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A branch of the county library system will open in Herriman City Hall.

Herriman officials have agreed to rent the 2,500-square-foot lower level of the City Hall to the Salt Lake County Library System for 10 years at $1 per year. The city is responsible for completing the shell, and the library system will finish the space and manage the library.


Reservations for green waste trailers are now being taken at the Murray City Public Services Department, 4646 S. 500 West.

All Murray residents, including those in recently annexed areas, are eligible to take advantage of the program. The cost of reserving a trailer is $40.

The city has six trailers. Each holds about six yards of material, which the Public Services Department will process and use for ground cover and weed suppression.

The trailers are delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from March 3 until Nov. 28. For more information, call 270-2440. The Public Services Department offices are open weekdays, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Salt Lake City

The periodicals department of the Salt Lake City Library will sponsor a special event featuring readings by famous "zinesters" on Thursday, Jan. 16, 5-9 p.m. at the Sprague Branch, 2131 S. 1100 East.

Part of Microcosm Publishing's "Copy and Destroy" tour, the event will feature Urban Hermitt of "The Flow Chronicles" and other established Portland zinesters.

For more information, call 524-8200.

Salt Lake County

City leaders want to return to the glory days of Olympic security.

To better cope with homeland security efforts by the federal government, the members of the Salt Lake County Council of Governments have formed a committee of mayors and police and fire chiefs that will develop a countywide plan for handling large-scale emergencies. The plan is in response to growing concern that cities and the county are ill-prepared and underfunded to prevent and handle a major terrorist attack, despite training and experience garnered while preparing for the 2002 Winter Games.

"We had a perfect system during the Olympics," Alta Mayor Bill Levitt said. "Since then, we have nothing. I'm not going around scaring anyone, but we are vulnerable."

Ideally, the plan will also include methods to respond to each color-coded level of the terrorist alert system, including protocol for departments to follow if the level is increased by the federal government. The committee will report back to the COG with its proposed plan and funding methods.