New Zoning Administrator selected in Jerome

JEROME – After nearly six months of searching, the Town of Jerome selected Kyle Dabney as its new Zoning Administrator during an Executive Session at its Nov. 22 council meeting.

“Over the course of the process, we had five or six apply. We whittled it down to three and ended up with two to consider in Executive Session,” said Council member Lew Currier.

Since last spring, previous Zoning Administrator Al Sengstock had been working part-time remotely from his new residence of Florida. Town officials had expressed their desire to locate a local employee to better serve Jerome residents.

According to attachments to the Nov. 22 Town of Jerome Council Agenda, Dabney’s experience includes a B.S. in Geographic Science and Urban Planning from Northern Arizona University as well as an internship with Coconino County Community Development. He currently is Manager at Boat Rentals of America in Phoenix.

Dabney begins his full-time position Nov. 28. Currier said “I believe he is looking for a place up here.”

Honeybees now free to roam in Jerome

JEROME – An effort led by Council member Christina “Alex” Barber was rewarded as Jerome Town Council unanimously approved the legalization of beekeeping within town limits.

The Oct. 11 action rescinded Ordinance No. 421 Item 10-1-1 “Bees” which outlawed beekeeping.

“For those of you who don’t know, up until this very moment honey bees have been outlawed in the Town of Jerome. Now they are free,” said then-mayor and present Council member Lew Currier.

Currier at an earlier meeting explained that the 40-year ban on beekeeping was put in place after a resident no longer residing in Jerome was stung by a bee.

Barber had advocated for the return of beekeeping in Jerome in order to encourage locally-sourced honey as well as beneficial pollination.

For residents not wishing to have bee hives on their property, the town has provided a list of beekeepers willing to relocate the hives. For more information, visit www.jerome.az.gov/Announcements.html.

- Tom Tracey

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