Beekeeping is now legal in Madisonville after the city council voted in favor yesterday of an ordinance that would strike down the 47-year-old ban on hives.
Councilman Mark Lee, who sponsored the ordinance, said it passed unanimously and with no changes in a special-called meeting.
Beekeeping in Madisonville may no longer be illegal, thanks to a proposed city ordinance that passed its first reading Monday.
Councilman Mark Lee sponsored the ordinance and says bees are an important part of the local ecology and hopes, if passed, the ordinance would slowly reintroduce private operations in the city.
While most farmers can expect reduced yields this year, beekeepers look forward to a bumper honey crop. Flowering plants produce thicker nectar when moisture is scarce, and that makes a bee’s job a little easier.