Council Member Frances Akridge
Frances Akridge was born in Washington, D.C. and settled in Huntsville in 2007. She graduated from Hayfield High School in Fairfax County, Virginia and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
She started her first term as a Council Member in 2018.
Since the early 2000s, Frances has served her community in a number of organizations, with a particular focus on the arts and education. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy biking, gardening, hiking and camping with their fur baby foundlings – Okie, Toby and Ladybug.
The City of Huntsville received a generous $25,000 check from the South Huntsville Optimist Club to support its Special Populations program. Managed by Huntsville Parks & Recreation, the program provides activities for individuals with special needs at the Buddy Bryant Youth Center near Optimist Park and recreation center. “Part of our charter is patriotism and to help youth, and we found a project to fit both,” said Dennis Anderson, a board [more]Read More
After thirty years in service, Huntsville Shuttle and HandiRide services have a new look and new names. The Huntsville Shuttle is now “Orbit” while HandiRide’s moniker has changed to “Access.” The rebranding efforts are part of a larger, five-phase Transit Improvement Plan that includes expanded fixed route and paratransit service, a new mobile app, additional transit hubs and the elimination of underutilized routes. Additional improvements to Huntsville’s public transportation offerings include [more]Read More
Due to the high volume of curbside debris this week, curbside debris collection may be delayed one day on some routes. Sanitation appreciates the public’s patience and will complete all curbside debris collections by the end of the week. Please call Sanitation at 256-883-3964 with any questions.Read More
Huntsville Public Transit is making adjustments to the Shuttle Bus schedule in order to continue to provide critical transportation services to the citizens of Huntsville and to protect the health and safety of the public during the coronavirus outbreak. Beginning Wednesday, April 1, Shuttle Bus service will operate Monday through Friday starting at 6 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Saturday service will be suspended effective Saturday, April 4, 2020. “These changes will allow us [more]Read More
The National Weather Service in Huntsville is forecasting storms this week, some possibly severe, and the Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency is recommending residents consider their plan for shelter. The decision to seek protection in a community storm shelter may be more difficult this spring by restrictions in place for COVID-19. “Each individual needs to make an educated decision on where and when to shelter from strong winds or tornado,” said Jeffrey Birdwell, Director of the Huntsville Madison Emergency Management Agency. At [more]Read More