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Meeting to address petition to remove official

By Brad Kellar

Greenville – The Greenville City Council could still decide to add an item concerning the removal of its City Attorney to the May 14 ballot.

During the "Citizens to be Heard" portion of the council's Tuesday, a request was made by Jerry Ransom for the City Council to give further consideration to the petition that calls for the cancellation of the contract between the law firm of Scott, Money and Ray, P.L.L.C. and the City of Greenville.

After the petition was submitted to the City Secretary, the City requested and received separate opinions from the Texas Municipal League and Barney Knight, a well-known municipal attorney, who stated that the petition was not valid according to the City Charter and State Law.

During the meeting Ransom presented a letter from an attorney that contradicts the opinions received by the City. The Greenville City Council takes petitions from its citizens seriously and will meet in a special session on Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. to further discuss the matter. An agenda for the meeting will be posted later this week. Monday is the final day council can place an item on the May14 ballot.

Ransom also made several allegations against City Council and City Staff regarding the issue with L-3 Communications that the City has disputed and continues to dispute. Later this week, the City will issue a response to the statements made by Ransom both at the City Council meeting and in the advertisement that Ransom ran in the Sunday, March 6 edition of the Herald Banner.