Murray City Newsletter | August 2022

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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


How Much Land in Murray is Taken Up by Apartments? 801-264-2600 5025 S. State Street Murray, Utah 84107

Hint: Not as much as you might think… “Affordable housing” is an oxymoron in these times. That is particularly true if you are a first-time homebuyer or if you’re looking for someplace to rent. It’s very true if you’re looking in Murray. You might lament apartment projects. You might be saying there are too many apartment buildings/projects in Murray, but here are the startling facts. • There are 5,828 apartment units in Murray. There are 21,569 total housing units in the city. • Apartments occupy a total of 214 acres of the 7,885 acres of land in Murray, or about 2.7% of the total acres of land. • Apartment vacancy rates in Murray are around 2.0% meaning it’s not easy to find a vacant place, whether you can afford the rent or not. • The rental costs for market-rate apartments will typically range from $1,100 or more per month for one-bedroom units and can reach upwards of $2,200 for some two and three-bedroom units. Meanwhile, purchasing a home remains tough and pricey. Though the market has calmed a little due to increasing interest rates, home prices aren’t coming down to a level that makes them accessible for firsttime home buyers. Murray is still a very desirable place to live. There is a great demand for housing, for rent or ownership. In addition to new single-family lots that have been developed recently, many rental units have been planned and are being built right now, including three projects that are under construction now or will be shortly:

Brett A. Hales -Mayor

Murray Square, on 9th East where Kmart once stood, will have a total of 421 units when all phases are complete. Construction is well underway on two of the three residential buildings. Those apartments include one, two and three bedrooms and will start leasing soon.

Construction just began on The Current, formerly Bonnyview Elementary School, located on Commerce Drive and 4994 South. The project will have 305 units ranging in size from one-to-two bedrooms. This project should be complete and leasing by 2024.

The Vine, under construction right now on Vine Street near 200 East will have 130 units. The project is about 20% finished. It will include one-to-two-bedroom units. Below is the current construction picture and the artist rendition of the finished product.

All three of these projects are providing rental apartments, each as part of a mixed-use project, meaning that along with the apartments being built, each project includes some new commercial and retail space as well.

Message from the Council Combatting the Housing Shortage As municipalities continue to combat the housing shortage and lack of affordable housing, one concept I have been researching, and find very interesting, is the idea of mixed-income housing. Although the concept of mixed-income housing has been Diane Turner around since at least the 1960’s, this concept District 4 has grown in popularity, especially in the last 20 years, as more and more major cities adopt this idea as part of their housing strategies. Although there is no agreed-upon definition of what mixed-income housing really is, the consensus is that mixed-income housing, or a mixed-income development, refers to a development in which housing is affordable to families and individuals of all income levels. It creates a community where people of different income levels can live together in the same area. It can revitalize blighted neighborhoods and help provide affordable housing. The types of housing offered in these communities varies from development to development but it can include single-family homes, town homes, duplexes, and apartments. A high-rise multi-family building can also be used for mixed-income housing as the different size of units within the building can be concealed and unnoticeable to the general public.

Murray Public Works

Mixed-income housing developments help to eliminate areas of high poverty, prevent residential segregation, and provide for vibrant neighborhoods. Additionally, there are many social advantages to the residents of a mixed-income development. Residents may experience better housing quality, an increased sense of safety, reduced stress, improved mental health, and a feeling of inclusion from this type of living situation. I find the idea of mixed-income housing very appealing because instead of having apartments in one area of the city, some single-family neighborhoods in another area, and some town houses in yet another area of the city, all of these housing types can be put together in one community that will appeal to and welcome residents of all income levels. As Murray City moves forward we must be willing to take on the challenges of our changing world. It is imperative that city staff and city leaders take the time to research and learn about all the resources that are available to us and brainstorm for the best solutions to keep our City moving forward. Mixed-income housing is just one tool available to us that can be used to help create more affordable housing for our residents. I plan to continue to learn about this concept and study areas in the City where mixed-income housing could possibly be implemented. Diane Turner, District 4

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

August 2022 Murray Public Works Update Murray City Public Works crews and its contractors have completed several projects this spring and summer. Murray Water replaced a waterline on 370 East north of Winchester. Murray Street crews have reconstructed roadways on Belview Avenue and Afton Avenue. Mill and overlays on Main Street, Century Drive, and Commerce Drive from Vine Street to 5300 South have also been completed. Mill and overlays on Fashion Boulevard from 6100 South to Winchester and Commerce Drive from 4100 South to 4800 South are expected to be completed by mid-August. Murray City concrete contractors have replaced curb and sidewalk along Halcyon Drive and adjoining streets. Reconstruction of 6240 South, 370 East, and Moon Ridge Drive are expected to be completed early this fall. Vine Street from 1300 East to Van Winkle is largely complete. Small repairs and punch list work is underway. This project provided a new surface, sidewalks, bike lanes, and a center turn lane to encourage a safe and comfortable corridor for all users. Several UDOT projects are on-going in Murray City. The State Street mill and overlay is underway and is replacing asphalt surfacing and replacing center medians from Winchester to 3000 South. Contact the project team at 385386-3806 for any questions. In mid-August, UDOT will begin a mill and overlay on 4500 South from I-15 to 700 East.

CITY COUNCIL Council District 1 Kat Martinez 385-743-8766 Council District 2 Pam Cotter 801-541-8364 Council District 3 Rosalba Dominguez 801-330-6232 Council District 4 Diane Turner 801-635-6382 Council District 5 Gerry Hrechkosy 385-800-1796 Executive Director Jennifer Kennedy Office: 801-264-2622 Telephone Agenda Information 801-264-2525

AUGUST 2022 Murray Senior Recreation Center 10 East 6150 South, Murray, Utah 84107 801-264-2635 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday Check our website for any changes in programs.


Date: Tuesday through Friday Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: Cost is $5; prior registration not required BRUNCH CAFE Date: Monday, Aug. 15 Monday, Aug. 29 Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: Price varies; prior registration not required


CLASSES CERAMICS Date: Tuesday and Thursday Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon Cost: $1.50 each class plus cost of supplies GRIEF SUPPORT Date: Friday, Aug. 5 Friday, Aug. 19 Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cost: Free; Register now AVOIDING SCAMS AND FRAUD Date: Tuesday, Aug. 16 Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Cost: Free AARP SMART DRIVING CLASS Date: Tuesday, Aug. 23 Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cost: $20 AARP Members otherwise $25 (payable day of class); register now Space is limited to 12 participants. VITAL AGING: COPING WITH TRAUMA Date: Tuesday, Aug. 30 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost: Free; register now

FAMILY CONCERT SERIES Date: Monday, Aug. 8 – Crazy Coyote (country and swing) Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cost: Free; no appointment needed open to all ages and doors open at 6:00 p.m.


SERVING UP KNOWLEDGE featuring Dale Myrberg, a U.S. National Yo-Yo Grand Master Date: Thursday, Aug. 18 Time: 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Cost: Free


FAMILY CONCERT: THE BD HOWES BAND Date: Monday, Sep. 12 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cost: Dinner is $10 for those 55+; concert is free for all ages


LINE DANCE: BEGINNING Date: Tuesdays Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $10 for the month; register now DAILY EXERCISE CLASSES – Check our current newsletter for the schedule UNIVERSITY OF UTAH STUDENTS – Overall Fitness and Personal Training Date: Tuesdays and Fridays (Overall Fitness) Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cost: Free; register now NOTE: Personal Training appointments are available based on student schedules, call the Center for training availability and appointments.

#10 East 6150 South (1 block west of State Street)

THURSDAY EVENING SOCIAL DANCE Live Music provided by Tony Summerhays Date: Thursdays Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 HAND AND FOOT CARD GAME Date: Mondays Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost: Free BRIDGE LESSONS Date: Mondays Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: Free MEXICAN TRAIN DOMINOS GAME Date: Thursdays Time: 12:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost: Free

HEALTH SERVICES BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC by Harmony Home Health Date: Thursday, Aug. 11 Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon Cost: Free; no appointment necessary HAIRCUTS Date: Wednesdays beginning on Aug. 24 Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: $10; advance appointment required MASSAGE THERAPY Date: Thursdays Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost: $20 for half-hour or $40 for hour; advance appointment required

TRIPS WENDOVER Date: Thursday, Sep. 8 Time: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Cost: $22; register now

For information call 801-264-2635

Please join Murray City Power as we celebrate being a public power utility! As a public power utility (rather than a for- profit utility) Murray City Power delivers better reliability, provides local jobs, and contributes to Murray City’s general fund. Perhaps, to our customer, the biggest benefit is having a lower power bill each month, which is something to celebrate! If you’re not following Murray City Power’s Facebook page, you should! In addition to our in-person public power celebration, we will be sharing energy savings tips and giving away prizes during the week of public power. Our Facebook page also includes outage information, employee recognition, and department information.

Thursday, September 15th 4:00-6:30 pm Murray City Park Pavilion #5

Murray Arts Beat RESIDENT ON DISPLAY We will be showcasing local artist, Carl Christensen, as our Resident on Display at City Hall, August – September. You can check out his display in City Hall, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm in the main display case next to the Chamber Room.


Celebrate the Jordan River with us at Germania Park, September 10, 2022. Grab a free ice cream sandwich while learning about the native plants & creatures that can be found along the river trail. Chalk Art Contest will be held that day from 8:00 am – 2:30 PM. Preregistration is required at or at the Murray Parks & Rec Office. (Registration closes September 5th or until spots are filled) More details can be found at:

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