Beekeeping proposal postponed

Lack of a quorum last month delayed the Board of Health’s consideration of beekeeping regulations, proposed by the town’s health agent, Eric Badger. According to Health Department clerk Laurie Keane that discussion will take place no earlier than the end of this month, because of board members’ vacation schedules. The proposal, modeled after regulations in Chicopee, would set standards for how close hives may be placed to property lines, the street, and to swimming pools. It also would require warning signs to be posted on properties with hives. Badger decided to draft the proposal after receiving a complaint from a resident who is allergic to bees and has a neighbor who had set up beehives. Keane said the proposal has drawn a great deal of concern among beekeepers who are afraid their rights will be curtailed.