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EarthQuest consultant contributed to EMCID incumbent reelection committee

Friday, May 11, 2012

Geoffrey Geiger

On April 25, EarthQuest consultant Holbrook contributed $120 to the committee whose purpose is to reelect incumbents Leon Cubillas, Isidor Ybarra and Leonard Rogers to the East Montgomery County Improvement District. Holbrook is one of the consultants hired in 2007 with the EarthQuest project in New Caney that has been stalled in development for several years with several million dollars already spent by EMCID. Other contributors to the committee were Joseph Constanza, Michael and Dianne Meacher, Dennis Bradley and R. Gary Montgomery. Costanza, an engineer with JA Constanza and Associates, contributed $6,500 in total, $2,500 on April 20 and $4,000 on May 8. JA Constanza and Associates have a longterm releationship to EMCID and President Frank McCrady. EMCID pays Costanza thousands of dollars on a near monthly basis. The Tribune was unable to add a total by press time but the amount is significantly more than several hundred thousand dollars. Costanza also traveled at EMCID expense on several overseas trips on tours of theme parks and resorts. Costanza was unavailable for comment by press time. The Meachers, of Pahrump, Nev., and Bradley, of San Antonio, contributed $100. The Tribune was unable to establish any details on them before press time. Montgomery, of Montgomery & Barnes, Inc., formerly Gary Montgomery & Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and consulting services firm, is a surprise contributor to the controversial group. Montgomery and his wife are longtime residents of the county. Montgomery's check for $500, one of the handful donated to the political action committee, could be a result of the $144,867.56 Montgomery received from the EarthQuest project from the proceeds of the 2009 bond. Line item explanations on the bimonthly payments to Montgomery include "project administration, feasibility study, planning, land plan changes and engineering” for the park. Montgomery was unavailable for comment by press time. Taxpayers will be responsible for paying back the bond proceeds to Montgomery and others for the next 28 years on the project.

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