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Bamboo Decision Befuddles Town Hall

Town Board votes to extend decision time on proposed bamboo regulations.

Seemingly as tough to vote on as it is to eradicate, the bamboo issue has stymied Town Hall.

The Huntington Town Council on Tuesday voted to extend by 90 days the final vote on a proposed local law to regulate bamboo usage — after pulling the item last month from the agenda.

By a 4-1 decision, the board extended the deadline to Sept. 9.

Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who has opposed the bamboo regulation resolution  in February, again voted against.

With the resolution heading for probable defeat in April, the item was pulled from the agenda by Councilwoman Susan Berland, the sponsor of the legislation.

"I will give my colleagues the opportunity to talk with me as they said they would," Berland said at the April meeting.

Apparently, even more time is needed on the bamboo issue which has attracted passionate arguments from both sides since early in the year.

If approved, the local law could make it illegal for Huntington property owners and tenants to allow bamboo to migrate onto adjourning properties. Fines have been proposed from $300 to $5,000 for second and third offenses, according to the original resolution.

One resident in favor of the regulation  chamber in tears in April in frustration. "You don't know what I've been through," said a distraught female. "My town has let me down tremendously."

 it could be difficult for the town to determine the origin of bamboo that was planted many years ago. Some say if passed, the resolution could lead to further regulation of other plants.

"Today it's going to be bamboo, tomorrow it's going to be something else," said Robert Lifson of Huntington at a public hearing in March.

Goin' Commando May 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM
For Baerbalang, while I can appreciate your citation of something you either personally know or have heard repeated by others, that is not by itself a reason for the Town Board to avoid protecting other citizens from the irresponsible acts, and damaging results, of others. I have no doubt that good attorneys can craft regulations which would protect innocent citizens harmed by irresponsible planters of bamboo, while preventing vendettas from causing unwarranted harm to innocent planters of bamboo who take all necessary actions to prevent the spread of their plants.
Rich May 31, 2012 at 04:37 AM
It is a failing of mankind that we have needed to create so many laws that are essentially specific situations in which a very basic principle is reinforced: Don't be a jerk or an idiot. If only everyone could abide by that principle, than a great deal of our laws would be irrelevant and no longer needed. Unfortunately, that is a dream that will never occur.
Baerbalang May 31, 2012 at 01:11 PM
For Goin' Commando, the problem is that the Town Board and good attorneys need good information in order to pass reasonable laws. This person has spread so many falsehoods to so many different sources that good information has been getting drowned out. She has also adopted a campaign of censorship of anyone who doesn't agree with her. So far the person has not shown up here.
Goin' Commando May 31, 2012 at 03:33 PM
For Baerbalang, please read the post by Rich, shortly after midnight. It pretty well says what needs to be said, your understandable concerns notwithstanding. Besides, are you suggesting that one lonely individual can totally bamboozle the Town Board, and any staff member investigating this issue? If so, the woman you cite must be awfully clever and able to use a metaphorical cloak of invisibility. However, this ain't Hogwarts, so I somehow doubt her powers.
sue howe June 03, 2012 at 10:35 AM
well my neighbors dandelions are not pushing up through my pool liner.

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