Collectors coming after town’s delinquent fines
Outstanding fines owed to the town of Tunica will now be turned over to a Texas based company which will attempt to collect them, following action by the Board of Aldermen.
Deborah Sivira of American Muncipal Services offered her company’s services to town officials on June 15, saying that AMS had worked with over 300 cities. Sivira said the town will receive 100 percent of what they are owed, and the company will add 25 percent to the total to be collected.
“We only get paid if we are able to locate them and they pay,” Sivira said.
“We get all or she gets nothing,” Alderman Charley Knabb said.
Town clerk Celia Boren asked what information would be required.
Public, town talk water
Citizens’ questions got answers during a public hearing on proposed water rate changes on June 17.
Mayor Chuck Cariker thanked people for attending to express their concerns and share their opinions. Cariker said the move to change water and sewer rates stemmed from a 2009 Attorney General’s opinion stating that municipalities can not charge any less than what it costs to operate their water systems.
“This administration and the previous administration have been working to come up with a way to bring us into compliance with that,” Cariker said, noting that the town has been supplementing the system’s operating costs by $600,000 to $700,000 a year.
Norwood savors life in Cafe’ Marie kitchen
New Cafe’ Marie chef Walt Norwood may eat “mostly junk” at home, but on the job, he’s a stickler for detail.
In the two months since he took over the Marie’s kitchen, Norwood has put in place new lunch and dinner menus that he calls eclectic–and they are going to get more so as time goes by.
“We’ll have seasonal menus that change every quarter,” Norwood said, although a few standards such as his signature She Crab Soup, Rector’s Pasta, filets and Frangelico creme brulee will be available year round.
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