Aston commissioners, last week, unanimously adopted an extensive ordinance banning and establishing regulations for the planting and growing of bamboo, effective Nov. 15th.

The planting or growing of bamboo is prohibited and violators will be subject to penalties.

If bamboo is already present on a property prior to Nov. 15th it may remain, but can’t be maintained or permitted to exist within 40 feet of the edge of the pavement or any traveled roadway in the township. If it goes beyond the allowable boundary, owners must remove or stop its growth to ensure that bamboo does not encroach or grow within 10 feet of any adjoining property, including all public property.

Bamboo comes in different varieties. Clumping bamboo tends to grow and stay contained, but rolling bamboo can be dangerous and costly as it can start growing in one place and continue growing by spreading out and potentially damaging underground sewer and water lines.

Bamboo, according to the ordinance, cannot invade adjoining properties and owners must take measures to prevent that, even if it means installing metal or concrete sheathing to form an impenetrable barrier at a sufficient depth within the property line.

If bamboo does invade an adjoining property owned by the township, the owner will be responsible for removing it or, after proper notice, may be removed by the township with all costs incurred potentially assessed against the private property’s owner.

Violators of the ordinance are subject to a fine up to $1,000 plus the costs of prosecution. Violators may also be sentenced to the county jail for up to 30 days.

In other matters, the Public Works Department will begin collecting leaves at curbside on Oct. 27th. Pick up will take place on regular trash days. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable bags at the curb or loose in trash cans. Do not use green plastic trash bags and do not mix leaves inside regular trash.

The township will provide senior citizens 62 and older with five biodegradable bags at no cost. Subsequent bags will have to be purchased at the township building during regular business hours. Non-senior residents may also buy bags from the township.

Commissioners, via resolution, declared a temporary Halloween curfew of 9 P.M. to sunrise for individuals 18 years-old from Oct. 30th through Nov. 2nd.

The township has been awarded an $88,000 grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission for updating the Comprehensive Plan/Zoning ordinance and Subdivision and Land Development ordinance.

The township will put $17,500 toward the project.

Commissioners said they will announce when work is scheduled to begin, but their intention is to ask residents for voluntary participation in the planning process by serving on committees.

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