Southeastern Indiana Regional Port Authority

Located on the Ohio River in the southeastern corner of the State of Indiana. Includes the cities of Aurora and Lawrenceburg and parts of Dearborn County. Created under Indiana Code 8-10-5. The port authority has full power and authority independent of any political subdivision to do the following:

  • Purchase, construct, sell, lease and operate docks, wharves, warehouses, piers and any other port, terminal or transportation facilities within its jurisdiction consistent with the purposes of the port authority and make charges for the use thereof.
  • Straighten, deepen, and improve any canal, channel, river, stream or other water course or way which may be necessary or proper in the development of the facilities of such port.
  • Establish dock lines, piers, and other facilities necessary to the conduct of pleasure boating within the territory under the jurisdiction of the port authority.

SIRPA, meets quarterly on the 3rd Friday of the months of January, April, August and October, at Lawrenceburg City Chambers, 230 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025, at 1:00pm

Friday, April 26, 2019
Friday, July 19, 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019
Friday, January 17, 2020

Membership consists of the Mayors of Aurora,  Greendale, and Lawrenceburg, a Dearborn County Commissioner, three members appointed from the City of Lawrenceburg (one of which must reside in Lawrenceburg), three members from the City of Aurora (one of which must reside in the City of Aurora), one member from City of Greendale (must reside in City of Greendale) and one member from the County (must reside in  unincorporated area of county). Andy Baudendistel is the attorney for the authority.


Jim Thatcher,  Chairman – County Commissioner

Kelly Mollaun, Co-Chairman – City of Lawrenceburg

Brian Messmore, Treasurer – City of Lawrenceburg

Terri Randall, Secretary – Dearborn County

Donnie Hastings, Member – City of Aurora

Alan Weiss, Member – City of Greendale

EG. McLaughlin, Member – City of Lawrenceburg

Benny Turner, Member – City of Aurora

Tom Schneider, Member – City of Lawrenceburg

Tom Palmer, Member – City of Lawrenceburg

Al Abdon, Member – City of Greendale

Guinevere Emery, Member – City of Aurora

Andy Baudendistel, Legal Counsel

Sebastian Smelko, Special Legal Counsel

For more information contact:
Chairman Jim Thatcher –
Secretary Terri Randall –

Current Information

Indiana ports extends option for possible 3rd Ohio River port

Posted: 10:37 AM, Nov 09, 2018, Updated: 10:38 AM, Nov 09, 2018 By: Associated Press, Published on: WCPO LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) — State officials eyeing a swath of land along the Ohio River for a possible new shipping port have extended their option to buy that southeastern Indiana acreage. An agreement announced Thursday extends until June 30, 2019, the Ports … Continue reading Indiana ports extends option for possible 3rd Ohio River port ...

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Port would benefit Batesville economy

The Herald-Tribune, July 30, 2017, Diane Raver When you think of Indiana, most people don’t consider ships or barges traveling on waterways to various destinations across the United States and internationally. But, believe it or not, Indiana has ports and cargo that are making a great impact on the state’s economy. The Ports of Indiana … Continue reading Port would benefit Batesville economy ...

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State considers adding fourth port to strengthen economic development

Gov. Eric Holcomb is pushing forward with a proposal to locate a port along the Ohio River in southeastern Indiana, likely in Lawrenceburg, where officials hope to redevelop the site of a former power plant....

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SE Indiana port takes huge step

Lawrenceburg site under study as state’s 4th port The Ports of Indiana announced Oct. 6 that Indiana Michigan Power agreed to sell its recently retired Tanners Creek coal plant in Lawrenceburg to a brownfield redevelopment company that is working with the Ports of Indiana to evaluate the site for use as the state’s fourth port....

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