For the last two years, Pastor Kevin Pauley has kept a beehive in his church.
For him beekeeping isn’t a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.
“And providing our own food and producing our own chickens and our own eggs, our own honey. These things, all of that is part and parcel of how we obey the scripture,” says Pastor Pauley.
Pauley says that lifestyle is being threatened.
Over the last few weeks, the City of Aledo has been drafting an ordinance to ban beekeeping within city limits.
The city administrator says it stems from a neighbor’s concern over seeing a high concentration of bees in town.
“You saw on my hives, that there’s about 10 to 12 ft. ahead of them that I don’t even mow. To kind of warn people hey stay out of there. Cause when they come out, they fly out straight and at about 10 to 12 feet out there above your head and they’re not an issue,” says Pastor Pauley.
Pastor Pauley argues that bees are safe as long as you take the necessary measures.
Many agree, and are also fighting to keep the bees.
“You can’t pass legislation when you don’t have all the information in front of you,” says Latko.
Ryan Latko isn’t a beekeeper himself, but says he knows what bees mean to the environment.
He says city officials aren’t informed.
For that reason, he wrote a letter and sent it to many of them before Monday’s meeting.
“Not to be making these decisions based on fear, but more on facts. I urged them not to ban bees and the important role they play in our ecosystem,” says Latko.
Beekeepers have vowed to fight to keep their bees.
Pastor Pauley says the outcome determines if he stays in Aledo.
“If they decide the bees can’t be within city limits I would obey, obviously, but I would seriously consider moving,” says Pauley. “It’s that important to me.”