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File #: ORD. 2020-154    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 7/1/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 8/3/2020 Final action: 8/3/2020
Title: To provide for the removal of certain monuments on City-owned property, provide for the disposition of such monuments, and repeal an ordinance accepting the General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson monument, adopted Mar. 3, 1920, as authorized by Va. Code ? 15.2-1812.
Patrons: Michael Jones, Stephanie Lynch, Andreas Addison, Vice President Hilbert, President Newbille, Kimberly Gray, Kristen Larson, Ellen Robertson
Indexes: Monuments
Attachments: 1. Ord. No. 2020-154, 2. 20200803_Special_2020-154-Public Hearing Handout
Related files: RES. 2020-R048, RES. 2020-R047, RES. 2020-R046, RES. 2020-R045, ORD. 2020-155
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To provide for the removal of certain monuments on City-owned property, provide for the disposition of such monuments, and repeal an ordinance accepting the General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson monument, adopted Mar. 3, 1920, as authorized by Va. Code ? 15.2-1812.
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WHEREAS, pursuant to section 15.2-1812 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, localities within the Commonwealth of Virginia, "[n]otwithstanding any other provision of law, general or special, . . . may remove, relocate, contextualize, or cover any . . . monument or memorial [for the veterans of any war or conflict] located on the locality's public property . . . regardless of when the monument or memorial was erected" after complying with certain provisions; and
WHEREAS, section 15.2-1812 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, further prescribes that, before any such monument or memorial that is publicly owned may be removed, relocated, contextualized, or covered, the local governing body "shall publish notice of such intent in a newspaper having general circulation in the locality," shall conduct a hearing at which interested persons may present their views "not less than 30 days after publication of the notice," and, if the local governing body votes to remove, relocate, contextualize, or cover any such monument or memorial after such public hearing, "shall first, for a period of 30 days, offer the monument or memorial for relocation and placement to any museum, historical society, government, or military battlefield;" and
WHEREAS, in accordance with section 15.2-1812 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, the City (i) has published notice of its intent to remove the monuments identified in the document entitled "Monuments to Be Removed" (hereinafter, the "Monuments"), a copy of which is attached to and made a part of this ordinance, (ii) held a public hearing on the matter of such removal no less than 30 days after such publication, (iii) will offer ...

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