A hearing Tuesday to decide whether Oak Park should legalize beekeeping was canceled, after the local board of health couldn’t get enough members to attend. But it was too early to say, Tuesday morning, when the meeting might be rescheduled.

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

That process was set to get buzzing on Tuesday, as the Oak Park Board of Health was scheduled to host a hearing at Village Hall, 123 Madison. The event was to give residents a chance to weigh in on the topic of legalized beekeeping in Oak Park.

The hearing, when eventually rescheduled, will 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, says 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.

Stay tuned to OakPark.com to find out the new date of the hearing when it becomes available.

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