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City protocol slowing down beehive removal from midtown home

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City protocol slowing down beehive removal from midtown home

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Apr 22, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A viewer reached out to 9 On Your Side concerned about bustling bees lurking in a hive on a home in her midtown neighborhood. 

Donna DeConcini cannot get it removed soon enough because the home owner has moved out of town. 
 
"I couldn't figure out why we were getting so many bees in my house," DeConcini said, until she made the disturbing discovery on Monday last week.
 
"Oh my gosh, this is really horrible," she said, describing the thousands of bees nesting in the hive next door.
 
DeConcini called the Tucson Fire Department. 
 
"And they said well, have you been stung, have your dogs been stung? And I said well no, and they said well when you get stung let me know and we'll come back or call us back," she said.
 
She also tried contacting three beehive removers, offering to pay them for their service. 
 
"And they wont touch it because its not my property," DeConcini said. 
 
When Tucson Police checked out the hive, they filed a report with the City of Tucson Code Enforcement. 
 
DeConcini's dilemma now is the City needs to give the owner enough notice -- which could last 30 days -- before taking down the hive without permission. 
 
"I want this taken care of," DeConcini said. "This is dangerous."
 
From DeConcini's backyard, you can see the growing beehive just on the other side of the fence. In the last two weeks alone, Deconcini said 7 or 8 bees have made their way into her house threatening both her dogs and her foreign exchange student. 
 
"She's highly allergic to bees," DeConcini said of the Chinese student staying with her while attending the U of A. "In fact she's shown me where her EpiPen is in case something happens to her."
 
DeConcini plans to contact her city council representative from Ward 6, Steve Kozachik. 9 On Your Side already shared with him her sticky situation. 
 
"If she tells that to the code enforcement people or to the fire department saying I have somebody who has a health issue going on come and deal with this, they ought to be out there in a heartbeat," Kozachik said. 
 
DeConcini just hopes that's before these bees decide to swarm. 
 
"This is life and death to anybody that would be allergic," she said. 

Kozachik tells 9 On Your Side he is not a fan of the 30 days owners now have to respond to a code violation. He would like Code Enforcement to shorten that period to 10 days.  

Justin Schecker

Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.