City of Lancaster

LANCASTER — The City Council will consider introducing an ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting that would require the im­ple­mentation of electric-pow­ered landscape equipment by landscape maintenance bus­inesses within five years.

Gas-powered lawn mow­ers and other landscape equipment are a significant source of nitrogen oxide and other pollutants that are precursors to ozone formation in the Mojave Desert Air Basin, according to a staff report by City Manager Jason Caudle.

The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management Dis­trict created a grant in­cen­tive program for the re­place­ment of gasoline or dies­el  commercial equip­ment with zero emission ad­vanced battery-powered equip­ment.

The AV Air Quality Man­agement District allocated $275,000 toward this goal.

The proposed city or­dinance seeks to establish a matching fund with pro­ceeds from Lancaster Choice Energy to help sup­port the program.

“Replacement of gaso­line and diesel com­mer­cial landscaping equip­ment will reduce fuel con­sump­tion and spillage, ex­haust emis­sions, noise, toxic sol­vents used for main­ten­ance. As a result of this pro­gram the Antelope Val­ley will benefit from qui­eter, cleaner, and heal­thi­er neighborhoods, schools, bus­i­nesses, and com­mu­nities,” Caudle’s report said.

The City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in coun­cil chambers at City Hall, 44933 Fern Ave.

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