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APRIL 2021

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 Heritage Center (Sr. 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 ................... 801-264-2671 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


State of the City

mayor@murray.utah.gov 801-264-2600 5025 S. State Street Murray, Utah 84107

One of the responsibilities I have as the mayor of Murray City is to provide an annual state of the city address. The purpose of the address is to share city achievements with the community, identify areas needing improvement, and outline future goals. It is also an opportunity to discuss city finances, capital projects, and our local economy. In prior years, the address has been delivered during public meetings or events. Unfortunately, the pandemic has dramatically impacted in-person gatherings, so this year I delivered the state of the city address via video, which can be accessed at www.murray.utah.gov. I want to highlight a few of the things mentioned in my address. In early 2020, the state of the city address was teeming with great optimism as the outlook for Murray was very exciting. Well, 2020 did turn out to be an exciting year, but not in the way any of us anticipated. While preparing my address for 2021, I took time to reflect on all the ways that 2020 surprised and challenged the city. On March 13, I issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. We immediately closed our Senior Recreation Center, Park Center, museum, and library, while temporarily closing other city buildings and providing services online or by telephone. Internal and external meetings were changed to an electronic format. Many of us had never heard of “Zoom” before the pandemic, and now we have become very proficient in its use. City employees adjusted to health department guidelines and found new, creative ways to perform their jobs. The pandemic also created uncertainty surrounding the fiscal health of the city. Staff was developing the budget for FY 2020-21 when COVID-19 erupted. I requested significant budget reductions with only urgent projects being funded, while continuing to maintain the level of service that our residents expect. The council requested an additional 10% reduction from general fund operating budgets. There was no cost of living adjustment (COLA) included for employ-

D. Blair Camp -Mayor

ees. Thankfully, the revenues were not impacted as much as feared, and some of the capital improvement funds were reinstated at mid-budget year. On March 18, just five days after the executive order regarding the pandemic, the 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit the Salt Lake Valley. Murray staff and emergency responders immediately went into action assessing the impact of the quake, which I’m happy to report was not substantial. But mother nature wasn’t finished. We can’t forget the windstorm on September 8 with hurricane force winds that snapped power poles and uprooted trees throughout northern Utah and along the Wasatch Front. Thankfully the impact on Murray City was not significant compared to other communities. In fact, the power department arborists provided aid to other municipal power cities in their cleanup efforts, and Public Works was able to loan some heavy equipment to nearby communities in need. Throughout 2020, Murray City proved to be adaptable and prepared to respond during every crisis. With uncertain financial conditions created by the pandemic, budgets were reduced while continuing to provide quality municipal services to residents and businesses. I believe the city demonstrated prudent fiscal responsibility as no layoffs were necessary and all financial obligations were met. As natural disasters impacted our state, the city was willing and able to assist neighboring communities. In 2020, Murray City demonstrated once again that it is resilient and self-reliant during trying times. I am cautiously optimistic as we dive into 2021, knowing that Murray City has not only survived, but thrived even during hard times for the past 118 years. Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” I thank each of you individually for doing your part in helping to keep Murray City a great place to live, work, shop, and enjoy recreation. I look forward to a great future for Murray City.

Stay informed.



Message from the Council As we mark the one year anniversary of the beginning of the pandemic, many of us have been reflecting on the past year. Over 2,000 Utahns have lost their lives to COVID-19. We have lost loved ones, neighbors, and cherished community members. But we persevere. Nearly one million vaccines have been administered to Utahns already. Recently, Governor Cox announced that all Utahns will be eligible to receive the vaccine beginning Kat Martinez April 1st. Immunizations help us protect ourDistrict 1 selves and help us return to a life that looks a little bit closer to normal. I would be remiss if I didn’t use this opportunity to encourage you to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you are eligible. I know some are hesitant, and after this last year of uncertainty, that is understandable. In an effort to inform, here are some facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. First, COVID-19 vaccines don’t give you coronavirus, they don’t contain any part of the virus. COVID-19 vaccines protect you from the virus. You may notice side effects after you get vaccinated. A sore arm or fever is normal and will pass in a few days. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, even though they were developed quickly. Many reasons vaccinations often take a long time to develop have to do with funding. That wasn’t an issue with coronavirus. No steps were skipped developing the vaccines. Scientists have been working on vaccine technology for over ten years. Researchers had all the funding they needed and weren’t hindered by other bureaucratic

Murray Public Works Department

obstacles that often stand in the way of vaccine development. Vaccines are amazing! Immunizations are estimated to prevent 2-3 million deaths every year. They trigger an immune response that creates antibodies to protect you from getting infected with COVID-19. They don’t change your DNA and they don’t contain microchips. COVID-19 vaccines have not been linked to infertility or miscarriage. Using caution about what you put in your body absolutely makes sense, but please make sure information that impacts your decisions are from reputable sources. * In related news, the Utah state legislature just wrapped up their 2021 45 day session. One bill that passed was HB 294, which has been called the pandemic endgame bill. The bill effectively ends all COVID-19 restrictions including the statewide mask mandate, except for in schools and large public gatherings. This bill goes into effective April 10th. Many businesses will still choose to enforce mask wearing on their premises to protect their employees and customers. Please, be respectful of businesses and workers if they ask you to wear a mask. In Murray we are known for loyally supporting our businesses and being compassionate and friendly to workers. Let’s keep that up by being courteous and understanding whenever we are given the opportunity. It has been a trying year, but I wouldn’t have wanted to go through it with any other community. Thank you for taking care of each other and continuing to act with compassion. *Visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/ for up to date information regarding COVID-19 and vaccinations.

For additional information: 801-270-2440

Murray City crews and contractors are planning a slate of projects for early spring into summer. The first of these projects includes finishing sidewalk repairs and replacements in the Jamestown and Lombardy neighborhoods. Beginning in mid-Spring, full road reconstructions will occur on 6230 South and on 320 East. Starting in June, Cedar Street from Creek Drive to 6100 South will be reconstructed and have sidewalk added to the west side to encourage a safe walkway for students of Liberty Elementary. On Anderson Avenue from 700 West to Green Street, Murray City Water will be replacing the mainline beginning in early April. The design of Vine Street from 1300 East to the Van Winkle Expressway is mostly complete. Comments from a resident survey were incorporated into the design and the roadway reconstruction will begin in early 2022 and provide a new surface, sidewalks, bike lanes, and a center turn lane to encourage a safe and comfortable corridor for all users. Salt Lake City and various utilities will be installing new lines and services in advance of the project throughout 2021. For more details or comments, please contact info@murrayvinestreet.com or call 855-663-6800. Murray City is continuing the process of updating the City’s Transportation Plan. This plan evaluates the current and future of travel through the city whether it is by walking, biking, driving, public transit or other modes. Last year, a survey was distributed to Murray residents and commuters. The survey responses were incorporated into the plan and a draft is available at www. murraytransportationplan.com. Please take a moment and review the draft and provide comments via the embedded survey.

Council District 1 Kat Martinez 801-264-2624

kat.martinez@murray.utah.gov Council District 2 Dale M. Cox 801-264-2624

dale.cox@murray.utah.gov Council District 3 Rosalba Dominguez 801-264-2624

rosalba.dominguez@murray.utah.gov Council District 4 Diane Turner 801-264-2624

diane.turner@murray.utah.gov Council District 5 Brett A. Hales 801-264-2624

brett.hales@murray.utah.gov Kat Martinez District 5



Executive Director Jennifer Kennedy Office: 801-264-2622

jkennedy@murray.utah.gov Telephone Agenda Information 801-264-2525

APRIL 2021 Murray Senior Recreation Center CLASSES & SERVICES  The following classes and services are all on Zoom. Please call the Senior Recreation Center at 801-264-2635 to register. History Class – On Tuesday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m., Jimmy Duignan, who originally hails from Dublin, Ireland, and is a retired history teacher, will presenting Colonel Days. The next class is scheduled for May 11, and the topic will be announced at the April class. Grief Support Class – On Fridays, April 2, 16 and 30, at 10:30 a.m., Jody Davis, a Chaplin from Rocky Mountain Hospice, will discuss ways to process in this Grief Support Class. Watercolor Class – John Fackrell’s six-week WATERCOLOR class begins Monday, April 19-through Monday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $33. Space is limited to 20. Nutrition Class – On Tuesday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m., Ashley Quadros, a dietician from Harmons will be sharing a presentation on Mediterranean Cuisine. We can’t all get away on a dreamy cruise, but we can eat like it! Join Ashley to learn all about Mediterranean cuisine. Not only is Mediterranean cooking delicious, it was also named the best eating style for health in 2021. Mediterranean cuisine offers us bright, fresh flavors and pure ingredients enjoyed with good company. The best part, it’s easy and 100% possible in Utah. Legal Consultation – An attorney is available for a virtual, 30-minute LEGAL CONSULTAION no charge on Tuesday, April 13 and May 11, from 1-3 p.m. Kyle Barrick is a local attorney and he has been working with the Center for many years.

Youth (3-17)


Youth (3-17)


Adult (18-59)


Adult (18-59)


Senior (60 +)


Senior (60 +)




Youth (3-17)


Adult (18-59)


Adult (18-59)


Senior (60 +)


Senior (60 +)


Auto pay membership drafts each month from checking account for a minimum of 12 months. Voided check REQUIRED to set up Auto pay (EFT—electronic fund transfer)

EVENTS Walking Club: This summer’s walking club destination is Roswell, New Mexico, home of Area 51 and aliens (788 miles). Record your steps on a monthly calendar and those that reach their destination will receive a prize. Cost is $12 and includes a t-shirt and pedometer. April 1 to October 31, 2021. Car Bingo is back! Wednesday, April 7 at 1 p.m. will be the start of Car Bingo in our west parking lot. Register prior to each Wednesday’s Bingo. Limit is 20 cars, with two players per car. Free! Senior Golf League: The Murray Senior Recreation Center’s GOLF LEAGUE will begin this year with our first tournament on Monday, May 10. Registration for the league, which costs $10 to join, begins on April 21. Call 801-264-2635 for an information packet.

Saturdays Saturdays

Adult membership: can add on an Adult, Youth or Senior Senior membership can add on Senior, youth. NO add on for Youth memberships


10 a.m.-1 p.m. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

PIF - add on cost per individual

Youth (3-17)


Youth (3-17)


Adult (18-59)


Adult (18-59)


Senior (60 +)


Senior (60 +)


PIF memberships receive a 5% discount. Annual Auto Pay, PIF and monthly memberships are + tax. All members must reside in the same residence. "Residence is defined as a person's domicile and the place in which the person's habitation is fixed and where, whenever the person is absent, the person has intention of returning." Annual memberships include all fitness classes and the Murray Aquatic Center (Outdoor Pool).



Virtual Personal Training – Students from the University of Utah Kinesiology program will be offering personal training via Zoom. This program runs from May 17- July 30. The students will work with our participants to complete a pre-participation fitness and health history assessment. Once you are cleared for participation in the virtual exercise program, your student contact will create a personalized program for you. Meeting times will be arranged between you and your student to fit your schedule. The Senior Recreation Center and the University of Utah will provide you with any necessary equipment.

AUTO PAY - add on cost per individual

Youth (3-17)


#10 East 6150 South (one block west of State Street) For information on these and other programs call 801-264-2635

Single Pass




10 pack

$ 50

One - 10 punch card


Two - 10 punch cards


*** Reservations are required for all children*** Children 2-9 years, 1st hour free per day with an ANNUAL Park Center Membership (Children must be on membership).

Monday & Wednesday Monday & Wednesday Tuesday & Thursday Tuesday & Thursday Monday & Wednesday Friday Friday Tuesday & Thursday Friday

9-11 a.m.

9-11 a.m. 9-11 a.m. 9-11 a.m. 9-11 a.m. 5-7p.m. p.m. 5-7

9-11 a.m. 5-7 p.m.

RESIDENT ON DISPLAY Original artwork by Murray resident artists are displayed in the central display case at City Hall. Ryan Bench is our Resident on Display, April – May. For those interested in showcasing their talent and becoming a Resident on Display – please contact murraymuseum@ murray.utah.gov

Lori Edmunds: 801-264-2620

MURRAY FUN DAYS – JULY 3, 2021 We are cautiously and carefully planning our annual Murray Fun Days celebration, to be held July 3, 2021. FUN DAYS PARADE: Entry forms are due by June 1, 2021. Parade forms can be found at the Murray Parks & Rec Office or online at www.murray.utah.gov/412/ Parade-Information CHALK ART CONTEST: Registration is open and will close June 25th by 5:00 PM. Limited spots. Forms and more details can be found at the Murray Parks & Rec Office or online at www.murray.utah.gov/1635/Chalk-Art-Contest Registration is also available online at mcreg.com

AUDITIONS SHREK THE MUSICAL will be directed by Brighton Sloan and presented by special arrangement with MTI. Auditions will be by video submission – due by April 19th. Dance callback by appointment only, April 20th at Murray High School. Callbacks (by invitation only) will be held April 21. Performance dates: July 9-10, 12, 15-17 at the Murray Park Amphitheater. DISNEY’S NEWSIES will be directed by Jim Smith and presented by special arrangement with MTI. Auditions will be by video submission only. Submissions will be accepted through May 3 by 10:00 PM. Callbacks (by invitation only) will be held May 8, 9:00 AM at the Murray Mansion. Performance dates: August 6-7, 9, 12-14 at the Murray Park Amphitheater. *Audition information can be found on our Murray City Cultural Arts Facebook Page and on our City Website under Cultural Arts. www.murray.utah.gov/1642/Auditions

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