Jefferson County commissioners nix plan to establish plaque committee


Controversy over a plaque outside of the Jefferson County courthouse, dedicated to Confederate veterans, led to talks of a possible new committee that would determine how current and future monuments are arranged on the historic structure.

But those plans have met a dead end.

A few weeks ago, the Jefferson County Commission voted to keep the Confederate plaque right where it is.

Members also voted in favor of established a citizen committee, that would be tasked with finding the best course of action for plaques there – including whether to possibly add ones dedicated to Union soldiers or Jefferson County slaves.

Last week, though, Commissioners Peter Onoszko and Josh Compton reversed their votes. They have said that instead of a government-appointed body, the citizens themselves should take the initiative through privately-funded ideas.

“At best, it would become a debating society,” Onoszko said. “At worst, it would be like putting two male cats with a female cat in heat…outside in a sack. It would not accomplish anything. It wouldn’t go anywhere.”

Onoszko said that the county’s Historical Landmark Commission already performs this function, and can make recommendations for where the various plaques are located.

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