Columbus statue-removal tab at $90,000 and counting

Jul 21, 2020 295

BY: Bill Bush

The cost to remove and store the Christopher Columbus statue formerly outside City Hall on July 1 has cost taxpayers $90,000 to date, according to an ordinance approved by the City Council Monday evening. But the statue’s whereabouts remains secret, with the city continuing to say only that the 65-year-old gift from the city of Genoa, Italy, was taken to "a secure location."

Also, council unanimously approved placing a green-energy electricity aggregation plan on the November ballot. It would appear alongside a new city-charter amendment announced earlier in the day that would create a civilian police oversight board to investigate officer use of force and potential misconduct.

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