America’s Central Port District (hereinafter called”Port”) is a Special-Purpose Unit of Local Government created in 1959 and governed by the America’s Central Port District Act (70 ILCS/1830 et seq). The purpose of this Act is to promote industrial, commercial and transportation activities, thereby reducing the evils attendant upon unemployment and enhancing the public health and welfare of this State.
The Port’s headquarters are located at 1635 W. First Street, Granite City, IL 62040. The Port’s Maintenance Department is located at 1360 W. Fourth Street, Granite City, IL 62040 and The Port’s Security Department is located at 100 Niedringhaus Avenue, Granite City, IL 62040. America’s Central Port employs 35 full-time employees. The Port’s fiscal year runs from July 1 until June 30. The operating budget for America’s Central Port is $8.6 million.
The Board Members are as follows:
- The Honorable Brant Walker, Mayor of Alton | Chairman
- The Honorable John Hamm III, Mayor of Madison | Secretary
- Mr. Tom Thompson | Treasurer
- The Honorable Tyrone Echols, Mayor of Venice | Commissioner
- The Honorable Ed Hagnauer, Mayor of Granite City | Commissioner
- Mr. Robert Shipley | Commissioner
- Mr. Steve Signall | Commissioner
(Officers change at the July Board Meeting and, occasionally, Commissioners can change the end of May)
In addition, the Board of Commissioners appoint the Executive Director, General Counsel and Port Engineer to assist in the management and implementation of the Board’s policies and mandates.
OPEN MEETINGS ACT
Regularly Scheduled Board Meetings: the Port holds its regularly scheduled Board Meetings on the second Monday of each month, unless such date falls on a State of Illinois recognized holiday, at 11:45 AM in the Main Conference Room of the Port office located at 1635 W. First Street, Granite City, IL 62040. In the event the regularly scheduled meeting falls on a State of Illinois recognized holiday, the meeting is then moved to the following Monday upon approval by the Board of Commissioners at the previous months’ meeting.
2019 REGULARLY SCHEDULED BOARD MEETINGS
- January 14, 2019
- February 11, 2019
- March 11, 2019
- April 8, 2019
- May 13, 2019
- June 10, 2019
- July 8, 2019
- August 12, 2019
- September 9, 2019
- *October 21, 2019
- **November 18, 2019
- December 9, 2019
*Upon approval at the September 9, 2019 Board Meeting
**Upon approval at the October 21, 2019 Board Meeting
As per the Open Meetings Act (OMA), notice of “Special” or “Reconvened” Meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Port shall be posted, along with the Agenda, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting at the Port’s main office located at 1635 W. First Street, Granite City, IL 62040.
Copies of the meeting Agendas and Minutes can be found HERE.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (COMMENT) AT BOARD MEETINGS
As per the Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/2.06(g)), “Any person shall be permitted an opportunity to address public officials under the rules established and recorded by the public body.”
Click HERE for the application and the rules as established by America’s Central Port District.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
Parties desiring information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) are encouraged to contact the FOIA officers:
Ms. Robbie Williams
1635 W. First Street
Granite City, IL 62040
Ms. Salina Alfaro
1635 W. First Street
Granite City, IL 62040
When a person requests a copy of a record maintained in an electronic format, the Port shall furnish it in the electronic format specified by the requester, if feasible. The Port shall charge the requester for the actual cost of purchasing the recording medium. The Port shall charge fees reasonably calculated to reimburse its actual cost for reproducing and certifying public records. The fee for black and white, letter or legal size copies after the first fifty pages shall be $0.15 per page. If the Port provides copies in color or in a size other than letter or legal, the actual cost for reproducing the records shall be charged. In calculating its actual cost for reproducing records, the Port shall not include the cost of any search for and review of the records or other personnel costs associated with reproducing the records. As such fees are determined; they shall be imposed according to a standard scale applicable to any requester.
Click HERE for the FOIA Request Form (PDF)
ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL RETIREMENT FUND
In accordance with Illinois Open Meetings Act requirements as they relate to employers participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, information covering total compensation packages, including certain benefits, can be obtained by clicking HERE.