Senate Bill No. 155
(By Senators Plymale, Jenkins, Facemyer, Smith and Rowe)
[Introduced January 15, 2003; referred to the Committee on
Government Organization; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to establish the western West Virginia highway authority to
include representatives from Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Putnam
and Wayne counties; appointment of officers; and powers of
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
WESTERN WEST VIRGINIA HIGHWAY AUTHORITY.
§1. Western West Virginia highway authority created; purposes.
There is hereby created a western West Virginia highway
authority to promote and advance the construction of a modern
highway through Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Putnam and Wayne 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, Route 35, Route 52 and Route 10 and other highways in
those counties for the benefit of West Virginians. Route 2, Route
35, Route 52 and Route 10 shall take priority in the work of the
§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 Cabell,
Mason, Jackson, Putnam and Wayne 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 designee, the director of natural
resources or designee and the executive director of the West
Virginia development office or 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
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 2 and Route 35 and other highways in Cabell, Mason,
Jackson, Putnam and Wayne counties;
(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 and Route 35 and other
highways in those counties 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
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create the western West
Virginia highway authority, with representatives from Cabell,
Mason, Jackson, Putnam and Wayne counties.