Montgomery mayor takes aim at county’s handling of COVID reimbursement

Montgomery County commissioners accepted the reimbursement of COVID-19 expenditures to town of Montgomery Tuesday however not earlier than town’s mayor took aim at county officers and their dialogue of the matter earlier this month.

In a 4-1 vote, the courtroom accepted a $15,619.40 reimbursement to town with Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack casting the lone nay vote.

The courtroom deferred motion April 13 relating to a request by town of Montgomery for reimbursement of COVID-related bills after Jason Millsaps, govt director of the county Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, advised the courtroom metropolis officers missed the deadline to submit their expenditures to the county.

Millsaps stated Montgomery’s request is lower than $75,000 however famous the receipts had not been audited. The quantity, he stated, would doubtless be much less. Millsaps defined metropolis officers had not obtained the discover from the county to submit data for the reimbursement due an electronic mail glitch.

Noack moved to disclaim the request nevertheless that movement failed prompting Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley to ask the workers to audit the request and produce again an precise quantity for consideration.

But for Montgomery Mayor Sara Countryman, the data the courtroom initially obtained was incorrect.

“This is an absolute false assertion,” Countryman stated to the courtroom throughout public remark relating to the quantity of town’s request. “The metropolis by no means requested wherever close to $75,000.”

Countryman stated town’s request was truly about $15,625. She identified, as soon as audited the precise quantity to be reimbursed per the county’s audit workers was $15,619.40. She went on to say town by no means obtained an electronic mail for reimbursement requests in October including town’s IT workers researched the declare and located no electronic mail to town relating to the problem.

“There was not a difficulty with our IT electronic mail server or electronic mail course of and process,” she stated.

In December, the courtroom accepted the reimbursement to The Woodlands Township; the cities of Conroe, Splendora, Shenandoah, Stagecoach, Patton Village and Magnolia; and emergency service districts No. 8, No. 6, No. 1, No. 10 and No. 2. The county supplied the funding by means of its $105 million in CARES Act funds it obtained in April 2020.

Since the county has depleted its CARES Act funds, the reimbursements would come from the county fund steadiness.

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