County leaders have settled a lawsuit with a disgruntled Robstown farmer less than a month after the county attorney was given the authorization to do so.
At a March 19 Nueces County Commissioners Court meeting, County Attorney Laura Garza Jimenez was given the go-ahead to negotiate a settlement with Boyd Liska, who was seeking to be compensated for work he'd done on about 122 acres of county-owned farmland.
The property is adjacent to the Nueces County Airport near Robstown and had been leased by Liska for more than a decade before being outbid by another farmer, Keith Skoruppa, in December. The county approved a three-year lease with Skoruppa earlier this year.
County officials said Liska had begun working on the land before the county went out for bids on the property.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Oscar Ortiz said in March that the situation was not only Liska's fault, but the county's as well.
"There was some kind of miscommunication, so Mr. Liska is not totally at fault and neither is the county," Ortiz said. "There is some gray area as to who was supposed to do what."
Liska claimed to have invested nearly $5,000 worth of work into the land before it was leased to Skoruppa and was seeking to have that money reimbursed to him. However, the settlement offered by the county, $3,750, was about $1,000 less than what Liska was originally seeking.
Ortiz said last week he was relieved the situation can now be put to rest.
"I'm glad the county attorney and Mr. Liska were able to come to an agreement," the commissioner said. "He has always been a good tenant of the land and we're happy we were able to have the issue resolved."
Liska could not be reached for comment.