Oak Park beekeeping decision expected Monday night

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

After months of delays, the Oak Park village board is set to decide Monday night whether the community should allow beekeeping within its borders.

Back in October, the local board of health recommended that the village board should allow residents to maintain beehives. Such a practice is currently considered a "nuisance" under village code, and an Oak Park resident has been pushing for the past couple of years to change that.

The health board's recommendation has languished on the backburner for months, but the village board is planning to weigh in at 7:30 p.m. Monday at village hall, 123 Madison.

Supporters have argued that bees would be good for the environmental and local gardens, while others worry about the possible harm that might be caused to people with bee allergies.

If the board approves the measure tonight, village staff would then have to craft an ordinance, which would then need approval from trustees. Staff is already working on the new law, which could include provisions such as requiring beekeepers to obtain a permit, forbidding apartment or condo dwellers from maintaining hives, and limiting each property to two bee colonies.

CONTACT: mstempniak@wjinc.com

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sarge311  

Posted: June 20th, 2011 7:00 PM

I hope the main consideration is for the welfare of the bees and not the profits that will bring the people. With bee populations declining to the worst it's ever been because of colony collapse and pesticides made by Bayer, the bees need all the help that they can get. If it wasn't for bees, we would not be able to eat. So let's thank them and think of them above all else.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 20th, 2011 12:01 PM

I hope we can have this go through! Talk about local honey! The main thing is that people know how to do it.

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