Commissioners Court’s reckless spending to continue during July 11 meeting

Commissioners Court’s reckless spending to continue during July 11 meeting

Image: Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport.

Conroe, July 11 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court’s reckless spending will continue during the July 11, 2017, meeting, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. As always, the secretive “consent” agenda dominates the agenda and comprises nine (9) single-spaced pages of tricks, wasteful spending, and other matters that the members of the Commissioners Court should discuss in the open.

Agenda Item 9A1:Pay a lot of bills. 79 single-spaced pages, and a total of $8,160,068.85. Halff Associates, engineers, the company of Bobby Adams, who is Doyal’s best friend and business partner, will receive $61,139.17 for the Tx-249 Taxway and another $23,600 for a different project. The Commissioners Court will pay $110,423.73 more for the Tx-249 Taxway, the project which Doyal and Riley claim will cost the taxpayers nothing (perhaps other than the $13.2 million of tax funds already spent!).

The Commissioners Court will pay Jones & Carter, the engineering firm of Doyal political supporter Rob Maxwell, more than $30,000, and John Holzwarth, an engineer and political supporter of Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador, $1,500 to duplicate the duties and services of the highly-salaried Montgomery County Engineer Mark Mooney. Rich Muller, the lawyer who shows up to support Doyal at political meetings, will receive a payment of $9,176.25 of your tax dollars.

GEO, the private prison company, will receive more than $66,000 for jail services. The County will pay more than $15,000 for credit card charges that have little or no backup documentation. Additionally, the County will pay several tens of thousands of dollars to O’Reilly Auto Parts and XL Auto Parts at full retail prices.

Most amazing of all this time is the $633,800 that Montgomery County is paying to the Texas Department of Transportation to build a parallel taxiway at the almost empty Montgomery County Airport. It’s a total waste of money.

Agenda Item 9A2: The Commissioners Court will pass $190,945.01 by declaring emergencies and grave public necessities without even looking at or discussion these supposedly “grave” matters.

Agenda Item 9C: 3 single-spaced pages of purchasing items, which include:

  • miscellaneous auto parts at retail prices
  • advertising for the sale of scrap metal
  • approve secretive awards for mowing rights-of-ways in Precinct 1
  • cancel a contract for mowing rights-of-ways in Precinct 1
  • purchase a new 2017 Chevy 1500 Silverado for Precinct 1 for $31,133; could it be another truck for Gerald?!
  • approve $25,000 of change orders
  • “approve rejecting and re-advertising for installation of aerobic septic system(s) for MCCD” (I hope the approval of the rejection goes smoothly.)

Agenda Item 9L: approve the donation of Rocky the Dog from Magnolia PD to the Constable, Precinct 5, Narcotics Task Force.

Agenda Item 13: The Commissioners Court will adopt a “Master Plan” for the complete waste of money known as the Montgomery County Airport. The “Master Plan” contains no economic projections but has a lot of stuff that the Commissioners Court wants to buy for their toy airport.

Agenda Item 14: Consider a tax abatement agreement that is so secretive that it couldn’t be listed on the agenda.

Agenda Item 17: Pay major Doyal and Riley political contributing engineers Brown & Gay $330,326.00 for engineering services related to the Fish Creek Thoroughfare Bridge at F.M. 2854.

Agenda Item 19: Consider and discuss resolution of the overtime wage claims brought by Jennifer Hayden (Constable’s wife) and two others. The wage claims, in part, date back to the time period when County Commissioner Ed Rinehart was the Commissioner Precinct 4. The three ladies claim that they never took lunch breaks, so they should receive overtime payments of several thousand dollars from the County as a result. The claims are approximately 2.5 hours per week for every week of their County employment.

 

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