Silt trustees want input on bees, beer and noise |

Silt trustees want input on bees, beer and noise

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

SILT, Colorado – The town’s trustees want to know what local residents think about beekeeping, drinking beer in public and making noise that may disturb the neighborhood.

Those topics will be the subject of separate public hearings tonight starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, and the public is welcome to attend and comment.

This will be the third time the trustees have dealt with the practice of keeping honeybees within the boundaries of the town.

In July, the trustees voted 5-2 to establish rules, permits and fees governing the keeping of honeybees, recognizing that the bees are critical to the agricultural business as well as the honey business.

But by August, three of the trustees reversed course on the question, and the proposed ordinance was rejected, also by 5-2.

Town staff and the Silt Planning and Zoning Commission reworked the proposal, and it is now coming back to the Board of Trustees for another try.

As proposed, the ordinance would establish requirements for the keeping of bees “with the intention to avoid conflicts between beekeepers and non-beekeepers, and between bees and other animals.”

Those hoping to keep bees would need to apply for a special use permit, pay the requisite fees, and obey rules that determine the type of hive to be used, as well as requirements that the bees be “active” but “gentle,” among other traits.

A public hearing also will tackle the question of a ban on open containers of alcohol and the consumption of beer in public places.

Town parks and open space, however, can be exempted from the ban by the town administrator.

Lastly, the public will be asked to weigh in on a noise ordinance, which will establish limits on a broad range of activities that cause noise, as well as equipment, vehicles and other machinery.

Other items on the agenda include public hearings about two development proposals: Ferguson Crossing and the Laestadian Lutheran Church of the Roaring Fork Valley annexation.

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