Monday, August 30, 2021

Planning Meeting for Town homes at 5400 South and 700 West (Murray Heights)


 The planning and zoning commission will meet at 6:30p.m. this Thursday, September 2nd to decide on plans for the property located on the southwest corner of 5400 South and 700 West.  The proposal by Ivory Homes is to build 31 town homes that appear to be 2 or 3 stories tall plus a loft/deck as the 3rd/4th story.

All traffic in these town homes will enter and exit on 7th West.  Vehicles will have to enter from the North on 700 West and exit to the South due to the road divider on 7th West just west of Smith's.

If you would like to see the exact plans submitted, the website is  Scroll to pages 44 through 97 to see the submitted plans.

These will be the same style that Ivory built in the Daybreak area.  My husband and I visited these town homes and shot the following photos of the finished homes to get a better idea of how they will look.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Murray City's Proposed Redevelopment Project at 4800 S. State Street


I had the opportunity to see the plans for the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) project proposed for the property running south on State Street between 4800 South and 5th Avenue and west to Poplar Street.  This is the area just across the street to the south from Winger's Ale House Restaurant. The southern edge at 5th avenue is about half way between 4800 South and Vine Street.

 There are pros and cons to the project as it now stands.  The project would house 253 apartments, 9 town homes and several street level retail spaces. These are not subsidized housing or low income apartments and town homes.

The structure will be 6 stories high (5 if you don't count the mechanical items on top like A/C, elevator mechanics, etc.)  There would be green space on the rear and some on the 3rd floor around the parking and pool areas as shown in the 3rd photo.

 The building itself makes kind of a "U" shape viewed from above. There would be 3 stories of parking (423 stalls) located in the center of the U shape so there should not need to be street-side parking. The proposed plans meet or exceed all existing zoning code requirements.

The existing buildings are old and in need of repair. The estimate on the DAR building alone (the building in the center of the block) is $10 million to bring it up to code.

I've included photos of the displays for you to view and a Google Maps aerial photo with the proposed property highlighted to give you a better idea just where it will be located relative to existing buildings. More details and drawings can be found at 

Please post a reply or email me with your thoughts and feelings on this project.

As of now, it looks like this project is dead.  3 Council members are against it Brett Hales, Dale Cox and Dianne Turner.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Nate Coleman Day 8-13-2021


We had a great time at Murray Park today welcoming Nate Coleman back to Murray after winning his Silver Medal in the Tokyo Olympics.  Way to make us proud Nate!

Mayor Camp and City Council members Brett Hales, Rosalba Dominguez and Dianne Turner were on hand along with many of his friends, neighbors and just proud Murray citizens.  Mayor Camp declared Friday, August 13, 2021 as the official Nate Coleman Day in Murray!

We had the privilege of attending with Kristen Loulias, his 3rd Grade teacher and her husband, Todd. I was lucky enough to substitute in her class that year, so I've known Nate from the time he was a little kid at Viewmont Elementary.

It just goes to show that those who are young students in elementary school today will surprise us with what they achieve in the future! That future looks bright!

Pam Cotter

Let's Save Some Trees!

I decided at the beginning of this campaign that I would not bombard those in my district with mailers, flyers, etc.  We all know where they end up, right?  Our landfill is full enough already.

I also bought a minimal number of signs to keep the plastic waste to a minimum.  I have some ideas for repurposing these after the election so they can be reused. 

So, I'm only going to be passing out ONE door hanger and hopefully meeting as many people as I can (or as Covid-19 will allow). Plans are to visit as many of you as possible starting the day after Labor Day.

I really want to hear your input for the future of Murray no matter which side of the political divide you are on even if you sometimes feel stuck in the middle of the tug-of-war that is going on with national politics.  That's one great thing about a non-partisan race like this - we can all try to find the common ground in the middle.

Hope to see all of you soon!

Pam Cotter

Tuesday, August 3, 2021


Discovery Gateway Children's Museum Health Fair - July 31st

On July 31st, Discovery Gateway Children's Museum held their Children's Health Fair. About 800 children and their accompanying adults visited the Museum and Health Fair for free thanks to the Museum's sponsors.

In addition to the fun learning that the Children's Museum offers, there were health professionals on hand to provide much needed free screenings. These included free screenings for glaucoma for adults and free vision screening for the kids, free hearing screening, mental health wellness screenings, dental screenings and even free yoga classes. 

There were also plenty of fun adventures. Kids of all ages could explore a giant inflatable brain, make their own stress ball, face painting and more. Mundi Project presented a free concert with Bomba Marilé.

I had a great time helping out with the activities and interacting with children and families when helping them make their own stress ball. This event went off without a hitch thanks to the organization of the Museum staff. From helping with set up at 7:00am until the last items were dropped off at 2:00pm, I couldn't have asked for a more fun and fulfilling day.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

 Campaign Funding and Politics (or not)

I have had many calls, emails and texts asking which political party I'm affiliated with. My answer is always, "this is a non-partisan election and I'm not going to bring national politics into the race for Murray City Council."  

If we can't run our city without having a national agenda, then these are very sorry times! 

I decided before I signed up to run for this office that I would not take any backing from any political party, organization or non-profit.  I don't want to owe anyone any "favors" (other than the citizens of Murray.)  This race is about Murray and we don't need to bring the polarizing effects of national politics to our city.

I decided from the beginning that I wanted to self-fund this campaign.  A few neighbors and friends have contributed, but I can count the number of contributions on my fingers.  No person has given my campaign any contribution over $100. When I submit my records of contributions and expenses, you will see how few contributions that I actually have taken.

I want to run a low-key, economical campaign to show voters how I can and will manage money if I am elected.  My biggest expenses will be a modest number of signs (thanks Fast Signs of Murray!), one door hanger and one small ad in the Journal.  I won't fill your mailbox with campaign literature that ends up in the landfill or recycling bin.  I have set a budget and I will stick to it. That's how I've always been.

Pam Cotter

Election Results are In - Website will be going down

Thank you to all those who supported me in this election.  Now that the results are certified, I can breathe a sigh of relief. I want everyo...