Image: Former Conroe Mayor Webb Melder (right) resigned as President and a Board member of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Shown with Melder is Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, the “People’s Judge.”
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, December 12 – Former Conroe Mayor Webb Melder resigned as President and a Board member of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, before a Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors. Melder did not give any explanation for his resignation in his letter which became effective immediately.
At-Large Board member Harry Hardman, who was LSGCD’s Vice President, became the President of the Board to succeed Melder. “I wasn’t planning on being the leader of this Board but I will step up and do the task and will continue my commitment to the people of Montgomery County,” Hardman told The Golden Hammer in an exclusive interview.
Hardman issued the following statement on behalf of LSGCD: “The Lone Star Board of Directors regrets the resignation of President Webb Melder. Webb has been an ardent proponent for private property rights, and has served Montgomery County extremely well during his 56 years of residency here. We wish Webb all the very best moving forward and a sincere thank you for all you have done for our community.”
“The Lone Star Board of Directors regrets the resignation of President Webb Melder. Webb has been an ardent proponent for private property rights, and has served Montgomery County extremely well during his 56 years of residency here. We wish Webb all the very best moving forward and a sincere thank you for all you have done for our community.” – – LSGCD Acting President Harry Hardman
Melder is someone who speaks his mind and has become a fierce advocate for private property rights and for Montgomery County citizens’ need for substantially lower water bills. Melder has criticized both the LSGCD on which he has served since 2017 and the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), which largely controlled the LSGCD Board until the November 6, 2018, General Election when a pro-citizen pro-property rights slate swept the Board elections, despite SJRA’s efforts and the efforts of a “fake” “Republican” group to support liberal anti-Republican candidates for election to the Board instead.
Melder declined to comment to this newspaper. Other Board members also would not speculate why Melder resigned.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, however, has confirmed that Melder resigned as a result of some very emotional communications he made in emails in which he was very critical of SJRA and individuals aligned with that state agency. There is a very broad and pending Public Information Act request given to LSGCD and seeking all communications concerning SJRA.
During the meeting on December 10, the Board terminated its relationship with geoscientist Bob Harden, who worked as a consultant on scientific issues for LSGCD. This newspaper confirmed through three confidential sources inside of LSGCD that Harden’s dismissal and Melder’s resignation are both closely related to written comments they made about SJRA.
Board member Jim Spigener said of Melder, “He’s a great man. I enjoyed my time on the Board with Webb Melder. I learned a lot from him. I have enormous respect for him and for what he has done for our community.”
Restore Affordable Water Chairman Simon Sequeira said, “Webb will be sorely missed.”
Board member Jon Bouche told this newspaper of Melder, “I wish him well” but declined further comment.
Melder is a former Conroe Mayor and City Councilman who has been at the epicenter of the water regulation issue for almost a decade. No one has more in-depth knowledge both of water conservation science and of the inner, corrupt workings of the LSGCD Board prior to November, 2018. The Montgomery County Commissioners Court appointed Melder to represent Montgomery County in 2017 on the LSGCD Board. He’s fought against the political establishment on that Board every step of the way. Melder has consistently voted against LSGCD’s regulations and its ridiculous expenditures of public funds.
In the November 6, 2018, General Election, Melder won election to the Board as the representative of the City of Conroe. The Board will need to appoint a replacement to fill Melder’s unexpired term.