Murray City Newsletter | December 2021

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FREQUENTLY REQUESTED NUMBERS Attorney .................................. 801-264-2640 Business Licensing .................. 801-270-2432 Cemetery ................................ 801-264-2637 City Council ............................. 801-264-2603 Finance Department ............... 801-264-2513 FIRE DEPARTMENT Administrative Office .......... 801-264-2781 Non-Emergency Calls ......... 801-840-4000 General Information................ 801-264-2525 Senior Recreation Center ......... 801-264-2635 Human Resources.................... 801-264-2656 Library .................................... 801-264-2580 Mayor’s Office.......................... 801-264-2600 Municipal Court....................... 801-284-4280 Museum .................................. 801-264-2589 Murray Park Outdoor Pool ....... 801-266-9321 Murray Parkway Golf Course.... 801-262-4653 PARKS AND RECREATION Administrative Office .......... 801-264-2614 Rain-out Information ......... 801-264-2525 Park Center (indoor pool) ........ 801-284-4200 Passports................................. 801-264-2660 POLICE DEPARTMENT Administrative Office .......... 801-264-2673 Animal Control/SL County .. 385-468-7387 Code Enforcement .............. 801-264-2673 Non-Emergency Calls ......... 801-840-4000 POWER DEPARTMENT Administrative Office .......... 801-264-2730 After Hours Emergency....... 801-264-9669 PUBLIC SERVICES Administrative Office .......... 801-270-2440 Building Inspection ............ 801-270-2431 Green Waste Trailers ........... 801-270-2440 Planning and Zoning .......... 801-270-2420 Solid Waste......................... 801-270-2440 Water, Sewer, Streets.......... 801-270-2440 Zoning Enforcement ........... 801-270-2426 UTILITIES After Hours Emergency....... 801-264-9669 Billing Questions ................ 801-264-2626

Mayor’s Message


It’s Been an Honor to Serve 801-264-2600 5025 S. State Street Murray, Utah 84107

It is hard to believe that it’s been four years since I took the oath of office to serve as your mayor. I was first sworn in on September 19, 2017 as interim mayor and then on January 2, 2018 as your elected mayor. The oath of office administered to elected officials in Utah includes the words “support, obey, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State, and perform the duties of my office… with fidelity.” The dictionary definition of “fidelity” includes “faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.” As my term ends and I prepare to leave office, I want you all to know that I have done my best to live up to that oath. Everything I have done, and every decision I made was in faithfulness, loyalty, and support of this great city. Not everyone has agreed with every decision, but I have always done what I thought was right, and best for the city and its residents. Nothing was ever done for personal gain. Nothing. Ever. Each mayor has challenges and difficulties while in office. My term as mayor included some exceptional challenges that I didn’t see coming. Navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated conditions was a real test. As an administrative team, we had to make decisions based on limited information on how to keep our workforce and the public safe while still providing essential city services. Tough decisions were made regarding which facilities to keep open and which to close, what programs and services to provide, and what programs and services to postpone. I’m proud of our city staff for the way they stepped up and worked as a team to make and implement tough decisions in a complex and changing environment. I fully expected to have our new city hall completed by the end of my term, but delays caused by complex cell tower negotiations, followed by supply chain and workforce shortages, have pushed the completion date out to early 2023. I am pleased that construction is back underway now, and we are now seeing progress on the site as masonry walls and steel

Murray Library

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are being erected. This will be a beautiful facility for our police department and general government functions that will serve Murray City well for many decades to come. I have learned a lot during my time as mayor. At times I’ve been given too much credit for things that were going well and have taken blame for things that were beyond my control. That’s part of the job. I’m pleased with the many improvements that we have made over the course of my term. There have been some issues and matters that I would have liked to have completed, but they will be left to those who follow. I also express appreciation to the hard-working men and women, our city employees, who provide the city services that we all enjoy every day. It has been a pleasure working with you and I thank you for your dedication. Murray will have some challenging times ahead with the difficult issues of smart growth, redevelopment, rising costs of providing services, public safety, and so forth, but we are in a good position to deal with those issues and Murray will continue to be a great place to live and work. It has been my privilege to serve as your mayor, and I thank you for your support and encouragement. I have found the vast majority of Murray residents to be considerate and supportive. But now it’s time to move on and let others take the helm. After nearly 40 years of public service, including eight years in elected office, I am looking forward to being a private citizen and spending more time with family and friends. To those who have been elected to lead this city going forward, I wish you well, and urge you to lead “with fidelity.” Donald Rumsfeld once said, “Enjoy your time in public service. It may well be one of the most interesting and challenging times of your life.” Thank you, Murray City, for the interesting and challenging times that I had the opportunity to enjoy while serving as your mayor.

166 East 5300 South • Murray, UT 84107

Kris Kringle Zoom Chats Presented By Murray City Library

Take Home Storytime Kits

Have you been naughty or nice? Let Santa know by scheduling a 5-minute Zoom visit with St. Nick for your whole family. All Zoom meetings will take place December 18. Please visit our website to register a visit for the entire family.

Come pick up everything you need to do your own story time at home. You can check out books and take a free bag containing songs, rhymes, and a craft, all about the same theme. These will be available Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until noon.

Winter Reading & Watching in January Winter is the perfect time for reading books and watching movies. Join in on Winter Reading and the all-new Winter Watching program! Come to the library in January to pick up your tracker and learn about prizes. These programs are running from January 10 – February 26.

Message from the Council As we enter the final weeks of 2021, I find myself reflecting on the past ten years I have spent serving on the Murray City Council. After I was elected to represent District 5 on the City Council, I quickly realized that what I didn’t know outweighed what I did know. Knowing and loving my city and constituents had not prepared me for the new Brett Hales position I secured, however I quickly took District 5 advantage of a multitude of opportunities to advance my knowledge and understanding of municipal processes, procedures, issues, and decision making. Although the job of the City Council is to pass ordinances (laws) and resolutions for the city, we could not do this important job without the assistance of the city’s amazing employees. The City Council relies on the expertise, input, and advice of these employees to help us make the best decisions for the future of our city. I am so grateful

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for the dedication of the city’s employees. They help provide a high quality of life for the city’s residents and business owners and we could not do the work we do without them. Another important aspect of the legislative process is involving the residents and businesses. I love to see residents at council meetings watching us in action. As residents and business owners your input is valuable and vital as the City Council makes decisions. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the city’s employees, residents, and business owners over the years. Being on the City Council isn’t always an easy job but knowing the respect our tight knit community affords everyone makes even the tough days bearable. Serving on the City Council has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this amazing city. Brett Hales Council District 5 Council District 3 Rosalba Dominguez 801-330-6232 Executive Director Jennifer Kennedy Office: 801-264-2622 Telephone Agenda Information 801-264-2525

• Preventing • Preventing flooding flooding of personal of personal property property

and/or damage to public infrastructure, and/or damage to public infrastructure, including roads. including roads.

• Minimizing • Minimizing foulfoul odors odors andand maintaining maintaining

aesthetically aesthetically pleasing pleasing neighborhoods. neighborhoods.

• Keeping • Keeping our our rivers, rivers, lakes lakes andand streams streams clean. clean.

TheThe Murray Murray CityCity facility ONLY accepts facility ONLY accepts antifreeze, antifreeze, batteries, batteries, oil oil andand paint. paint.

Council District 2 Dale M. Cox 801-971-5568

Council District 5 Brett A. Hales 801-882-7171

A clean A clean stormwater stormwater system system helps helps community ourour community by:by:

An antifreeze, An antifreeze, batteries, batteries, oil and oil and paint paint (ABOP) (ABOP) waste waste facility facility is located is located at Murray at Murray CityCity Public Public Works, 4646 South West. Business hours Works, 4646 South 500500 West. Business hours are are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3top.m. 801-270-2440 more information) (Call(Call 801-270-2440 for for more information)

Stormwater Stormwater systems systems can can be found be found throughout throughout Murray CityCity andand include ditches, catch basins, Murray include ditches, catch basins, curbs, underground pipes, ponds, swales andand dry dry curbs, underground pipes, ponds, swales wells. These structures carry stormwater to to wells. These structures carry stormwater outfalls on local rivers or allow the the stormwater to to outfalls on local rivers or allow stormwater drain intointo the the ground. Contaminants discharged drain ground. Contaminants discharged intointo stormwater systems can can pollute surface stormwater systems pollute surface waters as well as ground water. waters as well as ground water.

healthy recreational opportunities. healthy recreational opportunities.

Council District 1 Kat Martinez 385-743-8766

Council District 4 Diane Turner 801-635-6382

Keep Keep Murray Murray City City clean. clean. Keep Keep contaminants away from ALLALL storm contaminants away from storm drains. drains.

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DECEMBER 2021 Murray Senior Recreation Center Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm | Thursday 8:00 am – 9:30 pm | Closed Saturday and Sunday

DAILY LUNCH BY CHEF OMAR LIMON Date: Tuesday through Friday Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Cost: Cost is $4; prior registration not required

SPECIAL EVENTS WINTER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES Date: Monday, Dec. 13 – Winterwood Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Cost: Free; no appointment needed open to all ages and doors open at 6 p.m. HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE Thirteen vendors selling homemade items Date: Friday, Dec. 3 Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: Boutique is Free and Open to the Public

CLASSES CERAMICS Date: Tuesday and Thursday Time: 9 a.m. – noon Cost: $1.50 each class plus cost of supplies CHRISTMAS STORYTELLING Date: Friday, Dec. 10 Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cost: Free; register now GRIEF SUPPORT Date: Friday, Dec. 10 Friday, Dec. 17 Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cost: Free; Register now VITAL AGING: DEALING WITH STRESS

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 21 Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Cost: Free; register now

PROGRAMS THURSDAY EVENING SOCIAL DANCE Live Music provided by Tony Summerhays Date: Thursdays Time: 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 MEXICAN TRAIN DOMINOS GAME Date: Thursdays Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: Free

HEALTH SERVICES HAIRCUTS Date: Friday, Dec. 3 Time: 9 a.m. – noon Date: Friday, Dec. 17 Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost: $9; advance appointment required BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC BY HARMONY HOME HEALTH Date: Thursday, Dec. 9 Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon Cost: Free; no appointment necessary

Murray Public Works As 2021 ends, Murray City Public Works thanks our residents for their patience as we completed projects to update and improve our infrastructure. A few of the project achievements this year include: • Road reconstruction with added sidewalk on Cedar Street from 6100 S. to Creek Drive • Road reconstruction on 6230 S., Shiloh Way, Woodshire Circle, and Vinecrest Drive from Vine to 6200 S. • Pavement overlays of Loreen Drive and Surrey Lane • Sidewalk repairs in the Jamestown/Lombardy, Woodstock Village, and Southwood neighborhoods • New water line on Century Drive, 4370 S., Shiloh Way, 6230 S., & College Drive from 5300 S. to Ascension Way Several projects are also in the works for 2022 and more information will be available on the Murray City Public Works Instagram and Facebook as information becomes available. Murray City Public Works, in partnership is StreetScan, has undertaken a review of the city’s nearly 300 miles of sidewalks for trip hazards and damages. This information will be utilized in the future to better target neighborhoods to address sidewalk safety and maintenance.

TRIPS WENDOVER Date: Thursday, Jan. 13 Time: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Cost: $22; register now

#10 East 6150 South (1 block west of State Street) • For information call 801-264-2635

For additional information, contact Murray Public Works Department at 801-270-2440

The Park Center Keep your kids busy during the winter break @ The Park Center! RECREATION DEPARTMENT Recreation Director: Soni Hirasuna Recreation Coordinator: Janica Gubler Recreation Coordinator: Tasha LaRocco Park Center Director: Marci Williams Assistant Park Center Director: Joe Gourley Aquatics Manager: Sena Vick

The Park Center: 202 E Murray Park Ave. Parks & Re Office: 296 E Murray Park Ave.

Murray Arts Beat

2021 HAUNTED TALES Announcing Winners! 1st Place:

2nd Grade: Zoey S. “The Terrible Storm” 3rd Grade: Everett H. “The Weird Pumpkin” 4th Grade: Wesley B. 5th Grade: Rylie S. “Barely a Witch” 6th Grade: Noelle T. “The Legend of Abby Mansion” 7th Grade: Kai S. “A Scary Halloween Night” 8th Grade: Erika B. “Bench in the Graveyard” 12th Grade: Micah B. “Halloween Haunts in St. George”

2nd Place:

3rd Grade: Chase P. “Halloween Haiku” 4th Grade: Penelope E. “(Not So) Spine Chilling Tales” 5th Grade: Savannah S. “Un-Natural Disaster” 6th Grade: Lucy H. “Haunted Halloween” 7th Grade: Jelaire E. “My Thought on Halloween” 8th Grade: Kate G. “Halloween Competition of the Ages”

For additional information, please contact Lori Edmunds at 801-264-2620