I think this is really close to what I need. I am not sure which method of integrating with the mail server will be best for me, since I am working from a Dreamhost server. I am thinking I just want to periodically check a specific mail account via POP. If anyone has done this and can give specific help I would appreciate it.
I will be working on this over the weekend and will post back to the group with some findings.
Thanks everyone for the helpful posts!