Contractors for the project began work to start drilling wells more than a week ago, but the board agreed to halt the work until it resolved issues related to interim financing.
Interim loan financing specifics haven't been clear to most water association members other than directors since the group has kept meetings closed until Thursday. The board voted Thursday to open all meetings to the public, not just water association members.
Prior to this meeting, the board required members to request an appearance at least seven days in advance to have an opportunity to speak at the meeting prior to discussing business, when members not serving in elected positions left.
That action prevented Tupelo officials from negotiating with the association to bring city utility service to areas annexed into the city in 2012. Also, federal law prevents municipalities from acquiring territory served by a rural water association still repaying a
The city and
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