New bee rules proposed in St. Francis

Bees be warned – there could be new rules to follow in St. Francis.

The St. Francis City Council Aug. 20 introduced its first ordinance to regulate the keeping of bees.

The proposed ordinance, which was adopted on a 4-1 vote, would only allow beehives to be kept on properties of five acres or more, limits the number of hives to one and sets the only acceptable hive structure as a removable frame type hive.

People keeping bees would also have to keep the hives 100 feet from any property lines.

At a previous meeting, Councilmember Jeff Sandoval, who voted against the proposal, said he wants the required property size to be 2.5 acres.

Five acres is a bit extreme, he said at the Aug. 6 meeting.

Five acres is typical of what the city uses in the livestock ordinance and this would keep it consistent with the existing ordinances, said Mayor Jerry Tveit prior to the Aug. 20 vote.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]