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Introduced Version Senate Bill 65 History

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Senate Bill No. 65

(By Senator White)

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[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Transportation and Infrastructure; then to the Committee on Government Organization; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to establish the Central West Virginia Highlands Highway Authority to include representatives from Braxton, Nicholas, Webster, Randolph and Pocahontas counties; appointment of officers; and powers of authority.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS HIGHWAY AUTHORITY.

§1. Central West Virginia Highlands Highway Authority created; purposes.

There is hereby created a central West Virginia highlands highway authority to promote and advance the construction of a modern highway through Braxton, Nicholas, Webster, Randolph and Pocahontas counties and to coordinate with counties, municipalities, state and federal agencies, public nonprofit corporations, private corporations, associations, partnerships and individuals for the purpose of planning, assisting and establishing recreational, tourism, industrial, economic and community development of West Virginia Route 82, Route 15, Route 219, Route 20, new Route 15 and other highways in those counties for the benefit of West Virginians. Route 219 and new Route 15 (Snowshoe Expressway) shall take priority in the work of the authority.
§2. Members; appointment; officers.
(a) The authority consists of ten voting members and three ex officio nonvoting members. All members shall be appointed before the first day of July, two thousand five.
(b) Each of the county commissions of the counties of Braxton, Nicholas, Webster, Randolph and Pocahontas shall appoint two voting members to the authority. The terms of the voting members initially appointed by a county commission are as follows: One member shall be appointed for a term of two years and one member shall be appointed for a term of four years. All successive appointments shall be for a term of four years. Any voting member may be removed for cause by the appointing county commission.
(c) The three ex officio nonvoting members are the commissioner of highways or his or her designee, the director of natural resources or his or her designee and the executive director of the West Virginia development office or his or her designee.
(d) Should a vacancy occur, the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall serve only for the unexpired portion thereof. All members are eligible for reappointment.
(e) The authority shall meet annually on the third Monday in July and at such other times designated by the authority in its bylaws. A special meeting may be called by the president, the secretary or any two members of the authority and may be held only after all members are given notice of the meeting in writing. Six voting members constitute a quorum for all meetings. At each annual meeting of the authority, it shall elect a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. The authority shall adopt bylaws and rules as may be necessary for its operation and management.
§3. Powers.
(a) The authority has all but only those powers necessary, incidental, convenient and advisable for the following purposes:
(1) Promoting economic development and tourism along West Virginia Route 82, Route 15, Route 20, Route 219, new Route 15 and other highways in Braxton, Nicholas, Webster, Randolph and Pocahontas counties;
(2) Advocating actions consistent with that plan or its provisions to or before any governmental entity or any private person or entity; and
(3) Otherwise acting in an advisory capacity with regard to any aspects of West Virginia Route 219 and new Route 15 (Snowshoe Expressway) and other highways in those counties at the request of or without the request of any governmental entity or private person or entity.
(b) The authority may not own any of the real estate or real property herein described for development and may not be responsible for operating or maintaining the highways described herein.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create the central West Virginia highlands highway authority, with representatives from Braxton, Nicholas, Webster, Randolph and Pocahontas counties.

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