Invasive plants hearing Jan. 10

Published 10:48 am Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Victoria Town Council will hold a public hearing on invasive plants immediately ahead of its Jan. 10 meeting. The idea for the public hearing came out of a discussion held during council’s Dec. 13 meeting.

“It will be on bamboo and other invasive plants,” Town Manager Rodney Newton said. “Bamboo is very invasive. It spreads underground and pops up everywhere.”

The hearing will begin at 7 p.m.; the regular council meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Council also continued discussion of the town’s alleyways. Newton said they are town property.

“We’ll be looking at them on an as-needed basis for cutting and maintenance,” he said.

Council heard a report on Blackstone Area Bus Service ridership, whose orange and green lines make stops in Victoria. Newton said there were more than 300 Victoria riders during the month of November.

Newton also reported:

• 30 acres of town timber had been cut;

• burial fees at the town’s cemeteries will rise $20 from $200 to $220 after the first of the year; and

• the town is in the process of hiring a part-time property maintenance official.

“It should come up after the first of the year,” he said.

Council also heard treasurer, police department and fire department reports. No citizens addressed council at December’s meeting.

Victoria Town Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.