By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
Senior citizens served by the North-central Regional Council of Governments (NARCOG) can breath a sigh of relief.
The organization will remain.
Nearly 24 hours after board members from Cullman and Lawrence counties met to vote on a proposal that would give Morgan County 50 percent control, the Morgan County Commission agreed Thursday to accept it and return to NARCOG. Rather than having a 40-member board with each municipality representing, the board will now be made of 14 members; seven from Morgan, four from Cullman, and three from Lawrence County.
“It’s a win-win for the employees, senior citizens, and everyone involved,” Cullman County Commissioner and NARCOG board chairman Stanley Yarbrough said. “There are no losers in this. I think it’s great they are coming back, and I thank Cullman and Lawrence County for negotiating for them to come back.”
According to interim executive director Kenneth Kilgo, Morgan County now must petition the board to return, such as they did when they asked to leave the organization back in April. From there, it should open up the opportunity for things to return to normalcy at the agency.
“I think this was the right thing to do,” Kilgo said. “We’ve still got a couple of more tough weeks ahead of us, but we’ll get through it. NARCOG is bigger than any one person.”
Kilgo said he doesn’t see a need to call a special meeting so Cullman and Lawrence counties can vote for Morgan County’s return. He feels it can be taken care of at the February board meeting on the 27th.
Kilgo was named interim executive director of NARCOG at the board’s meeting Wednesday in Holly Pond. He will officially fill the role as interim in about two weeks. Lona Johns announced her retirement at the meeting.
* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org