The Helena-West Helena City Council decided to interview one of two for the demographer contract who had responded to the City's advertisement, published in the Helena-West Helena World, during a Special Called Meeting held Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Helena-West Helena City Council decided to interview one of two for the demographer contract who had responded to the City’s advertisement, published in the Helena-West Helena World, during a Special Called Meeting held Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

City Attorney Andre Valley advised and updated Council members of where they are in the Mondy vs. Messina court case involving the reduction from five wards to three, thereby reducing the council members accordingly.

The council was advised by City Attorney Andre Valley, that one of the applications for the demographer contract was in fact, James F. Valley, the attorney who was representing the citizen’s who are presently suing the City and that it was a clear conflict of interest, in his opinion.

Council members decided to interview the remaining person seeking the demographer contract the following afternoon, Wednesday, August 1, 2108.

According to Helen Halbert, Chief of Staff, the interview did occur and the decision was made not to hire at this time.

Mayor Jay Hollowell has reached out to and is negotiating with another source, James Walden of Garver, who was recommended by East Arkansas Planning & Development, and the City is moving forward with contracting him to do the work, according to sources.