Vote will come on bee-keeping

The proposed ordinance prohibits more than two hives on any property and requires a 6-foot-tall fence around a property with hives within 25 feet from property line. Residents also will have to keep a water source to prevent bees from leaving the property.

City Council voted to postpone a decision on an ordinance that would allow bee-keeping in Ypsilanti Tuesday night.

In a 6-1 decision, with Councilmember Brian Robb, D-Ward 3, voting against, the measure was postponed while changes are made to the ordinance.

During discussion, Councilmember Peter Murdock, D-Ward 3, pointed out the proposed ordinance had no requirement for residents to apply for a permit, as an ordinance passed in July had, which permitted keeping up to four chickens in the city.

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