Senate Bill No. 578
(By Senators White, Love, Ross, Minard, Sharpe, Helmick and Rowe)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;
reported February 24, 2003.]
A BILL to establish the central West Virginia highlands
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
§1. Central West Virginia Highlands
highway authority created;
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 three.
(b) Each of the county commissions of the counties of Braxton,
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
(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
(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
(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
Highlands West Virginia highway authority, with representatives
from Braxton, Nicholas,
Webster, Randolph and Pocahontas counties.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.