How sweet it is: Bees welcomed to Wellington, within limits

Historically, beekeeping has been prohibited within the town limits of Wellington. But no more. At its April 22 meeting, the town board amended the existing ordinance to allow beekeeping, with certain restrictions, within the town limits.

The amended ordinance requires that bee colonies be kept in a hive structure intended for that purpose and in good condition. The bees must not cause any interference with human or animal life or the enjoyment of public property. They must be provided with adequate water. Beekeepers must register their colonies each year with the town clerk.

“We can allow in-town beekeeping in a safe manner” Mayor Jack Brinkhoff said. “And the subject of bee stings was discussed in great length. But honey bee stings are very uncommon, with wasp and hornets being the common sting-causing issues.”

If the hive exists within 25 feet of a property line, a 6-foot flyway barrier in the form of a wall, fence or dense vegetation must be erected. Aggressive colonies must be “requeened.”

The number of colonies is restricted by tract size: one colony for a quarter acre, two for a quarter to a half acre and four per acre. The name and phone number of the owner must appear on at least two hives.

Abide by a few simple rules and enjoy the fun of keeping be

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