Montgomery County Judge Doyal leads poor ratings for November 28 Commissioners Court

Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal holds one of his newspaper ads from his unsuccessful campaign for the democrat party nomination for Commissioner, Precinct 2. Doyal lost to fellow democrat Malcolm Purvis for whom he later went to work.

Conroe, December 11 – When the Montgomery County Commissioners Court meets, they waste taxpayer money. November 28, 2017, was certainly no exception.

The Golden Hammer‘s ratings measure Commissioners Court votes that affect spending in comparison to the provisions of the Republican Party of Texas Platform. Points are good. The number of points depends upon the amount of money involved in each vote.

Commissioners Court meeting, November 28, 2017, 9:30 a.m. All Court members were physically present.

Agenda Item 7A: Proclamations/Resolutions.

Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal failed to take any action to amend the Montgomery County Adoption Day and Montgomery County Adoption Month Proclamations in which he tricked the Commissioners Court into proclaiming County government support for transgender adoptions.

Doyal receives a special penalty of negative five hundred points, particularly for his truly malicious attitude towards citizens who found his actions on November 14 in sponsoring those two proclamations horrifying. That’s -500 points.

Agenda Item 9A1: Consider and Approve Payment of Accounts

Total spending on this one agenda item was $8,604,822.56 comprised of 80 pages of spending they didn’t review.

The Commissioners Court spent another $153,102.41 of general revenue fund tax dollars on the $73 million, 3.6 mile, Tx-249 extension, also known as the Decimation of Hope Highway. The Texas Department of Transportation has made clear they’d build the road and pay for it. Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, however, want to build the road, and put the County taxpayers on the hook for it, so they can control which engineering vendors get the vast amount of funds. It shouldn’t surprise you that the vendors on the Tx-249 Tollway project are among the biggest contributors to the campaign war chests and criminal legal defense funds of Doyal and Riley.

The expenditures included:

  • $87,355.59 paid to Jones & Carter engineers, major Doyal and Riley contributors;
  • $39,043.04 paid to CDM Smith, the company undertaking a study to show the financial advisability of the tollroad and also currently under indictment and investigation in about half a dozen countries, including the United States, for bribing government officials and overcharging clients;
  • $26,703.78 to Halff Associates, the engineering firm of Bobby Adams, Doyal’s best friend and business partner.

Doyal and the County Commissioners paid private engineer John Holzwarth $16,526.48 for his work during the past two weeks as the road engineer supervising County government road bond projects, which the taxpayers voted to approve in the November, 2015, road bond referendum.

Holzwarth’s work entirely duplicates the job duties of County Engineer Mark Mooney who receives an annual salary of $162,064.26 plus benefits approximating $65,311.90, for total compensation of approximately $227,376.16. Mooney, in fact, is the official “Road Engineer” for Montgomery County under the Texas Government Code.

The payments to Holzwarth are totally unnecessary. The County shouldn’t pay an outside contractor to do the job of a salaried employee who (supposedly) is on the job.

The Commissioners Court agenda showed hundreds of pages of Citibank, N.A., charges to the County government’s credit card. There was no backup material along with the agenda to verify that they charges are actually for any of the accounts under which the County Auditor has listed them.

Montgomery County’s Auditor has violated numerous rules under the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles of the United States General Accountability Office. Under the constitutional duty of the Commissioners Court to oversee the operations of the County government, the Commissioners Court should lay their eyes on the backup for all of those credit card charges.

There are literally hundreds of credit card charges which exceed $100,000 for this two-week period alone. None of those charges have any backup or verification presented with them.

Major vote. 25 points. A “No” vote is appropriate. Passed 5 to 0.

Doyal Yes

Meador Yes

Riley Yes

Noack Yes

Clark Yes

Agenda Item 9A2: Unbelievably, the fiscal clowns are passing budget amendments, while calling them “emergencies” and “grave necessities” for the previous fiscal year still. Those budget amendments exceeded $1.3 million! Major vote. 25 points. A “No” vote is appropriate. Passed 5 to 0 without discussion.

Doyal Yes

Meador Yes

Riley Yes

Noack Yes

Clark Yes

Agenda Item 9A3:Budget amendments for this Fiscal Year, as a result of the hasty manner in which the fiscal clowns whipped through the budget proceedings and wouldn’t even permit a real public hearing as Chapter 151 of the Texas Local Government Code requires. Riley raided his “asphalt and road materials” account to the tune of $154,957.00 for “vehicles.” There’s no explanation for what the vehicles are. These budget amendments exceeded $3.24 million, more than 1% of the entire budget. No eyes examined the amendments, while the taxpayers just receive the honor of paying for them. Major vote. 25 points.

A “No” vote is appropriate. Passed 5 to 0 without discussion.

Doyal Yes

Meador Yes

Riley Yes

Noack Yes

Clark Yes

Agenda Item 9D: Purchasing. Without review, the Commissioners Court approved contracts in excess of $900,000. 10 points. A “No” vote is appropriate. Passed 5 to 0 without discussion.

Doyal Yes

Meador Yes

Riley Yes

Noack Yes

Clark Yes

Agenda Item 9H: Approve payroll changes. There weren’t even backup materials provided for this item. For all the Commissioners Court members might know, these changes could have involved millions of dollars of additional expenditures. (They didn’t, because this newspaper review them.) 5 points. A “No” vote is appropriate under the circumstances.

Doyal Yes

Meador Yes

Riley Yes

Noack Yes

Clark Yes

Agenda Item 9Q: Doyal tucked an ultra-liberal income redistribution program onto the secretive “consent agenda” to receive a $20,000 community development block grant from the federal government through the Montgomery County government for a social justice welfare program that mostly supports low income individuals in Kenya, Syria, and Turkey.

Doyal wants $20,000 of tax dollars to go to Educational Outcomes: A Global Development Charity, which primarily supports education and social justice programs in Kenya, Syria, and Turkey. Educational Outcomes also supports GED programs for low income individuals in Montgomery County.

10 points. A “no” vote was appropriate. Passed 5 to 0.

Doyal Yes

Meador Yes

Riley Yes

Noack Yes

Clark Yes

Agenda Item 10: Citizen comments. It is so difficult even to know what Doyal’s new rules for citizen comments are that citizens cannot jump through the hoops of Doyal’s freezing of the First Amendment in Montgomery County. Therefore, there were no citizen comments at this point in the meeting.

Agenda Item 11A: Create a strategic plan for Montgomery County. Doyal wanted to spend a huge amount of money to hire a consultant to help him prepare a strategic plan for the County government, while Doyal played golf but also allowing him to take the credit for it. Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack put his foot down and suggested the incredible idea that the Commissioners Court members ought to work together in a workshop to write their own plan without some motivational-speaker-type to help them. The Commissioners Court followed Noack’s suggestion. 10 points. A “Yes” vote was appropriate. Noack received a 100 point bonus for saving the taxpayers substantial treasure.

Doyal Yes

Meador Yes

Riley Yes

Noack Yes

Clark Yes

Agenda Item 18A2: Meador raided his “asphalt and road materials” account to create five new jobs. The proposal cost County taxpayers more than $277,764. The other four just looked away and voted “Yes.” The money came from Commissioner Precinct 1’s much-needed asphalt and road materials account.

A “No” vote was appropriate. 25 points. Major vote.

Doyal Yes

Meador Yes

Riley Yes

Noack Yes

Clark Yes

 

What a train wreck of a meeting!

 

Agenda Item 23: Citizen Comments.

Ginger Russell made a powerful citizen comment about the transgender adoption proclamations.

Cheryl Wise of Precinct 4 discussed several specific spending issues.

Walter Boyd mouthed off and Doyal loved the complete waste of time to divert attention away from his wrongdoing.

Commissioners Court ratings for November 28, 2017, meeting:

DOYAL -490/135. Grade F.

MEADOR 10/135. Grade F.

RILEY 10/135. Grade F.

NOACK 110/135. Grade B.

CLARK 10/135. Grade F.

The following are the cumulative scores for Fiscal Year 2018, which began October 1, 2017.

DOYAL -555/1,118. Grade F.

MEADOR 45/1,118. Grade F.

RILEY 45/1,118. Grade F.

NOACK 680/1,118. Grade D.

CLARK 670/1,118. Grade D.

Gosh what a disaster of a meeting! They don’t seem to have minds of their own, as they vote in lockstep. The citizens must remain vigilant.

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