Doyal’s, Riley’s, Meador’s fragile egos dominate June 13 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Doyal’s, Riley’s, Meador’s fragile egos dominate June 13 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Conroe, June 17 – The fragility of County Judge Craig Doyal’s, Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador’s, and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley’s egos dominated the June 13, 2017, Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting. Doyal carefully channeled all discussion in a manner so it would sound positive to himself and his two allies. After listening to an hour of staged positive speeches praising them with respect to their political and spending folly known as the Decimation of Hope Highway, the $73 million 3.6-mile Tx-249 tollway, as soon as the slightest bit of criticism of their complete mismanagement of the County government arose, Meador left the room and Doyal lost his phony placid expression.

Here are the ratings of The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper. The cumulative ratings began on October 1, 2016, the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017, which ends on September 30, 2017.

Points are good.

COMMISSIONERS COURT MEETING, June 13, 2017, 9:30 a.m. (Judge Doyal and Commissioners Meador, Riley, Noack, and Clark were present.)

The “Consent Agenda” was a complete mess of secretive spending and budget amendments all under Agenda Item 9.

Agenda Item 9A1: Consider and approve payment of accounts. Without any review, discussion, or examination, the County Commissioners approved spending over $10,197,976.09 million and 104 single-spaced pages in expenditures, the five members of Commissioners Court did not review, consider, deliberate, or discuss any of it. The vote included payments of $53,750.47 to Halff Associates for the Decimation of Hope Highway project, the $73 million 3.6 mile tollway that Doyal and Riley hope to place on Tx-249 at the far southwest edge of Montgomery County. 25 points. A “no” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9A2: Consider and approve Budget Amendments for the Current Fiscal Year.

Here are some of the “emergencies” which the Commissioners Court declared to spend money:

  • Move $2,500 from capital outlays to vehicle maintenance for the Adult Probate Department.
  • Spend $1,095 for printing and supplies for Animal Control.
  • Spend $18,287 for Building Maintenance to repair and air conditioner.
  • Mike Meador, Commissioner of Precinct 1, seeks to spend $85,257 with the following handwritten explanation:“We cannot claim the sal/ben for the new employees as their expenditures will occur after the grant ends. Therefore, we need to de-obligate these match expenditures.”The money will go into Meador’s slush fund.
  • $168,846 will come from the Commissioner Precinct 4 slush fund.
  • Payoff of compensatory time for County employees in the amount $97,142.13.
  • Spend $237 for Emergency Management’s supplies.
  • Just over $12,000 to fund salaries in the Purchasing Department.

10 points. A “no” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9c: Purchasing. This agenda item contains four single-spaced pages of contracts for purchasing various items. Although it’s difficult to ascertain the amounts of the contracts, they easily exceed $2 million. It is apparent from review of the contracts that no eyes of the Commissioners Court ever examined these legal obligations of Montgomery County. A “no” vote is appropriate. 25 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 10: Citizen Comments.

The following individuals spoke on the Decimation of Hope Highway, the $73 million 3.6-mile, tollway that Doyal and Riley want to use as a means of shoveling money to their out-of-county political supporters.

John Bramlett, Magnolia City Councilman, staged presentation in favor of highway.

Brenda Hoppe, Magnolia City Councilwoman, staged presentation in favor of highway.

Todd Stephens, Magnolia ISD, staged presentation in favor of highway.

John Wertz, GOP Precinct Chair, opposed Montgomery County spending money on the Decimation of Hope Highway.

Travis Bryant, Texas Renaissance Festival of Grimes County, staged presentation in favor of highway.

Marlisa Briggs, Executive Director of Houston’s North Houston Association, staged presentation in favor of highway.

Bill O’Sullivan, local political activist and sage, opposed the Decimation of Hope Highway local funding.

Jean Mann, local political activist, asked a lot of good questions about Decimation of Hope Highway project, which Commissioners Court ignored.

Paul Mendes, Magnolia City Administrator, staged presentation in favor of highway.

Bruce Hillegeist, Tomball Chamber of Commerce employee, staged presentation in favor of highway.

Mark Keough, State Representative running for Montgomery County Judge, spoke against local funding of the Decimation of Hope Highway, because Tx-DOT would build the road without Montgomery County participation.

When the staged presentations in favor of their beloved project occurred, Doyal, Riley, and Meador listened. When anyone questioned or opposed the project, Meador looked down, while Doyal and Riley turned their heads in different directions. They cannot bear to hear a view other than their own.

Afterwards, Eric Yollick presented The Golden Hammer Award. Meador left the room altogether, as his hatred towards anyone who consistently questions or criticizes him is far more than he can bear.

Agenda Item 12A: Chief Deputy Constable Chris Jones and Captain Billy Masden of Constable Precinct 5 did a nice job presenting their strategic vision for the Constable’s Office.

Agenda Item 17A: Vote to pay down debt from the so-called “pass through tolls” program. Although this proposal constitutes a correct action, the Commissioners Court simply should not be taking even preliminary action on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. The Local Government Code mandates that the Court must conduct public hearings and permit all taxpayers to participate in those hearings before taking any action on the budget. Once again, the Commissioners Court ignored the law. A “no” vote is appropriate simply because the County Judge and County Commissioners ought to follow Texas law in the manner in which they address budget issues. 5 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 17B: County Auditor Phyllis Martin asked the Commissioners Court to set preliminary spending amounts for employee benefits, a proposal for which every member of the Commissioners Court has an inherent conflict of interest. In this one instance, County Judge Craig Doyal asked the right question – and gets 1 bonus point as a result – which was whether it would be more appropriate to wait to set the employee benefits during the budget hearings. The other members of the Commissioners Court could not wait to set their exorbitant benefits. A “no” vote is appropriate for the reason stated by Judge Doyal and discussed above under Agenda Item 17A. 5 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 18B: Give Land Tech a $174,179 contract without any competitive bidding for surveying work on Sorters Road. That’s ridiculous. While Land Tech is a fine surveying company, there’s no reason they shouldn’t have to compete for their work with other bidders. A “no” vote is appropriate. 10 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 20A: Establish two new positions in Commissioner Precinct 1 in the middle of the budget year totaling more than $100,000. Obviously, a “no” vote is appropriate because Meador should have waited until the budget hearings. 10 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 20B: After a staged presentation from outsiders to Montgomery County primarily, and without permitting the other members of the Commissioners Court even to see the resolution, Riley, Doyal, and “Sleeping Mike” voted to support the Decimation of Hope Highway, the $73 million, 3.6-mile Tx-249 tollway with which they’re shoveling money to their favored political contributors who are the contractors. It’s a giant joke on the taxpayers. 100 points. “No” is the vote.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack NO

Clark NO

Agenda Item 21A: Payroll change request forms. What’s incredible about these payroll change requests is that the Commissioners Court failed to review them. They act like lemmings jumping off a cliff. A “no” vote is appropriate under the circumstances. 5 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 22: The Commissioners Court met in secret to DELIBERATE about approving the settlement in the Ricky Gann lawsuit against the County and to agree to pay the full overtime claims of three East Montgomery County Senior Center employees. The Commissioners Court pretty clearly broke the law by making the decisions in a secret executive session where they’re only permitted to gather information and ask questions. Look for the formal approvals of these matters to appear on future “consent” agendas.

Agenda Item 24: Citizen Comments.

Paul Crowson discussed drainage issues in Precinct 4 and made the observation that TxDOT representatives should attend Commissioners Court meeting when the Tx-249 tollway and drainage problems are the subject.

GOP Precinct Chairman Reagan Reed discussed the fact that the Commissioners Court consists of five officials elected supposedly as Republicans who do not follow the Republican Party of Texas Platform.

Jason Millsaps, Mark Keough’s Chief of Staff, discussed the Decimation of Hope Highway.

TOTAL SCORES FOR June 13, 2017 MEETING.

Doyal 1/195. Grade = F.

Meador 0/195. Grade = F.

Riley 0/195. Grade = F.

Noack 100/195. Grade = F.

Clark 100/195. Grade = F.

CUMULATIVE POSSIBLE SCORES FOR FY 2017 = 3,213.

Doyal = 286/3,213. Grade = F.

Meador = 325/3,213. Grade = F.

Riley = 345/3,213. Grade = F.

Noack = 1,584/3,213. Grade = F.

Clark = 995/3,213. Grade = F.

I hope this article doesn’t hurt the fragile too much.

As citizens, we must remain vigilant.

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