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What is going on with the beekeeping ordinance in the city of Brookfield? Last year it sounded like everyone was for it and people were going to be able to do it, but it's been months and just nothing. Are city officials hoping that it just goes away? It sounded like they were fine with it.
 

Answer:  It's still probably going to happen. At least from what I've heard.

But yeah, it's been a while since I had heard anything about it too, so upon asking around a little bit I got an answer that was predictable and perhaps understandable, but probably not what beekeepers want to hear.

"There have been a lot of other things that have taken priority over the past few months," city of Brookfield mayor Steve Ponto said.

Ponto noted that the city of Brookfield city attorney's office has been tasked with drafting the ordinance after the city's legislative & licensing committee appeared open to the idea of allowing residential beekeeping last summer; however, other tasks have taken precedent in the months since.

City officials plan to return to the topic as soon as possible.

If the drafted ordinance is approved by the five city aldermen who sit on the legislative & licensing committee, it would then progress to the full common council for a vote.

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