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Town Board: Vote Expected Tuesday on Bamboo Regulations; $24M Bond Issue

Fate of several hot button items expected to be decided.

Two items which have sparked fiery debate recently are on the preliminary Huntington Town Council agenda for Tuesday.

After months of back and forth discussion between residents and Town Board members, a vote is expected on a resolution to regulate residential bamboo useage. If approved, property owners and tenants could face fines for allowing bamboo to migrate onto adjourning properties. 

With the resolution headed for probable defeat last month, the item was , the sponsor of the legislation. Berland said she would give her colleagues more time to offer suggestions or amendments to the proposed law.

Also at issue Tuesday, the refunding of $24 million in outstanding serial bonds which for approval at a May 8 meeting. Action on the item triggered heated exchanges between board members following the vote.

Requesting more time for review, board members Mark Mayoka and Eugene Cook abstained from voting on the rebonding issue. The move drew sharp criticism from members of the Democratic majority who called it political grandstanding.

On Tuesday, the Town Board is again expected to discuss the possible rufunding of the bonds to finance appropriation, with Cook and Mayoka expected to cast the deciding votes. 

Four yes votes are needed for final approval of the resolution. 

Town Information Officer A.J. Carter told Patch last week, the resolution to refinance, sponsored by Supervisor Frank Petrone, came at the recommendation of the town's bond advisor and bond counsel at what they felt was the most advantageous time for the refinancing

"Delay exposes the town to potential interest rate fluctuations," said Carter. "The delay will also cost the town at least two weeks' worth of interest savings this year."

Tuesday's meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Agenda

Rich May 23, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Has anyone affected by a neighbors bamboo spreading onto their own property, tried to reasonably discuss the problem with your neighbor?????? Show them the problem, try to come up with a solution? Or did these people just freak out and run to a Councilman for a new law? Also, while I am sure that cutting down a large adult bamboo tree, with a fully developed root system would be extremely difficult and time consuming thing to do, I would think that if you saw your neighbors bamboo and were concerned about the potential migration to your property, you would have monitered the situation. I have to believe that cutting a tiny budding bamboo shoot would be infinitly easier than a large tree....After you cut the shoot, you can bring it to your neighbor, show him how it is spreading to your property, and work out a solution to your problem. Talking to your neighbors....That is asking far too much. let's just pass a law instead.
Pat May 24, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Other jurisdictions have dealt with this thorny issue. It is not an issue of the affluent. Educate yourselves. This is an issue in many communities across LI and the Northeast. It is not indigenous to LI. It makes for nice screening, but it will take over your property and your neighbor's property if not controlled. Drive by 18 Saw Mill Road and see how it continues to crop up after the homeowner recently tried to remove it as it was severely encroaching on his neighbor's property. This plant can do great damage to property (driveways, fences, sidewalks, patios, pools, etc.) and becomes a significant expense to a neighbor who had no decision in this plant encroaching on his property. See this Babylon Patch article: http://babylonvillage.patch.com/articles/photo-op-banned-bamboo#photo-9677233
Goin' Commando May 24, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Rich wrote: "After you cut the shoot, you can bring it to your neighbor, show him how it is spreading to your property, and work out a solution to your problem." Rich, that's a lovely thought, and it would be the preferable way to go. But, what happens when the neighbor refuses to control the bamboo which he/she planted on their property? Without legislation, the only remedy would be for the damaged neighbor to go to the trouble, and great expense, of hiring an attorney to sue the offending planter of uncontrolled bamboo. How would you take care of the situation where the planting resident refuses to cooperate with the reasoning resident?
Rich May 24, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Goin' Commando, You are right, of course. I guess I wrote that last post during an idylic moment, where I allowed myself to believe that all people are polite, reasonable and respectful. Obviously, and unfortunatly, that is not the case, and I can picture all too easily a neighbor who could care less about any problems his bamboo is causing others. The only solution I can think of would require a commitment of either time or money. Either time, by being constantly vigulant and cutting all bamboo shoots on your yard shortly after they appear. Or money, building your own bamboo barrier on the edge of your property, preventing the bamboo from encrouching on your property. Of course, those solutions are not at all fair, since it requires either long term vigilance or money, all because of someone elses responsibility(or lack of) to their own property. But to be fair, the world is not fair.
Baerbalang May 25, 2012 at 01:24 PM
To a large part the above ground growth of bamboo can be controlled by simply kicking over the shoots and/or mowing when they first emerge. The underground rhizomes only have a limited number of buds to produce shoots and they can only grow so far from any above ground growth. Once a rhizome has exhausted any chance of producing above ground growth it dies and quickly rots. My main issue with this legislation is the tactics used by its main proponent.

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