City council will consider setting aside money to help establish a municipal memorial to St. Albert’s fallen RCMP constable.
Mayor Nolan Crouse sent out a notice of motion to council earlier this week with three motions for councillors to consider when it comes to establishing a legacy project for Const. David Wynn, who died after being shot at Apex Casino earlier this month.
“I wanted to very, very quickly let the community know that something needs to get talked about,” Crouse said.
While he could yet change the amount of money or the timeline to be debated, Crouse’s motions currently suggest the city allocate $75,000 from any surplus from 2014 as an initial contribution to go toward either a public memorial, endowment or another way to honour Wynn, with possible assistance coming from other levels of government and community contributions.
The second motion would see city staff come back by the end of May with a suggested process, which would include public involvement, on how to proceed.
The third would authorize the city to work with the St. Albert Community Foundation to establish a temporary home for any funds to be used for the memorial until a permanent plan is established.
Crouse said the form the memorial takes has not been determined – it could be public art, or it could be a legacy fund or naming something after Wynn. It will depend on the conversation with the community, Wynn’s family and the RCMP.
“You can’t have the community forget,” Crouse said.
By moving forward with the motions, which will likely make it onto council’s agendas in February, it ensures the community will remember, Crouse said.