Donations for a statue of Ronald Reagan have poured in, with about $42,000 of the $50,000 goal pledged or in hand, City Councilman Keith Curry said.
Much of the money was collected and pledged at a Jan. 27 screening of a film about Reagan, he said.
About 300 people attended the event "that brought back many fond memories by people in the audience," he said.
"The artist was there, and the design was very well received," he said.
The statue will be placed in a public area that has yet to be determined, but possible suggestions have included the new Civic Center park or the Central Library.
Curry first suggested the City Council name a local park after Reagan, but many residents expressed concerns that parks should be named after local dignitaries. The City Council ultimately voted against two motions that would have moved the park-naming plan forward.
In January, Curry proposed creating a bank account to accept private donations for a statue.