Image: The Quiet Lady From Magnolia, Ginger Russell, spoke to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, and presented Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley “The Golden Hammer Award” for hammering the taxpayers.
Conroe, April 11 – The Quiet Lady From Magnolia, Ginger Russell, presented “The Golden Hammer Award” to Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley at the Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Commissioners Court meeting. “The Golden Hammer Award” commemorates government’s wasteful spending which “hammers” the taxpayers.
Russell is a renowned conservative Republican activist, Republican Precinct Chair, education expert, and grassroots leader.
Ginger Russell’s comments and presentation of “The Golden Hammer Award” immediately follow:
“My name is Ginger Russell. I live in Commissioners Precinct 2.
“It’s amazing to me that we had this discussion [about removing the State Highway 242 flyover tolls] months ago and nothing has changed. It’s like nothing has changed. The taxpayers are not your major concern.
“Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, my County Commissioner, gets today’s Golden Hammer Award for hammering the taxpayers.
“Commissioner Riley is President of the Montgomery County Toll Road Authority. He’s now in his fifth year serving on the Authority as a Board member.
“I’ve been in this Commissioners Courtroom at least twice when Commissioner Riley, along with former County Judge Doyal, assured all of us that every penny the Toll Road Authority borrowed from the taxpayers’ general fund would be repaid WITH INTEREST.
“I was shocked to learn last week that the Authority borrowed $425,000 from the taxpayers to pay for a consulting firm to do a traffic and revenue study in 2013, but failed to pay the taxpayers any interest on that loan. As an Authority member and as President, Commissioner Riley should know everything about the terms of that loan.
“When the Authority, which is really just the Commissioners Court, voted to repay the loan on March 26, Riley said, once again, that the repayment would be ‘with interest.’ Interest on such a large loan accruing over 5 years should have been at least $85,000, if not more for such a poor credit risk as these tollroad projects.
“Commissioner Riley hammered the taxpayers by at least $85,000 just in the last two weeks and is the recipient of The Golden Hammer Award for that.”
Right after The Quiet Lady spoke, The Quiet Man, Calvin Russell, spoke as well, and said,
“Congratulations on your award, Charlie.
“I’m going to talk about the tollroad again as well. Ginger kind of stole some of my thunder.
“I don’t know how many times you guys have met on this particular subject [removing the SH 242 flyover tolls], but it’s always the same thing. It’s always 3 to 2. You kind of say you want to get rid of the tolls, but there’s always some kind of reason. Commissioner Metts, you said that you need some answers from TxDOT, but I’d like to pin that down. I’d like to know exactly what you need, so they don’t come in here and you say ‘I got nearly all of it but I didn’t get all of it.
“It’s always a way to kick the can down the road to say we don’t have what we need. We don’t know what they’re going to do about this. You guys are going to have to find that out before you take this up again. Have it all done when you get here. So you can have all of the information and vote yes or no with all of the information.
“Judge, I appreciate you trying to take a vote on it. I wished that you had continued that and forced a vote on that, because when Mr. Metts said he would vote for it, if we had those answers, we’d love to have that on record.
“The last thing is, I almost got off of my seat when you were talking about maintenance on it, ‘My goodness what if an oversize load comes through and hits it.’ That thing [the flyover] is like 100 feet tall. Hollywood couldn’t even draw that up where something would come by and hit that bridge the height that it is. Thank you.”