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Meeting Tuesday on fate of Murray smokestacks

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Preservation of the historic American Smelter and Refining Co. smokestacks in downtown Murray will be discussed Tuesday during a 7 p.m. meeting in the Murray Public Library, 166 E. 5300 South.

Billed as a public information meeting, the session will be moderated by Kirk Huffaker, community services director of the Utah Heritage FoundationThe foundation has taken an active role in urging city officials to acquire and preserve the smelter chimneys.

Participants in the information meeting include Su Richards of the Murray Historic Preservation Board; City Councilman John Ward, a proponent of saving the chimneys; and an engineer from J.R. Richards Engineering.

Discussion topics will include the value of the stacks to the community, strategies for stabilizing and preserving the chimneys, and projected costs of various preservation options.

Also on the agenda is a proposal to develop the smokestacks as a multipurpose activity center that would include a tourism office and a historical/educational office highlighting the history of the city and its smelter industry.