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South Charleston considers urban deer hunting

By Marta Ree Tankersley

For the Gazette

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mayor Frank Mullens introduced an ordinance Thursday evening to establish urban deer hunting in South Charleston.

During a city council meeting, city attorney Michael Moore said the ordinance would allow property owners who hold more than five acres to apply for hunting permits.

"It's somewhat a mirror image of what Charleston has had in place for several years without incident," Moore said.

Part of the application process includes a safety and training session as required by the state Division of Natural Resources three weeks prior to the Sept. 7 start of the season, according to Moore.

 "There are restrictions," Mullens said. "People won't be running through your neighborhoods shooting deer."

City Engineer Steve DeBarr said there are only about 15 possible tracts that meet regulations in the city, limiting areas under consideration.

A second reading of the ordinance -- as well as discussion and a vote -- will take place at the next city council meeting.

Also Thursday:

| The city recognized the work of three property owners who have painted their buildings as part of the storefront beautification project. In all, 32 buildings have been completed.

Dakham and Khornkeo Sayavong have painted four buildings on Seventh Avenue and also plan to paint five more in the Spring Hill area.

Min Ming Wang, who owns Asian Market, one of the first theaters in South Charleston, also painted her storefront.

"We appreciate the efforts of those who are helping make South Charleston someplace special," Mullens said.

| In order to develop property on Eagle Drive, an ordinance was introduced to approve a right of way through properties situated behind the Budweiser plant.

| New Recreation Director Arnett Hoston, a West Virginia State University graduate, was introduced at the meeting.

According to Mullens, Hoston is well qualified and has worked at the South Charleston Recreation Center in the past.

| Council approved a $130,500 bid from Cincinnati Floor Covering, Inc., for new floor covering on the basketball courts at the recreation center and a $54,203.80 bid for custom office furniture for the Little Creek Park conference rooms.

| Also, Let's Move West Virginia's fitness leader, Tina White, has been scheduled to host activities on the stage at the mound on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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