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» Letter to the Editor by Gordon Hanson
By Staff Writer | Published 12/18/2014 | | Unrated
Thank you WalMart In the Dec. 4th edition of Murphy Messenger, Karen Chaney reported that two males were arrested on Nov 18 at WalMart for stealing various articles. Also, that this was the forty second incident at WalMart since its opening. I wish to extend my thanks to WalMart for providing this additional opportunity to our Murphy Police Dept. for continuing training for our police officers that would have not been available had WalMart not located in our fair city and attracted the people who look to WalMart for their gangster livelihood. What a winner we have now.
» Collin County Farmer’s Market Prepares to Put Down Roots in Murphy
By Staff Writer | Published 12/18/2014 | | Unrated
Kari Gates, president of Collin County Farmer’s Market is very excited that her organization has been welcomed into Murphy with open arms. Gates shares that other cities were in consideration for their new location, Murphy was selected for various reasons, one being that our community would partner with them to reach their mission statement which is; “To support local farmers and farms while engaging the community in environmental education and healthy eating.” Collin County Farmer’s Market will be open for business starting April 18, 2015. Their hours will be every Saturday from April 18 until October, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. They will be located at the City Municipal Complex in the south parking lot (voting center parking lot). There will not be a permanent physical structure, vendors will set up and take down each Saturday. Collin County Farmer’s Market had been located at the Fairview Farms in Plano for the last two seasons. (Fairview Farms vendors will continue to operate at 3314 Central Expressway.) If you visited them at that location you might be familiar with some of their fun events such as a Father’s Day event entitled Bikes and Burgers. Participants were encouraged to ride their bikes (pedaled or motorized) to the event where they could enjoy grass fed burgers from local farmers and local beers from Firewheel Brewery. (Gates mentions the logistics of arriving on bike will be much easier in Murphy because of our convenient trails.) In July they held an Old Time Summer Festival including watermelon seed spitting and hula hoop contests. They served watermelon and root beer floats made from Firewheel Brewery. A Back to School Breakfast was held in August and in October they held an Octoberfest featuring entertainment, sauerkraut and bratwurst. Gates shares they intend to hold similar events at their new Murphy location. In addition to these entertaining events they also offered educational opportunities spotlighting drip irrigation,Bokashi composting, nutrition, canning, solar power and much more. Every Saturday Collin County Farmer’s Market attendees will find local farmers, who are dedicated to local farms, selling their produce, meats, eggs, chickens, mushrooms, honey and non-food items such as organic body care and lavender. Since these are local farms you will not find non-seasonal items at this Farmer’s Market. If it iced at your home, it most likely iced at these farms. (This fact is a great teaching tool for children.) Gates summarizes, “If you are going to eat local you are going to eat seasonal.” City of Murphy’s Deputy Mayor Protem Owais Siddiqui shares how this partnership came to fruition, “Murphy resident Jasmine Bayliss e-mailed City Council informing that the Farmer’s Market was looking for a new location. After that I took it and ran with it. This became a council priority. We began talking about the possibilities in mid-September and in November the Municipal Development District passed a resolution of support.” Siddiqui explains why this is a big win for the city, “We are always striving towards a sense of community. This will be a place we can go on Saturday and bump into our neighbors. It will also help set us apart from other cities. Lastly, the Market will contribute to our economic development making Murphy a destination - not just a drive through. While here people will shop and dine in our establishments.” Siddiqui feels the Collin County Farmer’s Market ties Murphy back to our farming roots. He is eager to watch this partnership grow and looks forward to exciting long term possibilities. If you are a local farmer and would like to be a vendor at the Collin County Farmer’s Market please go to Collincountyfarmersmarket.org to fill out an application. They are taking applications now. You can also follow their progress on facebook.
» Wylie Wrestling Trounces Lovejoy
By Cindy Anderson | Published 12/17/2014 | Sports | Unrated
Wylie High School wrestling trounced Lovejoy with a score of 51 to 24 on Thursday, December 4, at Wylie’s gym. Wrestlers from 14 different weight categories paired off at the meet. “The heavy weight and light weight categories seem to be our strongest this year,” Coach Tracy Cleveland, Murphy resident said. “We don’t have a lot of experience at middle weight, but are working on it.” Training for wrestling begins in the summer with work outs and nutrition as a big part of the preparation. The members also understand that being a part of the team is more important than just the individual matches. “This is a very dedicated group,” Cleveland said. “They like hard work and they are all friends off the mat.”
» Two Males Arrested at Murphy WalMart
By Karen Chaney | Published 12/4/2014 | Around Town | Unrated
Forty-Two Arrests Made at WalMart This Year

Two males were arrested November 18 at approximately 2248 AP at Wal-Mart in Murphy. One arrest was for Theft and Criminal Trespass at Wal-Mart the other was arrested for outstanding warrants. The thirty-one year old male was arrested for theft and criminal trespass. His state offense code is Theft (less than) $1,500 2/More previous convictions.

Items stolen were fifteen plumbing items, eleven Nike clothing items, four scissors, three socks and thirteen arrow tips.
The reporting party was Joseph Brown, Walmart’s night manager. Reporting Murphy Police Officers were John Grant and Bill Vegas.

Murphy Police Chief G.M. Cox reports there have been forty-two theft incidents at the Wal-Mart in Murphy this year.
» City Council Approves Zoning Change for Murphy Manors
By Greg Goodwin | Published 11/20/2014 | Local Government | Unrated

At the Regular City Council meeting, November 4, 2014, the roll was called and City Secretary Susie Quinn certified a quorum with all present.

Marv Williams, resident, Exchange Club member and Chamber of Commerce Chairman invited all Veterans to attend the Chamber of Commerce luncheon on November 18, 2014. The first 75 Veterans to register will have their lunch paid for by the City.

Murphy resident Ray Shahan made public comments to Council stating that his open records request is taking too long to process, as almost two months should be plenty of time to know if a record exists or not. He also commented that the Deed Restrictions were not being properly filed by the home builder with Collin County. He asked Council to stop allowing permits for new home building in his neighborhood until the deeds have been properly recorded.

Fire chief Mark Lee presented Community Emergency Resource Team (CERT) graduates Adam Lipmann and Diane Weyandt their graduation certificates. On hand at the presentation were instructor Ken Pietrasiks and course coordinator Ron Hill.

There was a public hearing to consider a request by Bent Trail, LTD requesting a zoning change for Murphy Manors, approximately 10 acres located at 900 N. Murphy Road at the northeast corner of Murphy Road and McMillen Road. Murphy resident Charles Thorpe who owns the north connecting property, told Council he would prefer fencing along his property, at the rear of the proposed homes to be a maximum of six (6) feet. Murphy resident Ray Shahan commented that even with regulated fence standards, making the new homeowners responsible for fencing will create a variance of fence conditions with staggered purchases and fence construction. The developer Curt Welwood answered Council’s questions regarding fencing, setbacks, garages and the proposed fire lane. To address development specifics and details for the residential restrictions of the entire approximate 10 acres, the property must be zoned as a Planned Development District detailing uses and conditions. Council then voted unanimously to approve the zoning change with a maximum six (6) foot fence requirement. This allows the applicant to move forward with submitting final site plans, landscaping plans and construction plat for approval.

The Council then voted unanimously to approve a resolution of the City of Murphy to oppose construction of the private toll road project known as the Northeast Gateway. This resolution is in support of neighboring cities including Wylie, Sachse, Rockwall, Lavon, Josephine, Fate, Rowlett, Royse City, and Princeton that have passed resolutions opposing the toll road. Mayor Eric Barna commented that he doesn’t like to see the Power of Eminent Domain in the hands of the Texas Turnpike Corporation. Being a private corporation there are concerns with their authority and accountability.

Next on the agenda was a request by city manager James Fisher to authorize a License Agreement between the City of Murphy and the Cities of Wylie and Sachse regarding the construction of the South Maxwell Creek Parallel Trunk Sewer Line. This permits Murphy to bore under roads that are owned by the respective cities. Council voted unanimously to approve and this authorizes the city manager to execute said agreements.

Council then voted to ratify Resolution 14-R-808 regarding the power of eminent domain to acquire the necessary portions of properties for sanitary sewer line easements for the South Maxwell Creek Parallel Trunk Sewer Line. This Resolution was previously voted on and approved at the October 21, 2014 City Council meeting.

City Manager James Fisher then updated Council briefly on North Murphy Road Construction stating that the center-lane is near completion and also mentioned Christmas in the Park will be erecting a Christmas tree the same as last year.

Council then held an Executive Session. Upon reconvening into the Regular Session, Council voted to approve a resolution to authorize the use of the Power of Eminent Domain to acquire the necessary portions of property for sidewalk easements on the east side of North Murphy Road (FM 2551) just south of Murphy Municipal Complex and City Hall. The meeting was then adjourned.

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» Fill the Boot drive closes yet another successful year
By Staff Writer | Published 08/6/2014 | Health & Family | Unrated

MURPHY (August 4, 2014) Final numbers are not yet in, but expressions of thanks from Murphy Fire Rescue and the cadre of firefighters who manned the Fill the Boot corner are being loudly voiced, according to Fire Chief Mark Lee.

"The boots were definitely filled," he said. "We have not counted all the coins yet because there was so many, but in terms of folding money, we collected $1,649. That alone would make this a rousing success."

Adding the coins could bring the total to a significant amount, and signal a successful return to the Fill the Boot campaign for Murphy Fire Rescue after missing the annual event in 2013.

"We had a small one-year lapse in participation, but we are still very much committed to the cause," he said. The International Association of Fire Fighters and many local firefighter associations and departments have partnered with the National Muscular Dystrophy Association in fund-raising for some 60 years, garnering millions of dollars in the fight against these neuromuscular diseases.

"We are dedicated to assisting our community, as firefighters and as residents, and so we gladly and eagerly do what we can to help," added the Chief. "And, while I have been part of these community fund-raisers and toy drives and other community-based programs for many years, I am always so very gratefully pleased to see the outpouring of generosity."

As is now becoming customary, the kindness of Murphy residents has shown through in the amount of money gathered, and in the many expressions of support the firefighters heard and saw over the three-day campaign. The funds will be combined with other firefighter companies and presented to the MDA during their Labor Day Telethon on behalf of the larger firefighting community.

"In reality, though, we only collected what the community was willing to give, so it’s a gift from the greater community," he said. The unseasonably cool weather was another positive note, giving firefighters a break from the usually oppressive heat of early August.

"All in all, we consider it a success, and we thank the MDA folks for their assistance as well," he concluded.

» Murphy Municipal Development District (MMDD) finalizes Fiscal Year 2015 budget
By Greg Goodwin | Published 08/6/2014 | Local Government | Unrated

A brief meeting was held to discuss and finalize the FY-2015 MMDD budget to be presented to Murphy City Council on August 5, 2014. The meeting was called to order and a quorum was certified. The minutes of the July 14, 2014 Joint City Council and MMDD meeting and the July 14, 2014 Budget Work Session were approved.
At this meeting, items discussed on July 14, 2014 were incorporated into the proposed FY- 2015 budget with a couple of adjustments. These were presented to the board by Kristen Roberts, Director of Economic and Community Development.
· It was noted that the Finance Department projected MMDD revenues for FY- 2015 at $883,600. This is an increase of 2.5% that is reflected across all revenue projections.
· Adjusted was the set dollar amount for Economic Incentives to
$100,000. Discussed was the possible focus of these incentives to be
Murphy Market Place.
· The Promotional Expense line item was adjusted to reflect $25,000 for
appropriate opportunities that become available during the Fiscal Year.
· It was discussed that in consideration of fees waived by the City for
yearly Murphy Chamber of Commerce events, that no additional specific
amount of funding be added at this time.

The formal reading of the City of Murphy’s Budget will be at the August 5,
2014 meeting. The first of two (2) public hearings on the budget is scheduled for August 19, 2014 with a second hearing scheduled for September 2, 2014.

Additional City Budget information can be found on the City of Murphy
website.

» City Council and Murphy Municipal Development District (MMDD) Joint Session
By Greg Goodwin | Published 08/6/2014 | Local Government | Interest Level:

The meeting was called to order and a quorum was certified for both City
Council and the MMDD.

A presentation was given by Aaron Farmer from The Retail Coach outlining the current status of the retail development study and recommendations. A demonstration of the mapping studies, showing the overall retail area that impacts Murphy indicated that the City attracts people from as far north as Lucas, as far east as eastern Wylie, as far south as Garland and on the west side, Richardson and Plano. The study so far recommends targeting retailers and developers for businesses involving Groceries, Sporting Goods, Dine-in Restaurants, Home Improvements and Clothing. A list of potential targeted businesses to attract to Murphy was presented and discussed.

A continued discussion involved the Economic Development Vision for the City of Murphy. Expressed by several Council and MMDD members was a continued desire to make Murphy a “unique” place to live and work and to look at attracting businesses, services and entertainment that will enhance that vision.

Council and MMDD then held a closed Executive Session. The regular meeting was then reconvened with no action taken. The joint regular session was then adjourned. The City Council and the MMDD then moved to separate meeting rooms for work sessions regarding Financials and FY 14-15 Budget proposals.

Discussions are ongoing with budget approval tentatively scheduled for the
end of August. Fiscal Year (FY) 14-15 budget information will be available on the City of Murphy website.

» Parks and Recreation hears Monarchs for Murphy presentation
By Greg Goodwin | Published 08/6/2014 | Local Government | Unrated

The meeting was called to order and Kim McCranie, Executive Administrative Assistant, certified a quorum.
The first item on the agenda was a call for discussion on planting wildflowers in various areas of City owned parks and open space. Rajesh Jyothiswaran- 728 Ashley Place, approached the city staff and gave a presentation to the board about Monarch butterfly migration. He said we are in the crossroad of the migration path of the Eastern Monarch. With development over the years of migration areas, migration has slowed considerably. Mr. Jyothiswaran inquired about the possibility of planting in certain Central Park areas and other open spaces, butterfly host plants to hopefully increase Murphy as a stopping point along their migration journeys. The board thought this was an idea worth investigating and requested the city staff to look into appropriate areas, care and maintenance costs as well as seasonal considerations. The board members liked the idea of “Butterfly Gardens”, and thanked Mr. Jyothiswaran for an informative presentation.
City Staff presented a Murphy Central Park Playground Shade Structure design and requested P & R Board input. The design consists of geometric canopies of various shapes and sizes suspended on metal poles. The board discussed canopy and pole colors and requested additional information from City staff about expected lifespan, replacement costs and maintenance.
Also discussed was the current state of the Murphy Central Park Learning
Center. Four (4) truckloads of mulch was donated by Raising Canes and
trucked in by Arborilogical Services. Additionally four (4) wood-grain benches have been added as well as an Owl House. The board discussed with staff possible future projects for the Boy Scouts, school field trips and future expansion.
Before deciding on a date(s) for Murphy Trail Connectivity Work Session(s), the board asked the City staff for an updated Master Trail Plan which should include new planning for trails and signage. Also City staff updates on the success of Amphitheater Concert events and the Timbers Nature Preserve projected completion date of May 2015.
The Parks and Recreation Board then approved the April 14, 2014 minutes and adjourned.

» Murphy Community Development Corporation (MCDC) holds a brief meeting
By Greg Goodwin | Published 08/6/2014 | Local Government | Unrated

The MCDC meeting was called to order and Lori Knight of the City Staff
certified a quorum. Individual agenda items were:
· The Regular Meeting Minutes for June, 16 2014 were approved.
· There was a request by City Staff to add an Event Coordinator and
amend the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget to include this new position as
well as add to the FY- 2015 budget to be submitted to City Council. In
2013, the City of Murphy held eight (8) community events. In 2014/2015, the City of Murphy has sixteen (16) events scheduled. This increase has necessitated the need for a dedicated staff position.
· A public hearing was held but there were no comments on the MCDC FY- 2015 budget. With minor adjustments, the board approved the FY- 2015 budget to be presented to the City Council for final approval.
· The City Staff updated the MCDC board on the Community Enhancement Grant Program. Outlined were the Approval, Program Guidelines and Application process for eligible applicants. Possible recipients include community service organization projects and community enhancement projects that enhance the quality of life for the residents of the City of Murphy. Initial grants will be in the amount of $2500. Some projects could be eligible for a larger grant with the approval of the MCDC and City Council. The first application deadline will be January 31, 2015. Additional Grant information and the Program Overview will be available on the City of Murphy Website.

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