Mahoning County Commissioner David Ditzler recently proposed that Mahoning, Columbiana, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties join together to form one regional port authority (see our June 24, 2014 blog post for more information). According to a June 29 article, the regional port authority was proposed by then-Governor George Voinovich 20 years ago. The article reports that “Ditzler broached the idea during a meeting of the commissioners from Mahoning and Trumbull counties” at which the future of the Western Reserve Port Authority (WRPA) was discussed. The authority has recently lost three members and its executive director. A June 27 article reports that “[t]he five remaining members of the Western Reserve Port Authority board of directors voted in a special Friday afternoon meeting to hire a Pittsburgh law firm to represent them in the event that county commissioners follow through with threats to dissolve the board.” For more, read the full June 29 and June articles.