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Monday, June 15, 2015

Racine County Apiculure
Zoning meeting  6-15-2015

Racine County Supervisors on Monday night held a public meeting concerning numerous zoning issues.
Tonight’s public hot button drew an over the room  capacity crowd.
 The over the room capacity crowd were mainly in opposition of the proposed Apiculture zoning ordinances submitted by the Public Works & Development Services office, herein referred to as the zoning office.  The Racine County Board of supervisors listened as speaker after speaker spoke of the shortcomings of the proposed 4 page zoning draft.
 Beekeepers , Bee experts, and others interested in apiculture filled the room to capacity. Overwhelmingly, the attending public was opposed to the drafted ordinances submitted by the zoning office.

During public input, Mark Gleason, Racine County Chairman, ordained resident Horticulturist, Dr Patty Nagai from the University of Wisconsin extension service as tonight’s expert on bees.  Dr. Nagai spoke to the County supervisors of the need for bees in our community. 

Others involved in bee keeping operations spoke to the county Board of the numerous proposed ordinances that would impede bee keepers operations.
Racine County Supervisors Thomas Roanhouse, Monte Osterman, Thomas Pringle, Robert Grove, along with Zoning officials Julie Anderson and Brian Jensen listened intently as the public passionately opposed various  segments the drafted ordinance.

At the end of tonight’s meeting, Racine County officials tabled the proposed ordinance and will be reviewing future options.

We at RCC suggest the public should send their concerns of the proposed draft directly to the office of Public Works & Development Planning  c/o Julie Anderson at

 You made read the draft in our previous post.

Please be cordial and constructive with your comments to her office.  This is too important an issue and we all need to get this right the first time.

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