Elijah Mondy, owner KJIW Radio, addressed the council concerning the strong language that was used at the March 6 Helena-West Helena City Council meeting as well as the content of the council meetings, use of microphones, and cooperation during each meeting. 

 

Elijah Mondy, owner KJIW Radio, addressed the council concerning the strong language that was used at the March 6 Helena-West Helena City Council meeting as well as the content of the council meetings, use of microphones, and cooperation during each meeting. 
“Several years ago I agreed to air the council meetings over the air free of charge for those citizens that found they were not able to attend such meetings so that the citizens would know what was going on,” Mondy commented. 
Mondy explained that the broadcasts can be heard all over the area and listeners expect it to be broadcast in a clean and timely manner. 
“What I heard at the last council meeting was very disturbing and degenerating of all council members that represent the citizens of Helena-West Helena,” said Mondy.  “Through this particular meeting a word was repeated over and over that could not be bleeped out during the live viewing.”
City Council Member Jay Hollowell stated for the record that such language is not condoned and all council members were taken by surprise at the moment in time. 
“We don’t permit that type of thing to continue, however it was allegedly repeated by said individuals outlined in the problem,” commented Hollowell.  Mondy also requested that in the future, council meetings should come to a close within a timely manner so as to allot the time needed to prepare the recording before going on the air.  Before closing, by action requested by Mondy, the council motioned to refrain or discourage others from using profanity or vulgar language during their sessions.