Arcata would like some ideas and offers for the future location of the President William McKinley statue. (Shaun Walker — The Times-Standard file)

Arcata is looking for a few good ideas on where to put the embattled statue of President William McKinley following Tuesday’s vote on Measure M.

“On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the majority of Arcata voters (62.16 percent) voted Measure M down,” states a news release from the city.

The county elections office told the Times-Standard there were thousands of ballots remaining to be counted.

The release from Arcata states the Feb. 21 vote on the fate of the statue stands and the city is moving forward with a review of what it will take to relocate the statue that has been at the center of the Arcata Plaza for more than a century.

“The McKinley statue is identified as a historic feature of the Plaza in the City’s guiding document called the General Plan,” the city’s release states, noting there is an ongoing environmental review that is mandated by the state to look at the impacts of the move.

There will be public planning commission and city council meetings that will formally decide on a relocation plan. The city council is expected to make a decision and finalize a new site for the state in early 2019.

In the meantime, the city is looking for suggestions. Community members with offers or ideas regarding McKinley’s future are encouraged to call Community Development Director David Loya at 707-822-5955 or email with the subject line “McKinley statue relocation.”

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