Senate Bill No. 527
(By Senator Plymale)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;
reported February 28, 2000.]
A BILL to amend and reenact sections one, two and three, chapter
two hundred thirty-two, acts of the Legislature, regular
session, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven, all relating
to expanding the counties covered by West Virginia route 2 and
interstate 68 authority to include Cabell, Mason and Jackson;
increasing the number of members; and requiring more meetings
in different locales.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That sections one, two and three, chapter two hundred thirty-
two, acts of the Legislature, regular session, one thousand nine
hundred ninety-seven, be amended and reenacted, all to read as
WEST VIRGINIA ROUTE 2 AND INTERSTATE 68 AUTHORITY.
§1. West Virginia Route 2 and Interstate 68 Authority created;
There is hereby
created continued a West Virginia Route 2 and
Interstate 68 Authority, to promote and advance the construction of
a modern highway through Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants,
Tyler, Wetzel, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke, Hancock, Marion and
Monongalia 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 2, between Huntington,
Parkersburg and Chester, and Interstate 68, between Moundsville and
Morgantown for the benefit of West Virginians.
§2. Members; appointment; officers.
(a) The authority consists of
twenty twenty-six voting members
and three ex officio nonvoting members. All members shall be
appointed before the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred
ninety-seven, except that the members from Cabell, Mason and
Jackson shall be appointed before the first day of July, two
(b) Each of the county commissions of the counties of Cabell,
Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Wetzel, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke, Hancock, Marion and Monongalia 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
shall be are for a term of four years. Any voting
member may be removed for cause by the appointing county
(c) The three ex officio nonvoting members are the
commissioner of highways or his or her designee, the director of
the division of natural resources or his or her designee and the
executive director of the West Virginia development office or his
or her designee.
Should a vacancy occur If a vacancy occurs, the person
appointed to fill the vacancy shall serve only for the unexpired
portion thereof of the term. All members are eligible for
(e) The authority shall meet
annually on the third Monday in
July and at such other times designated by the authority in its
bylaws monthly and shall meet in each participating county at least
once in a two year period, beginning with the July, two thousand
meeting. 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.
Eleven Fourteen voting members constitute a quorum for all
meetings. At each annual the July meeting of the authority, it
shall elect a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.
The authority shall adopt bylaws, rules as may be necessary for its
operation and management.
The authority has all, but only those powers necessary,
incidental, convenient and advisable for the following purposes:
(1) The promotion of economic development and tourism along
West Virginia route 2, between Huntington, Parkersburg and Chester
and interstate 68, between Moundsville and Morgantown;
(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 2, between Huntington,
Parkersburg and Chester and interstate 68, between Moundsville and
Morgantown, at the request of or without the request of any
governmental entity or private person or entity.
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.