Alexander-Cairo Port District

 For information call President, Jerry Smith at 618-734-7009. 

Public Act 96-1015: Alexander-Cairo Port District Function


The Alexander-Cairo Port District is created as a political subdivision, body politic, and municipal corporation. The District embraces all of the area within the corporate limits of Alexander County. Territory may be annexed to the District in the manner provided in this Act. The District may sue and be sued in its corporate name, but execution shall not in any case issue against any property of the District. It may adopt a common seal and change the same at its pleasure. The Port District has the following rights and powers:
(a) To issue permits. (b) To prevent or remove obstructions in navigable waters, including the removal of wrecks. (c) To locate and establish dock lines and shore or harbor lines. (d) To regulate the anchorage, moorage, and speed of water borne vessels and to establish and enforce regulations for the operation of bridges. (e) To acquire, own, construct, lease, operate, and maintain terminals, terminal facilities, and port facilities, and to fix and collect just, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory charges for the use of the facilities. (f) To locate, establish, and maintain a public airport,public airports, and public airport facilities within its corporate limits or within or upon any body of water adjacent thereto, and to construct, develop, expand, extend, and improve any such airport or airport facility. (g) To operate, maintain, manage, lease, sublease, and to make and enter into contracts for the use, operation, or management of, and to provide rules and regulations for, the operation, management, or use of, any public airport or public airport facility. (h) To fix, charge, and collect reasonable rentals, tolls, fees, and charges for the use of any public airport, or any part thereof, or any public airport facility. (i) To establish, maintain, extend, and improve roadways and approaches by land, water, or air to any such airport. (j) To restrict the height of any object of natural growth or structure or structures within the vicinity of any airport. (k) To agree with the State or federal governments or with any public agency in respect to the removal and relocation of any object of natural growth, airport hazard, or any structure or building within the vicinity of any airport or within an approach and which is owned or within the control of such government or agency and to pay all or an agreed portion of the cost of the removal or relocation. (l) For the prevention of accidents. (m) To police its physical property only. (n) To enter into agreements with the corporate authorities or governing body of any other municipal corporation or any political subdivision of this State to pay the reasonable expense of services furnished by the municipal corporation or political subdivision for or on account of income producing properties of the District. (o) To enter into contracts dealing in any manner with the objects and purposes of this Act. (p) To acquire, own, lease, sell, or otherwise dispose of interests in and to real property and improvements situated thereon and in personal property necessary to fulfill the purposes of the District. (q) To designate the fiscal year for the District. (r) To engage in any activity or operation which is incidental to and in furtherance of efficient operation to accomplish the District's primary purpose. (s) To build, construct, repair, and maintain levees. 
Term- After the expiration of initial terms, each successor shall hold office for the term of 3 years beginning the first day of June of the year in which the term of office commences. 
Senate Confirmation-NO
Compensation- Members serve without compensation, except for expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Members appointed to secretary or treasurer may receive compensation. 
Composition - The governing and administrative body of the Port District shall be a Board consisting of 7 members, to be known as the Alexander-Cairo Port District Board. All members of the Board shall be residents of the District. The Governor shall appoint 4 members of the Board, the Mayor of the City of Cairo shall appoint one member of the Board, and the chairperson of the Alexander County Board, with the advice and consent of the Alexander County Board, shall appoint 2 members of the Board. Of the 4 members initially appointed by the Governor, 2 shall be appointed for initial terms expiring June 1, 2012 and 2 shall be appointed for initial terms expiring June 1, 2013.  
Authority - Public Act 96-1015