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 every other month in 2020. Meetings are held on the 3rd Friday of the months of January, March, May, July, September and November, at Lawrenceburg City Chambers, 230 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025, at 1:00pm.

Friday, January 15, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
Friday, July 16, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021

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.

Southeastern Indiana Regional Port Authority Board of Directors

Jim Thatcher,  Chairman – Dearborn County

Kelly Mollaun, Vice Chairman – City of Lawrenceburg

Vacant, Secretary – Dearborn County

Tom Palmer, Treasurer – City of Lawrenceburg

Mark Drury, Director – City of Aurora

Benny Turner, Director – City of Aurora

Derek Walker, Director – City of Aurora

Alan Weiss, Director – City of Greendale

Al Abdon, Director – City of Greendale

EG. McLaughlin, Director – City of Greendale

Lennie Fryman, Director – City of Lawrenceburg

Sarah Jordan, Director – City of Lawrenceburg

Andy Baudendistel, Legal Counsel

Sebastian Smelko, Special Legal Counsel

For more information contact:
Chairman Jim Thatcher –

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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