Penultimate profligacy portrays politicians: Montgomery County Commissioners Court December 12 ratings

Penultimate profligacy portrays politicians: Montgomery County Commissioners Court December 12 ratings

Image: Seven extreme liberals who have fought for the growth of government spending and taxes. Bottom row, left to right, Karl Marx, Josef Stalin, Vladimir I. Lenin, Friedrich Engels. Top row, left to right, Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley, former American president B. Hussein Obama, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal.

Conroe, December 19 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court held a meeting that greatly harmed the taxpayers of Montgomery County on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Some of the decisions, such as providing free snacks to convicted sex offenders, were outright bizarre. Many other decisions were disappointing. The Commissioners Court spent more than $14 million in one sitting.

Only Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack has some bright spots during the meeting, although he suffered two votes which he lost 4 to 1.

Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack.

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, December 12, 2017, 9:30 a.m. All Court members were physically present.

Agenda Item 7B: 2017 Making a Difference Proclamation.

The Publisher suggested a proclamation that would “make a difference in 2017”: (1) the Montgomery County government would have a no-tolerance policy for sexual harassment, and (2) Montgomery County taxpayers would never have to pay for sexual harassment lawsuits again, as the harassers should pay those settlements on their own dime.

County Judge Craig Doyal refused to permit the Commissioners Court to consider such a positive recommendation.

Agenda Item 9A1: Consider and approve payment of accounts.

These “accounts” included:

  • $30,861.43 paid to Graves Humphries Stahl law firm for the terrible job they’re doing collecting fees and fines of the four Justices of the Peace who utilize their services.
  • $5,500 paid out of the Child Welfare budget to Doyal political supporter Terri Jaggers’ so-called nonprofit organization.
  • $45,100 paid to Halff Associates, the engineering firm of Doyal’s best friend and business partner Bobby Jack Adams. Doyal obviously shouldn’t even vote on those expenditures, but the law never seems to bother Doyal much.
  • Another $2,576.73 for the $95 million, 4.5 mile, Tx-249 Tollway, known as the Decimation of Hope Highway.
  • $6.02 million of unreviewed payments over 81 pages of accounts.

This vote was major. Under the circumstances of complete lack of review, a “no” vote was appropriate. 25 points

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

 

Agenda Items9A3 and 9A4. Budget amendments.

Since the Commissioners Court so hastily passed the largest governmental expenditure budget in the history of Montgomery County on September 5, by a 4 to 1 vote (Clark voted “no”), they’ve had to go back and clean up the budget. It’s a mess. There were $5,630,885.40 of budget amendments. The members of the Commissioners Court didn’t have any idea what the amendments were, just like they didn’t know what the budget contained either.

10 points. “No” vote appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 9D: Purchasing.

Approximately $2.14 million of contracts were approved without review.

10 points. “No” vote appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 9G: Approve payroll change requests.

These payroll changes requests are super-secretive. None of the Commissioners Court members knew what they approved.

5 points. “No” vote appropriate under the circumstances.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 9Q: Pay for drinks and snacks for sex offenders working court-mandated community service. Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador thanked sex offenders in general for their “volunteering.” If Noack had not asked the right questions, it would never have come out that the funding would go for sex offenders to receive beverages and snacks on the taxpayers’ funds. Amazingly, this proposal passed 4 to 1. Noack receives a 50 point bonus for bringing out the truth. Major vote. 25 points. “No” vote is appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK No

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 10: There were no citizen comments. Doyal has made the process of signing up for citizen comments so complicated as well as so a priori that citizens and Commissioners Court members can’t follow what is Doyal’s new policy each moment. Doyal receives a subtraction of 50 points for his attempt to destroy free speech.

Agenda Item 12: Permit Judge Scharlene Overstreet to provide Associate Judge services to the 410th District Court as well as the 418th District Court for judicial efficiency and cost-saving. Judge Jennifer Robin deserves the credit for this excellent move. 10 points. A “Yes” vote is appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 13: Constable Precinct 1 fuel system for marine division. Noack and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark caught the failure of the Purchasing Department to follow proper procedures for this purchase. Each of them receive a 50 point bonus. As a result, the Commissioners Court deferred this item.

Agenda Item 17. Spend $25,000 to build a nice office for County Auditor Phyllis Martin to hold meetings concerning the $15 million (!) enterprise resource planning software that Martin has said will provide no efficiency in the form of less personnel needs. Noack stated that Martin could use the North Star conference room on the first floor of the Sadler Administration Building for free. Martin, Doyal, and Meador wanted to spend a lot of money. 10 points. A “no” vote is appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK No

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 18. Purchasing items. These agenda items lumped together exceeded $3.2 million. Purchasing Department Director always seems a bit lost at the Commissioners Court meetings. He never has many of the answers to questions raised during the meeting. This item included approving the employee benefit plan for the entire County government. None of the Court members had review the proposal. They just voted for it. 25 points. A “no” vote was appropriate.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 19A1. Clark moved to take the offensive pro-transgender adoption and pro-same sex adoption language out of the Commissioners Court proclamation supporting Montgomery County Adoption Day. Clark stood up to Doyal’s pro-transgender, anti-family values. A member of Doyal’s staff told The Golden Hammer that, after the meeting, Doyal scolded Clark mightily for this move. Clark deserves a 100 point bonus. Doyal deserves a deduction “anti-bonus” of negative 100 points (-100). A “Yes” vote was appropriate. 25 points for a major vote.

DOYAL Yes

MEADOR Yes

RILEY Yes

NOACK Yes

CLARK Yes.

Agenda Item 22: Citizen comments.

Bill O’Sullivan spoke about the County’s employee benefits program.

Walter Boyd spoke.

Commissioners Court ratings for December 12, 2017, meeting:

DOYAL -115/145. Grade F.

MEADOR 35/145. Grade F.

RILEY 35/145. Grade F.

NOACK 135/145. Grade A.

CLARK 185/145. Grade A+.

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

DOYAL -670/1,118. Grade F.

MEADOR 80/1,118. Grade F.

RILEY 80/1,118. Grade F.

NOACK 815/1,118. Grade C.

CLARK 855/1,118. Grade C.

The citizens must remain vigilant.

 

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