Ticket? Just click it

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 4, 2010

NATCHEZ — Paying speeding ticket fines in Adams County will soon be as simple as the click of a mouse.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors voted to allow a company called nCourt to operate a Web site for online ticket payments.

After receiving a citation from an officer, drivers willing to pay a 6 percent fee will not have to interact with a person during the payment process.

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Steven Holden, who pitched nCourt, said the service would cost the county nothing and the site, www.adamscountytickets.com, would be operated from nCourt’s servers.

To pay, enter your citation number to pull up your ticket on the Web site. If you want to pay by traditional methods, you can, Holden said.

“I think it’s a good deal,” Supervisor S.E. “Spanky” Felter said. “If we get ready to opt out, we can.

“If you don’t want to pay online, you don’t have to.”

Supervisor Henry Watts also said there would be benefits at the Adams County Justice Court.

“It would take up less time for county employees in processing tickets,” he said.

Holden said the company would print business cards with information for how to pay that the citation officer could give along with the ticket. The company would also be willing to help with the costs to put the information directly on the citation, when Adams County orders new citation forms, Holden said.

In other news, the board of supervisors appointed a county administrator search committee and gave them 30 days to recommend three applicants for the board to interview from the 22 applications received for the position.

President Darryl Grennell said the committee, which is composed of Interim County Administrator Charlie Brown, Bookkeeping Director Patsy Bryant, Inventory Clerk Angela Hutchins, Sheriff’s Administrator Debbie Gee, Purchasing Clerk Rosa Wilson, Sylva Bunch, from the road department, and Chamber of Commerce Director Debbie Hudson, should have a say in selecting the county administrator, since they would be dealing with the administrator on a regular basis.

Grennell said the committee would help reduce politics from the process and would help ensure the board select the best candidate.

The board approved travel for the justice court clerk to attend the statewide justice court clerks seminar in Robinsville May 5-7.

County Purchasing Clerk Rosa Wilson recommended a grant that will pay for a 2010 Dodge Charger for Metro Narcotics, which the board approved.

Watts made a motion that the justice court start accepting checks using a verification system, pending legal review, and the board passed it unanimously.