Great-grandmother loses battle over beehive... not giving up yet - KMOV.com

Great-grandmother loses battle over beehive... not giving up yet

A former Vinita Park alderwoman fought city hall and lost.

The current Board of Aldermen voted to give Verna Gremaud seven days to remove her beehive from the community garden.

Gremaud says she's not surprised but still plans to try to fight a little more.  She says she was disappointed elected leaders weren't willing to come visit the hive and hear from a beekeeper and see how "bees are cared for and how non-aggressive they are, but there weren't any takers," said Gremaud.

She says she plans to talk to the city attorney about some ideas and a possible compromise.

Gremaud says several people have offered to keep the hive on their property but she's not interested in that just yet.

 

 

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-- All 78-year old Verna Gremaud is saying is, "give bees a chance."

About a month ago she added a beehive to a community garden with the best of intentions... to pollinate the flowers.

But city leaders have a problem with the hive on city property and they could vote Monday night to have Gremaud remove it. 

She'll be there at 6:30pm with some bee experts at her side to try to convince elected leaders and any worried citizens there's nothing to worry about.

"It's a fear some people have of insects and stinging things especially," Gremaud told me Monday morning at the garden where a few bees buzzed around the garden.  "People can get stung anywhere. Who of us didn't walk barefoot in clover as a child at least people my age who didn't get stung by honey bees? It's nothing. But no, one lady I spoke to was so afraid these bees might fly over three blocks and sting one of her grandchildren. I said, 'no no no'."

I asked Gremaud what her Plan Bee is if she's told to get the hive out of there.

"I'll ask for time," says Gremaud.  "Give me this summer and we can reevaluate it."

We'll see what happens at 6:30.

"I like it here and I think it belongs here in the garden. It needs to be here so I can tend to it easily, keep my eyes on it and observe, so I'm really going to work at that. I'm not finished with this," says Gremaud.

While visiting with Gremaud a few feet from the hive on Tuesday morning, someone pulled up, got out of their car and yelled, "Keep the hive," got back in and drove off.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.  He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com

 

 

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