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.
Board of Commissioners
The Port is directed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners. Each of the three communities (Granite City, Madison and Venice) have one seat on the Board. This seat is filled by the mayor of each community or their appointee. The remaining six commissioners are appointed by the Governor of Illinois. Terms are three years.
(Officers change at the July Board Meeting and, occasionally, Commissioners can change at 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.
Mayor Echols has been the City of Venice’s representative on the Port Board on two separate occasions; he was originally appointed in 2002. Tyrone is the Mayor of Venice and a retired businessman. He has held the office of Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman of the America’s Central Port District Board of Commissioners.
Mayor Hagnauer was appointed to the Board of Commissioners by the Governor of Illinois in 2005. He is a former Madison County Board Member and is presently the Mayor of Granite City, IL. Ed is a retired Granite City Fire Chief and life-long resident of the Tri-City area. He has served as Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman of the America’s Central Port District Board.
Mayor Hamm represents the City of Madison on the Port’s Board of Commissioners and has been a member since 1997 and has served as Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman. John is the Mayor of Madison, IL.
Mr. Signall was appointed to the Board of Commissioners by the Governor of Illinois in 2004. He has over thirty years’ experience in banking and finance and extensive expertise in commercial loans and bank administration. Mr. Signall is a resident of Granite City.
Mayor Thompson of Grafton, Illinois was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in 2015 by the Governor of Illinois. Prior to becoming the Mayor of Grafton, Mayor Thompson had over 30 years as an educator.
Mayor Walker of Alton, Illinois was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in 2015 by the Governor of Illinois. Prior to winning his election in 2013, Mayor Walker was the owner and Senior Recruiter at Strategic Search Services in Alton.
Mr. Robert (Bob) Palus, of Granite City, Illinois was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in 2019. He is a long time resident of Granite City, and has worked over 30 years in the residential real estate business.
Of those listed, these are the positions they hold on the board. Note there are currently two vacancies as well.
The Honorable John Hamm III, Mayor of Madison | Chairman
Mr. Tom Thompson | Secretary
The Honorable Tyrone Echols, Mayor of Venice | Treasurer
The Honorable Brant Walker, Mayor of Alton | Commissioner
The Honorable Ed Hagnauer, Mayor of Granite City | Commissioner
Mr. Steve Signall | Commissioner
Mr. Robert Palus | Commissioner
OPEN MEETINGS ACT
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. Each meeting takes place 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.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED BOARD MEETINGS
January 13, 2020
February 10, 2020
March 9, 2020
April 13, 2020
May 11, 2020
June 8, 2020
July 13, 2020
August 10, 2020
September 14, 2020
October 19, 2020 *
November 9, 2020
December 14, 2020
*Upon approval at the September 14, 2020 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.