Oak Park beekeeping hearing scheduled for Tuesday

Residents can weigh in on whether village should legalize the practice

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Anyone who is interested in Oak Park legalizing beekeeping within its borders can have their say Tuesday night. The village is hosting a hearing, originally scheduled for last week, on Oct. 5, at village hall. 

Beekeeping is currently considered a “nuisance” under Oak Park law, punishable by a fine of up to $750. Last year, an Oak Park resident set about trying to get the practice legalized locally.

That process will get buzzing on Tuesday, as the Oak Park Board of Health is hosting a hearing at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Village Hall, 123 Madison. The event will give residents a chance to weigh in on the topic of legalized beekeeping in Oak Park.

The hearing will also include testimony from a representative of the Illinois Beekeepers Association, along with Dr. Paul Luning, a medical consultant to the Oak Park Health Department. Margaret Provost-Fyfe, director of that department, said last week that the Board of Health will make a recommendation to the village board on beekeeping by the end of the year.

"I would expect that they would get something together in writing in a timely manner, because they do have other things on their agenda," she said. 

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John Jessica from Oak Park  

Posted: October 5th, 2010 8:50 AM

Bees and thier cultivation in Oak Park should be considered an asset to out community and the whole world.BEE POPULATIONS,world wide,are declining. This known fact is very important because without those annoying bees flowers, fruit trees,and vegtable gardens around our homes and world wide would be NO MORE.They are one of the main reasons we exist.BEES like the rabbits,squirrels,birds and MY NEIGHBORS DOGS can be annoying to some but THEY ARE NOT A NUISANCE!They perform and produce for us

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