After discussing possible changes to how the Leavenworth County Port Authority operates, the organization’s board is making a recommendation for revising the document that established the Port Authority.

After discussing possible changes to how the Leavenworth County Port Authority operates, the organization’s board is making a recommendation for revising the document that established the Port Authority.

Members of the Port Authority’s Board of Directors are recommending that the agreement be changed to make the Leavenworth County Commission the only body that appoints members to the Port Authority.

Currently, appointments to the Port Authority board have to be approved by both the County Commission and Leavenworth City Commission.

The county is the only local government that provides funding each year to the economic development organization.

In January, county commissioners discussed the possibility of asking cities to also provide funding for the Port Authority. County commissioners ended up asking the Port Authority to report back with a possible solution.

Last month, Port Authority Chairman Blaine Weeks led a discussion with representatives of local cities and the county about future funding for the Port Authority, the organization’s mission and representation on the board.

Weeks and other board members continued that discussion Wednesday following a monthly meeting of the Port Authority.

At one point during Wednesday’s discussion, County Administrator Mark Loughry said he believes at least one county commissioner feels that if the county is the sole funding source for the Port Authority, the Port Authority’s board should by appointed only by the County Commission.

Loughry said he believes anything other than this will have a difficult time obtaining unanimous support from the County Commission.

Weeks said he believes the Leavenworth City Commission also would have to approve of such a change.

Port Authority board member Bob Patzwald said officials with the county and city of Leavenworth need to sit down and work out this issue rather than asking the Port Authority to come up with something.
“I think that needs to be hammered out on their end, not our end,” he said.

Weeks suggested the county government propose a revised agreement that does not include Leavenworth or any other cities.

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