Port Authority

Overview

The Port Authority was established by the Winona City Council by resolution on March 18, 1968, under the authority of Chapter 541, Session Laws of the State of Minnesota for 1967. The enabling legislation granted the exercise of all powers and duties of Port Authorities in the State of Minnesota to the Winona Port Authority.

Meetings

  • 4 pm
  • 2nd Thursday of every month
  • Council Chambers, 3rd Floor
  • City Hall
    207 Lafayette Street

Members

The Port Authority consists of seven members who serve six year terms and are appointed by the Mayor, with approval of Council. The Authority is staffed by City Manager Steve Sarvi and Community Development Director Lucy McMartin.

View more information on the Port Authority Website.

  • Michael Hansen
    Term Expires: March 18, 2024
  • Dana Johnson
    Term Expires: March 18, 2022
  • Laurie Lucas
    Term Expires: March 18, 2022
  • Al Thurley
    Term Expires: December 31, 2022
  • Stephen T. Sarvi, Executive Secretary
  • George Borzyskowski
    Term Expires: December 31, 2022
  • Michael Cichanowski
    Term Expires: March 18, 2022
  • Ernest Gorman
    Term Expires: March 18, 2024

Membership Criteria

  • Interest in economic development

Structure

The Port Authority of Winona is governed by seven Commissioners, two of whom are current City Council members. The City Manager serves as the Executive Secretary for the Port Authority, and other City staff act as the support staff for the Authority. This framework promotes a relationship between the Authority and the City of Winona.

Duties

In addition, specific requirements of legislation related to the Winona Port Authority requires that the City Council approve all matters such as:

  • Bond issues
  • Use of eminent domain powers
  • Establishment of industrial districts
  • Creation of tax increment projects to help ensure that the Port Authority activities are consistent with City policies

Given the powers it has today, the Port Authority can acquire and improve land for industrial and economic development purposes and prepare attractive financing packages enabling industrial location and expansion.

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