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Canfield City Council passes ordinance regarding beekeeping

Thursday, July 6, 2017

By BILLY LUDT

bludt@vindy.com

CANFIELD

Rules for keeping bees and a call for citizens to help select the next Canfield city manager were made during Wednesday night’s city council meeting.

The council passed an ordinance permitting honey bees to be kept within the city. Residents will need to register their colonies with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, pay routine permit fees and acquire an apiary permit from the city in order to keep bees on their property.

Hives must be kept in backyards, 10 feet away from all property lines.

The city worked alongside bee experts to ensure the ordinance’s regulations were compatible with maintaining a healthy hive.

In other business, Mayor Bernard Kosar Sr. issued a call to residents to participate in a search committee tasked with finding a new city manager.

Interested individuals will be considered through July 15 and can apply at the city administration building.

Council member John Morvay said he believes there are qualified candidates living in the city that should be considered for the position.

The committee will be composed of council president Don Dragish Jr., Kosar and three members of the public.

City Manager Joe Warino will retire from the position later this year. Warino became city manager in December 2009, according to Vindicator records.

Dragish also announced his candidacy for mayor at the city’s Fourth of July parade. He was named council president in 2015. Kosar will not run for re-election. City resident Richard Duffett also has announced his bid for mayor.