By Jennifer McRae

PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) — Pueblo city officials decided voters will not determine the fate of the Christopher Columbus statue in town. It’s been the subject of heated debate the last few months, with people arguing about whether it should stay or go.

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Leaders had considered a possible emergency ordinance to put the issue on the November ballot but the city council voted unanimously to keep it off the ballot.

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The monument is located at 100 E. Abriendo Ave., in front of the Rawlings Library.

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It has been in that location for 115 years and is registered as a National Historic Place.

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A plaque on the monument reads: “In memory of Christopher Columbus with the hope that the glorious date of October 12, 1095 may be remembered in the world.”

Jennifer McRae