Aransas County commissioners, at a special meeting Friday, May 31, unanimously approved the appointment of five negotiators to deal with Aransas Pass officials regarding services to be provided in an area (located in Aransas County) that is proposed for Phase II annexation by Aransas Pass (AP).

The five negotiators are: David L. Earl Esq., attorney for Rockport Terminals, LLC; Matthew White, Rockport Terminals, LLC representative; Charles Rourke, owner of property within the annexation area; David Rae, Esq., attorney for Mojave LTD; and Jerry Goetz, attorney for JCACJ Holdings, LLC.

The appointments are made pursuant to Section 43.0562(b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

In a letter to commissioners, Earl wrote his law firm (Earl & Associates) has discussed an agreement in lieu of annexation, the creation of a special district to provide services to the area, and other alternatives.

AP initiated the annexation of about 1,874 acres of property located in its extraterritorial jurisdiction. There have been a number of questions regarding the legality of its actions, its capability to provide required services in a timely manner, and motivations for initiating annexation.

The area under the microscope in this matter includes that property on which Degussa once operated, on Business Highway 35, between Rockport and Aransas Pass.

It was noted in Friday’s meeting AP will generate only about one-quarter of what it will cost to provide required services.

AP officials asked that two negotiators AP named be added to the list of the five proposed negotiators.

Commissioners rejected that proposal and approved the five aforementioned individuals.

The court also approved accounts payable and payroll/payroll liabilities.

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