Montgomery County Commissioners Court goes on wild spending spree: June 27 Commissioners Court ratings

Montgomery County Commissioners Court goes on wild spending spree: June 27 Commissioners Court ratings
Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley who lost all sense of care (if he ever had any) for Montgomery County taxpayers, Wayne Mack who looks out for Wayne Mack and the Davenport Ring, and Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal who jumps when so instructed by the Davenport Ring.

Images: Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley who lost all sense of care (if he ever had any) for Montgomery County taxpayers, Wayne Mack who looks out for Wayne Mack and the Davenport Ring, and Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal who jumps when so instructed by the Davenport Ring.

July 10 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court went on a wild spending spree on June 27, 2017. Here are the ratings of The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper. The cumulative ratings began on October 1, 2016, the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017, which ends on September 30, 2017.

Points are good.

COMMISSIONERS COURT MEETING, June 27, 2017, 9:30 a.m. (Judge Doyal and Commissioners Meador, Riley, and Clark were present. Noack was absent.)

The “Consent Agenda” was a complete mess of secretive spending and budget amendments all under Agenda Item 9.

Agenda Item 9A1: Consider and approve payment of accounts. Without any review, discussion, or examination, the County Commissioners approved spending over 77 pages of bills totaling $6,995,522.22. No one checks them. There’s no oversight.

$75,218.68 on the Tx-249 Taxway, the $73 million 3.6 mile Tx-249 extension, also known as the Decimation of Hope Highway, at the far southwest edge of Montgomery County. Of course, Doyal, his County vendor pals, and the Courier blog which he controls have told you that taxpayers are not spending any money on this project.

The County paid engineer John Holzwarth over $16,300 for engineering services which duplicate what County Engineer Mark Mooney’s job responsibilities are. LJA Engineering received $7,400 which will likely help defray the costs of their fishing trip in Louisiana that they just provided to several County employees including Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador, and Dannenbaum Engineering that hasn’t had any more FBI raids in the past few weeks.

The County paid $650 to Arts Alive, Inc., which provides a “one-of-a-kind, magical expressive arts journey.” Hopefully, Doyal and Meador had a nice journey.

The County paid $812 in hotel bills for County Auditor Phyllis Martin. Hopefully, she had a nice stay.

The County paid the collection firm, Graves Humphries, that prevents citizens from accessing Justice of the Peace court records and has failed to collect for four courts the amount of fees that one court, Here’s what the County is paying under the contract that Precinct 4 JP James Metts and his “sworn deputy” Marc Davenport shoved down the County’s throat for a two-week period:

Justice of the Peace #1         $10,195.18

Justice of the Peace #2         $8,761.46

Justice of the Peace #4         $9,306.99

Justice of the Peace #5         $4,840.01

Total for 2-Weeks (!)           $33,103.64

25 points. Major vote. NO vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9A3: Consider and approve Budget Amendments for the Current Fiscal Year.

Here are some of the “emergencies” which the Commissioners Court declared to spend money:

  • Move $2,500 from capital outlays to vehicle maintenance for the Adult Probate Department.
  • Spend $1,095 for printing and supplies for Animal Control.
  • Spend $18,287 for Building Maintenance to repair and air conditioner.
  • Mike Meador, Commissioner of Precinct 1, to spend $85,257 with the following handwritten explanation:“We cannot claim the sal/ben for the new employees as their expenditures will occur after the grant ends. Therefore, we need to de-obligate these match expenditures.”The money will go into Meador’s slush fund.
  • Payoff of compensatory time for County employees in the amount $97,142.13.
  • Spent $237 for Emergency Management’s supplies.
  • Just over $12,000 to fund salaries in the Purchasing Department.

10 points. A “no” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 9D: Purchasing. This agenda item contains three single-spaced pages of contracts for purchasing various items. Although it’s difficult to ascertain the amounts of the contracts, they easily exceed $2 million. It is apparent from review of the contracts that no eyes of the Commissioners Court ever examined these legal obligations of Montgomery County. A “no” vote is appropriate. 25 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 10: Citizen Comments.

Magnolia City Administrator Paul Mendes spoke in favor of the Community Development Block Grant formula which the CDBG Department proposed.

Local sage Bill O’Sullivan spoke about the budget and tax increases of the Montgomery Central Appraisal District.

Eric Yollick presented The Golden Hammer award to County Auditor Phyllis Martin for asking for a salary increase for herself.

Kelli Cook spoke about predatory home appraisals.

Theresa Domino spoke about the GEO prison contract.

Stacy Buick spoke about the terrible proposed Appraisal District Budget.

Brian Luther spoke in favor of spending money on airport taxiways.

Chuck Hofheiser spoke in favor of more pro-active appraisals by the Appraisal District and suggested the budget should be tabled.

Sherrie Shorten in favor of the Enterprise Resource planning software and the expenditure of $418,000 for a consultant.

Evan Besong, of James Noack’s Office, spoke against the Appraisal District Budget.

Bob Wright spoke in favor of the Airport.

Greg Parker told the Commissioners Court that the Appraisal District’s proposed budget was disrespectful towards the citizens.

Agenda Item 11B: Consider and accept Montgomery Central Appraisal District Budget. The Appraisal District, partly under the leadership of Charlie Riley and Mike Meador, seeks an increase in its annual budget of approximately 16% so it can hire more appraiser to help the Commissioners Court and other taxing entities raise your taxes. During the discussion, Riley claimed that he had only seen the budget for the first time the day before the meeting, even though the agenda for the Commissioners Court had been posted four days previously and even though Riley sits on the Appraisal District Board, which had issued the proposed budget 15 days before the Commissioners Court meeting.

Interestingly, Riley and Meador recused themselves from the vote because they claimed they had to do so, since they sit on the Board of Directors of the MCAD. If they could recognize the inherent conflict of interest, then they should also recognize the conflict of interest when they vote to loan funds to the Montgomery County Toll Road Authority on which they also sit as members of the Board of Directors.

Agenda Item 12A: Consider and approve the Sheriff’s Department obtaining a 911 Communications grant.

Agenda Item 14A: Spend $633,000 on the Airport to build a parallel taxiway which is totally unnecessary since the Montgomery County Airport hardly ever sees much traffic at all. Major vote. 25 points. A “NO” vote is appropriate.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 17: The Purchasing Department had several agenda items to spend a lot of money. The Commissioners Court exercised no oversight or review of any of the agenda items. They voted for every single one of them, like lemmings running off a cliff. It was clear the Commissioners Court had no idea how much money they were spending for each vote.

17B: Request for Proposal for bulk fuel. “No” vote is appropriate. 10 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

17B: Spend millions of dollars on widening of Bois D’Arc road in Precinct 1. “No” vote is appropriate. 10 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

17C: Spend $418,300 for a consultant to help the County spend even more money on an outrageously-priced computer program for accounting. “No” vote is appropriate. 25 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 18: approve partial reorganization of County Attorney’s Department. County Attorney Lambright’s presentation was lengthy. Craig Doyal cracked some funny jokes. Lambright did a fine job on this cost-neutral proposal. It passed.

Agenda Item 20A: approve right-of-way funds for the widening of FM 1488. Finally…sigh…! The County should have taken this action a decade ago. A “YES” vote is appropriate. 10 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 21B: approve an unknown expenditure of funds for a new building for Charlie Riley to construct as a monument to himself while calling it a West County Sheriff substation. There has been no planning, design, or cost-budgeting. The Commissioners Court voted to give Riley “carte blanche” to spend whatever he feels like, which will easily exceed $4.5 million. A “NO” vote is appropriate. Major vote. 25 points.

Doyal YES

Meador YES

Riley YES

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 20C: consider and approve a Countywide transportation strategy for public transportation. Would’ve been a waste of public funds. A “NO” vote is appropriate. 10 points.

Doyal NO

Meador NO

Riley NO

Noack N/V

Clark YES

Agenda Item 22: The plaintiff in the Wayne Mack lawsuit over his prayer sessions in his courtroom has added Montgomery County as a defendant. The Commissioners Court authorized County Attorney J.D. Lambright to defend the County but not Mack.

TOTAL SCORES FOR June 27, 2017 MEETING.

Doyal 10/175. Grade = F.

Meador 10/175. Grade = F.

Riley 10/175. Grade = F.

Noack 0/175. Grade = F.

Clark 0/175. Grade = F.

CUMULATIVE POSSIBLE SCORES FOR FY 2017 = 3,388.

Doyal = 296/3,388. Grade = F.

Meador = 335/3,388. Grade = F.

Riley = 355/3,388. Grade = F.

Noack = 1,584/3,388. Grade = F.

Clark = 995/3,388. Grade = F.

Don’t you feel like someone just kicked you in the stomach?

As citizens, we must remain vigilant.

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