Construction of the new Brockmeyer memorial took a step forward on Monday, as the Chester City Council approved Phase I of the project.
A conceptual rendering of Phase I of the park, distributed to media on Tuesday morning, shows outlines for a three-sided memorial on a raised base, a circular sidewalk with an open lawn area and ornamental and shade trees. The park will be constructed on the former Pinky's Sugarland lot at the corner of State and Opdyke streets.
The park is in honor of fallen Chester police officer and volunteer firefighter James Brockmeyer, who was fatally injured in the line of duty during a vehicle chase on Palestine Road on October 28, 2016.
During the meeting, Chester Police Chief Ryan Coffey stated cost of the project was "speculative" pending donated services. Red Dot Construction is donating labor for the project, with the city paying for the materials, while the city's engineers, J.T. Blankinship, Inc., are donating architectural services.
"We're continuing to take donations," said Chester Mayor Tom Page. "That's a continual process."
Alderman Russ Rader asked about the possibility of adding names to the memorial or if the memorial is just for Brockmeyer.
"We want it to be for just James and just James forever," Page said.
Alderman Ray Allison asked Coffey who would be responsible for maintenance of the park. Page stated the possibility of using some cemetery employees and noted the council had already approved setting aside $5,000 for maintenance.
Phase II of the project, as stated by Page, would include the addition of more decorative items.
"It's going to look really, really nice," he said.
For more details on the meeting, see the Herald Tribune's Aug. 9 print edition.