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Columbus to hold public hearing Tuesday over Christopher Columbus statue
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Columbus to hold public hearing Tuesday over Christopher Columbus statue

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Columbus girl questions why historically inaccurate statue is still standing (copy)

Abbi Adams stands in front of the Christopher Columbus fiberglass statue that is near the intersection of Highways 16/60 and 151. Adams wants Columbus to take the statue down in order to be on the right side of history. A public hearing about her petition is on Tuesday.

The Columbus Common Council’s committee of the whole will hold a public hearing Tuesday about the petition to remove the city’s statue of Christopher Columbus.

High school student Abbi Adams started an online petition this month to remove the statue that has received nearly 1,900 signatures as of Monday evening.

The Columbus statue stands near the intersection of Highways 16/60 and 151 on state owned land. Dan Amato, longtime owner of the Columbus antique mall and museum, gave the statue to the city in 2012.

A counter petition, started by Columbus resident Jack Sanderson asks the city to support the protection and maintenance of the statue. That petition has received 430 signatures as of Monday evening.

The public hearing will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Columbus City Hall, 105 N. Dickason Blvd. The city has taken action to reduce the number of people gathering at one time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and encourages residents to instead e-mail the mayor, council members and city clerk with comments before the meeting. E-mail comments will be part of the official record.

Those who do attend in person and encouraged to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth. Seating has been changed to allow for social distancing. If there is not enough seating, those in attendance will line up outside the council chambers and will be allowed inside to make comments, but will be asked to leave if there are no open seats to allow for the next person to make a comment.

The public hearing agenda says the council will discuss the petition following public comments.

Follow Chris Higgins on Twitter @chris_higgins_ or contact him at 920-356-6751 and chiggins@wiscnews.com.

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