Commissioners Court Ratings For February 28, 2017: Doyal’s school finance reform resolution was so hollow that a parliament of owls could reside inside of it.

Image: Craig Doyal, Charlie Riley, Mike Meador, James Noack, Jim Clark, jim fredricks, Jerry Don “Ice Man” Lambright, and Melanie Bush posing as a parliament of owls. Doyal is the owl completely upside down. Riley is on his back with wings spread and feet crossed.

Conroe, March 4 – The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, released the Commissioners Court ratings for the February 28, 2017, meeting with cumulative scores as well for the Fiscal Year 2017 reporting period.

County Judge Craig Doyal and friends provided a laughable Commissioners Court meeting but for the fact that they’re wasting hundreds of millions of dollars.

Points are good.

COMMISSIONERS COURT MEETING FEBRUARY 28, 2017, 9:30 a.m. (Judge Doyal and Commissioners, Meador, Noack, Riley, and Clark were present.)

Agenda Item 7A: Montgomery County Historical Commissioner Presentation. Ms. Kaye Dawes received the first ever William Harley Gandy Distinguished Service Award in a lengthy presentation. It’s a genuine shame that the Commissioners Court does not fill its entire meetings with inspiring presentations of this nature that also don’t cost the taxpayers any money at all. Perhaps, rather than spending County money, our community could keep County Judge Craig Doyal and the County Commissioners busy with award ceremonies and celebrations of the history of Montgomery County.

Agenda Item 9A2 – Consider and approve budget amendments for Fiscal Year 2017. The Court approved several million dollars of budget amendments and transferred massive funds from unaccounted-for secret accounts. There was no oversight, discussion, consideration or deliberation. 25 points. A “No” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9A3 – Consider and approve payment of accounts. The Court considered and approved millions of dollars of payments without any real consideration, discussion, or knowledge. Payments included $12,987 to Halff Associates, Inc., the engineering firm of Bobby Adams, Doyals best friend and business partner; payment of $27,135.18 to John Holzwarth, who performs the functions that Montgomery County Engineer Mark Mooney should be doing as the County’s Road Transporation Engineer; $163,194.83 to engineers and attorneys, all of whom contributed to Doyal’s and Commissioner Charlie Riley’s political campaigns, for the $100 million 3.6 mile Decimation of Hope Highway. 25 points. A “No” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9A4. Consider and approve a “Budget Review Committee” consisting of Craig Doyal, Mike Meador, and County Auditor Phyllis Martin. Although Commissioner James Noack and Commissioner Jim Clark expressed reservations about this Committee and both argued verbally that the entire Commissioners Court should be the Committee instead, they ended up voting for the Committee anyway totally against the interests of Montgomery County citizens. 25 points. A “No” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9D2, 9D3, 9D5, and 9D8. Consider and approve various purchasing proposals. No discussion, deliberation, or understanding. Close to $1 million of purchasing occurred here! 10 points. A “No” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9F1f. Consider and approve appointment of Kate Laukien, one of the two essential voters who continues to support the Woodlands RUD #1, as a member of the Airport Advisory Board. 25 points. A “No” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9I2 and 9I3 – Consider and approve approximately $15,000 in payments for rights-of-way acquisition from the Tomball Independent School District and from the Tomball Tax Trust for the $100 million 3.6 mile Tx-249 extension also known as the “Decimation of Hope Highway.” 25 points is a major issue. THIS CORRUPT BOONDOGGLE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DOYAL AND RILEY IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE FACING THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT. THEREFORE, 25 POINTS IS INSUFFICIENT. IT’S A 100 POINT ISSUE FOR EACH VOTE (200 Points total) !!!!!!!!! A “No” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack NO

Clark NO

Agenda Item 10 – Citizen Comments.

Melanie Bush, CISD President, Invited Guest of County Judge Craig Doyal. Ms. Bush’s comments were incomprehensible. Apparently, she sought to thank Doyal for something but it wasn’t clear for what. She seemed to criticize the County government for failing to coordinate efforts with the Conroe Independent School District but then thanked the County for doing so. She’s a nice lady, but her speech was reminiscent of the following great speech from the annals of history:

“Ladles and Jellyspoons,

“I come before you to stand behind you.

“I want to tell you something which I know nothing about.

“As you know next Thursday will be Good Friday.

“There will be a mothers’ meeting for fathers only.

“Please don’t come if you can be there.

“Admission is free; please pay at the door.

“Have a seat on me; please sit on the floor.

“No matter where you manage to sit the man in the balcony will certainly spit.

“I thank you for your unkind attention…and now present the next act of our play…the four corners of the round table!”

(This fine speech comes from some nursery rhyme the Publisher read as a child. A review of sources shown on the Internet provides much ambiguous clarity.)

Bill O’Sullivan criticized Doyal and the Commissioners Court for consolidating and concentrating power in the hands of Craig Doyal with their designation of the Budget Review Committee.

Sherry Shorten spoke on several issues referring to Agenda items about which she was concerned including item 20A (concerning returning management of the County government to the entire Commissioners Court).

John Hill Wertz asked for transparency in the budget process and called for cuts in County spending.

Agenda Item 11A. Consider and take appropriate action on amending the Code of Ethics and setting deadline for submitting ethics committee nominations and approving nominations form. It’s very important for Doyal to create as opaque a procedure as possible in order to slide his choices onto the so-called “Ethics Committee” which actually has no power whatsoever. The Commissioners Court did not have any amendments to the Code of Ethics before it at all. Instead, Assitant County Attorney B.D. Griffin proffered some bureaucratic forms for people to complete to nominate people for the “Ethics Committee.” There appears to be some sort of deadline of 9 a.m., March 22, 2017, for “Ethics Committee” nominations. There was no procedure, no final version of the forms, and no actual review of anything. A “No” vote was proper. 5 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 11C – Consider, discuss, and take appropriate action on a resolution supporting school finance reform. This agenda item was Doyal’s pitiful attempt to appear concerned about property taxes. Even he admitted the resolution supported nothing. It was a hollow resolution to support a hollow position. A parliament of owls could have lived quite comfortably in this empty hole of a resolution. Only one member of the Commissioners Court showed leadership on this issue by ABSTAINing. Commissioner Noack receives a 100 point bonus for showing his colleagues what leadership actually looks like. The remainder of them get 0 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack ABSTAIN

Clark YES

Agenda Item 12A – Consider and take appropriate action to declare default to tax abatement agreement between Montgomery County and Jyoti Americas LLC. 10 points. A “Yes” Vote was proper.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Item 15A – Consider and approve creation of Emergency Management department positions so that these bureaucrats will receive higher pay than the five elected Constables of Montgomery County. 10 Points. A “No” vote is proper.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda item 16A – Consider and approve a cell phone allowance for three maintenance techs at the Airport. 5 points. A “No” vote is proper.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda item 17A – Consider and approve $5,000 to upgrade a restroom at the Fairgrounds. This item should have been budgeted at the beginning of the Fiscal Year. A “No” vote is proper. 5 point.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda item 17B – Consider and approve spending $50,000 to replace a 17-year-old sprinkler system at the Lone Star Convention Center. The director failed to budget for this item, even though he knew how hold the sprinkler system was. A “No” vote is proper under those circumstances. They should have taken the $50,000 out of the director’s salary! 10 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Agenda Items 18B and 18C – Purchasing – Approve two engineering contracts totaling almost $650,000 for road work on Walden Road and Keenan Cutoff road. These projects are important. Nevertheless, the Commissioners Court exercised no oversight whatsoever and required none from the Purchasing Department. Under these circumstances a “No” vote was proper. 10 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack YES

Clark YES

Unnumbered Agenda Item A1 (should be 20A1) – consider, discuss, and take action on returning County Administrative/Management Structure back under the entire Commissioners Court. Major vote. 25 points. A “Yes” vote is proper.

Doyal NO

Meador NO

Riley NO

Noack YES

Clark YES

Citizen Comments at the end of the meeting.

Travis Everson spoke on online tax auction sales.

Paul Crowson spoke on the Allendale Greenbough flooding situation about which the County has failed to take any action.

Eric Yollick presented The Golden Hammer Award to County Judge Craig Doyal for wasting $118,000 per year on the salary of “chief of staff” jim fredricks, who does nothing other than cause mischief.

TOTAL SCORES FOR FEBRUARY 28, 2017 MEETING.

Doyal 10/490. Grade = F.

Meador 10/490. Grade = F.

Riley 10/490. Grade = F.

Noack 335/490. Grade = D+.

Clark 235/490. Grade = F.

CUMULATIVE POSSIBLE SCORES FOR FY 2017 = 2,068 Points.

Cumulative Scores through February 14, 2017:

Doyal = 180/2,068. Grade = F.

Meador = 245/2,068. Grade = F.

Riley = 240/2,068. Grade = F.

Noack = 885/2,068. Grade = F. (He’s moving on up!)

Clark = 410/2,068. Grade = F.

 

Disappointing (again). As citizens, we must remain vigilant and raise our awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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