(KMOV)-- City hall did not follow proper procedure, according to a former city councilwoman, who says the public did not get an opportunity to voice concerns over a possible Chuck Berry statue in the Loop.
Elsie Glickert is a lifelong resident of University City.
She believes it is fine if someone wants to put up a statue on private property, but not in a public space without public hearings.
She says the city council has dumped this on residents.
"Their response is they're singing kumbaya. Two wrongs have never made a right. This is wrong to put this on public property,” Glickert said.
Joe Edwards, along with KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan, have been at the forefront of the fundraising effort for the statue.
“She's incorrect on that. All proper procedures were followed for last two years, and city council confirmed that at the city council meeting the other night,” Edwards said. "I don't know why this is coming up now, but this is America, and one person can voice their opinion.”
Glickert also has a problem with a statue going up in honor of a convicted felon.
Berry has a history of brushes with the law, including time in prison for violating the “Mann Act.”
Among other arguments, supporters say that this is a tribute for Berry contributions to music and rock ‘n roll.