Galt's regional law enforcement training center project, which has been on hold for years, may be finally moving forward. The Galt City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve a $198,600 contract with an outside design firm.
In early 2009, council members approved a vision plan for the center with hopes of raising revenue from agencies looking to use the police department's shooting range, but was unable to move forward due to a lack of funding. Now, there is an adequate amount of money in the city's capital improvement project fund, according to city staff.
Part of the project will include adding four shooting ranges to the city-owned firearms range. Not only will this provide extra space for the Galt Police Department to practice shooting, but it will also allow more agencies to rent the range.
Revenue will be generated by those outside agencies, like the Lodi Police Department, that wish to use the facility.
If the contract is approved, URS Corporation of San Francisco will handle all engineering and design for the range.
The entire project will cost about $3 million, but will be carried out in steps as money becomes available, Galt Police Lt. Jim Uptegrove has said.
The city plans to add two pistol ranges and two 100-foot rifle ranges, and renovate the current pistol range. A gravel road leading to the range could also be paved, and a classroom building with utilities built so agencies can hold all-day training.
The expansion would mean Galt would have one of the most convenient outdoor ranges in the area because it is so close to hotels, restaurants and Highway 99, Uptegrove said in 2009.
The range is located near the Wastewater Treatment Plant off Twin Cities Road.
The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.
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