For once, Commissioner Charlie Riley gets it right as lone dissenter: July 25 Commissioners Court Ratings

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley.

Conroe, July 31 – Although it feels like an alternate universe, for once Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley got a vote right as the lone dissenter on a $1.4 million change order proposal for the Rayford Road widening project. An engineer’s error necessitated the change order, as the engineer admitted in open court. Riley correctly called out the error and made clear his belief that the County should not have suffered the resulting expense.

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, July 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

There was a Proclamation of Appreciation for Simone Biles, Olympics gymnast, who is a resident of The Woodlands.

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

Agenda Item 9A1: 81 pages of $5,590,798 of payments received no review, discussion, or deliberation.

“No” vote is appropriate. 10 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9A2: The Commissioners Court declared an emergency and grave public necessity so that they can spend the following funds as “budget amendments”:

$1,800 for Airport Maintenance for professional development

$21,333.50 for machinery and equipment at the Animal Shelter

$7,146.80 for equipment for the Building Maintenance Department

$66,000 from Meador’s Precinct 1 slush fund (carryover from previous year) mostly for additional salaries for his staff.

$2,844.44 for the County Engineer to purchase additional supplies with no explanation.

$900 more for the District Clerk to spend on mobile telephones.

A “No” vote is appropriate. 5 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9A5: The Commissioners Court approved County Auditor Phyllis Martin’s unaudited financial report for the month of June, 2017, which she failed to provide with the Commissioners Court packet. They approved it anyway. A “No” vote is appropriate. 5 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9C: The Commissioners Court will approve three single-spaced pages of purchasing contracts without any review or discussion. One of the items is to purchase “Meal Delivery for Emergency Management.”

10 points. A “No” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 10. Citizen Comments.

Analor Jones (sp. ?) spoke about purchasing concerns and payments to GEO for the Joe Corley Detention Center.

Dennis Tibbs spoke about excessive government spending, particularly with respect to County salaries.

Agenda Item 15: Animal Shelter Director Aaron Johnson appeared completely unprepared as he requested $788,000 in funds for the Animal Shelter. It was genuinely embarrassing. Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack moved to approve half of the request, $394,000. A “No” vote was appropriate. 10 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 16A: Commissioner Noack asked for a $1,445,569.10 change order for the Rayford Road widening project. The engineer appeared in open court and admitted he had made an error resulting in the additional funds. Commissioner Charlie Riley complained that the County should not have to pay for an engineer’s mistake. He was right on the mark. Major vote. 25 points. A “No” vote was appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley NO

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 16B: Purchase a vehicle for the library in the amount of $50,000 as a courier vehicle. 10 points. A “No” vote was appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 18A1: Transfer money from the Precinct 1 asphalt and road materials fund to pay for new salaries for more employees for Commissioner Mike Meador. 10 points. A “No” vote was appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 18A2: Create another new position for Commissioner Mike Meador, Precinct 1. 5 points. A “No” vote was appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 18A3: Without any search, job posting, interview, discussion, consideration, or analysis, the Commissioners Court hired James Brown to be the new Director of the Montgomery County Airport. Major vote. 25 points. A “No” vote was appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 19: The Commissioners Court heard the Citizens Budget Committee Report. County Judge Craig Doyal asked a few good questions about the Report. Head Janitor Lorena Garcia made a fool of herself by claiming that any reductions in salaries for her top-heavy department would result in the public getting “sick building syndrome.” Commissioner Jim Clark, Precinct 4, place this item on the agenda and receives a 100 point bonus. At least Clark was willing for the will of the citizens to get some hearing during the Commissioners Court consideration of their $350 million+ budget. Doyal, Riley, Meador, and their crony Wayne Mack openly oppose permitting the citizens to have a voice during their elitist consideration of the County Budget.

Agenda Item 22. Citizen Comments.

Bob Bagley spoke about the poor drainage in the Walden subdivision in Precinct 1.

Bill O’Sullivan spoke about the failure to account for road and bridge funds in the budget properly.

Chuck Meyer spoke about the library.

Jodi Ruonavar asked for higher pay for election workers.

 

TOTAL SCORES FOR July 25, 2017 MEETING.

Doyal 0/115. Grade = F.

Meador 0/115. Grade = F.

Riley 25/115. Grade = F.

Noack 0/115. Grade = F.

Clark 100/115. Grade = B.

CUMULATIVE POSSIBLE SCORES FOR FY 2017 = 3,624.

Doyal = 296/3,624. Grade = F.

Meador = 335/3,624. Grade = F.

Riley = 380/3,624. Grade = F.

Noack = 1,610/3,624. Grade = F.

Clark = 1,245/3,624. Grade = F.

Our County government requires some serious corrective action and some leadership to move in that direction.

As citizens, we must remain vigilant.

 

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