Board Meeting Recap – May 21, 2013

Hello Everyone,

Highlights from this meeting include authorization for the purchase of a recycling asphalt hot patcher, which will allow village staff to fill potholes and better maintain roads all 12 months of the year.  The previous equipment had temperature limitations that meant staff couldn’t fill potholes during the depths of the winter months.  Additionally, this new patcher will use recycled asphalt – which will save residents thousands of dollars per year.

Other topics included discussion of the Carpenter Park master plan and a vote on allowing honey bee hives in the village.

I was the lone ‘no’ vote on amending the ordinance that currently bans bee hives from the yards of residents and made my points during that portion of the meeting (which you can click directly to at the link below).  In short, I like the ordinance the way it is currently written – which prohibits residents from owning venomous animals.  These bee hives will be in residents back yards and create what I would consider to be an attractive nuisance to neighborhood children.  Additionally, some residents (4%) have severe and life-threatening reactions to bee stings/venom.

I understand the argument for bee hives: colony collapses nationwide, locally grown food, etc. – I just don’t think it’s worth the trade off in safety.  I know I wouldn’t want a bee hive next to my yard where my 2 year old plays all day.  We have many square miles of open spaces thanks to the land management of Dundee Township and the Kane County Forest Preserves.  I feel those areas would be a more natural and better fit for recreational apiaries.

Video of the meeting can be found by clicking the link below.  You can click to specific portions of the meeting by simply clicking on the portion of the agenda below the video feed.

http://carpentersville.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=13

Minutes:

http://carpentersville.granicus.com/DocumentViewer.php?file=carpentersville_cca19261d2d2e4e3091b3b6cd689b66f.pdf&view=1

Thanks,

Kevin

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