By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
Holly Pond resident Darrell Hicks has announced he will seek a second term on the Cullman County Commission.
Hicks made the announcement at the Republican breakfast last week. He is seeking the nomination for the county commission place 1 seat, which represents the east side of the county.
“There aren’t many days that pass where someone doesn’t ask me if I’m running again,” Hicks said. “So, I decided to go ahead and make it official.”
Since taking office in November of 2010, Hicks said several things have happened during his term that he would like to help continue.
“We were able to get the water department back in the hands of Cullman County, as well as get Duck River well underway.” Hicks said.
He also mentioned combining the east and west side road departments.
“With the help of the other commissioners we were able to combine the department into one,” Hicks said. “We’ve saved a lot on duplication and personnel. We’re working less people, and equipment, which has amounted to close to $1 million in savings.”
In addition, he noted the county has taken advantage of money from the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) for the resurfacing of roads, guard rails, and traffic stripes of federal aid highways in the county road system.
“We hope that within the next few years, every federal aid highway in the county road system will be asphalt.”
Perhaps the biggest noteworthy happening of them all has been the county’s cooperation with the City of Cullman, City of Good Hope, and the Chamber of Commerce in getting the interchange at Interstate 65 and County road 222 to finally come to fruition after years of being talked about.
“We’ve been able to accomplish a lot because of the collaboration, and I feel I’ve been a steady part of it. It will take a few more years before most of these projects are finished, but I would like to see the projects I helped start be completed.”
The party primary elections will be held in June 2014, while the general election is slated for November 2014.
County commission place 2 seat holder Stanley Yarbrough, who represents the west side of the county, is expected to make an official announcement for re-election within the coming weeks.
* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org