County entering mediation with Navy
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
Jun 14, 2013 | 1103 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD – During a special meeting June 7, the Goliad County Commissioners Court unanimously authorized County Judge David Bowman settlement authority in mediation with the U.S. Navy concerning the lawsuit over the value of the Goliad Airpark.

The airpark, originally built by the Navy in the 1970s and known as the Chase Naval Air Station Auxiliary Landing Field Berclair, was purchased by Goliad County in 1999 for $1.

During the summer of 2011, the Navy repurchased the airpark from the county, offering $2.36 million.

The county contends another appraisal company valued the airpark at $9 million and the county is seeking to have the property’s value raised.

“Hopefully, we can mediate a settlement prior to going to court,” Bowman said.

“When both parties go in there, they have to agree to a settlement amount. If we can come to an agreement on an amount, then both sides will sign off on it and we’ll be done with it.”

Bowman said July 9 is the target date for the mediation, which will take place in Houston. An original court date of July 8 had been scheduled for both sides to meet in federal court.

The commissioners met with county attorneys Friday in closed session. Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronald Bailey made the motion to authorize Bowman and Precinct 1 Commissioner Julian Flores seconded the motion.

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