Arnold Line members can sign new petition to change board of directorsBy HASKEL BURNS,
After officials from Arnold Line Water Association claimed a member-signed petition to elect a new board of directors for the association was invalid, association members will now have the chance to sign a new petition to effect that change.
The petition will be available from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center, 220 West Front St. in downtown Hattiesburg, with Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton on hand to make sure the process goes smoothly. For those individuals who are unable to sign the petition at the community center, a copy will also be available to sign at the Public Service Commission's Hattiesburg office of 17 J.M. Tatum Industrial Drive.
Daniel Forde, spokesman for Britton's office, said the previous petition - which was presented at a public hearing in October, was claimed by Arnold Line officials to be invalid because certain requirements of the Mississippi Non-Profit Act were not met in the petition. To prevent that from happening again, names, addresses and account numbers will be available for members at the community center to ensure each signature is valid and the petition satisfies all state law requirements.
"The commission is going to ensure that this one is valid," Forde said. "From our standpoint, we want to make sure that the members have the petition, and make sure it's in compliance with state law."
If the petition is accepted, a vote will be scheduled in the near future to elect a new board of directors, in which the majority of Arnold Line members in attendance would have to vote to remove the association's nine board members.