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Some want to see the bees banned from city limits altogether, but beekeepers say they're not doing anything wrong. Some want to see the bees banned from city limits altogether, but beekeepers say they're not doing anything wrong.
Town leaders are thinking about banning donation boxes from inside city limits. Town leaders are thinking about banning donation boxes from inside city limits.
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LELAND, NC (WECT) – Town leaders in Leland were busy at their town hall meeting Thursday evening. Topping the list of issues up for discussion were donation boxes and beekeeping.

Beekeeping

Beekeepers will be allowed to maintain their hives inside the Leland City limits without limitations. Leland Town Council voted unanimously to reject proposed ordinances restricting beekeeping. This means some neighbors will continue to find themselves surrounded by bees. 

We first reported about the bee problems last month when several angry neighbors, including Crystal Slininger contacted our newsroom.

Her next door neighbors in the Waterford Community of Leland are keeping thousands of bees at their home.

Slininger is allergic to bees and has an environmental illness which means she can't take medicine used for treating bee stings.

Slininger wants to see the bees banned from city limits altogether, but beekeepers said they're not doing anything wrong.

Leland Town Manager, David Hollis said he sees both sides.

"The bee debate has gathered interest on both sides," said Hollis. "Our job is not to say whether people have bees or don't have bees. It's really about regulating some common sense laws into beekeeping in the city."

Donation Boxes

Town leaders are thinking about regulating donation boxes within city limits. Thursday night town leaders decided to approve some changes.  Boxes are regulated to certain setbacks among other things.  

Setbacks include:

  • Donation boxes must be 50 ft from right of way
  • Out of parking spaces
  • Out of sight triangles
  • Owner permission required
  • One per property

The donation box changes passed on first reading, but will require a second reading and vote next month. 

As it stands now, there are no regulations for donation boxes in the town of Leland, you'll find several of them placed across town. But Town Councilor Jane Crowder says that needs to change.

She's requested that the city consider removing all donation boxes from town, claiming that people are making a mess by leaving debris and trash in the parking lot around the boxes. Crowder even mentioned that she's seen people leaving mattresses and other furniture in the public spaces.

Town Manager, David Hollis told us that this is something that town leaders feel is necessary moving forward.

"It's an issue but not a major concern," said Hollis. "It's something that we've been able to handle thus far with code enforcement but regulations sometimes make things better."

Town leaders will be discussing these regulations at its meeting on Thursday night.

We will update this story with the town council's decision. Check back here for more details as they become available.

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