New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plan to remove four historical monuments in the city’s public square is finally coming to fruition, as the city administration is actively searching for a construction company to remove the monuments.
The Advocate’s Jeff Adelson reported that the city released bidding process documents today which show that Robert E. Lee Circle, PGT Beauregard’s City Park statue and the Jefferson Davis monument are the three out of four monuments which are being bid on by construction companies currently.
The Battle of Liberty Place monument cannot be bid on just yet because there is a court order from decades ago blocking its removal. That court order must be lifted before the city can move forward on removing the monument.
Adelson reports that construction company bidders have until March 29 to submit plans to remove the monuments for the city. Additionally, the removal process must be done within 45 days after the construction company is chosen.
Finding a construction company to aid in removing the four monuments has been especially difficult for Landrieu’s administration.
The Hayride exclusively reported back in October of 2015 that the city had already been working with H&O Investments to remove the monuments before the New Orleans City Council even approved the removal.
Then, last month, H&O Investments backed out of the job to remove the monuments, claiming death threats and alleging that the owner’s Lamborghini had been sent on fire because of their involvement with monument removal.
However, the Hayride exclusively reported from a source that just two days before the company claimed death threats were the reason they were backing out, H&O Investments owner David Mahler admitted that he did not, in fact, support Landrieu’s monument removal and signed a ‘Save Our Circle’ petition requesting that the plan be halted.
The source also told the Hayride that at the time, on Jan. 12, Mahler did not mention anything about death threats to the company and stated that there was a $10 million performance bond that would be forfeited if H&O Investments backed out of the job.
Then, in court documents, the Landrieu administration claimed that All Crane Rental of Louisiana would be removing the monuments.
Immediately after, a spokesperson contacted the Hayride to clarify that they were never involved with the monument removal process and they did not know how their company had gotten named in the court documents.