DECORAH — The first reading of an ordinance that would allow beekeeping in the city has been approved by the Decorah City Council.

Decorah resident Rick Brown recently met with the council Public Safety Committee and requested the city’s code be changed to allow for the hobby of beekeeping.

City Manager Chad Bird said the amendment strikes bees as a “bothersome animal” from city code and adds a new administrative section to regulate the keeping of honey bees.

The council unanimously approved the first reading of the code amendment, and council member Steve Luse suggested the second and third readings be waived. Three readings are required before an ordinance change can be considered for adoption.

However, council member Gary Rustad said he would like to hold another reading of the amendment, “because of parents who may have kids who are allergic to bee stings. Let’s give them another opportunity to come before the council. They may have health concerns,” he said.

The second reading on the issue is scheduled for the council’s Monday meeting.

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