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Somervell County Commissioners Court and their VAGUE Agendas

1 November 2013 at 11:49:17 AM

Here's a public agenda for the Somervell County Commissioners Court meeting October 28, 2013. It's entitled Budget Workshop.

The full audio is here on the Somervell County website.

Notice that there are 2 items to be acted upon

First, public comments.

Agenda Requests

1. County Judge: Review/Discuss County Purchasing Policies.

As a citizen, what would YOU expect would be discussed at this meeting? Pretty dry stuff, yes? Anything that specifically said that the purchasing conversation would actually include discussion of the meeting John Curtis attended in which bankruptcy/property tax issues of Comanche Peak were talked about? Nope. AUDIO of Curtis talking about this.

The second item that was discussed, which was not on the agenda, was introduction by Wayne of a new employee, Brian, in the sheriff's department. Would you have wanted to go to see the new employee in the sheriff's department? Not a budget item, incidentally.

Ford tells people to introduce themselves to the new guy as they leave. Then asks that  Paula and Barbara stick around, rest are free to go to "pursue your career". AUDIO

2 more budget things that Mike Ford wanted to talk about. Again, listed on the agenda? Nope.

The first one is about looking at "step-in-grade" and employee benefits. Think any of the county employees or department heads who were told they could leave (or for that matter the taxpayer) might be interesting in this? On the agenda? No AUDIO

Mike Ford then opines on his OPINION about the hospital district dissolution passing. Is that on the agenda? No. AUDIO. Bully Pulpit for Me But Not For Thee.

Certainly one might say that an *umbrella* budget workshop title meeting could cover anything and everything related to the budget but IF the county could put ONE, albeit vague agenda item on about purchasing policy, and there were two other KNOWN items that Mike Ford wanted to discuss, WHY WEREN'T THEY ON THE AGENDA? And why were all the people who might be AFFECTED by the discussion about employee benefits invited to leave first?

It's like having a Mystery Grab Bag, isn't it? You don't know what you're getting unless you happen to be the one there looking in the bag.



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1 - concernedcitizen   2 Nov 2013 @ 4:29:25 AM 

Interesting that "OUR" county judge (that's supposed to represent A L L of us, made an announcement that he is working with and "FOR" the hospital district. That is a DEFINITE conflict of interest---he is an elected official (which he chose) and should NOT be using his position as judge to try and sway votes (for or against) the hospital district and for telling us HOW to vote!  If he should chose to do this, his office is merely feet from where we vote. I believe that is against the law!  Please correct me if I am wrong!!!!!!!

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2 - concernedcitizen   2 Nov 2013 @ 4:41:32 AM 

Ethics ?  Ethics committee of Texas?  Judges have higher standards?

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3 - salon   3 Nov 2013 @ 12:53:29 PM 

I don't know if it's against the law but it definitely seems off-kilter. Having definite conflict of interests has not stopped Ford before, however. You did hear, I'm sure that he said there was enough reserves to take back the hospital for a year. For that second year, perhaps the commissioners would be eager to actually pursue other options that would benefit taxpayers.

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4 - concernedcitizen   4 Nov 2013 @ 9:47:09 AM 

The hospital authority that was appointed by the county commissioners was given a directive to solicite an outside agency to run the hospital (for the benefit of US taxpayers). The hospital authority REFUSED to pursue this directive. Now this same board (that is NOW the hospital district) is pursuing this!  How strange!  Our commissioners recognized that an outside agency was needed, now the hospital district knows an outside agency is necessary!  

To cut cost to US TAXPAYERS, the hospital district needs to be dissolved and the county contract with outside agency to run OUR hospital. (cut out the middleman making money).

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5 - concernedcitizen   4 Nov 2013 @ 9:55:07 AM 

The middleman I spoke of is the hospital district. 

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