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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 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 Development Projects in Murray As I talk with Murray residents throughout the city, I am almost always asked about the status of development projects. While 2020 has been a tough year in many ways, Murray has demonstrated its resilience and there have been some positive happenings and developments. In my message published in January of this year, prior to the outbreak of the terrible pandemic, I mentioned a few projects that we were looking forward to as a city. Some have been moving forward while others have not. The new fire headquarters fire station was substantially completed in March, without fanfare due to the pandemic. We look forward to the day that we can invite the public in to tour that outstanding facility. The new city hall project directly east of the fire station was scheduled to start in the spring, but only got underway last month due to delays relating to the relocation of the cell tower on the site. We are looking forward to that facility being open to serve the public in fall of 2022, with new city offices and a new police department. The renovation of the Murray Theater has become a casualty of COVID-19. The $3.6 million in matching funds from Salt Lake County was cut after the TRCC (Tourism, Recreation, Cultural, and Convention) tax money dried up as a result of the pandemic. That project is now on hold indefinitely until another funding source can be identified. On the positive side, the old Firestone site at 900 East and 6600 South has been transformed into an attractive office building. The Shake Shack at 6100 South State has finally opened after being delayed as a result of the pandemic. The new EOS Fitness store at 5600 South 900 East recently opened its doors for business, but unfortunately, a stone-throw away, the 24 Hour Fitness facility has permanently closed. A new AutoZone store is now open next to the EOS Fitness. Also, after being shut down for many weeks, Fashion Place Mall is busy once again and in the midst of what we all hope will be a very successful holiday shopping season.


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

Here are some other developments that I often get asked about. The old Firestone Store at 6100 South State has been demolished, but the have been no plans submitted for a new building on that site. Across the street, the Tom Nox Men’s Shop is open for business in the former Cotton Shop building. Many have mourned the loss of the Taco Bell at that corner, but a site plan has been submitted for a new Taco Bell at 6001 South State at the site of the former Café Trang. Unfortunately, there is not yet a new tenant for the former Shopko location, however the plans for a new mixed use development are moving forward at the old K-Mart site on 900 East, and we hope to see that project begin in early 2021. Also, the Redevelopment Agency of Murray City (RDA) is in negotiations with a developer regarding the RDA owned property at 4800 South State Street. It is exciting to note that we are making progress toward a planned project that will rejuvenate that block in the near future. There are many and various projects going on in Murray. I invite any interested citizens to follow the planning commission agendas to track what is happening in our city. The agendas and attachments for the planning commission can be found at www.murray.utah.gov/163/ Planning-Commission. While many of our businesses continue to do well, many of our small businesses are hurting as a result of the pandemic of 2020. I encourage all of you to support our local businesses, especially small business by shopping and dining local whenever possible. This has been a very challenging year! Even our tradition of Santa visiting the children at City Hall was cancelled this year. But amidst the challenges, I encourage all to stay positive and look towards a brighter future! I wish each of you a very happy and prosperous holiday season!

Stay informed.



Message from the Council Hello Murray residents! Air quality has long been a concern for Salt Lake County residents. As we head into the winter months the cloud of air pollution around us increases substantially reaching unhealthy levels for many people – causing warnings to stay indoors and avoid vehicle travel. Although beautiful and inviting for many year-round sports, the Wasatch Diane Turner Mountains on the east and the Oquirrah District 4 Mountains on the west create a bowl where warm air acts as a lid trapping cold air below and producing our winter inversions. Just as the cold air is trapped, so is the pollution, requiring a storm, which allows it to escape. Every day during an inversion the pollution level doubles. As residents, we have the opportunity to affect these challenges by making smart choices. Carbon dioxide emissions are emitted from many sources including residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors. In our homes we can reduce emissions by becoming more energy efficient. Several easy steps include, reducing our thermostats to 68 degrees, changing furnace filters regularly, and replacing light sources with LED. Wood stoves emit small particles that get into your lungs and blood stream and cause a number of health issues, such as heart attacks, asthma and other respiratory problems. Natural gas fireplaces eliminate those health concerns and, therefore, lower emissions. Consider Energy Star appliances like water heaters and furnaces, which will help you conserve and save money while reducing nitrogen oxide emissions that contribute to the small particulate matter in our air. Use of battery powered yard tools also makes a difference. In Utah, vehicle exhaust accounts for up to 50% of our air pollution. Each gallon of fuel used emits about 20 pounds of carbon

dioxide. The unnecessary idling of cars, trucks, and buses increases air pollution wasting both fuel and money. On cold days instead of letting your engine run for several minutes, manufacturers recommend waiting no more than 30 seconds to drive off. The Murray City Council approved an anti-idling ordinance in 2016 restricting idling to no more than 2 minutes, except when stopped for a traffic signal or when the temperature is below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees. Studies show that restarting your vehicle will not wear out the starter. Look for Tier 3 gas for newer vehicles, which contains less sulfur and reduces emissions by up to 80%. Even older vehicles may benefit from an emission savings of up to 12%. In 2017 Utah refineries were given a sales tax exemption to incentivize production of Tier 3 fuel and it is widely available as of the first of this year. Using more energy efficient vehicles like hybrid and plug-in electric models have significant emission benefits. Additionally, Murray City Power is installing electric charging stations in several locations, including the parking lot near the Murray Park Center and the new Fire Station #81 on 4800 South and Box Elder Street. Charging stations will also be installed at the new city center. It starts with us! We can all make a difference! Remember to limit and combine your vehicle trips, carpool, use public transportation, walk, and bike to improve our environment, save money and promote good health. As a reminder, COVID-19 is a public health emergency and Utah continues to suffer from increasing cases of COVID-19, overwhelming hospitals, health care workers and causing loss of life. Please help flatten the upward spiral of the disease, be aware and respectful of those around you by wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting social activities in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order. References: afdc.energy.gov; ucair.org; utahcleancities.org; energy.gov; Diane Turner Council District 4

CITY COUNCIL 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 Executive Director Janet M. Lopez Office: 801-264-2622


Telephone Agenda Information 801-264-2525

DECEMBER 2020 Murray Senior Recreation Center

Raelyn Webster and Andrea Hamaker, with the help of Bill Webster, are bringing their art to Murray City. Raelyn's favorite medium to use when creating is candy. This festive display can be found at Murray City Hall, outside the City Council Chambers. It was designed last year to highlight the renovation of the Murray Theater. The creation is made of hundreds of Jelly Belly's, tiny dehydrated marshmallows, rock candy crystals, Gummy Bears, Sour Straws, licorice, Tootsie Rolls, Airheads, and ginger clay. Raelyn has been creating her candy windows for about 20 years and does it to bring joy, continue family traditions, and to promote creativity.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Holiday Meal in a Box will be available for pickup on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Registration begins Monday, Nov. 30 and ends at noon on Friday, Dec. 11. The box lunch will include ham, party potatoes, baked beans, roll, and apple crisp. All for $4 per person (limit 3). BOX LUNCHES: $4 Box Lunches for those 55+, Monday through Friday. Please call us at 801-264-2635 between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. the day prior to order. Payment can be made over the phone with your credit/debit card. We need prior notification so the kitchen can adequately prepare your order. The box lunch will be delivered to your car in front of our building (north entrance) between 11:30-12:30. The lunch box options are as follows: Option #1: $4 - sandwich (choice of white or wheat bread and a choice of ham or turkey), bag of chips, pickle, fruit cup, and cookie. If you want a hot sandwich, ask for panini style. Option #2: $2 - for a cup of soup or Option #3: $4 for a bowl of soup (includes saltines, roll, and cookie) Nov 2-6: Ham and Potato; Nov 9-13: Creamy Chicken Noodle; Nov 16-20: Corn Chowder; Nov 23-25: Vegetable Option #4: $4 – hot main entrée (includes fruit cup, chips, roll, cookie) – choice of Chicken Pot Pie, Lasagna, or Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes CAR BINGO: Due to popular demand, we are extending 55+ Car Bingo every Wednesday through December from 1-2:30 p.m. There will be reserved parking for the first 20 cars; call 801-264-2635 to reserve your spot. Maximum two people per car (should live in the same household). We are providing the bingo cards and prizes (four games will be played). Please bring a marker, pen or pencil to mark your bingo card and a mask to wear while interacting with our staff from your car. When you arrive, check-in with the parking lot attendant and they will direct you to your reserved parking spot. We are only allowing those that have preregistered via telephone to participate. The building is closed to the public, so there is no restroom access and we ask that everyone remain in their cars. Murray City has an ordinance against car engines idling - cars cannot be running while we play bingo so plan accordingly and don’t forget your water and blankets.

VIRTUAL CLASSES Grief Support Class via Zoom. Jody, a Chaplain from Rocky Mountain Hospice, will discuss ways to process grief. The group meets twice a month via Zoom. Please contact Moe at 801-284-4240 if you are interested in participating.


New Aquatics Manager Please welcome Sena Vick, our new Aquatics Manager. Sena joins us with 18 years of aquatic experience, four of which have been here at the Park enter. We are excited to have her as part of our team! We wish Amanda good luck in her new position with the Murray City Finance and Administration Department

MISCELLANEOUS: Our Summer Walking Club to Portland was a success. We want to give you an opportunity to continue walking by offering a Winter Walking to Laughlin. Our goal is to “walk” to Laughlin, Nevada–which is 512 miles from the Center. The cost of the winter program is $5 and starts November 1. You will receive a pedometer and monthly calendars. Calendars are emailed out and printed copies are available in our front vestibule. Prizes await those who make it to Laughlin by the end of March. Call to register.

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

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Personal Training: The virtual personal training program will begin again in January. Watch our webpage in the middle of December for dates and more information. We are working on providing more virtual classes, such as history, painting, and genealogy. Please check our website for updates on class availability and scheduling. We are also working on obtaining iPads that may be checked out and used to access our classes. In addition, Salt Lake County Aging Services has created a “Virtual Senior Center.” These classes are available to all Salt Lake County residents over age 60. Please visit their website: https://slco.org/aging-adult-services/virtual-senior-center/

Capacity 12 (1 individuals per hoop) • Respect staff instruction. • Masks required if physical distancing is difficult to maintain. • Must bring your own basketball or volleyball. • Appropriate clothing and indoor court shoes required. • No food. Water in closed container ONLY. • If you break it or damage it, you will pay for it. • Zero tolerance for misconduct. NOT ALLOWED

Tuesday & Thursday 10, 15


November 24, December 1, 3, 8, Session One 8:50am-10:10am

Cost Session: $20 Park Center Annual Members $40 Non Members Max of 12 players per session Location: The Park Center (202 E. Murray Park Avenue)

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REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.MCREG.COM Program pending health order

Games with defense (1 V 1, 2 V 2, etc…), half court shots Hanging or grabbing the nets, rim or backboard Dunking or personal training aids. Team practices, private coaching or lessons Spectators or “hanging out”. Inappropriate language including swearing or foul language.

Sanitize (wipe down equipment) before & after use. Wear mask when you cannot physically distance. No congregating or loitering Re-rack your weights. Slamming or dropping weights is not allowed We require shirts and athletic clothing as well as closed toe footwear. No sandals, slippers or flip flops.



December will be showcasing something sweet…

Keep an eye out for Preservation Workshops announcements, coming 2021. The Murray City History Advisory Board will be partnering with local organizations to provide workshops to learn best practices in preserving and restoring historic homes.

Check out a candy landscape in City Hall to celebrate this wintry season in Murray City.

Lori Edmunds: 801-264-2620

If you would like to be a featured Murray artist in 2021, please contact Lori Edmunds, ledmunds@murray.utah.gov


FIRST PLACE WINNERS: 3-D: Jim Hohmeister, “Covid-Time Totem” Graphics: Jim Hartley, “Learning at the Speed of Light” Photography: Tiffany Daines, “Puddle Play” Watercolor: John Fackrell, “Honeymoon in Roma #1” Oil: Ryan Bench, “Solitary Combinement”

You can now check out videos of our events over the past year on our YouTube channel: Murray City Cultural Arts

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The Murray Library has added mobile hotspots to its collection. A hotspot can be checked out and used as an internet connection for your laptop, phone or other wireless devices, and can be used anywhere that has cell service! The library is excited to offer these devices and hopes that it will help connect anyone out there that has limited access to the internet.

Look forward to forthcoming details on the Murray Library Holiday Palooza Program. The program will take place on Saturday, December 19th at 11:15 a.m. and will be presented on social media. Make sure to follow us on Facebook so you can join in on the festivities!

Mobile Hotspots are available now through the Hold Pickup Service to adults that have a Murray Library card in good standing. Please call the Murray Library at 801-264-2580 with questions or further information.

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