Contractors erected a flagpole Monday morning in the center circle of Courthouse Square in downtown Sonora, nearly one year after the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors approved the project.

The 30-foot aluminum flagpole was purchased earlier this year for about $2,200 while county officials worked on getting bids from contractors to install it. Baldwin Construction, of Sonora, was selected to do the work.

Throughout much of 2017, members of the county’s Historic Preservation Review Commission debated the proposed location and type of flagpole that would be appropriate to preserve the historical integrity of the county-owned park.

Some on the commission were concerned that putting the flagpole in the central circle would jeopardize the park’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places, though they were later assured that it wouldn’t by state officials.

The concrete base of the flagpole includes lights to illuminate the American flag at night.

Deputy County Administrator Daniel Richardson said the plan is to start flying the flag at 9 a.m. today.

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