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                Bamboo Ordinance

    A new ordinance was passed at the Oct 2014 Board of Commissioners meeting .
There were many changes to the version proposed
They made a working session out of the Commissioner's meeting ....something they constantly say they can't do . It went on forever - much to the chagrin of the OTHER attendees. It should rightfully have been sent back to the working  Committee to work out the kinks.  Look on the ecode website / the Township Codebook for a link to what passed .


  WHAT DID PASS?

For most current – go to ecode directly

Ecode Section 108 Nuisances – weeds /Bamboo
https://ecode360.com/9007330


Here are just a few summary points (AS  OF fEB 2022 ) - but please refer to the actual code and don't RELY on these very sparse points :


------ Prohibited to plant bamboo after 10-9-14- when this ordinance passed


------If planted before that date it can remain if controlled within code specs


-----This section shall not be deemed to alter any rights at common law or otherwise that any property owner may have to recover the cost of removal of bamboo on his or her own property that has run over from a neighboring property


------- no  part of the plant, including the root system of the plant, shall be closer than 10 feet to any pavement, sidewalk or public road within the Township. In addition, all bamboo plants shall be maintained such that that portion of the plant that is aboveground shall be trimmed back to a point at least 20 feet from any pavement, sidewalk or public road within the Township.

-----bamboo planted or growing on the property prior to the effective date of this section is maintained such that it does not encroach or grow upon any adjoining or neighboring property or properties, including all public property and public rights-of-way

------- In the event that the bamboo owner does not remove or contract for the removal of the bamboo from the Township property or does not make an arrangement with the Township for removal of such bamboo within 30 days from the date the Township first provided notice, the Township, at its discretion, may take the appropriate steps to effectuate the removal or arrange for removal of such bamboo, including but not limited to filing an action in equity. The bamboo owner shall be liable and responsible to the Township for all costs .

------ Any person, firm or corporation found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not less than $10 nor more than $100 for the first offense; not less than $25 nor more than $250 for the second offense within a consecutive twelve-month period; not less than $50 nor more than $500 for the third offense within a consecutive twelve-month period; and not less than $200 nor more than $500 for the fourth offense……. Each day's failure to comply with any provision of this article shall constitute a separate violation.







 

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