An Arlington resident recently submitted a petition to the town, calling for a Special Town Meeting regarding Arlington’s seasonal ban on gas-powered leaf blowers, according to an Arlington Patch report.
Stephen Harrington, of Precinct 13, who opposes the ban, said nearly 250 registered voters in Arlington signed his petition – only 200 signatures are needed to force a Special Town Meeting, read the report.
If Harrington’s petition is validated by the town, the Special Town Meeting would be the second attempt to repeal the ban, which was passed at Town Meeting in April, read the report.
A group of landscapers collected more than 1,400 signatures in May to force a Special Election, read the report. At the Special Election, which took place on July 19, opponents of the ban won the vote by a 2-to-1 margin but fell 241 “No” votes shy of repealing the ban, as state law required them to get at least 5,780 “No” votes, which represented 20 percent of Arlington’s 28,898 registered voters, the report added.
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