Paperwork continues to fly in the ongoing battle between the city of Helena-West Helena and a group of petitioners that managed to get an initiated ordinance on the November 2016 general election ballot. The latest move was made by Elijah Mondy in U.S. District Court of Eastern Arkansas last week.

Paperwork continues to fly in the ongoing battle between the city of Helena-West Helena and a group of petitioners that managed to get an initiated ordinance on the November 2016 general election ballot. The latest move was made by Elijah Mondy in U.S. District Court of Eastern Arkansas last week.

Mondy through his attorney James Valley filed a response to the city's amended motion to dismiss the case. In his suit, Mondy asks the court to deny the city's amended motion to “dismiss the case and grant any and all relief to which he may be entitled in the premises.”

Before the November general election a petition campaign initiated by Mondy generated enough signatures to get a proposal to reduce the number of wards in the city as well as the number of elected council members from 10 to six on the November ballot. Mondy and the petitioners claimed it was a matter of economics and that cities in Arkansas much larger than Helena-West Helena operated with fewer than 10 council members.

Despite the fact that the ordinance was approved by 62 percent of the voters, at its December session the city council voted to repeal the ordinance before it went into effect. The repeal also included a controversial emergency clause.

Back in June Mondy filed a lawsuit alleging that the council's repeal of the ordinance, “ Trampled on the rights of more than 10,000 residents of the city.” That lawsuit requested that the ordinance be reinstated and that the ward-changing map be implemented in time for the 2018 elections.

The city countered with an amended motion to dismiss the lawsuit.