Port traffic increases, as does marketing

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Managing Editor

TELL CITY – October brought an increase in rail freight and barge traffic to the Port of Tell City, Kevin Teague reported at a regular meeting of the Perry County Port Authority Board of Directors Nov. 12.

The operations manager and train master for that agency and the Hoosier Southern Railroad reported an uptick in barge traffic at the board’s October meeting after several months of lighter-than-normal traffic.

The regular meeting followed an executive session that Board President Bill Goffinet said concerned “properties that the port authority has under our control. We have nothing more to report on that at this time.”

Executive sessions, which are closed to the public, can be conducted to discuss the purchase or lease of real property up to the time a contract or option to purchase or lease is executed, according to Indiana’s Open Door Law. Any final actions must occur in a public meeting.

“Everything was much better in October,” Teague said. “We were actually above plan on sand for the first time this year.”

Thirty-one cars of sand had been projected for Waupaca Foundry and 39 were moved, he reported Scrap metal being moved to the foundry “was a little under plan, but we’re making some headway with that,” he continued, adding that projections were met for 61 rail cars of pig iron and three of coke.

Materials going to American Colloid were short by 10 cars over the projection of 54, and Teague said a as did the fact “we ran short on cars.”

Consolidated Recycling remained well below projections, with 18 inbound shipments expected and only 10 realized. Twenty outbound movements were planned and 11 occurred, the deficit attributed to product availability.

Five barges visited the port during the month, one more than projected. That left the year-to-date total four under the 40 planned but brought it to three more than last year at the same time.

One more truck transited the port than planned for the month, bringing the year-to-date total to 161 versus a projection of 137. 2012’s total at this point was 177.

Traffic was “way above plan pretty much everywhere the first half of November,” Teague reported. He also said workers were in the final stages of a rail-surfacing and ties project.

Marketing successes
The port-rail agency was listed in three places in an annual Indiana Logistics Directory published by Ports of Indiana, board member Alvin  Evans reported. Also the executive director of the Perry County Development Corp., he said the directory gets a lot of exposure, so he checked on advertising prices.

He found that $5,000 will get a full-page ad, another page with a 500-word write-up and a highlighted listing in another area.

Anybody who contacts the Indiana Economic Development Corp. gets a copy, he said, adding he thinks it’s a good price for the exposure it could bring. The board voted to pursue development of an ad for the 2014 edition.

Evans also reported the port was featured with coverage in Inland Port magazine that began on the front page and continued with five more inside, featuring an interview with Teague. He requested copied for local officials, he said.

The publication can be viewed at www.inlandportmagazine.com. Select the “online magazine” tab and “Inland Port 2013 Issue 4” to see the Tell City story.

Evans also said he hoped the relocation of sewer lines toward improvements of River Road was occurring and would be followed by the movement of rock and dirt.

That portion of the work would continue through the winter.