Senate Bill No. 543
(By Senators Wagner, Wooton, Bailey and Chafin)
[Introduced February 19, 1996; referred to the
Committee on Government Organization.]
A BILL to establish a three-district economic council for the
Sandy river district in McDowell county, the Huff district
in Wyoming county and the Stafford district in Mingo county;
providing the council with power to determine the economic
and infrastructure needs of the districts and determine and
implement remedies thereto; providing for a governing board
of three members; providing for appointment of
representatives to the board; and providing for the funding
of the council.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ROUTE 52 TRI-DISTRICT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.
§1. Economic council for Sandy River, Huff and Stafford
districts created; functions.
There is hereby created a three-district economic
development council, consisting of the districts of Sandy river
in McDowell county, Huff in Wyoming county and Stafford in Mingo
county, which shall determine the economic and infrastructure
needs of the districts and determine and implement remedies
§2. Board of directors; appointment; terms; removal;
The management and control of the council, its property,
operations, business and affairs is lodged in a board of
directors, consisting of three members. The county commission of
each county shall appoint a member to the board to represent the
county. The board is not authorized to act until each member has
Members shall serve three-year terms, except that the
initial terms shall be staggered so that one member serves for
one year, one member serves for two years and one member serves
for three years. Members may be reappointed to additional terms.
Members shall continue to serve until a successor has been
appointed. No member may receive compensation for service as a
The council is authorized to receive funds from private
sources and may disburse the funds as it deems necessary to carry
out the duties of the council.
Except as otherwise specially provided in this act, the
authority has the powers and duties which are conferred and
imposed, respectively, upon county or municipal development
authorities by sections seven, seven-a, eight, nine, ten, eleven,
twelve, thirteen and fourteen, article twelve, chapter seven of
the code of West Virginia, as amended.
In addition to the powers referred to above, the council has
the power to maintain an office or offices as it deems necessary
to carry out its responsibilities and to staff and equip the
office or offices, which may include hiring an executive