Living Democracy

DeKalb County Commission hears from community members

The DeKalb County Commission meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. The Commission, made up of four district members, a president, and an administrator, hear from community representatives on any issues the county is facing.

I have never attended a County Commission meeting previously, and the experience was educational and interesting. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes and was attended by around 25 citizens. I learned that the meeting was a great place to learn about upcoming events that serve county residents.

The meeting, set to begin at 10 a.m., started a few minutes before – albeit informally. The commission members and president made their way through the room, shaking hands and exchanging greetings with the crowd.

The commission members – Shane Wootten, Scot Westbrook, Chris Kuykendall, Lester Black, and President Ricky Harcrow – began the meeting with a brief invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

The first community member who spoke was a representative with Family Services of North Alabama. She spoke about the services offered by this office – specifically in DeKalb County. This organization spans multiple counties, but she focused on how DeKalb County citizens could be helped.

She touched on the sexual assault reporting and free counseling services offered by the organization. This saves victims a drive to Huntsville for similar services. All the commission members thanked her for her contribution to the county.

Following that, there was an update from the Road Department. Road repair projects were discussed, as well as trucks that will be sold in an auction. This update was concluded by the approval of the purchasing of new trucks for the county.

The next presenter was a woman from the DeKalb County Council on Aging, representing all the Senior Centers in the county. She began by mentioning there would be a job opening in Collinsville for a new Senior Center Manager.

She continued by discussing a Health Fair scheduled in October. This event will serve senior citizens who will be bused in from across the county so they can visit with vendors and organizations.

Next, a librarian from the DeKalb Library discussed a program they will be hosting in August – a mobile mammogram bus. She invited the commission members to share this information to help increase participation. 

For more information about the DeKalb County Commission, visit their website

Last Updated: July 29, 2019