Galt Parks and Recreation Commissioners are concerned that the location chosen by city council members earlier this month for a dog park in honor of fallen Officer Kevin Tonn is too close to the location where he was shot.
Additionally, the commission believes Harvey Park may have safety issues and possible vandalism concerns.
On Tuesday, they will ask the Galt City Council to form a small committee to look at other options and possible locations for a memorial or dog park in memory of Tonn. If approved by the city council, the committee would include two council members and two commissioners.
Tonn was killed in the line of duty in January while responding to a burglary call near F Street and the railroad tracks. After shooting Tonn, the suspect turned the gun on himself. He died at the scene, while Tonn was transported to a South Sacramento hospital where he died from his injuries.
On March 5, the city council approved spending up to $415,000 for one of two memorial site options to honor Tonn, although no final decision was made.
Depending on size and design of the park at C and 3rd streets, the two options are expected to cost $60,000 or $415,000, respectively. Vice Mayor Mike Singleton, who originally asked staff to review options for such a memorial, said fundraising could pay for the project.
A memorial will likely include a statue of Yaro, Tonn's K9 who has since been retired, commissioned and painted by local businesses.
Councilman Curt Campion recommended the options be sent to the Parks and Recreation Commission for input.
After receiving public comment and discussing the proposed site, the commissioners voted 3-0 earlier this month for the recommendation to form a new committee and further examine options.
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