Conroe, May 26 – On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, all five members of the Montgomery Commissioners Court acted precisely correctly in denying a $300 funding request from the Montgomery County District Clerk Barbara Adamick. It took the right action from all five Court members and the community should extend their appreciation to all of them.
A gentleman who identified himself as “Mr. Stokes, the Jury Manager” for the District Clerk’s Office told the Commissioners Court that he wanted to spend $300 on a “jury appreciation item, a little jar opener.” Stokes told the Court that the funds were already in the District Clerk’s budget but she merely sought the approval to spend them.
Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador began the discussion with the right question, “Have we done this before?” Stokes responded, “Not at this scale.”
Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack said, “I appreciate our jurors, but it’s not a good use of taxpayer money.” County Judge Craig Doyal added, “They [the jurors] get a check.” Doyal was on target with his comment. Jury duty is a civic duty that all citizens should perform when called.
Noack made the penultimate comment, “I don’t think it’s a good idea.” At that point, Doyal noted, “It dies for lack of a motion.”
All five members of the Commissioners Court – Noack, Doyal, Meador, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark – took precisely the correct action. Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for gifts to themselves for performing their civic duty.
Great job, gentlemen!