Clark’s reform leadership to fight for East Montgomery County provides counterbalance to Doyal, Riley cronyism: February 27 Commissioners Court ratings

Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark spoke to the Creighton Elementary 3rd Grade Career Day about the duties of a County Commissioner on February 23, 2018.

Conroe, March 5 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting on February 27, 2018, was another example of Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley pandering for votes, while reform-minded Precinct County Commissioner Jim Clark had to fight against them and for the interests of East Montgomery County.

Doyal and Riley fought for a resolution, which passed, encouraging the San Jacinto River Authority to keep the water levels high at all times, even during hurricane season, which would imperil East Montgomery County and all neighborhoods below the Lake Conroe Dam when SJRA would have to release large quantities of water, as it so recklessly did on August 31, 2018, around 1 a.m., during Tropical Storm Harvey. Clark was the lone vote on the Commissioners Court against the Doyal-Riley resolution to imperil all neighborhoods, including River Plantation, that are east of the Lake Conroe Dam.

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, February 27, 2018, 9:30 a.m. All Court members were physically present. (Riley rarely reviews the materials before the meetings so he’s totally unprepared.)

Agenda Item 9A1: Under a one-line item, “Payment of Accounts,” on the secretive “consent agenda” which the Commissioners Court didn’t discuss and which they  approved without discussion, your County government spent $9,992,905.82 for 90 pages of single-space lines of expenditures. There’s no oversight for those expenditures by any member of the Commissioners Court of Doyal.

Major vote. 25 points. A “no” vote is appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 9A2: Budget amendments. Since Doyal and Riley forced the Commissioners Court to pass its budget for the current Fiscal Year in haste – without a proper opportunity for the public to comment – the Commissioners Court passed more than $277,000 in “budget amendments” on an emergency basis just for the past 2-week period. It’s a reflection of the randomness of budgeting within the Montgomery County government. 25 points. A “no” vote is appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 9B: The Commissioners Court approved one-and-a-half pages of purchasing decisions covering over $983,000 of purchases without any discussion. Major vote. 25 points. “No” vote appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 10: Citizen Comments. County Judge Craig Doyal was about as rude as a person could be during the attempt by renowned community and business leader Rigby Owen, Jr., to discuss some “common sense” with respect to management of the water levels at Lake Conroe during the hurricane season. Doyal would not even permit a lady to speak from the audience about the issue at all.

Agenda Item 11: Pass resolution to keep the water level of Lake Conroe as high as possible at all times regardless of whether or not the hurricane season is impending or other natural disasters might imperil River Plantation, Harpers Landing, East Montgomery County, and all other neighborhoods downstream from the Lake Conroe Dam. Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark spoke against the resolution and earned a 500 point bonus for standing up against the political establishment which the other four members of the Commissioners Court seem to represent. The blind vote of the other members of the Commissioners Court in favor of this resolution about which they have no engineering competence to decide was shameful. 100 points. “No” vote appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK No.

Agenda Item 13: There were two major purchasing decisions on the Commissioners Court agenda. There was no backup whatsoever for the decisions which the Commissioners Court approved, so they didn’t know for what they voted. One of the approvals was to approve an award for repairs and waterproofing of County buildings by the Building Maintenance Department. The other approval is for an “external assessment of the Sheriff’s Office Facilities.” That “external assessment” will no doubt suggest that taxpayers should drop a couple of hundred million dollars on a new criminal justice facility. 25 points. “No” vote appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 20: Citizen comments.

Mayor Leah Tarrant of Patton Village expressed problems she had with communication. Clark invited the Mayor to meet with him.

John Hill Wertz argued for removal of the flyover tolls.

Eric Yollick presented “The Golden Hammer Award.”

Dorothy Patton complained about a drainage issue.

Susan Myrick spoke about flooding of her home.

Toll Road Agenda Item: The Commissioners Court paid CDM Smith $15,032.46 more to continue work on their traffic and revenue projections, which Doyal and Riley expect to support construction of the Decimation of Hope Highway, also known as the $73 million TX 249, 3.6 mile extension. That payment will come directly out of general revenue tax dollars, so don’t labor for a second under the belief that Montgomery County taxpayers aren’t paying for that tollroad. The Commissioners Court also approved a change order that also came directly out of general revenue tax dollars for approximately $6100.

25 points. “No” vote was appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK No

CLARK No.

Commissioners Court ratings for February 27, 2018, meeting:

DOYAL 0/225. Grade F.

MEADOR 0/225. Grade F.

RILEY 0/225. Grade F.

NOACK 25/225. Grade F.

CLARK 625/225. Grade A+.

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

DOYAL -760/1,868. Grade F.

MEADOR 85/1,868. Grade F.

RILEY 85/1,868. Grade F.

NOACK 975/1,868. Grade F.

CLARK 1,585/1,868. Grade B.

The citizens must remain vigilant.

 

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