Morganton.com – A month after a man asked county commissioners to consider relocating or removing the Confederate soldier statue from the Old Courthouse square, another man has asked for more security measures to protect it where it sits.
Elgie McGalliard, who lives in Valdese and is a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, spoke to commissioners during the public comments portion of the board’s agenda on Tuesday evening. He read off statistics on Confederate soldiers and told the board the county has one of the most beautiful Confederate statues in the state.
McGalliard asked the board to put up security cameras around the courthouse square and to put protective caps on the name plates at the Confederate soldier statue. He said the weather and sap from trees have started to wear down the name plates and wants the caps put on to protect them
Burke County Manager Bryan Steen said on Wednesday he doesn’t believe the request will be considered anytime soon.
“If we were going to even evaluate the request, I’m not there yet,” Steen said.
He said there are a lot of things to consider, including who truly owns the Confederate statue and the lease on the courthouse square the county has with the city of Morganton.
In 2008, the county agreed on a 40-year lease on the property to the city of Morganton, according to county officials. The city is responsible for maintaining the statues on the grounds, including the one of Sen. Sam Ervin Jr…