The Museum is scheduled to open Memorial Day at its new location at the former Loyalton Middle School.
Curator Jackie Mitchell plans to place the hearse in the old auditorium, next to what will be Annie Belli-Fassbender’s “Alumni’s Space” for fundraising. There are those who don’t want the hearse near dining. Jackie says that is the only space large enough.
Discussion over the hearse became contentious at the City Council meeting Tuesday night until Councilman Mark Marin’s suggestion of using a curtain to hide it during events was called a “good solution.”
Mayor Brooks Mitchell gave an update on progress of the new museum space, stating it’s two-thirds done with one room painted and flooring started. Concrete for the handicap ramp cost was $5,000 less. For Annie Terrassas’ room, cabinets and countertop are delivered along with flooring.
In the Thrift Store space, staples need to be removed and furniture emptied. Ten pickup loads have been taken to storage.
Ben Roberti talked about the trophies and those in cases at the new space may remain. New cases have been built at the high school and Ben will decide which of the 40 boxes of trophies to use. The mayor added there should be trophies through the fire department on display, too.
All the old drinking water fountains will remain in the new museum.
A fundraiser will be held at the new museum on
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. with the reenactment portrayal of Andrew Jackson better known as “Big Jack” Davis by Lee Dummel. Call (530) 993-4012 for information.
The Council agreed to appoint a 5-member Museum Board. Jackie suggested former resident, Jim Olsen.
Gary Nelson of Sierra Brooks was present and thanked for an “excellent job” in donating the train, ranch, logging and Boca Dam display.
The mayor told of using $8,000 of the remaining $12,000 Loyalton Swim Pool funds at the museum and Rebekah McHenry Perez now in charge of that funding.
Discussion was over the May 8th sale of Loyalton Mobile Home Park LLC as tax-defaulted property and the cost of $6,000 a month for use of City water. The mayor stated the mobile home park manager hoped to be the owner and renegotiate the number of hookups since nine lots have no tenants. The park had 52 hookups and the City charged for 44, now down to 30 hookups. Councilman Ernie Teague “harped” on the $225,000 owed and questioned how the Council didn’t know what it was owed. The mayor applauded Ernie for his work on bringing in another $77,000 water and sewer funds which he called a “slow process” and admitted the City needs to trace the money.
In other action, the Council voted to advertise for a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, “clean up and green up” and repair the water system on Railroad Avenue for the car show June 6th and refer key enforcement to the finance committee.
From Annie Belli Fassbender: An up-date to all of you Loyalton High School alumni who have so generously donated time and money to our effort to remodel our old cafeteria kitchen, located in the auditorium. I am happy to report, we are 90% done !! So far, it's painted, new flooring, new cabinets, new curtains,new counter tops, etc..We did keep the old double sink, which weighs a ton, just ask my husband, Craig, and Mike Buck, who lifted it back into its old spot today . The old stove, donated by Earl and Rosalie Little, will be in by next weekend, and so will a used refrigerator. I am so happy to finally see the light at the end if the tunnel and I am sure you all will be happy with the results....."back to the 50's" look !
The flooring we put in the kitchen would be great to continue into the auditorium, but, we don't quite have enough donations left over to purchase the product for the 30x50 room. Soooo, if any more of you Loyalton school alumni, or any body,would like to contribute to the flooring ( my husband,Craig, already told me he would donate his time on the weekends to install it), I would appreciate it...make out the check to : Annie Terrasas, and in the "memo" space in the lower left hand corner, put "Alumni School project"....Again, I would like to thank all of you for your support, and if there are cars in front of the school, that means the doors are open, stop in and check things out !
Annie (Belli) Terrasas-Fassbender