Proposed burn ban evokes controversy but Williams provides strong explanation for 90-day length

Conroe, September 10 – Although some readers of The Golden Hammer have expressed concern about the length of the proposed 90-day burn ban, which the Montgomery County Commissioners Court will approve at today’s regular meeting at 9:30 a.m., Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams has provided a carefully-reasoned explanation for the policy. Williams has also made […]

Montgomery County Auditor, Commissioners Court intend to break Texas law flagrantly on October 9 with so-called “emergency” $41.5 million of budget amendments

Conroe, October 8 – Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin, the entire Montgomery County Commissioners Court, and Budget Office Director Amanda Carter intend to break Texas law flagrantly at the Commissioners Court meeting on October 9, 2018, by making at least thirty-nine (39) “budget amendments” as “emergency expenditures” “in case of grave public necessity” when, in […]

Riley has chance to prove he was telling truth to Magnolia Area Republican Women about giving voters referendum on TX 249 Tollway

Riley has chance to prove he was telling truth to Magnolia Area Republican Women about giving voters referendum on TX 249 Tollway

Image: Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley. Conroe, April 11 – Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley has a chance to prove he’s not a liar when it comes to his promise to put a referendum before voters before building the Decimation of Hope Highway, the $85 million, 3 mile, TX 249 Tollway. […]

O’Sullivan to Commissioners Court: “I don’t want [budget] ratholes to be created”

Conroe, October 3 – Political activist and Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC Treasurer Bill O’Sullivan blasted the Montgomery County Commissioners Court for their practice of permitting County Departments to rollover unspent funds without fetters. O’Sullivan noted that “some funds needs to be rolled over.” He provided the examples of two accounts where rollovers of funds […]

Doyal, Martin strenuously seek to exclude public participation in budget process

Conroe, August 27 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and County Auditor Phyllis Martin have taken some unusual steps to exclude the public from participating in the County budget process. The so-called “public hearings” that the Commissioners Court conducted on August 8 and August 22, 2017, shouldn’t fool anyone; they weren’t really public hearings, because […]

County Judge Doyal seeks to exclude public from statutory “public hearing” on budget in violation of Texas Local Government Code Section 111.038, failed to post proper notice for budget “public hearing”

Conroe, July 24 – In an obvious effort to exclude public participation in the statutorily-required “public hearing” on the proposed Montgomery County Budget, County Judge Craig Doyal failed to post a proper notice for the budget meetings that will occur this week. Amazingly, nowhere on the proposed agenda is there any mention of a “public […]

Full Report to Board of District Judges: “Need for an Independent Audit Under Section 115.033 of the Texas Local Government Code”

Memorandum To:                 Honorable Board of Judges                         Honorable Brett Ligon, District Attorney From:           Eric Yollick, Private Citizen Re:                 Need for An Independent Audit Under Section 115.033 of the Texas Local Government Code Date:             December 2, 2016 – – – There are three primary reasons that the Montgomery County Grand Jury should order an independent audit […]

“A million here, a million there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money”: where the Montgomery County Commissioners Court goes completely awry

Image: United States Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen (right), the Senate Republican Leader, arguing with Senator Mike Mansfield (left), the democrat leader, in 1967, a time when Republicans actually against too much government spending. Conroe, May 18 – Arguing about too much government spending, United States Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen once said, “A million here, a […]

Shenandoah City Council planning to change city ordinances, ignore Texas Local Government Code, in order to give General Manager Smith a “golden parachute” employment agreement

Shenandoah, April 11 – The Shenandoah City Council is set to repeat the mistake of history in a special council meeting set for tomorrow, April 12, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at the City of Shenandoah Municipal Complex, 29955 IH-45 North, Shenandoah, with the primary item on the agenda being to change city ordinances in order […]