SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston City Council is moving toward establishing an urban deer hunt similar to the hunt Charleston has conducted for several years.
Under the proposal, hunting would only be allowed on property of five or more acres with the written permission of the property owner and on city-owned property that the mayor or his designee permits. Mayor Frank Mullens said he intends to have Police Chief Brad Rinehart issue the permits.
Hunting would only be allowed with a bow and arrow by individuals who obtain a city permit and state hunting license. The city could charge up to $25 for a permit.
No hunting would be allowed within 500 feet of school property or 150 feet of a dwelling or occupied building. All hunting would be conducted from an elevated portable tree stand that is at least 10 feet high. Hunting would be allowed during the time established by the mayor or his designee and in accordance with all applicable state hunting rules and regulations. The ordinance would require that all harvested deer be legally checked at an official game-checking station.
Mullens said, "It's not going to be people running through your backyards and neighborhoods shooting deer. That's not how it works."
City Attorney Michael Moore said permit holders "will have to sign a release and undergo a safety and informational meeting. This is somewhat of a mirror image of what Charleston has had in place for several years. We believe it is an effective way of controlling deer."
Mullens said the proposal is recommended by a city committee and the state Division of Natural Resources.
The proposal unanimously passed a first reading and will become city law if it passes a second reading at the next council meeting, which is scheduled to be on June 20.
In other action, council approved:
n A $130,500 bid by Cincinnati Floor Co. Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio, for a portable sports floor system for the community center. Two other bids were received: Finchum Sports Floors of Sevierville, Tenn., bid $183,900 ($177,000 for the floor and $6,900 for storage carts for the floor system) and R.M. Huffman Co. of South Charleston bid $179,100, not including thresholds and base.
n A $54,203 contract with Custom Office to supply furniture for Little Creek Park conference rooms. The furniture is being purchased off a state-approved list of vendors.
n A right-of-way through Eagle Drive and through properties owned by Mackjo Inc. and others near the Budweiser warehouse off Corridor G to provide access to 2.6 acres owned by Lee and Martha Lewis. In February the South Charleston Planning Commission approved a request to subdivide the Lewis property, contingent upon the city council's approval of the right of way.
In addition, council: