By Emily Le Coz | NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – North Lee County Water Association customers can elect their new board of directors at a meeting scheduled for Nov. 15.
The gathering will be at the Saltillo Community Center, inside Saltillo City Park, at 6 p.m. and will be open to all association customers.
Roughly 4,400 households and businesses purchase water from North Lee, which lost its supervisor and all but one of its board members last month amid a series of accusations about mismanagement and corruption reported in the Daily Journal. Several state and federal agencies are investigating.
In the meantime, an interim supervisor and board have been trying to correct past deficiencies. Among their first goals is to adopt an updated set of bylaws; previous bylaws hadn’t been changed since 1966 and no longer met legal standards. New bylaws were accepted by the interim board last week and will be sent to all customers through the mail for review and approval.
Next on the list is to establish a new board of nine volunteer directors to serve staggered, three-year terms with no compensation nor any special utility rates. That’s in contrast to the previous board, which served seven-year terms and got discounted – and in some cases, free – water. Most of those members had served multiple terms.
Any North Lee customer can submit his or her name or can nominate another customer to serve. All names must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Nov. 11 to be put on the ballot for the Nov. 15 election. Customers at the meeting can vote, and ballots will be tallied to determine the winners.