equipment (such as lawn mower, leaf blower, etc.) used on your property? Yes
If you use lawn equipment, what type of equipment do you use? Battery-powered Electric
How often is powered lawn equipment used on your property? Monthly
Are the services of a landscaping company employed on your property by you or your HOA? No
How often has construction activity been a nuisance to you or a family member? Other - When there is a new build. Workers want to use available daylight hours and will work past the noise ordinance hours
What type of construction activity has been affecting your quality of life? Commercial
What type of noise restrictions on generators would you support? Changes to building code, Decibel restrictions
What type of noise restrictions on lawn equipment would you support? Time restrictions (time of day), Decibel restrictions, Time restrictions (length of usage), Other - Never on a Sunday by a commercial company
If you would be willing to switch to a "quieter" lawn equipment, what would help you start the process? Cash incentive & Rebates
Please feel free to share any additional thoughts below: Thanks for doing this.
And seriously, the HVAC equipment on top of the 1st Baptist Church can sound like a distant floor sander.
Some of your topics only allowed one answer.
Calling the police is not very effective. They don’t respond, and shouldn’t they have better things to do? And then there are no fines levied, just warnings.
Place on Ponce starts their leaf blowing at 7 AM blasting noise into the neighborhood.

Name not available inside Decatur May 2, 2022, 11:23 PM

Which part of Decatur do you reside in? Southwest quadrant
Were you aware that the City of Decatur currently has a noise ordinance? The ordinance can be found here for reference: https://library.municode.com/ga/decatur/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH42EN_ARTIIINO No
Do you feel that your quality of life has been impacted by current noise levels in the City of Decatur? Yes
Which noise source impacts your quality of life in the City of Decatur? (Select all that apply) Lawn Equipment, Other - Incessant Belching Booming Leaf Blowers!
What time of day do you notice the most noise? (Select all that apply) Morning (7 a.m. to noon), Afternoon (noon to 5 p.m.), Evening (5 to 10 p.m.), Other - The din is almost CONSTANT now that so many residents hire landscapers. Didn't use to be this way. The 15-20 minutes BETWEEN blowers provides no calm or reprieve because we're on edge awaiting the next rev-up from near & far. Forget enjoying the outdoors!
Have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? Yes
If you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise, to whom was the complaint made? City of Decatur City Commissioner or Advisory Board member
In the last twelve months, how often have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? 3+
Do you feel like your complaint was adequately addressed? Other - No. The 3 (THREE!) guys operating backpack leaf blowers were "just doing their jobs" and felt they "had to" use them for efficiency. Landscape company owners defend using leaf blowers similarly. My City Commissioner pledged to "look into it seriously."
Do you or your neighbors or nearby buildings have and utilize generators? I don't know
Is lawn equipment (such as lawn mower, leaf blower, etc.) used on your property? No
If you use lawn equipment, what type of equipment do you use? Battery-powered Electric
How often is powered lawn equipment used on your property? Once a week
Are the services of a landscaping company employed on your property by you or your HOA? No
How often has construction activity been a nuisance to you or a family member? Other - Rarely does construction cause a "nuisance." Five houses within view of our house have been rebuilt from scratch since we've lived here. Construction noise is only temporary, and necessary (unavoidable) when building a house (unlike leaf blowers).
What type of construction activity has been affecting your quality of life? Other - Very recent utility work (burying some sort of cable under the sidewalks) has been really loud for a few weeks. They caused a natural gas leak, and then a water leak. Fixing it required jackhammering and big machines. But it's just temporary. I had deal.
How often have special events been a nuisance to you or a family member? Other - Never.
What type of noise restrictions on generators would you support? Other - Decibels and duration, but that would be really hard to enforce. I'm not aware of anyone who uses a generator -- except as an emergency backup, which doesn't require a restriction in an emergency, I think.
What type of noise restrictions on lawn equipment would you support? Other - Equipment restriction: No gas-powered leaf blowers! None. Ever. Also a decibel restriction on electric/battery blowers: 60dB at 50ft. And a time restriction of 10am-5pm. And a duration: <10 minutes per parcel.
If you would be willing to switch to a "quieter" lawn equipment, what would help you start the process? Other - Nothing needed to help me switch. But for landscape companies or die-hard leaf blower users, a mild incentive (rebate) and penalties, combined by an education-based cultural shift is needed.
Would you be willing to pay more for a lawncare service that uses some or all electric lawn equipment? Yes
What type of noise restrictions on permitted special events would you support? Time restrictions (time of day)
Please feel free to share any additional thoughts below: Get this: My wife wants to leave our Decatur home of 18 years because of one thing: Leaf Blowers. I wish I were joking. One or both of us has worked from home for 18 years (as a house-husband raising a child, as a consultant with a flexible telework schedule, and now as 2 full-time remote workers). The rapid increase in Decatur (Oakhurst) residents' use of landscapers means that the rev-rev cacophony of bunker-busting leaf blower droning penetrates our home (and souls) almost constantly from dawn to dusk. Given the environmental impact of gas-powered leaf blowers, the hearing damage they can cause, and their nuisance in neighborhoods all over the nation, it’s understandable that municipalities are demanding these machines become a thing of the past.

From mid-November 2020 through January of 2021, I literally kept an Excel spreadsheet to meticulously log every time we heard gas powered leaf blowers. I captured the start and end times, the type of blower (backpack, handheld), number of blowers, the property (or approximate house), whether it was a personal user or hired landscaper, and some notes on the user’s behavior (e.g., blowing in the rain, blowing street dust and maybe 4 leaves, 3 blowers at a time!). I felt like a dirty spy, but I really just wanted to quantify (for myself) what I "felt" was the ceaseless annoyance of noise-induced stress filling my weekdays. I discovered that, on average, we suffered about 1 hour of blowing (45 – 75 minutes) every day, between 8:15am and 6:00pm. It was about 4 – 6 hours per week. I was shocked that it was much less time than it FELT. The reason is easy to understand though. Leaf blowers are used intermittently, randomly, and unpredictably. So for a given 2-hour landscaping job (mowing, trimming, edging), the leaf blower is always THREATENING to start up. It creates a constant feeling of RISK that at any second the "whaaaaa, wha-wha-whaaaaaa" growling of gas leaf blowers will echo again through our walls and skulls. Just when you think it’s safe to step onto your porch to enjoy the outdoors with a cup of coffee or a book, “Whaaaaaa—whaaaaa-wha-whaaaaaaa!” It’s back!

And that’s an important point. Much of the time we can’t see the culprit. It’s a gas leave blower 10 houses away, or on an adjacent street. Dinner on the porch during a crisp Spring evening (at 5:30pm)? Nope! Leaf blowers. Weekend lunch with my parents outside on the porch/patio? Nope! Leaf blowers. Thanksgiving “dinner” at 2pm outside on our lawn (this is not a joke) on that splendid November 25th? Nope! Leaf blowers. Luckily, I succeeded in begging a neighbor not to use the leaf blower until the day after Thanksgiving so that our neighbors could serenade us with their banjo and mandolin under the golden trees during dessert. I truly can’t count the number of outdoor occasions ruined by the din of gas powered leaf blowers.

I’ve shared a lot about the noise nuisance, but there are other obvious arguments to make. Pollution. I have to close my windows on beautiful days just to stop the exhaust from leaf blowers from entering my house. As you know, gas powered leaf blowers belch tremendous amounts of pollution. And how’s the Atlanta region’s air quality? Point made. In addition, the blowers pick up and disburse pollen, dust, dog poo, mold/fungus spores, and other microorganisms into the air to drift. Drift where? Down the sidewalk? Nextdoor? And what about the auditory health of landscapers? I see only about half using any ear protection.

But the big question is this: Why on Earth do we suffer all this pollution and noise? To move leaves “efficiently” from A to B? According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, “one of the most valuable things you can do to support pollinators and other invertebrates is to provide them with the winter cover they need.” Leaving the leaves, either by mowing them into a thin layer of mulch, leaving them whole on landscaped areas, or raking them around trees and shrubs as ground cover, is actually the best alternative. When leaf debris are bagged and shipped off to breaks down in the anaerobic (zero-oxygen) environment of a landfill, it creates methane – a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times worse than carbon dioxide. Left on our property, leaves can do a world of good!

The sharp uptick in leaf blower use seems precipitated in part by the increase in resident incomes and house sizes (they afford landscapers), coupled with the successful marketing campaigns of Home Depot and HDTV pushing the culture of lawn care toward manicured perfection. I hope environmental awareness of impacts (and overdue regulation – yep, I said “regulation” – just like we regulate smoking) can push us in the other direction. Our planet depends on it. Our community needs it. Let us protect the peacefulness and health of our neighborhoods. Please!

Name not shown inside Decatur April 29, 2022, 4:21 PM

Which part of Decatur do you reside in? Northwest quadrant
Were you aware that the City of Decatur currently has a noise ordinance? The ordinance can be found here for reference: https://library.municode.com/ga/decatur/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH42EN_ARTIIINO Yes
Do you feel that your quality of life has been impacted by current noise levels in the City of Decatur? Yes
Which noise source impacts your quality of life in the City of Decatur? (Select all that apply) Construction Activities, Traffic
What time of day do you notice the most noise? (Select all that apply) Evening (5 to 10 p.m.)
Have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? No
If you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise, to whom was the complaint made? Other (please explain)
In the last twelve months, how often have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? 0
Do you feel like your complaint was adequately addressed? Other - Did not make a complaint
Do you or your neighbors or nearby buildings have and utilize generators? No
Is lawn equipment (such as lawn mower, leaf blower, etc.) used on your property? Yes
If you use lawn equipment, what type of equipment do you use? Either a gas or electric leaf blower, depending on need
How often is powered lawn equipment used on your property? Once a week
Are the services of a landscaping company employed on your property by you or your HOA? Yes
How often has construction activity been a nuisance to you or a family member? 2 or more times a week
What type of construction activity has been affecting your quality of life? Road
How often have special events been a nuisance to you or a family member? Other - They have not been a nuisance.
What type of noise restrictions on generators would you support? Decibel restrictions
What type of noise restrictions on lawn equipment would you support? Time restrictions (time of day), Decibel restrictions
If you would be willing to switch to a "quieter" lawn equipment, what would help you start the process? Other - cash incentive for my lawn care provider, who runs a small business
Would you be willing to pay more for a lawncare service that uses some or all electric lawn equipment? Yes
What type of noise restrictions on permitted special events would you support? Time restrictions (time of day), Decibel restrictions

Name not shown inside Decatur April 29, 2022, 2:50 PM

Which part of Decatur do you reside in? Southwest quadrant
Were you aware that the City of Decatur currently has a noise ordinance? The ordinance can be found here for reference: https://library.municode.com/ga/decatur/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH42EN_ARTIIINO Yes
Do you or your neighbors or nearby buildings have and utilize generators? Yes, portable generator
Is lawn equipment (such as lawn mower, leaf blower, etc.) used on your property? Yes
If you use lawn equipment, what type of equipment do you use? Plug-in Electric
How often is powered lawn equipment used on your property? Seasonally
Are the services of a landscaping company employed on your property by you or your HOA? No
How often has construction activity been a nuisance to you or a family member? Other - Occasionally
What type of construction activity has been affecting your quality of life? Residential
What type of noise restrictions on generators would you support? Other - I haven't found generators to be a problem. I've only noticed a generator once during a power outage.
What type of noise restrictions on lawn equipment would you support? Time restrictions (time of day), Decibel restrictions, Time restrictions (length of usage), Other - There is a lawn service on our street that does three houses. When they have two gas powered blowers going in the driveway next to ours, it is deafening! Sound pollution as well as air pollution. I like our neighbors and I have never complained to them.
If you would be willing to switch to a "quieter" lawn equipment, what would help you start the process? Other - I already have quieter electric and human powered lawn equipment.
Would you be willing to pay more for a lawncare service that uses some or all electric lawn equipment? Yes
What type of noise restrictions on permitted special events would you support? Time restrictions (time of day)
Please feel free to share any additional thoughts below: My main complaint concerns the gas powered equipment that lawn services use, with three or more noisy machines going at once, spewing noxious fumes. None of my neighbors who do their own yard work and have a gas powered mower come close to the decibel level of the lawn services.
Do you feel that your quality of life has been impacted by current noise levels in the City of Decatur? Yes
Which noise source impacts your quality of life in the City of Decatur? (Select all that apply) Lawn Equipment
What time of day do you notice the most noise? (Select all that apply) Morning (7 a.m. to noon)
Have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? No
If you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise, to whom was the complaint made? City of Decatur City Commissioner or Advisory Board member
In the last twelve months, how often have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? 0

Name not available inside Decatur April 27, 2022, 6:55 PM

Which part of Decatur do you reside in? Southwest quadrant
Were you aware that the City of Decatur currently has a noise ordinance? The ordinance can be found here for reference: https://library.municode.com/ga/decatur/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH42EN_ARTIIINO Yes
Do you feel that your quality of life has been impacted by current noise levels in the City of Decatur? Yes
Which noise source impacts your quality of life in the City of Decatur? (Select all that apply) Other - Neighbor's band practicing in his open garage. Makes a big racket, mostly on Sunday afternoons. My next-door neighbor complained to police and was told the noise did not exceed existing decibel ceiling. He also asked neighbor to quit and was refused.
What time of day do you notice the most noise? (Select all that apply) Afternoon (noon to 5 p.m.)
Have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? No
If you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise, to whom was the complaint made? Other (please explain)
In the last twelve months, how often have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? 0
Do you feel like your complaint was adequately addressed? Other - Why is this field required when I did not make a complaint?
Do you or your neighbors or nearby buildings have and utilize generators? No
Is lawn equipment (such as lawn mower, leaf blower, etc.) used on your property? Yes
If you use lawn equipment, what type of equipment do you use? Gas
How often is powered lawn equipment used on your property? Once a week
Are the services of a landscaping company employed on your property by you or your HOA? No
How often has construction activity been a nuisance to you or a family member? Other - Occasionally
What type of construction activity has been affecting your quality of life? Residential
How often have special events been a nuisance to you or a family member? Other - They don't bother me.
What type of noise restrictions on generators would you support? Time restrictions (time of day/testing frequency), Decibel restrictions
What type of noise restrictions on lawn equipment would you support? Time restrictions (time of day), Decibel restrictions
If you would be willing to switch to a "quieter" lawn equipment, what would help you start the process? Nothing needed
What type of noise restrictions on permitted special events would you support? Time restrictions (time of day), Decibel restrictions

Name not available inside Decatur April 27, 2022, 3:39 PM

Which part of Decatur do you reside in? Northeast quadrant
Were you aware that the City of Decatur currently has a noise ordinance? The ordinance can be found here for reference: https://library.municode.com/ga/decatur/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH42EN_ARTIIINO No
Do you feel that your quality of life has been impacted by current noise levels in the City of Decatur? No
Which noise source impacts your quality of life in the City of Decatur? (Select all that apply) Other - Noise levels are at levels I expect living in the City of Decatur
What time of day do you notice the most noise? (Select all that apply) Morning (7 a.m. to noon), Afternoon (noon to 5 p.m.)
Have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? No
If you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise, to whom was the complaint made? Other (please explain)
In the last twelve months, how often have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise? 0
Do you feel like your complaint was adequately addressed? Other - N/A
Do you or your neighbors or nearby buildings have and utilize generators? I don't know
Is lawn equipment (such as lawn mower, leaf blower, etc.) used on your property? Yes
If you use lawn equipment, what type of equipment do you use? Gas
How often is powered lawn equipment used on your property? 2 or more times a week
Are the services of a landscaping company employed on your property by you or your HOA? No
How often has construction activity been a nuisance to you or a family member? Other - Rarely
What type of construction activity has been affecting your quality of life? Other - All types, but rare
How often have special events been a nuisance to you or a family member? Other - Never. Special events are such as I would expect living in the City of Decatur
What type of noise restrictions on generators would you support? Other - None needed
What type of noise restrictions on lawn equipment would you support? Time restrictions (time of day), Other - Lawn equipment and outdoor power equipment should be restricted to 8 am to dark, except for emergency use
If you would be willing to switch to a "quieter" lawn equipment, what would help you start the process? Other - Battery-powered lawn equipment is improving, but does not currently meet my needs
Would you be willing to pay more for a lawncare service that uses some or all electric lawn equipment? No
What type of noise restrictions on permitted special events would you support? Other - I do not believe that additional restrictions are needed
Please feel free to share any additional thoughts below: Gas powered lawn equipment is currently essential for the maintenance and care of my property. While there are gas powered mowers and blowers used frequently by many homeowners and landscape services in the area surrounding my home, I do not believe the noise exceeds what should be reasonably expected in the City of Decatur and it does not justify additional regulations or restrictions other than perhaps slight modifications to time restrictions (extending end of daily "quiet period" from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.). Battery powered lawn equipment is expensive and currently inadequate for my needs.
Any person with an economic interest in selling battery powered lawn equipment should abstain from any decision to limit the use of gas powered equipment in the City of Decatur.