City Council Member Bill Kling invites Hispanic community to outreach event
Published on October 24, 2023
Serving one of the fastest-growing cities in Alabama, City leaders want to ensure all segments of Huntsville’s diverse population are represented.
To that end, District 4 City Council Member Bill Kling invites members of the Hispanic community to a town hall meeting Monday, Oct. 30, from 5:30-7 p.m. The event will be in the McDonnell Elementary School cafeteria, 4010 Binderton Place SW. A light meal will be provided.
“I am looking forward to this meeting to reach more underrepresented residents in the West Huntsville community,” Kling said. “I am proud to serve a diverse district and want to make a special effort to help provide information and services to and receive feedback from members of the Hispanic community.”
Mayor Tommy Battle and Huntsville Police Chief Kirk Giles will also attend. Interpreters will assist with translation.
Kenny Anderson, Director of the City’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI), said the meeting is an opportunity for members of the Hispanic community to meet with local leaders. He said building that bridge is particularly important for non-English speaking residents.
The City extended its outreach to the Hispanic community more than a decade ago with the formation of the Hispanic/Latino Advisory Council, which works closely with the ODEI. Anderson said the town hall is an opportunity for the City to be more engaged.
“Members of our Hispanic community live and work here, spend money here and should have access to services many of us take for granted,” he said. “It’s incumbent on us to create opportunities to engage with this community, provide necessary resources and let them know their questions and concerns will not be ignored.”