Metropolitan Planning Organization
The organization and the membership of the MPO is designated by the Governor of Alabama, and consists of seven (7) voting members from the City of Huntsville, City of Madison, Town of Owens Cross Roads, Town of Triana, Madison County, and the State of Alabama. In addition to these members, the MPO incorporates non-voting members into its membership. The non-voting members include a representative from the following agencies: The Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG), Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Bureau of Transportation Planning and Modal Programs, and Federal Highway Administration.
The following persons comprise the membership of the MPO:
Mayor Tommy Battle, City of Huntsville
Mayor Paul Finley, City of Madison (MPO Vice Chairman)
Frances Akridge, Huntsville City Council
Dale Strong, Madison County Commission (MPO Chairman)
Mayor Curtis Craig, Town of Owens Cross Roads
Mayor Mary Caudle, Town of Triana
Curtis Vincent, Alabama Department of Transportation
Aaron Dawson, Federal Highway Administration (non-voting)
Bradley Lindsey, ALDOT Bureau of Transportation Planning and Modal Programs (non-voting)
Michelle Gilliam-Jordan, Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (non-voting)
Nicole Spivey, Federal Transit Administration (non-voting)
Citizens Advisory Committee
The Citizens Advisory Committee is a crucial part of the public participation process, since they review plans, policies, and plan amendments and act in an advisory role to the Technical Coordinating Committee and the MPO. Meetings are held on the Monday prior to a scheduled MPO meeting, at 5:00 pm at the Huntsville Municipal Building located at 308 Fountain Circle. While this committee provides input to transportation planning issues prior to MPO deliberations, the MPO is the final body that has legal authority to approve transportation plans and plan amendments.
The Citizens’ Advisory Committee is tasked with the following responsibilities:
- Review and respond to local transportation plans prepared for the area.
- Assess the local areawide transportation and transportation related needs as perceived by area residents.
- Initiate actions related to providing area residents the opportunity to input individual, group, private, semi-private ideas, suggestions, needs, and concepts for consideration and recommendation to the Metropolitan Planning Organization and/or the technical Coordinating Committee.
- Objectively assess the social, economic, and physical impact within the area of all transportation plans submitted by the Metropolitan Planning Organization or Technical Coordinating Committee.
- Assist the transportation planning staff, where possible, in the development of specific program solutions to areawide needs as identified through community research and public meetings.
Citizens’ Advisory Committee Members
The following persons have been appointed to serve on the Citizens’ Advisory Committee by the officials of local government who serve on the Metropolitan Planning Organization:
Dario Gonzalez, City of Huntsville
Russ McDonald, City of Huntsville
John Ofenlock, City of Huntsville
Todd Slyman, City of Huntsville
Gary Whitley, City of Huntsville
Trent Griffin, City of Huntsville
Vacant, City of Huntsville
Larry Mason, City of Madison
Vacant, City of Madison
Taron Thorpe, Madison County (CAC Chairman)
Chris Robinson, Madison County
Scott Baker, Town of Owens Cross Roads
Larry Furlough, Town of Owens Cross Roads
Jurlene Rogers, Town of Triana
Mark Pools, Town of Triana
Technical Coordinating Committee
The Technical Coordinating Committee is comprised of technical personnel of operating agencies represented by the MPO, and other agencies (including private, when and if applicable) responsible for or affected by implementation of the transportation plans and programs. Members of the committee are appointed by the MPO.
The Technical Coordinating Committee is tasked with the following responsibilities:
- To analyze and recommend technical methods, procedures, and standards to further the transportation planning process.
- To help coordinate work of operating departments and agencies participating in transportation studies.
- To recommend alternate transportation plans and programs to the MPO.
Technical Coordinating Committee Members
The following persons have been appointed to serve on the Technical Coordinating Committee by the officials of local government who serve on the Metropolitan Planning Organization:
Shane Davis– Transportation Planning Coordinator, City of Huntsville Department of Urban Development
Mary Beth Broeren, City of Madison Planning and Economic Development
Chuck Faulkner, Madison County Engineering
Gary Chynoweth, City of Madison Engineering
Aaron Dawson, Federal Highway Administration
Nicole Spivey, Federal Transit Administration
Kathy Martin, City of Huntsville Engineering
Nicholas Nene, City of Huntsville Traffic Engineering
Trey Riley, City of Huntsville Attorney
Scott Cardno, City of Huntsville Natural Resources & Environmental Management
Vacant, Madison County Planning and Economic Development
Quisha Riche, Huntsville Housing Authority
Brandi Quick, Huntsville-Madison County Marina and Port Authority
Les Tillery, Huntsville Planning Commission
Rick Tucker, Huntsville- Madison County Airport Authority
Bryan Fair, Alabama Department of Transportation
Rodney Ellis, Alabama Department of Transportation
Michelle Gilliam-Jordan, Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments
Kaela Hamby, Redstone Arsenal
Glen Partlow, Huntsville Utilities
Carson Smith, Huntsville Utilities
Melvin McKinstrey, Marshall Space Flight Center
Diana Standridge, US Space & Rocket Center
Carly Borden, Huntsville-Madison County Railroad Authority
Marc Massey, Limestone County Engineer (Ex-Officio Member)
Hunter Daws, Assistant Limestone County Engineer (Ex-Officio Member)