- Cullman, Alabama

March 27, 2013

NARCOG making changes to bylaws

By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — A final draft of the North-central Alabama Regional Council of Government's bylaws are expected to be approved by board members today during their monthly meeting.

According to NARCOG board chairman Stanley Yarbrough, one of the proposed changes will prevent elected officials from being an employee of the organization. In addition, the bylaws will now require its officers to hold an elected office. Minor additions and deletions to phrasing were made to the remaining sections.

Last month members amended the primary portion of the bylaws to reflect the board's newly established 7-4-3 membership composition that put voting power back similar to the way it was several years ago when population decided the number of votes each county is entitled to. The move allowed Morgan County to regain 50 percent control of NARCOG. Before, the bylaws gave Cullman County the majority due to having the most municipalities.

Also on the agenda to be approved is a proposal from Auburn University for the executive director search.

“I'm going to pitch a proposal to do a cap on what we pay them and to have some guidelines put in place for the executive director,” Yarbrough said.

He added he also plans to give the board a review of his recent trip to Montgomery.

“We got a great report,” Yarbrough said. “They were pleased with the direction NARCOG was heading and happy we were there to show our concerns for the organizations instead of being there for political issues.”

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the NARCOG building in Decatur.

* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by e-mail at