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No action after closed-door session

Mark Law BROWSING PAPERWORK — Jefferson County Port Authority Chairman Edward Florak reviews paperwork on Thursday evening prior to the start of the port authority’s special meeting. The port authority went into executive session for 45 minutes to discuss personnel but took no action. -- Mark Law

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Port Authority met for 45 minutes Thursday evening to discuss personnel but took no action.

Evan Scurti, the port authority’s executive director, is the only employee of the port authority.

The port authority met with city and county elected officials and others on Aug. 7 to discuss several issues.

“Over the past eight months, several elected officials have expressed concerns about the performance of our executive director, among other issues,” said Edward Florak, port authority chairman, in a letter to elected officials prior to that meeting.

“In order to move forward as a port authority, we must address all matters.”

Florak had said he had been called to county commissioners’ meetings several months ago to discuss in executive session the performance of Scurti. Florak said the commissioners indicated they wanted Scurti to be removed.

Scurti has been the port authority’s executive director since 2013.

The commissioners are the major contributor to the port authority, supplying about $900,000 in funding since the port authority’s inception.

Steubenville has contributed about $100,000 during that time.

Another issue discussed at the Aug. 7 meeting was the representation on the port authority. The city and county each have four appointees.

City officials at the meeting indicated the city was willing to give up two appointments, but City Council hasn’t taken any action.

The meeting on Aug. 7 included an executive session concerning Scurti, who was present for part of the executive session and then was asked to leave the closed-door meeting.

All members of the port authority were present for Wednesday’s meeting, with the exception of James Emmerling.

The port authority has changed the time of its next regular meeting. It will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the port authority’s office on the first floor of the Towers, 500 Market St.

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