MORELAND HILLS — Mayor Dan Fritz said that he has received a series of complaints from residents about late-night lawn mowing. A revised noise ordinance was on the first of three readings last week at the Village Council meeting on Sept. 9 to resolve further disputes.

The current ordinance states that the use of “heavy earth-moving and construction equipment” is prohibited between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following day. It also states that no such equipment shall be used before 8 a.m. on Saturdays. This equipment cannot be used at all on Sundays and various holidays, according to the ordinance.

Mayor Fritz said police received complaints and then advised residents mowing late into the evening to stop. Residents complained to Village Hall because landscaping equipment is not mentioned in the noise ordinance, so they said that mowing their lawn should not earn them a visit from the police.

“The result of that revision is to define landscaping equipment, so it separates landscaping from heavy equipment,” Mayor Fritz said on Monday. “The intention is that it always applied to landscaping equipment, but it makes the ordinance more transparent.”

The new legislation that is before council adds one new section to the code that defines landscaping equipment, including a powered lawn mower, leaf blower, edger, chainsaw or similar power-driven landscaping equipment. The new provision allows landscaping work to be completed 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekends.

Council members decided to leave this legislation on first reading instead of passing it last week as an emergency to give the community time to respond with feedback.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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