City of Greenville
7:16 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Greenville Council Split on L-3 Negotiation Attorney Change

The Greenville City Council is scheduled Tuesday to hire a legal firm to represent the city in negotiations with L-3 Communications Integrated Systems concerning the defense contractor’s lease of property at Majors Field Municipal Airport.

The Council is split, however on whether to bring in a new legal team to handle the negotiations or to stick with the attorneys who had been dealing with the company over the past two years during the litigation between the two sides, a firm who had already drawn up a proposed lease agreement for consideration.

The council is scheduled to vote to grant a professional services agreement with Taylor Olsen to handle matters with respect to the airport lease.

The airport covers approximately 1,500 acres. L-3 leases much of the airport property from the City of Greenville, with the original lease agreement reached in 1977.

The lease agreement is up for consideration again in 2017.

The motion to table the vote fell 4-2. A separate vote to approve the contract with Taylor Olsen passed on a 4-2 vote.