County Judge Doyal, Treasurer Davenport bring 2017 to close with ugly final Commissioners Court meeting

County Judge Doyal, Treasurer Davenport bring 2017 to close with ugly final Commissioners Court meeting

Conroe, December 29 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport brought 2017 to a close with an ugly final Commissioners Court meeting on December 19, 2017. Davenport embarrassed herself with her childish attempt to get the Commissioners Court members overrule the Texas Open Records Act so that she can hide her office’s procedures manual from the public.

For starters, at least three people under criminal indictment, one convicted felon (for theft), and two individuals convicted of DWI attended the meeting as supporters of Doyal, Davenport, and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley. JP James Metts did not attend the meeting.

The Golden Hammer‘s ratings measure Commissioners Court votes that affect spending in comparison to the provisions of the Republican Party of Texas Platform. Points are good. The number of points depends upon the amount of money involved in each vote.

Commissioners Court meeting, December 19, 2017, 9:30 a.m. All Court members were physically present.

Agenda Item 7A3: Consider and approve payment of accounts.

Graves Humphries Stahl/NetData

The County government is paying Graves Humphries Stahl law firm $30,861.43 for the terrible job they’re doing collection fees and fines of the four Justice of the Peace courts that utilize their services. The County loses millions of dollars as a result of the terrible collections. One JP, Edie Connelly, refuses to use them. Look at the results of her Court in comparison to the four others.Source: Montgomery County government.

Why does the County government continue to lose millions of dollars on those four courts? Because corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport and his arrogant puppet, JP James Metts, demand that the County continue to do so. They continue to bully County Judge Craig Doyal to go along with them.

Terri Jaggers money flow

Terri Jaggers makes money coming and going off of parental terminations and adoptions. She’s the head of the County’s “Child Welfare” Department and its $112,500 budget. Her son gets cushy DJ jobs for the Child Welfare Department’s Christmas party and other social events related to adoption “services.”

Jaggers’ husband gets paid $1,200 per child for each CPS adoption he handles.

In the Commissioners Court, the Jaggers’ “non-profit organization,” named Orphan Care Solutions will receive a $5,500 payment out of the “Child Welfare” budget which Jaggers supposedly oversees.

How is that not a conflict of interest?!

Halff Associates

Everywhere someone turns in exploring budget expenditures, you’ll find payments to Halff Associates, Inc., the controversial engineering firm of Bobby Jack Adams, the best friend and business partner of Craig Doyal. Doyal obviously shouldn’t even vote on those expenditures, but the law never seems to bother Doyal much.

The payment this time to Halff is out of the Precinct 1 Commissioners Budget and it’s for $45,100.

Decimation of Hope Highway, also known as $73 million, 3.6 mile, Tx-249 Tollway

The Decimation of Hope Highway, also known as the $73 million, 3.6 mile, Tx-249 Tollway, continues to bleed money out of Montgomery County taxpayers. The payment this week is $2,576.73 to Linebarger Goggan law firm.

$9,848,786.51 of government expenditures over 66 single-spaced pages with no review or discussion whatsoever. Sorry but $10 million sounds like a lot of money. They should show some care.

This vote was major. Under the circumstances of complete lack of review, a “no” vote was appropriate. 25 points

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Items 7A1 and 7A2. Budget amendments.

Since the Commissioners Court so hastily passed the largest governmental expenditure budget in the history of Montgomery County on September 5, by a 4 to 1 vote (Clark voted “no”), they’ve had to go back and clean up the budget. It’s a mess. There were $5,630,885.40 of budget amendments. The members of the Commissioners Court didn’t have any idea what the amendments were, just like they didn’t know what the budget contained either.

25 points. “No” vote appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 7D: Purchasing.

Approximately $400,000 of contracts were approved without review.

10 points. “No” vote appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 7H: Approve payroll change requests.

These payroll changes requests are super-secretive. None of the Commissioners Court members knew what they approved.

5 points. “No” vote appropriate under the circumstances.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 8: There were no citizen comments. Doyal has made the process of signing up for citizen comments so complicated as well as so a priori that citizens and Commissioners Court members can’t follow what is Doyal’s new policy each moment. Doyal receives a subtraction of 100 points for his attempt to destroy free speech.

Agenda Item 9: Approve advanced funding agreement between TxDOT and Montgomery County for Tx-249 Tollway project. While this resolution is no direct cost to the Montgomery County government, it was a major vote, because it enables TxDOT to build a tollroad where one is unnecessary and where, of course, County citizens will have to pay tolls. A “No” vote is appropriate. 25 points.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 11: Community Development Director Joanne Ducharme presented a very, very lengthy and angry set of reports about her department. The Community Development Department is clearly a total mess. On the two issues where the Commissioners Court needed to express an opinion, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack asked Ducharme (1) not to give herself and two of her employees pay raises as part of grant applications, and (2) not to put the Community Development Department directly into the payroll lending business. Ducharme was clearly embarrassed on both of those issues. Fortunately, the Commissioners Court – without a vote, because they’re too dysfunctional to take a position on such serious issues – urged Ducharme not to give herself the salary increase and not to place the County government into the consumer lending business! Noack gets a 25 point bonus for steering Ducharme away from her intended direction on both of those issues. Ducharme was openly rude and disrespectful to Noack. Ducharme had the look and feel of Todd “Boss” Hayden, the former Animal Shelter Director.

Agenda Item 12: Approve Purchasing Department contracts with no contract prices or contracts in the backup materials. Major vote. Under the circumstances, a “No” vote was appropriate. 25 points.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 14: County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport wanted the Commissioners Court to declare that her office procedures manual is confidential and not subject to the Texas Open Records Act. County Attorney J.D. Lambright explained that (1) the Commissioners Court had no authority to override the Texas Legislature with respect to open records, and (2) Davenport’s office procedures manual is not confidential and Davenport should make it available to the public. There was no vote on this matter, because it should never have even appeared on the agenda. Of course, County Judge Doyal will let Stephanne Davenport do whatever she wants, because Davenport employs Doyal’s daughter.

Agenda Item 18: Pay Bill Smith vacation time for 90 hours of work during Tropical Storm Harvey. A “No” vote is appropriate. 5 points.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 21: Citizen comments.

Mike Bleier, President of the Lake Conroe Association, spoke for about 9 minutes about his desire that the level of Lake Conroe remain at 207 feet above sea level. Since Doyal likes this guy, Bleier was welcome to exceed the 3-minute time limit for citizen comments.

Troy Stuckey, a rapid member of the Charlie Riley Band (the top political supporters of Riley), spoke in favor of the tollroad.

John Wertz spoke about the absence of a countywide mobility plan.

Kelli Cook spoke about the lack of progress on road bond projects.

Bill O’Sullivan spoke about the need for a countywide mobility plan.

Shane Stuckey, the son of Troy Stuckey, spoke in favor of the tollroad.

Walter Boyd said goodbye for about 4 minutes.

Tollroad Agenda 3A: TxDOT Commissioner Victor Vandergriff admitted that TxDOT would build a widened free road from Spring Creek Pinehurst if Montgomery County did not built the 4.5 mile stretch as a tollroad.

Tollroad Agenda 3B: Approve a tollroad-enabling Road Development Agreement with MUD Number 131. This issue was a major vote, because it enables TxDOT to build a tollroad where one is unnecessary and where, of course, County citizens will have to pay tolls. A “No” vote is appropriate. 25 points.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Tollroad Agenda 3C: Accept deed from MUD Number 131 to enable tollroad. This issue was a major vote, because it enables TxDOT to build a tollroad where one is unnecessary and where, of course, County citizens will have to pay tolls. A “No” vote is appropriate. 25 points.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Tollroad Agenda 3D: Accept another deed to enable the tollroad and then transfer the property to TxDOT to enable the tollroad. This issue was a major vote, because it enables TxDOT to build a tollroad where one is unnecessary and where, of course, County citizens will have to pay tolls. A “No” vote is appropriate. 25 points.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Commissioners Court ratings for December 19, 2017, meeting:

DOYAL -100/195. Grade F.

MEADOR 0/195. Grade F.

RILEY 0/195. Grade F.

NOACK 25/195. Grade F.

CLARK 0/195. Grade F.

The following are the cumulative scores for Fiscal Year 2018, which began October 1, 2017.

DOYAL -770/1,313. Grade F.

MEADOR 80/1,313. Grade F.

RILEY 80/1,313. Grade F.

NOACK 840/1,313. Grade D.

CLARK 855/1,313. Grade D.

The citizens must remain vigilant. Noack’s and Clark’s votes to enable the TxDOT portion of the tollroad are inexcusable.

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