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Entries in Bee Hives (2)

Saturday
Jan282012

Sticky Topics: Digital Billboards & Bees

Thursday's Legal & Licensing Committee meeting demonstrated the breadth and depth of our council's conversations: billboards & bees were on the menu.  That's right.  

Up first were two outdoor signage companies who were interested in both building new digital billboards in town and possibly converting existing static billboards into digital boards.  Everyone who knows the City's history on billboards knows that a previous administration allowed the construction of a number of billboards along the highway corridor in return for $25,000 for 5 years worth of July 4th fireworks.  The builder then flipped the boards to a media company for millions.  That's the short version of the story, but I didn't think anyone would be in favor of any more or any different billboards.  I made a motion to instruct staff to not consider the request for digital billboard permits and Chairman Robinson agreed with me.  We're learning from our history....trying not to repeat the bad parts....

Second was an Apiarist (don't feel bad...I had to look it up too. ha.) who wanted the city to change it's policy on beekeeping.  Currently we only allow it if you're keeping bees 1/4 miles from any school, church, or public place.  Send be a note if you feel strongly in either direction, but we'll see what staff has to say about it when it comes before the full council. 

Tuesday
May172011

Bees, Committees, Body Shops, Names

Last night's meeting was highly anticipated...for good reason.  The Committee on Committees met to decide which Aldermen were assigned to each of the 8 committees.  What does that mean?  Well, the 8 of us sat in a room until we figured out who was going to take chairmanship, vice chairmanship, or membership position on each working team within city government.  Road issues are sent to Engineering, budget issues are sent to Finance, etc etc.
 
Before voting on the committee positions, a resident made a passionate argument in favor of changing the city's code to allow beekeeping.  We'll likely consider this at a future meeting date so feel free to send me your thoughts on the subject.
 
Here's how the committees shook out:
 
Committee Name - Chairman, Vice Chair, Member

Community Development - Haugeberg, Walsten, & Sayad
Finance & Admin - Bogusz, Sayad, & Wilson
Engineering - Sayad, Haugeberg, & Robinson
Public Safety - Walsten, Brookman, & Charewicz
Legal & Licensing - Robinson, Wilson, & Bogusz
Public Works - Brookman, Bogusz, & Haugeberg 
Community Service - Wilson, Charewicz, & Walsten
Building Codes - Charewicz, Robinson, & Brookman

The proposed body shop behind Foremost Liquors on Lee Street was approved after the owner successfully cleaned up the facility.
 
Newly elected Alderman Michael Charewicz provided a brief tutorial on how to pronounce his name.  First, he would rather not be reminded of his mother's "Michael!!!", and he prefers Mike.  Second, his last name should be pronounced like chair-wits (like the "chair" you sit on and the "wits" you have).  As a lifelong victim of mispronunciations I appreciate his clarification.