SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 24
(By Senators Palumbo, Chafin, Stollings, Unger, McCabe and Wells)
Requesting the Division of Highways to name U. S. Route 60 from Mile Post 31.50 to Mile Post 40.00 in Kanawha County the “Lou Tabit Highway”.
Whereas, Lou Tabit was born on July 24, 1932, in Montgomery, Fayette County, to Andrew and Frieda Tabit, immigrants from Lebanon; and
Whereas, Lou Tabit graduated from Montgomery High School (now Valley High School), obtained an accounting degree from University of Notre Dame in 1954 and then proceeded to obtain his doctor of jurisprudence degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1957; and
Whereas, Lou Tabit married Norma Hanshaw and was blessed with two children, Mark and Janet; and
Whereas, Lou Tabit practiced law for fifty years and also worked in state government, serving as a special assistant attorney general, Director of the Business Occupation Tax Division and as a state tax hearing examiner; and
Whereas, Lou Tabit has worked for over fifty years to improve the quality of life of the citizens in the Upper Kanawha Valley in Kanawha and Fayette counties; and
Whereas, Lou Tabit recognized that an improved U. S. Route 60 would provide a safe commute for the local citizens and the students that attend West Virginia University School of Technology; and
Whereas, Lou Tabit created and chairs the Committee to Upgrade U. S. Route 60 to work with the West Virginia Division of Highways to upgrade U. S. Route 60 to a four-lane highway; and
Whereas, Lou Tabit successfully worked with the late Senator Robert C. Byrd and in 2010, the Division of Highways was awarded $4.5 million to repair slides along U. S. Route 60; and
Whereas, In May 2012, the Kanawha County Commission recognized the efforts of Lou Tabit to improve U. S. Route 60 and proclaimed Lou Tabit to be an honorary citizen of Kanawha County; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name U. S. Route 60 from Mile Post 31.50 to Mile Post 40.00 in Kanawha County the “Lou Tabit Highway”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect signs at both ends of the highway, containing bold and prominent letters, proclaiming this roadway to be the “Lou Tabit Highway”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways, to the Kanawha County Commission and to Mr. Lou Tabit and his children, Mark Tabit and Mary Janet Tabit.