Helena-West Helena Mayor Arnell Willis and a small delegation from the community left Monday on a trip to Moshi, Tanzania.
“As mayor it is my responsibility to work diligently to bring cultural, educational and educational opportunities to our community of Helena-West Helena,” stated Willis.
The mayor stressed that the trip will not cost the taxpayers of Helena-West Helena one cent.
“It is our ultimate goal to develop a sister city relationship with Moshi to further enrich our community through the exchanging of ideas for education, culture and economic development with an international community,” said Willis.
During the visit, Willis and the Helena-West Helena delegation will meet with the mayor of Moshi and other members of their local government, educators, cultural developers and business leaders. The delegation is expected to return from Moshi on July 16. Shortly, after the return, Willis promised an in depth report on the visit and what the next step will as far as the development of the sister city relationship will be.
Besides Willis, the delegation consists of Dr. Debra King of Phillips College, Former State Senator Kevin Smith and his son, Drew, Father Honest Munishi of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Sherman Banks, international consultant for the Arkansas Municipal League.
In his absence, Willis designated City Treasurer Patrick Roberson to perform the duties of mayor. Willis made the designation pursuant to Arkansas Code14-43-501 (b) (1) (3). Tonight's city council meeting is expected to be held as scheduled at 6 p.m. at city hall.