The Murphy City Council at its April 6 meeting approved moving forward with planned community events for the remainder of the fiscal year.
Councilmembers considered the items in light of the ongoing pandemic. The events include three Moonlight Movies, to be held in late April and early May; four Sounds at Sundown Concerts in June; and Murphy Maize Days on Sept. 25.
City officials cancelled all Moonlight Movies, Sounds and Sundown Concerts and Murphy Maize Days for the FY20 fiscal year. Funding for the events remained in the budget for FY21 because city officials said they intended to reinstate these community events as soon as it became safe to do so.
As infection rates slow and vaccines become more widely available to the public, city staffers wanted approval to move forward with all budgeted events for FY21, with additional health and safety measures in place to limit crowd size and monitor capacity and promote social distance and proper hand hygiene for event attendees.
At the Keep Murphy Beautiful Clean and Green event April 10, proper personal protective equipment was used and people were encouraged to stay in their cars, although one recycle station – toys, housewares and clothing – saw people getting out of their vehicles to unload items.
By Don Munsch • [email protected]