Hearing postponed for Confederate monuments legislation; city seeks OK to remove Liberty Place monument _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--A diverse group of streetcar riders pass by Lee Circle in New Orleans, La. Thursday, July 9, 2015 where an 1884 monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee was placed in what once was Tivoli Circle or Place du Ti.

If the New Orleans City Council votes to remove four controversial monuments from public display, at least one reminder is likely to remain: the pillar that supports a bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee 60 feet above Lee Circle.

That word comes in an updated report to the City Council by Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin.

The report also increases the estimated cost of removing the monuments, which Kopplin has said will be paid by an anonymous donor, by $18,000. The new estimate, including a 10 percent contingency fee, puts the price tag at about $144,400.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has called for the removal of four monuments: the Lee statue; the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on the parkway named for him; the statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard at the entrance to City Park; and the Battle of Liberty Place monument, which celebrates a three-day coup by the white supremacist White League against the state’s biracial Reconstruction-era government in 1874.

There are no firm plans for what would happen to the statues in the long term, but in the short term they would be stored in a city facility at no cost, according to Kopplin’s memo.

The council has not set a date to vote on whether to approve the removal of the monuments.