|Artist Sean Delonas|
|Running bamboo spreads to Delonas back yard|
Delonas told Commissioners that running bamboo is recognized by the Pa. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as one of the fastest growing and most invasive plants in the world. His neighbor planted this bamboo along his property line, and the grasses have spread to Delonas' property at Cabernet Place. According to a study by the Institute of Invasive Bamboo Research, running bamboo even survived the Hiroshima bomb. Delonas told Commissioners that running bamboo has already broken through his fence "and will break my underground lines, pipes and my home's foundation in less than two years." He requested an ordinance that would hold a property owner responsible for the spread of this plant onto other properties. He stopped short of seeking an outright ban, but wants those who plant running bamboo held responsible if its destructive path takes aim at another person's property.
Throughout Pennsylvania, 17 communities have adopted bamboo ordinances. Some, like Douglass Township, have imposed a ban on this grass.
A Cumberland County Court has declared running bamboo a "vegetative nuisance" The court reasoned that urban living includes certain responsibilities, including a responsibility to take precautions against invasive plants that encroach upon another person's property.
While Delonas attempted to speak, Hudak repeatedly interrupted him. His first comment is that there is a grove of bamboo trees behind his house, and it has not spread into his yard. Delonas tried to explain that clumping bamboo does not spread and that Hudak may have running bamboo confused with cane, which is native to this area and does not spread. But Hudak kept speaking over him.
|What running bamboo does to a yard|
Hudak kept claiming that Delonas was seeking a ban on bamboo, which Delonas attempted to dispute. Hudak then claimed that bamboo has been growing in the Township for the bast 80 years with no problem.
"You can do what you want," he advised. "Phil will vote for it," he added, taking a shot at another Commissioner. Then, declaring he was "speechless," Hudak said he was "done," and walked out of the meeting.
Phil Barnard's sentiment? "We owe you a review," he told Delonas.
Attempts to contact Delonas' neighbor, who is reportedly out of town, were unsuccessful.