About the Port Authority
The Clermont County Port Authority (the Port) is a body corporate and politic established by the Board of County Commissioners as a tool to facilitate economic development in the community. The Port was established by the County Commissioners through Resolution 124-12 on July 16, 2012. The Port has a five-member board of directors with four-year staggered terms, and directors are appointed by the County Commissioners.
Currently there is no paid staff or dedicated physical office for the Port. Projects are managed by the staff of the Clermont County Department of Community & Economic Development. The Port received an initial $20,000 contribution from the County Commissioners to fund the operations as the organization was established, and it is anticipated that the Port will be self-sufficient on an ongoing basis through project fees.
Port Authority Meetings
The Port Authority Board of Directors has set the 2015 meeting schedule for the following dates. All meetings take place at 101 East Main Street, 3rd Floor, Batavia, Ohio 45103.
2/11/15 2:00 p.m.
5/27/15 2:00 p.m.
8/26/15 2:00 p.m.
11/04/15 2:00 p.m.
In addition to this notice, all regular meetings and any special meeting are also posted on the Clermont County Commissioners public meeting calendar.
Powers of the Port Authority
- The broad powers granted under Ohio Revised Code section 4582 provide for the Port to facilitate economic development through the following methods:
- Acquire real and personal property;
- Own, lease, sell, and construct improvements to real property;
- Issue revenue bonds for port authority facilities;
- Issue voted general obligation bonds for port authority facilities and other permanent improvements;
- Levy voted taxes for all purposes of the port authority;
- Receive federal and state grants and loans and other public funds;
- Operate transportation, recreational, governmental, or cultural facilities, and set rates and charges for use of port authority facilities;
- Cooperate broadly with other governmental agencies and exercise powers delegated by such agencies.
Port authorities are also authorized to exercise the power of eminent domain by the Ohio Revised Code. The County Commissioners, however, prohibited the Clermont County Port Authority from using eminent domain in the July 16, 2012 Resolution establishing the Port.