Official said toppled Lincoln statue should return soon

Official said toppled Lincoln statue should return soon

A southeastern Wisconsin city official said a statue of Abraham Lincoln that was recently toppled should be ready to go back up in the coming weeks.

Burlington’s Lincoln statue was toppled Saturday. A man has been arrested and was charged Tuesday with felony criminal damage to property.

Jim Bergles, director of the city’s public works department, said there was “no structural damage to Abe Lincoln himself.” He said the statue needs new mounting bolts.

Bergles said the statue has been taken to Milwaukee to be repaired by the same company that restored it two years ago. He said repairs will cost roughly $5,000.

Dennis Tully, president of the statue’s caretaker organization, said the damage could have been worse and that they’re fortunate it fell into a pile of snow.