Conroe, March 25 – Conservative Republican activist and GOP Precinct 69 Chairman John Hill Wertz has never minced words. He spoke bluntly to Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley. Doyal lost his re-election bid in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, while Riley faces a strong Republican Runoff Election challenger in former Comal County Commissioner and noted conservative author Greg Parker.
Wertz told it like it is when he delivered this citizen comment during the Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Commissioners Court meeting and put frosting on top of his remarks with a Public Information Act/Texas Open Records Act request he handed to the members of the Court at the end.
Wertz’s remarks follow:
“Good morning, Judge, Commissioners. I’m John Wertz, Commissioners Precinct 2, Precinct 69, Montgomery County Tea Party. Speaking to [agenda item] 11C, 249 Tollroad.
“Almost 3 years ago, I read to you the voting breakdown for the May 2015 Road Bond that included the ill-fated Woodlands Parkway Extension or WPX. I mentioned to you that some of you didn’t course correct that it would be reflected in the next election that you’d be involved in.
“There were several other warnings that we gave along the way that were obviously ignored. For instance, my fellow Precinct Chairs tried sending you a direct message last November, though only a couple on the court were listening. The message was that, against our own establishment leadership telling us we had no chance of getting our anti-toll road referendum on the local ballot, we passed it 34 to 1. And then, not only did it make it on the MoCo ballot, it also went statewide as a proposition. In fact, it passed in a blowout both here & statewide by a 9 -1 margin.
“My fellow Precinct Chairs also tried to send a message about removing the tolls from the defeased (or paid off) 242 flyover. Once again, against your supporters’ blocking maneuvers, we prevailed with a 30-13 vote.
“And so now, the results of all of your actions and our counter-actions are in. I don’t have to remind you, Commissioner Riley, that Judge Doyal lost and you are in a runoff that’s a dead-heat. If I was your consultant, I’d recommend that you reverse course immediately and take action to stop this 249 toll road.
“In fact, with regards to that toll road, I’ve been in touch with Assistant County Attorney John McKinney through a series of Public Information Requests/communiques, asking if there was ever any public discussion by the court, before moving forward on 249. We could find none. And so now, I come forward with a PIR (Public Information Request) for you, asking the court to cease-and-desist any further action on this toll road, until this documented event is uncovered.”