City withdrawals from SOPA

By Ivy Potter -

The Scioto County commissioner’s meeting that took place Thursday, included the discussion of a letter from the desk of City Manager Derek Allen detailing termination of the participation agreement between the city of Portsmouth and the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA).

The commissioners made a motion to accept the letter, which stated that there was a contract between the city and SOPA, which was terminated by the city due to SOPA being a bonding agency and no longer an economic development agency, leaving the city of Portsmouth with no reason to continue financial support to SOPA.

“We did state that they were a bonding and land transfer agency, they no longer represent the county in economic development, meaning personal representation,” Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Byan Davis said. “They are still an economic development entity, they are still doing economic development, and they are still working with land transfers and bonding. But, the city of Portsmouth has chosen to go in a different direction, which is well within their rights to do so.”

A copy of the letter was then sent to SOPA chairman, Mike Payton.

Other items on the agenda included an invoice from PMHA/EMHA for 63 defendants and a total of 1,072 days at a rate of $14.50 per day. The costs totaled $15,544, in which only $470 was paid by the defendants, leaving a balance of $15,074 for the county, and Township Renewal Contracts for Clay, Nile, Porter, and Washington Townships. The amounts of the contracts were $211,000 for Clay, $116,000 for Nile, $404,000 for Porter, and $310,000 for Washington Township for contracts from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2018.

By Ivy Potter

Reach: Ivy Potter (304) 638-4134 Extension 1932

Reach: Ivy Potter (304) 638-4134 Extension 1932