Garden pole to be removed in Arlington, Va., amid complaints of a disturbance to native plants article The garden pole at the center of an uproar is coming down, according to the Arlington City Council.
The pole will be removed on Tuesday, a councilwoman said, after the mayor, Arlington Mayor William G. Bowen III, and others spoke to her.
The councilwoman, Karen Carter, said the city has been in contact with Bowen about the issue.
She said she is unsure whether Bowen will remove the pole.
Bowen has denied any wrongdoing and said that the pole is just an ornament.
The city has received about 3,000 complaints about the pole over the past three years.
The poles, which can be up to 12 feet tall, have become a major issue for residents who live in Arlington because of concerns about noise, litter and other issues.
Arlington police say that the poles can be loud and cause a disturbance.
The Arlington City Planning Commission approved the removal of the pole in June.
Councilman Mark S. Schleifer, the council’s chairman, said he is pleased with the council member’s decision.
The proposed removal was first reported by The Washington Times.
The removal of one of the poles is a “necessary and prudent” step, Schlefer said in a statement.
“It will be a shame if we cannot remove all of these obstructions in Arlington for the benefit of all our residents and visitors,” he said.
“We need to keep Arlington an attractive destination for families, visitors and tourists.”
The Arlington County Commission has not voted on the issue yet.
Arlington has about 2,300 residents and about 1,100 of those residents live in the district, according the city’s website.
About 100 of the residents live on a property that includes the Arlington National Cemetery.