COUNCIL ESTABLISHES ANIMAL CONTROL REGULATIONS
90.10 (a) No person shall willfully own, keep, feed, or harbor any dangerous or wild animal within Village limits which could constitute a health risk to humans or domesticated animals. These “health risk animals” include, but are not limited to, rodents, raccoons, opossum, skunks, coyotes, wolves, bats, groundhogs, or any other animal capable of passing harmful viruses, fungi, or bacteria such as, but not limited to, rabies, tuberculosis, and encephalitis. Squirrels and wild birds shall be an exception to this section.
(b) Squirrels and wild birds may be fed within Village limits providing reasonable efforts are made to avoid access to the feed by other animals covered within (a) of this section.
90.11 ANIMALS PROHIBITED IN THE VILLAGE. No person shall keep any hog, pig, horse, mule, cow, goat, sheep or any member of the equidae family, the bovidae family, or the suidae family, or any fowl or poultry in any pen, yard, lot or other enclosure situated within the Village.
90.12 BEES- The keeping of honeybees on single-family residential properties is permitted as a hobby if all colonies are registered with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and all of the requirements of this Section are met. Keeper must maintain valid certification with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
(b) Location, Setbacks, Number.
(1) Beehives may be located in a rear yard only.
(2) The front of any beehive shall face away from the property line of the adjoining residential property(ies);
(3) Hives shall be located a minimum of ten feet (10′) off the property line;
(4) There shall be no more than one (1) hive on any one parcel, with a height not to exceed five (5) feet, and not exceed 16,020 cubic inches per hive.
(5) The Colony’s shall have Restrictive Access by either a 6′ perimeter fencing (which requires a variance from Village Council) or a solid 6′ hedge row on or contiguous to the hive owner’s property.
(c) Water. Each beekeeper shall have on their property a convenient source of water available in close proximity to the beehive at all times during the year so that the bees are less likely to congregate off premises. Water source should have acceptable access for bees, should be of concrete construction (ie concrete bird bath or fountain) or have stone surfaces protruding from the water to promote desirable landing surface.
(d) Maintenance of colonies. The maintenance of each colony shall meet the following conditions:
(1) Colonies shall be maintained in movable frame hives;
(2) Adequate space shall be maintained in the hive to prevent overcrowding;
(3) Colonies shall be re-queened following any aggressive behavior. No Africanized bees shall be intentionally introduced into the beehives. Should Africanized bees be found dwelling in any beehive, the beekeeper shall take immediate action to eradicate the Africanized bees as swiftly as possible.
(e) Compliance. Notwithstanding compliance with the various requirements of this Section, a beekeeper shall be prohibited from keeping any colony or colonies in such a manner or of such disposition as to cause any unhealthy condition, interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of human or animal life of others or interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of any public or private property.