McDONOUGH — It appears Henry County could remove the Confederate monument in the McDonough Square as soon as Monday night.
In a request for price quotation sent out on July 20 by the Henry County Purchasing Department, the county intends to remove the statue on July 27 starting at 10 p.m. The monument will be loaded into containers and taken to the Henry County Department of Transportation yard.
According to the request, the county will close off part of Ga. Highway 42 in front of the square and provide law enforcement and security.
The county stipulates in the request that all work must be completed and equipment removed no later than 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28. The deadline for companies to submit a quote was 3 p.m., Thursday, July 23.
The 4-1 vote to remove the statue came during the July 7 Board of Commissioners meeting. It was added as a last-minute agenda item by Commissioner Dee Clemmons.
Since the vote, two lawsuits have been filed to stop the removal.
On July 7, the Georgia Division of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans filed a temporary restraining order and complaint against the BOC.
Days later on July 10, the Georgia Minutemen founder Ray McBerry filed for an emergency injunction to prevent the removal.
An emergency hearing with Judge Brian Amero was held Wednesday with county attorney Patrick Jaugstetter and Kyle King, attorney for the Sons of the Confederate Veterans.
Both attorneys were required to submit additional proposals to Amero Friday morning.
As of 4:15 Friday afternoon, a decision had not been issued.
The judge could decide to grant a temporary restraining order which could keep the monument removal plans from going forward.
If he rules in favor of the county, the Confederate statue could come down Monday night.