Murray City Newsletter | March 2023

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Grant Elementary . . . . . . 801-264-7416 Heritage Center (Senior Programming) 801-264-2635 Hillcrest Jr. High . . . . . . . 801-264-7442 Horizon Elementary . . . . 801-264-7420 Liberty Elementary . . . . . 801-264-7424 Longview Elementary 801-264-7428 Ken Price Ball Park 801-262-8282 Miss Murray Competition (Lindsey D. Smith) 801-699-2288 McMillan Elementary 801-264-7430 Murray Area Chamber

of Commerce.


Murray Boys & Girls Club


Election Time Again!

It seems like we just nished with an election cycle, but here I am, talking about the next one! That’s because it is important for all eligible voters to stay informed about the candidate ling deadlines, primary election date and general election.

In Murray this year, there are three council seats up for election:

• Council District 1

• Council District 3

• Council District 5

The City Council is responsible for voting on such things as policies, budgets and ordinances. Individuals interested in running for o ce can le their candidacy with the Murray City Recorder from June 1-7, 2023.

August 15, 2023 – Primary Election. This election is crucial as it determines which candidates will move on to the general election. During the primary, voters will have the chance to cast their ballots for the candidates they believe will best represent their interests and values.

August 29, 2023 – Board of Canvassers

Meeting – Primary

September 3, 2023 - The last day to qualify as a write-in candidate.

November 7, 2023 – General Election. This is the nal stage of the election process and the outcome of this election will determine who will hold o ce for the next four years. This is the time when all eligible voters can make their voices heard and choose their leaders.

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Viewmont Elementary 801-264-7438

Novembers 21, 2023 – Board of Canvassers Meeting – General

It is important to participate in the election process and make your voice heard.

Whether you are voting in the primary or the general election, your vote matters. If you are not already registered to vote, now is the time to do so. To register, visit

As you may know, Murray City owns and operates its own electrical power system. Established in 1913, Murray City Power has offered reliable, inexpensive electricity to its 20,000 metered customers. The autonomy of having its own power system allows Murray to respond quickly to outages, provide stable rates, and have local control of management and staff.

Murray City Power has an impressive variety of power sources. Our mix of sources has been the envy of many other municipal power systems throughout the State (there are more than 40 other municipally owned systems in Utah).


MARCH 2023
Power Costs Increasing It’s
Brett A. Hales -Mayor 801-264-2600 5025 S. State Street Murray, Utah 84107 MAYOR’S OFFICE
Mayor’s Message
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801-264-2637 Murray
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Murray Arts Advisory Board (Lori Edmunds)
Murray City Cemetery
Community Education
Murray High School
Murray Museum
Murray Parks and Recreation O ce
Murray Parkway Golf Course
Murray Park Aquatics Pool
801 290-4190
Mick Riley Golf Course (SL County).
Parkside Elementary . . .
Riverview Jr. High 801-264-7446
Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation
Salt Lake County Ice Center
The Park Center 801-284-4200
Here is a map of the council districts in Murray: City_Council_Boundaries_2022?bidId=


10 East 6150 South, Murray, Utah 84107


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


Family Concert Series

Date: Monday, Mar. 13

Synkofa (Celtic Jazz Ensemble)

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.



Date: Tuesday and Thursday

Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon

Cost: $1.50 each class plus cost of supplies

Grief Support

Date: Friday, Mar. 10 and 24

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free; Register now

It All Starts at the Core

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 14

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free; Register now

Vital Aging: Boost Your Brain Power

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 28

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free; register now

Earthquake Class

Date: Friday, Mar. 31

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free; register now


Line Dance: Beginning

Date: Tuesdays

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 for the month; register now

Thursday Evening Social Dance

Live Music provided by Tony Summerhays

Date: Thursdays

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $5


Daily Exercise Classes – check our current newsletter for the schedule


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 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free


Blood Pressure Clinic by Harmony Home Health

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 8

Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon

Cost: Free; no appointment necessary

Hearing Screening

Date: Monday, Mar. 20

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free; advance appointment required

UVU Health Screening

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 22

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: Free; no appointment necessary


Date: Wednesdays

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $10; advance appointment required

Onsite Stretch

Date: Thursdays

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $38 per session; advance appt. 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

Murray City Power receives or generates power from the following facilities:

Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) which is the federal dam system in the Colorado River Basin Hunter power plant (coal plant near Price, Utah)

Intermountain Power Agency plant (coal plant near Delta, Utah)

Cottonwood hydro (small plant near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon)

Natural gas turbine plant (three turbines located here in the city on 4800 South)

Salt Lake County landfill plant (a methane captured facility located on 6030 California Avenue)

Transjordan Landfill plant (a methane captured facility located on the Old Bingham Highway in southwest Salt Lake County)

Wholesale power market which could include large scale solar and wind generation, purchases from other entities or through the UAMPS organization, which is a joint action agency of which the Murray is a member.

Each of these plants add value to the Murray City portfolio. Murray City Power staff attempts to schedule these resources each hour of the day to better match our customers’ needs in the most cost-efficient manner. Unfortunately, the cost for these resources has escalated dramatically during this winter season. Murray City Power has seen monthly power costs double over expected winter projections. Other municipal power systems in the state, and in adjoining states, have also seen similar increases in wholesale power.

The causes for the drastic increases in power seem to be focused on a ‘perfect storm’ of weather, plant closures, and fuel restrictions. They include:

1. Lake Powell levels have dropped due to drought. Murray is paying 60% more for 60% less energy to the meter from Glen Canyon Dam.

2. Coal deliveries to the Hunter and IPA plants has lessened supplies by 50%. We haven’t been able to get coal on the ground at these facilities.

3. Coal supply issues at the mine itself has caused supply issues. The Lila Canyon Mine fire is impacting Murray’s coal supply line.

4. Natural gas pipeline restrictions have affected natural gas deliveries in the western US.

5. Natural gas storage leading into the season has been problematic.

6. Unprecedented natural gas prices reached $60 MMBTU, where $6 MMBTU was the norm.

7. Supply chain delivery for photovoltaic panels for the Red Mesa, large scale solar plant in the Four Corners has been delayed.

We are working through the budgetary ramifications of the most recent month’s costs. But the stability and reliability of your electricity are not at issue. The power will be to your light switch when you need it.

MARCH 2023



Auditions for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA have been announced and are open for online submission until March 18, 2023. Directed by Candy Tippetts, performance dates are July 7-8, 10, 13-15 at the Murray Park Amphitheater. Submit audition form and video clip of singing 30-60 seconds of a song in style of the show. Open to ages 16 and older only.

Submit through google forms:

Questions? Email

Kathy’s artwork is on display in the central display case at City Hall. You can view her artwork until City Hall is closed early Spring.