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Toms River To Crack Down on Invasive Plants

The Township Council introduced an ordinance to make property owners control invasive plants, such as spreading bamboo, ragweed, and other vegetation, from spreading to neighboring properties.

Toms River property owners need to watch what plants are growing in their yards, especially if it is a spreading species, such as bamboo, multi flora rose, kudzu or poison ivy or oak.

The Township Council introduced an ordinance Tuesday, Nov. 13, that requires property owners to keep vegetation within their boundaries or face costs for removal and fines.  The amount of those fines governed under state law could not immediately be determined, but a 2002 letter that the state sent to judges showed that the maximum for violating municipal ordinances could be as high as $1,250.

Several New Jersey towns have recently taken action about controlling invasive plants, particularly spreading bamboo that can cause property damage.

Spreading bamboo has to be manually removed and any root fragments in the ground can restore the plant, according to the Institute of Invasive Bamboo Research.  Many herbicides are ineffective against the plants, the group said.

The second reading of the ordinance, which will be open for public comment, is scheduled for the November 27 municipal meeting. 

Ken Fitzpatrick November 14, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Should cut down on the pesticides and save the Bay. If you would live here, leave your lawns home and go au natural.
Karen Nisivoccia-Campbell November 14, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Seriously in the middle of a natural disaster they are going to worry people with this nonsense?
Wal have TR November 14, 2012 at 09:23 PM
These fools should be more concerned with the well being of their resiidents.The last straw is the non effective leadership of my ward representative or lack of thereof. I cannot wait till next year so I can join any group that wants to boot these guys out.
Pat November 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM
You have got to be kidding me! No access to my house and they busy themselves with this!!! We, the barrier island should seceed from TR and let them cry in their lost revenue!!! I want unteathered, unrestricted access to my house!!!!
Joe Jablonski November 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
maybe you should find a place a little higher above sea level.
Pat November 15, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Well Joe - maybe the fact that my property is above the national flood map levels and did not require flood insurance would be an appropiate response to your ignornant comment. My flood elevation certification was totally acceptable to my bank and insurance company but I guess clueless people do not realize these facts exist on the barrier island and elsewhere.
Joe Jablonski November 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM
looks like your certificate needs updating
Mike L November 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Crack Down, they don't even ahear to the laws on the books now! Just look around when out, the town has gone to crap, even before this disaster, Garbage on the streets but not around the Municipal Offices or Buildings. What about the natural growth around the turns on our main streets, you know those cigarets butts......where we're the clean up crews over the last couple of months!!!!!!
SystemIsBroken November 24, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Hey its a bold political move, the plants cant fight back! I wonder what if costs to pass a bill, does the township attorney charge for research every time they do something this petty? They must, as the are citing judicial ruling Why dont they pass an ordinance about spreading BS? It is out of control in this town! Wait a minute.. What if we plant spreading Bamboos in the dunes to protect shore? Rosa Multi flora? Lets think this through? Will they grow?
SmackieJackie November 24, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Oh yea? Then they need to fine themselves!!!! Keep up with the woods next to my house!!! I am soooooo tired of the spread into my yard!!!!!!
Murph November 25, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I filed several complaints regarding the over growth of Ivy which my neighbor ignores to take care of.the Ivy is invading my property, fence, and the trees that boarder the property line.The home is painted lime green, has trees growing in the gutters, weeds that are knee high. the town did come out and saw the condition of the house said it would be address and that is the end of the town enforcing any authority regarding my situation. I will definately follow this ordinance
Martin November 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Really -- this is the priority of your TR politicians?????
grace November 25, 2012 at 03:20 PM
and mine is planting bamboo
JUDY November 25, 2012 at 04:10 PM
bamboozled ....who has the time to think of nonsense like this when we are in shell shock? GET REAL!
dorin November 25, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Agree! Apparently they were not prepared for any sort of disaster as they have, time and time again, sufficiently demonstrated that they had no disaster recovery plan in effect. Also, instead of worrying about this, why don't they get some port-a-johns put up on the island so that the residents and/or contractors that are there to do work can relieve themselves. Ridiculous!!!
Mark November 25, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Toms River Elected Officials may not realize it but there will be hundreds of barrier island homeowners/taxpayers at Tuesday nights 6:00 PM meeting asking the following questions: 1) Why has additional sand not been put on the beach? 2) Why are homeowners/taxpayers forced to wait for hours on nonsense check points that are a meaningless joke! 3) Why have the concrete barriers blocking streets not yet been removed? 4) Why has the Town not provided portable toilets on the barrier island? 5) Why has the mounds of garbage not been picked up yet? 6) Where is Ward 1 Councilwoman Maria Maruca? 7) When will the water, gas, electric, cable, phone, sewer be up and running? 8) Why are Public Works workers not working 7 days a week to restore the barrier island to pre storn conditions? 9) Can Public Works director explain when pre-storm work began to re-enforce the dunes? How many workers per day were dedicated towards this effort? How many pieces of heavy equiptment? Did they work on Saturday & Sunday prior to the storm? How high & wide were the dunes re-enforced? Where there areas not re-enforced? Are there official records, documents and pictures of the work? 10) When will the Mayor & Council have a meetinf specifically dedicated to storm issues? 11) What Township Official has overall oversight & responsibility to the restoration process?
Murph November 27, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Sorry just wanted to voice an opinion on something I've been complaining about for some time now. Unfortunately the topic came up at the wrong time. The victims of hurricane sandy are much more important and I truly am sympathetic to their needs. I have been volunteering since day 1 and continue to help in every way possible. So please understand this was not a priority but it was posted and I had something to share.
Just another day November 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I can answer all for you....Obviously these issues are non-issues compared to bamboo. I think the town council has their priorities really screwed up!!
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Just another day November 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Ever hear of a weed wacker? That's how I quell my neighbors ivy. Why bother the town council with such nonscense? You need to pick your battles better.
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Mellisa Vo June 03, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Yeah, our politicians and leaders do have a lot of important, and pressing issues to take care of. Especially after Hurricane Sandy. Considering that occurred on Oct 22, and this ordinance took effect Nov 13. Obviously it's something that had been in the works for quite some time, since it was taking effect less than a month later. Our government isn't perfect, I don't think any of them are quite frankly. And I am not personally a fan of a lot of things they do, or don't do, more so. None the less, and ordinance about bamboo removal has nothing to do with any other current events, or issues. It's completely unrelated, so how can you even branch the two situations together? Just because we are at war, that doesn't mean the smaller issues aren't taken care of.. does it? Thus because of the tragic hurricane, doesn't mean the world stops, doesn't mean life doesn't go on, and people go back to handling things that need to be taken care of. I personally am dealing with the nuisance of my neighbors overgrown bamboo. When you have to take every other day, trimming the excess coming over the fence, picking up the leaves and mess it leaves, and digging up the incredibly deep, thick, and wide-spread roots... maybe you'll understand why this ordinance was made. Until then, let's stop causing trouble.

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