SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a second reading at this week's meeting, the Springfield Township Committee officially passed an ordinance regarding bamboo plants in town.

As previously reported at the last Township Committee meeting, the committee had passed the first reading of ordinance 2020-15, which looked to prohibit the planting of new bamboo in Springfield, a plant officially classified as an invasive species by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

During the first reading, the township committee spoke in unanimous favor of passing the ordinance. Multiple members of the township committee spoke in favor of it at the last meeting, including Mayor Chris Capodice, who said;

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"I received a couple of phone calls about the growth of bamboo. And this is something I didn't know that actually I found quite interesting. There are several residents, and this may be more than I realized, that have growths of bamboo in their yards. And it can become very troublesome.”

Other committee members also expressed similar sentiments during the first reading.

 With no further discussion put on the table, the ordinance was all but slated to pass. On second reading, it took just a few minutes to enshrine it into law. The committee voted unanimously to make the change to the township codes and officially prohibit new bamboo growth in the future.