"It will take a lot of thought, and some calls I get oppose it. It's a divisive issue, but we have to take the time to at least discuss it," he said.
Mullens has asked Charleston Mayor Danny Jones about the deer hunt in Charleston, which resulted in the death of 93 deer last year, a city record that improved 2010's total of 61.
A committee will be formed to study the issue, Mullens said. DNR officials recommended that South Charleston adopt the controlled hunt, he said.
"People need to understand sometimes hunting is a much more humane scenario," he said. "I'm not a hunter, but it's better than letting them overpopulate and starve to death."
In other business, council passed an ordinance to update the city's personnel policy to set guidelines for city email accounts. Per state law, local governments are required to maintain emails and release them as public information.
Firefighters and other city employees came up with the idea to update the policy after attending a seminar on using the Internet responsibly, Mullens said.
The city is also working on an ordinance to specify the use of social media guidelines for city employees.
Mullens said the proposed changes would serve as an education lesson for employees who may not be aware that some of the things they say online can come back to haunt them.Reach Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.