Minutes

Board of the Department of Natural Resources

Telephonic Board Meeting

Rembert C. Dennis Building, Room 335

Columbia, South Carolina

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

12:00 noon

  

The telephonic meeting of the Board of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was held at 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.Notice of the date, time and place of the meeting was posted and mailed to the news media.Chairman Dr. Joab Lesesne presided over the meeting, via telephone.Board members present, via telephone, included Dr. Julius Leary, Danny Ford, Malloy McEachin and Dr. Douglas Rucker.Board member Ben Gregg was present at the Rembert C. Dennis Building.Board member M. Russell Holliday, Jr. was absent.Cary D. Chamblee and staff members of the Department of Natural Resources were present at the meeting at the Rembert C. Dennis Building.

 

I.        Call to Order

Chairman Lesesne called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon.Roll call was taken of the Board.

 

II.      Purpose of the Meeting

Cary Chamblee stated that the purpose of this meeting is to consider an amendment to Deer Hunting Regulations on Private Lands in Game Zones 1, 2 and 4.This amendment would prohibit baiting and hunting over bait and was inadvertently omitted from the Emergency and Proposed Regulations passed at the August Board meeting.

 

Chairman Lesesne asked when the Emergency Regulations will be published.Tim Ivey stated that the Emergency Regulations will be filed Friday, September 14, 2001.

 

Dr. Leary stated that for clarification this regulation is listed in the current Rules and Regulations, which has been distributed.Mr. Ivey noted that this is not a new regulation.

 

Mr. Gregg asked if there has been any public comment received to this point.Mr. Ivey responded that no comments have been received.

 

††††††† Paul League reiterated that this was strictly a staff oversight.

 

III.    Board Action

Dr. Leary stated that in view of the fact that there have been no public comments or objections and there is no change from previous policy, he makes a motion that the Board adopt 123-52 number 6 into the Emergency and Permanent Regulations.Dr. Rucker seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

 

IV.    Other Comments

Mr. Chamblee relayed Dr. Sandiferís apologies for his absence this morning.He is currently in a meeting with the Governor regarding matters of state office security and issues of that nature, in light of todayís tragic events.

 

Mr. Chamblee stated that the Law Enforcement Division may be called into service to provide some type of security for state office buildings and other facilities over the next few days.

 

Mr. Chamblee informed the Board that the Marine Center closed at noon today because of the federal facilities located on the campus at Fort Johnson.

 

Dr. Leary asked about the status of special funds.Mr. Chamblee stated that the Order from the Supreme Court as been interpreted as all water recreational resources funds are frozen and no new projects would be started.Staff have been moved from that funding and placed under another source of funds.Only projects currently under construction are receiving services.

 

Dr. Leary then asked about the $3 million that has to be paid.Mr. Chamblee stated that determination still has to be made on the remaining $2 million.

 

Mr. McEachin asked if the Board would be discussing the $2 million.Mr. Chamblee stated that Dr. Sandifer would be discussing this with the Board at the regularly scheduled meeting on September 21, 2001.Mr. McEachin asked that Dr. Sandifer call him on this issue prior to the meeting.

 

V.      Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the Board at this time, the meeting was adjourned at 12:15 pm.