Northeast Itawamba Water Association's board vote postponed

By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times

A public meeting to determine the fate of the Northeast Itawamba Water Association’s board of directors that was originally scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. has been postponed, according to water association employees and confirmed by Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley.

The board is anticipated to discuss a new date and time for the public hearing, should one be necessary, during its regular business meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Salem Community Center. The meeting is open to the public.

Originally, a meeting was called by a special interest group in order for water association customers to vote for or against keeping the current board members in place. That meeting was reportedly the result of a petition conducted by said group and signed by more than 10 percent of the water association’s 1,780-odd customers, which, according to the association’s by-laws, is required before a special election to keep or dismiss board members can be held.

But, according to Presley, several other by-laws were neglected, including rules stating that the board itself should call for the special meeting should a legal petition be presented to it … a situation that could cause legal troubles should the vote go forward. After speaking with the board’s attorney late last week, Presley said it was decided the meeting should be postponed until further notice to avoid potential conflict.

“There’s a process that has to be followed to be fair to everyone involved,” Presley said, adding that everyone — customers and board members included — has to be given a chance to present evidence in support or opposition of any allegations against the board.

For more information, see the Oct. 3 edition of The Itawamba County Times.