Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
Meeting Frequency: Fourth Thursday, at 3:00 p.m., 313 Luck Avenue, S. W.
Contact: Secretary: Wayne Strickland, (540) 343-4417;firstname.lastname@example.org
Members: Six (6)
|Member||Term of Office||Eligible for Reappointment|
|William D. Bestpitch (Elected Official)||06/30/21||No|
|Elda Stanco Downey||06/30/21||Yes|
|Vacant (Elected Official)||06/30/21|
|Joseph L. Cobb (Elected Official)||06/30/20||Yes|
|J. Frederick Gusler||06/30/21||Yes|
The Commission and its action shall conform to the Virginia Regional Cooperation Act (Title 15.1, Chapter 34, Sections 15.1-1400 through 15.1-1416, Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended), the Charter Agreement of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commissions as it may be amended from time to time, and to the the pertinent current rules and regulations of any agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia having authority over Planning District Commissions.
A. Upon organization of a planning district commission, pursuant to charter agreement, it shall be a public body corporate and politic, the purposes of which shall be to perform the planning and other functions provided by this chapter, and it shall have the power to perform such functions and all other powers incidental thereto.
B. Without in any manner limiting or restricting the general powers conferred by this chapter, the planning district commission shall have power:
1. To adopt and have a common seal and to alter the same at pleasure.
2. To sue and be sued.
3. To adopt bylaws and make rules and regulations for the conduct of its business;
provided, however, a planning district commission shall not amend its budget once adopted during the applicable fiscal year except pursuant to an affirmative vote of the same number of the entire membership of the planning district commission required to adopt the budget.
4. To make and enter into all contracts or agreements, as it may determine, which are necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties and to the execution of the powers granted under this chapter.
5. To make application for and to accept, disburse and administer, for itself or for member governmental subdivisions so requesting, loans and grants of money or materials or property at any time from any private or charitable source or the United States of America or the Commonwealth of Virginia, or any agency or instrumentality thereof.
6. To exercise any power usually possessed by private corporations, including the right to expend such funds as may be considered by it to be advisable or necessary in the performance of its duties and functions.
7. To employ engineers, attorneys, planners, such other professional experts and consultants and such general and clerical employees as may be deemed necessary, and to prescribe their powers and duties and fix their compensation.
8. To do and perform any acts and things authorized by this chapter through or by means of its own officers, agents and employees, or by contracts with any persons, firms or corporations.
9. To execute any and all instruments and do and perform any and all acts or things necessary, convenient or desirable for its purposes or to carry out the powers expressly given in this chapter.
10. To create an executive committee which may exercise the powers and authority of the planning district commission under this chapter. The chairman of the planning district commission shall serve as a member and as the chairman of the executive committee. The composition of the remaining membership of the executive committee, the term of office of its members and any alternate members, their method of selection or removal, the voting rights of members, procedures for the conduct of its meetings, and any limitations upon the general authority of the executive committee shall be established by the bylaws of the planning district commission. Any planning district commission may establish such other special and standing committees, advisory, technical, or otherwise, as it shall deem desirable for the transaction of its affairs.
Planning district commissions shall have the power, in addition to and not in limitation of all other powers granted by this chapter:
1. To acquire, lease, sell, exchange, donate and convey any or all of its projects, property or facilities in furtherance of the purposes of planning district commissions as set forth in this chapter, including this section;
2. To issue its bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, whether payable solely out of the revenues and receipts derived or to be derived from the leasing, sale or other disposition or use of such projects, property or facilities or otherwise, for the purpose of carrying out any of its powers or purposes set forth in this chapter, including this section; and
3. As security for the payment of the principal of and premium, if any, and interest on any such bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, to mortgage and pledge any or all of its projects, property or facilities or any part or parts thereof and to pledge the revenues therefrom or from any part thereof.
NOTE: On December 22, 1975, the Executive Director of the Fifth Planning District Commission advised that due to annexation, the City is entitled to an additional member on the Fifth Planning District Commission and the new appointee should be a member of the elected governing body. The Executive Director also advised by telephone that the term of office would be for three years ending December 31.
*Effective October 28, 1999, the Commission’s name was changed to Roanoke Valley - Alleghany Regional Commission.
*See communication under date of March 8, 2002, from the Secretary to the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission advising of the change in the expiration term.
By-Laws require that the majority of slots be filled by an Elected Official.