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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) After weeks of debate on whether or not to remove a Confederate soldier statue from Montgomery County property, county executive Ike Leggett decided it was time to take it down.

Scores of Montgomery County residents packed Rockville City Hall Monday night to weigh in on the future of the statue, which was dedicated in 1913.

Because the statue sits on county land, the decision on whether to remove the statue was Leggett's. He called for it to come down, ideally as soon as possible.

The question now becomes what to do with the statue. Suggestions on where to place it varied Monday, with some people calling to move it to a museum or local historical society. Another popular idea was to move the statue to Rockville Cemetery, where many other veterans are buried.

One person suggested melting down the Confederate memorial and using that metal to create a new statue dedicated to unity.

While Leggett said he wanted the statue removed as soon as possible, there is no timetable in place for taking it down.

There are some questions over whether or not the Rockville Historic District Commission would have to approve the removal. County officials say there are questions over the commission's authority in this matter.

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