Commissioners Court Ratings for March 14, 2017: Getting Things Done Before the Trial of the 21st Century (Texas Open Meetings Act) Trial; Clark Earns A+ Rating for Meeting!!!

Commissioners Court Ratings for March 14, 2017: Getting Things Done Before the Trial of the 21st Century (Texas Open Meetings Act) Trial; Clark Earns A+ Rating for Meeting!!!

Image: Left to right, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, Precinct 5 Constable’s Receptionist Deanne Riley, County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, and Carol Gooch, December 2, 2015.

Conroe, March 14 – The Montgomery County Commissioners held a meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., which had the feel that the Commissioners Court members were trying to rush some projects through prior to the commencement of the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) Trial, the Trial of the 21st Century, which is set to begin March 27. County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport’s presentation in which she directly attacked the “integrity” of the entire County Human Resources Department dominated the meeting. As usual, the meeting was a fiscal disaster for taxpayers. There an important bright spot: Commissioner Jim Clark stood up for some important points for the taxpayers.

Points are good.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark.

COMMISSIONERS COURT MEETING MARCH 14, 2017, 9:30 a.m. (Judge Doyal and Commissioners Meador, Riley, and Clark were present; Noack was absent. Clark was about one minute late.)

Agenda Item 8A1: Consider and approve payment of accounts. Without any review, discussion, or examination, the County Commissioners approved spending $15,634,051.21 of Montgomery County citizens’ tax dollars, which included payments of $105,869.50 to County Judge Craig Doyal’s business and best friend Bobby Jack Adams’ engineering firm Halff Associates, for the $100 million 3.6 mile Tx-249 Decimation of Hope Highway Project at the far southwest edge of Montgomery County. 10 points. A “no” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 8A2: Consider and approve Budget Amendment for Fiscal Year 2016 in the amount of approximately $178,000. No deliberation, examination, or discussion. A “no” vote is appropriate. 5 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Items 8A3: Consider and approve Budget Amendments for current Fiscal Year 2017. Involved transfers of funds in excel of a million dollars. A “no” vote is appropriate. 10 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 8A5: Consider and accept completed partial audit through November 23, 2016. There should be some oversight. There was none. A “no” vote is appropriate under the circumstances. 1 point.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 8A6: Consider and accept report of officials’ fees, as audited for January 2017. There should be some oversight. There was none. A “no” vote is appropriate under the circumstances. 1 point.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 8D: Consider and approve multiple contracts and change orders totally several hundred thousand dollars. There should be some oversight. There was none. A “no” vote is appropriate under the circumstances. 10 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 8H: Consider and approve Payroll Change Request Forms. Nothing controversial here. Still, there should be some oversight and there was none, because these forms were not part of the packet given to the Commissioners. The Golden Hammer did obtain them, however. There should be some oversight. There was none. A “no” vote is appropriate under the circumstances. 1 point.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9: Citizen Comments.

Yollick took a Polaroid camera photograph of the Commissioners Court to save County tax dollars “For Future Generations” and presented a special frame with post-it note.

Bill O’Sullivan objected to the Treasurer’s “reorganization due to inappropriate timing for such changes in the middle of the Budget Year. O’Sullivan also offered advice to County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, and brilliant political consultant Marc Davenport, who face the upcoming TOMA Trial, that they should invoke the “Serenity Prayer.”

Evan Besong, Constituent Relations Director for Precinct 3 Commissioners James Noack, read a statement from Commissioner Noack opposing the County Treasurer’s “reorganization.”

Agenda Item 10A: Consider and approve a Portrait of the Commissioners Court to be taken in 2017 and every four years thereafter to hang in the Commissioners Courtroom “For Future Generations.” Judge Doyal and Commissioner Mike Meador vocally and aggressively urged this proposal, which is obviously quite important to them. Commissioner Jim Clark made a statement that “our halls are filled with pictures. There’s a lot of folks who have strong feelings about this issue. I’ll pay for my 1/5 portion of the cost of the picture.” For that, Clark gets a 100 point bonus! A “no” vote is still appropriate under the circumstances, because they intend to spend “contingency funds” for their portrait, which is hardly any sort of emergency! Major vote. A “no” vote is proper. 25 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 10B: Judge Doyal gave an update on the search for a new Purchasing Director after he fired “Hit List” member Darlou Zenor, the previous Director. This story is actually quite important and interesting. Look for further coverage soon from The Golden Hammer.

Agenda Item 12: Constable Precinct 3. Constable Ryan Gable attempted to make a PowerPoint presentation but the County’s expensive IT system melted down, while IT Director Marshall Shirley enjoyed a few relaxing and quiet moments sitting in the back of the Courtroom.

Agenda Item 15: County Auditor Phyllis Martin made clear that the citizens should ignore her presentation because it does not accurately reflect the political “reality” which her real boss, Craig Doyal, wants you to believe. Look for further coverage soon from The Golden Hammer.

Agenda Item 16: County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport asked for a “reorganization” of her Treasurer’s Department. She claims to be “saving” the County $31,500, but is actually spending more money than her Department spent two years ago even with this so-called “reorganization.” There are many troubling aspects of the circumstances. For full coverage, please see “Commissioner Noack Fires Back with ‘Thank You’ To County Human Resources Department, Calls Davenport Speech ‘Reprehensible Public Rant” (The Golden Hammer, March 15, 2017), and “Treasurer Davenport: ‘There’s a Huge Lack of Integrity There’ In the County Human Resources Department” (The Golden Hammer, March 14, 2017). A “no” vote is proper. Major vote. 25 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark NO.

Agenda Item 17A: Consider and approve two engineering contracts for Precinct 1 road projects totaling $150,000. Virtually no oversight whatsoever for these contracts. 10 points. A “no” vote is proper.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES.

Agenda Item 20A1: Approve a $306.59 middle-of-the-year raise for an employee of Commissioner Mike Meador. A “no” vote is proper. 1 point.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES.

Agenda Item 23: Citizen Comments.

Sherry Shorten of Splendora presented an outstanding citizen comment on two topics. Shorten urged the Commissioners Court to spend the 2012 Certificate of Obligation funds, in the amount of $3.5 million, to pay down debt. Shorten also urged the Commissioners Court to only to permit expenditure of encumbered funds from previous budget years within the next budget year and no longer.

Yollick presented The Golden Hammer Award to Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador for spewing anti-law enforcement propaganda. For additional coverage, please see “Meador Receives Golden Hammer Award for Anti-Law Enforcement Propaganda, Positions” (The Golden Hammer, March 15, 2017).

TOTAL SCORES FOR MARCH 14, 2017 MEETING.

Doyal 0/99. Grade = F.

Meador 0/99. Grade = F.

Riely 0/99. Grade = F.

Noack 0/99. Grade = I.

Clark 125/99. Grade = A+ !!!!!!!! (Congratulations and thank you, Commissioner Jim Clark!)

CUMULATIVE POSSIBLE SCORES FOR FY 2017 = 2,167.

Doyal = 180/2,167. Grade = F.

Meador = 245/2,167. Grade = F.

Riley = 240/2,167. Grade = F.

Noack = 885/2,167. Grade = F.

Clark = 535/2,167. Grade = F.

Disappointing (again). As citizens, we must remain vigilant.

 

 

 

 

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