Minutes

Board of the Department of Natural Resources

Rembert C. Dennis Building, Room 335

Columbia, SC

Friday, February 21, 2003

9:30 a.m.

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was held at 9:30 am, on Friday, February 21, 2003, at the Rembert C. Dennis Building, Columbia, South Carolina.  Notice of the date, time and place of the meeting was posted and mailed to the news media.  Chairman Dr. Joab M. Lesesne presided at the meeting.  Board members present included Dr. Julius Leary, Danny Ford, Ben Gregg, M. Russell Holliday, Jr., Malloy McEachin, and Dr. Douglas Rucker.  Dr. Paul A. Sandifer and staff members of the Department of Natural Resources were present at the meeting, as were various guests.

 

I.  Call to Order

               Chairman Lesesne called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. and welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

 II.  Meditation

          Chairman Lesesne asked for a moment of silent meditation.

 

III.  Introduction of Guests

        Cary Chamblee introduced Bob Bailey, SC Sporting Protection League; Zane Wilson, Sun News; Angela Viney, SC Wildlife Federation.

 

IV.  Constituent Comments

        Mr. Chamblee introduced Mr. William Ladue and asked him to address the Board.  Mr. Ladue’s comments were directed toward job requirements of conservation officer.  Mr. Ladue is applying for the Law Enforcement position in Charleston County.  Mr. Ladue began his comments by reviewing the requirements for Deputy Law Enforcement Officer and some of his duties and required training as a DLEO.  Mr. Ladue expressed to the Board that he feels his training and duties should qualify as equivalents for the requirements for a conservation officer.    Mr. Ladue asked the Board to review and address the hiring policy for conservation officers. 

 

        Dr. Sandifer reviewed the history of the current policy with the Board and suggested that the Board remand the review of this policy to the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee for recommendation to the Board.

 

        Mr. Chamblee introduced Mr. Marvin Davant, Executive Director for SC Conservation Bank, and asked him to address the Board.  Mr. Davant thanked the agency and Board for their leadership and support in making the SC Conservation Bank a reality and getting it off to a good start.

 

 V. Approval of Minutes

Chairman Lesesne asked if there were any corrections or additions to the minutes of the January 17, 2003, meeting.  Dr. Leary asked that the following correction be made in the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee Report – Kristi Langley should be Kristi Lumley.  Dr. Leary made a motion that the Board approve the minutes of the January 17, 2003 meeting be approved as amended.  Ms. Holliday seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.               

 

VI. Presentations/Commendations

Dr. Sandifer introduced Mark Coker, Columbia Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and Larry Huckabee, State Chairman of Ducks Unlimited.  Mr. Coker and Mr. Huckabee presented the DNR with a print to thank the agency and the Board for the support given through all the conservation projects.

 

Mr. Doyle Allen, South Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Society, presented the South Carolina Scenic Rivers Program with the Society’s merit award.

 

Dr. Sandifer commended Mrs. Linda Amick for the recent article in The State, recognizing her for her contributions to the Chapin Recreation Programs.  Dr. Sandifer shared this article with the Board.

 

Dr. Sandifer commended SC Wildlife for the tribute run recently in The State, recognizing the magazine’s 50th anniversary.  Dr. Sandifer shared this with the Board.

 

VII. Item for Board Information

      Proposed Annexation of Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve

            Tom Kohlsaat briefed the Board on the history of the proposed annexation.  Mr. Kohlsaat then introduced Mark McBride, Mayor of Myrtle Beach.  Mayor McBride then introduced Mr. Tom Leath, City Manager; Tom Ellenberg, City Attorney; and Mr. Jack Walker, Planning Director.  Mr. Jack Walker reviewed four of twelve major themes included in the City of Myrtle Beach Comprehensive Plan.  Mr. Walker informed the Board that four major features have been developed that are considered to be vital in strengthening the relationship: 1) Public Trust Zoning District; 2) an Ordinace to Permit the Discharge of Firearms in the Public Trust District; 3) a Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve Annexation Ordinance; and 4) a Development Agreement.  Mr. Walker then distributed copies of the presentation to the Board.  Mr. Ellenberg reiterated to the Board that the City wants to partner as stewards with DNR.  Mr. Ellenberg asked the Board to review the Development agreement.  At this time Mr. Ellenberg and Mayor McBride addressed questions posed by members of the Board.  Mr. McEachin made a motion that this proposal be referred to the Heritage Trust Board.  Ms. Holliday seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.  In addition, staff were asked to work with the City of Myrtle Beach to develop a more complete proposal.

 

VIII. Item for Board Action

            Blue Crab Recommendations

            David Whitaker reviewed the recommendations as sent to the Board in their meeting package.  Mr. Gregg asked Dr. Whitaker if the industry and the citizens committee have been informed of these recent changes.  Dr. Whitaker stated that there has been informal communication but no formal meetings have been held.  Dr. Whitaker noted that there should be no opposition on the recreational side but on the commercial side there is still some concern regarding the saltwater/freshwater line.  Mr. Gregg then asked Mr. Petey Davis is he had any comments, on behalf of the crabbing industry, for the Board.  Mr. Davis stated that there is concern regarding Section 50-5-32 included in recommendation 3.  Mr. Davis also asked that the industry be included in the declaration of an emergency closure.  At this time, Mr. Gregg asked that staff and those individuals present representing the crabbing industry design specific language to work out concerns and bring them back to the Board before the end of this meeting.

 

  IX. Executive Session

            At this time Dr. Leary made a motion that the Board hold an Executive Session to discuss contractual, legal and personnel matters.

 

   X. Return to Regular Session

            The Board returned to regular session and invited staff and guests to join the meeting.

 

Mr. McEachin distributed a written report of the Heritage Trust’s February 6, 2003 meeting.

 

Dr. Leary made a motion to amend the conservation easement at Partriot’s Point as proposed in the letter to the Board dated February 11, 2003 from Paul League with attachments.  Mr. Gregg seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Dr. Whitaker reviewed the proposed changes to the Blue Crab Recommendations.  The proposed changes relate to Recommendation #3, the agreed upon concept for commercial fishing above the saltwater/freshwater line, and an additional supplement regarding point values for lesser violations.  Mr. Gregg made a motion that the Board approve Recommendations 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and the supplement related to recreational trap escape vents as presented in the Board package (copy attached to original minutes) and the Recommendation 3, 7 as concept, and the supplement regarding point values as amended today (copy attached to original minutes).  Mr. Ford seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.  Mr. Gregg commended staff involved in the efforts of Blue Crab Recommendations.

 

  XI. Items for Board Action

A.  Final WMA Regulations

Tim Ivey reviewed the proposed changes to WMA Regulations Document Number 2819.  Dr. Leary made a motion that the Board approve the proposed WMA Regulations as presented.  Ms. Holliday seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. McEachin asked that a post-season duck hunting report be presented at the March meeting.

 

B.   Delegation of Authority for Heritage Trust Signs

Mr. Chamblee informed the Board that there is a requirement by law that the DNR Board approve signage for Heritage Trust Preserves.  Mr. Chamblee is also requested that the Board delegate this authority to the Director.  Dr. Leary made a motion that the Board approve the signage with an amendment such as “Under Penalty of Law” or “Violators Will Be Prosecuted” and to delegate the authority of this signage to the Director.  Mr. McEachin seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

 

 XII. Director’s Briefings

Habitat Task Force

Barry Beasley informed the Board that an interagency group has been formed to coordinate habitat acquisition within the agency.   Members of this group are Barry Beasley, John Frampton, Stuart Greeter, Ken Prosser, Mike McKenzie, Mike Sabaka, Gween Keeney, Emily Cope and Paul League.

 

Development and National Affairs

John Frampton distributed copies of the report from the Quality of Life Task Force. 

 

 XIII. Executive Session

            At this time Dr. Leary made a motion that the Board hold an Executive Session to discuss contractual, legal and personnel matters.

 

 XIV. Return to Regular Session

            The Board returned to regular session and invited staff and guests to join the meeting.

 

Dr. Leary made a motion that the Board allow Dr. Sandifer to move forward with payroll incentive retirement package and also to move forward with a fiscal plan for the 2003-2004 budgetary cuts.  Ms. Holliday seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

 

  XV. Legislative Report

Dr. Sandifer distributed copies of the legislative update to the Board.

 

John Frampton reported that the 2003 Federal Budget passed last week.

 

 XVI. Executive Session

At this time Dr. Leary made a motion that the Board hold an Executive Session to discuss contractual, legal and personnel matters.

 

XVII. Return to Regular Session

            The Board returned to regular session and invited staff and guests to join the meeting.

 

XVIII. Time and Location of the Next Meeting

Chairman Lesesne stated that the next meeting of the DNR Board will be held on Friday, March 28, 2003, at the Rembert C. Dennis Building in Columbia, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

 

XIX. Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the DNR Board at this time, the meeting was adjourned.