A resident of Hunter Drive told Pennsburg Borough Council that bamboo has infested his property and two others in his neighborhood.
Bill Ingram appeared at Tuesday's council meeting on behalf of himself and other neighbors asking the members to help control the spread of the invasive woody plant with a hollow stem. Council agreed, directing solicitor Matthew Hovey to create an ordinance allowing municipal officials to deal with invasive grasses.
Ingram, who lives in the 900 block of Hunter Drive, passed out thick pieces of a bamboo tree, which measured 17 feet tall, he had cut on his property. Ingram also passed out photos of the wood plant, which grows a foot a day. One of the photos showed how a stem poked through a piece of plywood.
One resident of the 200 block of 8th Street discovered between 80 and 100 shoots on his property, according to Ingram. "This is not acceptable," said member Bruce Lord, holding a small piece of the cut bamboo.
Following his presentation, Ingram claimed that the bamboo originated on his next door neighbor's property, and that it has spread to the homes on either side along Hunter Drive as well as one residence on 8th Street.
Ingram said the next door neighbor initially agreed to do something about the source of the bamboo. However, after multiple hang-ups, the neighbor eventually said "there was nothing he could do" since the borough has not passed an ordinance restricting the substance.
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