- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) - A project honoring Illinois-born author Carl Sandburg in his hometown of Galesburg has been hindered by a sanitation issue.

A sewer line is complicating plans to place a 9-foot bronze statue of Sandburg in the town’s public square. The Galesburg Sanitary District is worried the heavy statue could damage the line that runs through the center of the park, Chuck Bednar, president of the Galesburg Public Arts Commission, told The Register-Mail (http://bit.ly/1vxSqf6 ).

“If the line collapses, Carl goes in the sewer and we don’t want that,” Bednar said.

Officials considered moving the statue to a different spot in the square where it wouldn’t pose a threat to the sewage line, but some residents are unhappy with that idea.

“A number of our members don’t want to do that,” Bednar said. “The symmetry of having the statue in the center of the park is something that was very important to them.”

The other options are to reroute or shut down the line, but either renovation would be costly. Officials are still looking into the final costs, Bednar said.

The commission needs to raise about $100,000 in private donations to complete the Sandburg memorial, which will also include a fountain, garden, flags and granite plates inscribed with passages from the author’s writings.

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Information from: The Register-Mail, http://www.register-mail.com

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