Lee supervisors OK contract to go after old fees

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Lee Countians who owe back-debts for garbage or court fees, expect to be contacted.
Monday, the Lee County Board of Supervisors agreed to contract with Mississippi Warrant Network of Tupelo.
For about 25 percent of the recoveries, the company will go after court debts at least six months old and garbage collection debts 14 months or older.
Two weeks ago, board President Phil Morgan told his colleagues the uncollected bills total at least $1 million.
DA MOVE
In other business, the supervisors granted the District Attorney’s Office transfer from cramped quarters in the Lee County Justice Center.
By late spring, the prosecutors’ offices are expected to be housed in what’s been the Alpha House, a home for youths on Franklin Street.
Alpha House recently announced plans to close because of regulation changes relating to group homes for youths.
“We think it will be a good move,” said District Attorney Trent Kelly later in the day.
Morgan said he expects Alpha House operations to wind down and move by spring. Kelly said it will take time to plan how best to use the space.
TOYOTA FUND
The board also agreed to appoint retiring Toyota executive David Copenhaver to Lee County’s seat on the board of Toyota Education Endowment Advisory Committee.
The panel makes recommendations to the CREATE Foundation fund, which was established by a $50 million commitment over 10 years to enhance education in Pontotoc, Union and Lee counties.
CDF Executive Director David Rumbarger recommended the appointment to replace him on the board, although Rumbarger will continue as CDF’s representative.
He said Copenhaver, who lives in Tupelo and has been Toyota’s representative on the committee, plans to retire at the end of the year and that his continued relationships with Toyota and its Blue Springs plant are “crucial” to the committee’s function.
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