Additional volunteer work is needed to continue to move forward with a fallen heroes memorial to remember Galt Police Officer Kevin Tonn who was killed in the line of duty a year ago next month, as well as other first responders who may lose their lives in the future.
The memorial will be built along C Street adjacent to City Hall.
Preliminary estimates put construction and materials costs at $154,000, according to city staff.
However, fundraising and other volunteer work could reduce this cost by 40 percent.
Phase 1 could begin as soon as fundraising money is made available to the city, which is overseeing the project, William Forrest, the city’s senior engineer, said at Tuesday’s regular Galt City Council meeting.
Students from Galt High School’s BEST Academy presented their concept and a detailed three-dimensional model to the council in October.
The civic engineering and architecture students, who started work on the idea at the end of last school year, have joined up with the Community Heroes Appreciation Memorial Project, the fundraising arm or the project.
CHAMP volunteers, led by Galt Police Records Clerk Lynn Hutchinson, have been selling T-shirts and sweatshirts in honor of Tonn to raise money for the memorial. They also sponsored a motorcycle Poker Run, 5K Family Fun Run and holiday craft boutique last month.
To date, they have raised about $23,000, Hutchinson said Tuesday.
A wine event and golf tournament are tentatively scheduled for next year.
For more information about events and volunteer opportunities, visit www.champgalt.com.