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Mayor wants dissolution of Port Authority

Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 06:41 PM EDT

WEIRTON, W.Va.

The Weirton mayor wants the Weirton Area Port Authority to dissolve.

Mayor George Kondik sent a letter to the West Virginia Public Port Authority requesting the Weirton authority’s dissolution.

"They're asking to dissolve the Port Authority and we're separate, so it would be like them asking to dissolve Parkersburg,for instance. We're not municipally incorporated but we're a separate subdivision," said B.J. DeFelice, the Port Authority chairman.

DeFelice said the city has been a great participant in the creation of the Port authority.

He said up until May, there was a city councilman on the Port Authority Board, and that member had really supported of 100 percent of the activity.

He said there is a lack of understanding of what exactly they're doing.

In Kondik's letter to James York, executive director, asking for the port authority's dissolution, the mayor said:

"Due to various concerns that have been relayed regarding issues with the current activities of the Weirton Inland Port District (Weirton Area Port Authority), the City of Weirton is asking for immediate action of the WVPPA to dissolve the Weirton Inland Port District (Weirton Area Port Authority, WAPA)."

"And we welcome him to come down and talk about it further, so we're going to participate in the meeting and hopefully there will be more explanation there," said DeFelice.

He said the authority’s main job is to improve infrastructure in the area.

"Without private investment, the communities don't have the revenue streams to renew the roads, the state and federal budgets are being cut off all the time, the revenue streams have declined, so I think it would really hamper the growth of the region because of the infrastructure opportunities," said DeFelice.

Kondik said he doesn't want to comment until after their meeting on Wednesday.

Mayor wants dissolution of Port Authority


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