SAN ANTONIO – The city of San Antonio is protecting a Confederate statue in Travis Park as the city council prepares to vote on Thursday whether or not to remove it.
Overnight, workers set up a fence around the statue at the park. Several bike officers were assigned to patrol both during and after the fence was erected.
City leaders on Wednesday listened from taxpayers at a public forum. Those against the removal say they don't want to foot the bill for pulling out the statue and also want a city-wide vote on the issue.
Those in support of the statue’s removal call it a symbol of hate.
The vote comes after District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño and District 2 Councilman William "Cruz" Shaw jointly filed a Council Consideration Request in late July.
District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry said the vote is too close to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
“First of all, I want to commend the compassion that San Antonio has shown after the traumatic effects of Hurricane Harvey," Perry said. "We were made aware that this item could possibly come to City Council on Aug. 31 two weeks ago. However, I am discouraged to see that this item has been added on the agenda after a weekend of tragedy and catastrophe across Texas."
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said, "It is time for San Antonio to relocate the statue in Travis Park and ensure that monuments to the Confederacy are placed in their proper context.
City leaders will meet at 9 a.m. and are expected to take the vote then.