Port pulls into Rotary Club


By Wilmington Rotary



From left are Bob Schaad, President of the Wilmington Rotary Club, and Dan Evers,Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority.


Courtesy photo

Dan Evers, Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority, spoke to The Wilmington Rotary Club which meets at noon about the Port Authority.

Evers stated that a port authority is a political subdivision formed by a local government – county, township, municipality, or combination thereof. Port authorities are governed by a board of directors appointed by elected officials of the local government(s). The powers and duties of a port authority may include to:

• Acquire real and personal property

• Own, lease, sell and construct improvement to real property

• Issue revenue bonds

• Issue voted general obligation bonds

• Levy voted taxes for all purposes of the port authority

• Receive federal and state grants and other public funds

• Operate transportation, recreation, governmental or cultural facilities

• Cooperate broadly with other governmental agencies

Evers stated that since June 2, 2010 the Clinton County Port Authority has owned and operated the Wilmington Air Park. The airport has been a part of Clinton County and Wilmington since 1929 and has never gone dark.

The Port Authority now operates and manages over 1,900 acres surrounding the two-runway, fully functional Part 139 airport. Nearly 3 million square feet of office, warehouse and hangar space are included in the airport property.

Evers stated that the Air Park needs to invest $3.5 million annually to maintain the Air Park. In the last several years, the Port Authority has received $750,000 from ODOT for infrastructure and a $3 million state capital improvement grant.

There are currently 12 employers who employ more than 1,200 employees at the Air Park.

From left are Bob Schaad, President of the Wilmington Rotary Club, and Dan Evers,Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/12/web1_IMG_2062.jpgFrom left are Bob Schaad, President of the Wilmington Rotary Club, and Dan Evers,Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority. Courtesy photo

By Wilmington Rotary