By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Water associations that withheld their bylaws from Northern District Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley now are complying after getting subpoenaed, Presley said.
McCarley Water Association in Carroll County and Oak Hill Water Association in Blue Springs both submitted their bylaws within the 14-day deadline allowed in the subpoena.
Another association, Conehoma of Kosciusko, still has another day to comply.
Presley said he was particularly pleased to see McCarley’s bylaws because the association specifically denied him access based on the advice of the Mississippi Rural Water Association.
In a Jan. 14 letter, association President David O’Bryan wrote that the MRWA advised him Presley “has no statutory authority over the bylaws of McCarley Water Association … . Therefore, your request for a copy of our bylaws is respectfully denied.”
The MRWA had given the same opinion to water associations throughout the state in December, but in January, it advised full compliance in the event of a subpoena.
Presley said his office will issue the next wave of subpoenas today.
It’s part of an effort Presley had launched in December to review rural water association bylaws and ensure they comply with the state law. But nearly 70 of the 218 associations in his districts had failed to submit the documents to his office.
By late January, the first wave of subpoenas were issued.