Yreka council to allow street closure for Liberty Arts opening reception

Bill Choy
The work of Mimi Bailey, left, John Uttech, center, and Brenda Eastman are featured in Liberty Arts’ most recent exhibit, “Wonderfully Twisted.” The Yreka City Council on Thursday voted to allow Liberty Arts to close a portion of N. Broadway to hold an opening reception for the exhibit, complete with live music, on July 10.

The Yreka City council agreed at their meeting on Thursday to allow Liberty Arts in downtown Yreka to close a portion of North Broadway St. for an opening outdoor celebration of their new show “Wonderfully Twisted.”

While the closure was approved, it was made clear by event organizers that with CVOID-19 cases increasing in the state there is a chance restrictions could be initiated before Friday that would cause the event to be called off or postponed.

Liberty Arts encouraged people to check their Facebook page for updates. The event was still on as of Monday afternoon.

Liberty Arts’ “Wonderfully Twisted” exhibit features the bold artistic voices of Siskiyou County artists Mimi Bailey, John Uttech, and Brenda Eastman. The show launched on Friday, June 26, with an opening celebration being held on July 10, from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring music on the plaza by the local rock band Honeyglove. Liberty Arts is located at 108 W. Miner Street. The event will feature a chance to tour the new exhibit.

Brian Meek, a member of the Liberty Arts board of directors and the retired Yreka City Manager, told the council they were taking a number of precautions to make sure the event will be safe.

This includes:

• No more than 50 attendees to the event

• Signage reminding attended to stay home if not feeling well; Observe social distancing of 6 feet; Wear a mask at all times in gallery, and during the event when possible; and keep hands sanitized

• The gallery will present a flow path on the floor, promoting distancing

• The gallery will not allow a line to congregate info front of the building

Meek told the council that Liberty Arts aims to provide a fun and safe event for people in town to enjoy.

“We need something positive in this day and age,” he said.

The council unanimously approved the resolution.

In other action:

• Manuel Rambonga was approved as the newest member of the Yreka Volunteer fire department.

• The council adopted a resolution authorizing the city manager to award a construction contract to Advantage Paving & Excavating, Inc., for a parking lot improvements project in the amount of $77,944.50

• Council discussed an ordinance amending certain sections of the Yreka Municipal Code in regards to curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and driveways.