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Chapter 7  |  Article 7 - 13  |  Section 14
WVC 7- CHAPTER 7. COUNTY COMMISSIONS AND OFFICERS.
WVC -13- ARTICLE 13. ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS.

WVC 7-13-1 §7-13-1. Community action program organizations.
In order to stimulate the communities of West Virginia in mobilizing their resources and developing programs to effect a permanent decrease in the incidence of poverty and economic disadvantage, which is hereby declared to be a public purpose, it shall be the responsibility of the governor to encourage and promote the creation and operation of community action programs consistent with the provisions of Title II and other titles of the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-452).

WVC 7-13-2 §7-13-2. Recognition.
In furtherance of this objective, the governor is authorized to extend official recognition to duly constituted community action program organizations which comply, or are in the process of complying, with regulations as established by the federal office of economic opportunity or its delegate agencies.

Such official recognition shall be established by the governor notifying the president, chairman, administrator, or other chief executive officer of a community action program organization, in writing, of his acceptance of that body as an officially recognized community action program organization.

WVC 7-13-3 §7-13-3.
Repealed.

Acts, 1986 Reg. Sess., Ch. 153.

WVC 7-13-4 §7-13-4. Eligibility.
In determining whether a community action program organization shall be eligible for official recognition and participation under the provisions of Title II, and other titles of the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the governor shall direct his staff to report on the eligibility and composition of any such organization, or shall request the advice of the governor's economic opportunity advisory committee.

WVC 7-13-5 §7-13-5. Area encompassed in program.
Community action programs shall encompass a county or multicounty unit, or regional or subregional unit comprising all or parts of counties. However, only one community action program organization shall be recognized in any single county, except under unusual circumstances, which the governor may determine. In any county where more than one community action program organization is recognized each organization must be given such official recognition, in writing, by the governor.

WVC 7-13-6 §7-13-6. Membership and participation in community action program organizations.
A county court, county board of education, or municipal government is hereby authorized and empowered to become associated with a community action program organization, and to participate in the development and implementation of component projects conceived and placed into operation by community action program organizations.

In so doing, a county court, county board of education, or municipal government may extend, without compensation, the use of its buildings, equipment, machinery, public lands, personnel, technical and other services, and other resources for the benefit of a community action program organization; may provide money, and real and other property, tangible or intangible, to a recognized community action program organization in the furtherance of the objectives of the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964; and may cooperate and act in conjunction with other county courts, county boards of education, municipal governments, public bodies, and all agencies of federal, state and local governments in the promotion and advancement of the projects, in operation or in evolutionary stages, under the jurisdiction of a recognized community action program organization: Provided, That any such contribution, whether in cash or in kind, in goods or in services fairly evaluated, should, in all practical instances, constitute the whole or a portion of the matching share required by the federal office of economic opportunity from the community action program organization in the orderly implementation and conduct of community action programs.

WVC 7-13-6a §7-13-6a. Community action agencies.
A county court, a county board of education or a municipal government is hereby authorized and empowered to become a community action program organization or agency pursuant to Title II of the "Federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964," as amended. If any one of the foregoing governmental agencies shall be designated under said Title II as a community action program organization or agency, it shall have the power and authority to conduct, operate and manage a community action program in conformity with the requirements of the federal Economic Opportunity Act; to apply for, receive and disburse all federal funds made available to it for the purpose of carrying out its duties under the federal Economic Opportunity Act; and to receive grants and gifts from private or local public sources and disburse the same. Whenever a county court, county board of education or municipal government is acting as a community action program organization or agency, such county court, county board of education or municipal government may establish a governing board to administer such community action program, such governing board to be selected in compliance with the provisions of the federal Economic Opportunity Act and such rules and regulations as may be adopted by such county court, county board of education or municipal government, the promulgation of which is hereby authorized; may transfer any of the funds, grants and gifts referred to above to such governing board, if such transfer is in conformity with the provisions of the federal Economic Opportunity Act; and may delegate to such governing board all authority necessary and convenient to enable it to perform and carry out its duties.

WVC 7-13-7 §7-13-7. Status of community action program organizations.
In order to be a community action program organization under the provisions of this article, such organization must be a public governmental agency or a nonprofit corporation qualified to do business in West Virginia, other than a political party, and must be recognized by the governor, in accordance with the provisions of section two of this article, for the public purpose declared in section one of this article.

In no instance shall the state, any agency thereof, or a county court, county board of education, or municipal government provide or extend, under the provisions of this article, money, and real and other property, tangible or intangible, or financial assistance to other than a community action program organization recognized by the governor in accordance with the provisions of section two of this article.

WVC 7-13-8 §7-13-8. Contributions by county courts, county boards of education and municipal governments.
A county court, county board of education, or municipal government shall be authorized and empowered to contribute to the costs of duly recognized community action program organizations by appropriating for such purposes money from its general funds not otherwise appropriated. A county court, county board of education, or municipal government likewise is authorized and empowered to transfer and convey to a duly recognized community action program organization property, equipment and machinery, and other goods: Provided, That such transfer will further the conduct and implementation of component projects of a community action program.

A county court, county board of education, or municipal government is authorized and empowered to accept, use and dispose of gifts of property, real, personal or mixed, tangible or intangible, and to convey or otherwise transfer the same to a recognized community action program organization: Provided, however, That such transfer will further the conduct and implementation of component projects of a community action program.

A county court, county board of education, or municipal government is authorized and empowered to enter into and perform such contracts, leases, cooperative arrangements, or other transactions as may assist in the performance of component projects of a community action program: Provided further, That no county court, county board of education, or municipal government shall enter into any such contract, lease or cooperative arrangement unless it is requested to assist in such manner through notification, in writing, by the chairman, president, administrator or other chief executive officer of a recognized community action program organization.

WVC 7-13-9 §7-13-9. Account]ability of funds.
As a condition to participation in community action program organization activities, as specified in section eight, a county court, county board of education, or municipal government may require a community action program organization to render an accounting, at such intervals as the county court, county board of education, or municipal government may designate, of the use of money, property, goods, and services made available to the community action program organization by the county court, county board of education, or municipal government, and to make available at quarterly intervals an itemized statement of receipts and disbursements, and its books, records and accounts, during the preceding quarter, for audit and examination by the office of the state tax commissioner of West Virginia and any other proper public body or official.

WVC 7-13-10 §7-13-10. Employees covered by workers' compensation.
All employees of a community action program organization eligible thereto shall be considered to be within the workers' compensation act of West Virginia and premiums on their compensation shall be paid by the organization as required by law.

WVC 7-13-11 §7-13-11. Volunteers in Service to America.
Federal enlistees in Volunteers in Service to America, hereinafter referred to as VISTA, as authorized under Title VI of the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, may be assigned to the department of mental health, department of agriculture, department of natural resources and other agencies of the state government.

Notwithstanding any other provision of state law, while serving in such capacity, VISTA enlistees may, upon the presentation of authenticated statements of expenses incurred solely in the line of their assigned duties for and on behalf of the state of West Virginia, be reimbursed by the state for such expenses, including mileage, fares for public transportation, and meals and lodging when detailed to duty away from their assigned station: Provided, That this section is in no way designed to supply regular subsistence allowances to VISTA enlistees, as provided in federal regulations allowing for their maintenance and subsistence during the term of their enlistment.

VISTA enlistees, except for the reimbursement of expenses as provided in this section, shall in no way be considered to be employees of the state. They shall not be eligible for participation in the public employees retirement system of the state of West Virginia or to receive any other benefits from the state whatever.

WVC 7-13-12 §7-13-12. Severability.
If any provision of this article, or the applicability thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the remainder of this article, and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected thereby.

WVC 7-13-13 §7-13-13. Liberal construction of article.
This article is enacted to assist with the reduction and elimination of the incidence and causes of poverty in West Virginia, hereinbefore declared to be a public purpose, and this article shall be liberally construed so as to give community action program organizations the full and complete power required to give maximum aid toward the accomplishment of such public purpose.

WVC 7-13-14 §7-13-14. Amendment of federal act.
The amendment of the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-452), or any section thereof, shall not be construed as negating any authority conferred by the provisions of this article.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


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