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.
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