If you’re one of the majority in the state that is opposed to removing New Orleans’ Robert E Lee statue at Lee Circle, don’t worry because the city will leave behind the column the statue is on.
In what maybe be one of the most illogical decisions in the monuments debate by city officials, a letter by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin says that if the city were to remove Lee Circle, it would not remove the 60 foot column Lee sits on.
Additionally, by removing only half of Lee Circle, Landrieu has managed to portray the removal process of four historical monuments as being relatively cheap.
Landrieu says removing the monuments will be $144,400, but it will apparently cost taxpayers nothing as an anonymous donor has allegedly stepped up to pay for it.
The storing of these monuments in a warehouse has not been factored in by Landrieu’s administration.
Previously, the Hayride reported how it was odd that a private donor is allowed to pay for the removal of the monuments because when private volunteers have attempted to pay for the upkeep of the monuments in recent months, the city has pretended like they were unaware of this and continued to dish out thousands of dollars for upkeep.