West Virginia Public Port Authority Rescind 'Powers and Duties'
of Weirton Port Authority
The State Journal
4 October 2013
WEIRTON, WV - The West Virginia Public Port Authority has
rescinded the "powers and duties" of the Weirton port authority,
Mayor George Kondik reports.
In a brief statement released Friday afternoon, Kondik indicated
the vote had been 5-0, with Pat Ford, executive director of the
Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle,
The dissolution is effectively immediately.
"(WVPPA) immediately rescinded and terminated all powers and
duties of the Weirton Inland Port District, doing business as the
Weirton Area Port Authority, as granted by WVPPA," Kondik said.
Kondik declined further comment, referring questions to City
Solicitor Vince Gurrera who said WVPPA's decision speaks for
itself. He said city officials do not have to take a similar
"The City did nothing to create the Weirton Area Port Authority,
so we believe that by state taking the action they did, they, in
essence, have dissolved WAPA," he said.
Gurrera said council will, however, reconsider an ordinance passed
some years ago that had authorized the mayor to appoint members to
the board, "then the city no longer has any appointment power."
Port officials scheduled an emergency Friday afternoon meeting to
discuss the WVPPA decision, along with a closed-door meeting to
discuss financial and property matters.