|Arnell "The Mayuh" Willis|
After that, Alderman Jay Hollowell made a motion to hold a budget workshop on March 21, 2011. Alderman Don Etherly said, "We can adopt a budget right here, right now. Tell us what your concerns are and what your sticking point is." Alderman Christopher Franklin agreed saying, "Let's do it right now." Hollowell angrily retorted, "I ain't doing it." Hollowell's motion failed 6-4. Another motion to hold a workshop on the 24th also failed by the same margin.
Alderman Joe St. Columbia revealed the intentions of the minority, which consists of himself, Hollowell, Daniel Strickland and Eddie Clark when he said, "Nothing will happen until we make it happen."
A court case on this issue, Pride et al vs. Willis, is pending in Phillips County Circuit Court. Willis is seeking to deny the majority of the City Council legal representation for that case.