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The City of Murray is excited to announce that the Dekko Foundation has once again chosen to invest in our community in the amount of $75,000 towards the Mustang Concession Restroom Facility. The founder of the Dekko Foundation, Mr. Dekko wanted to help communities help themselves. He felt that when local organizations and individuals contribute to a community amenity, they take pride in and help ensure its future success. For this reason, they have chosen to invest in the form of a pledge and cap grant to increase the community’s support of the project. They have invited us to take part in a dollar-for-dollar pledge of up to $25,000 of which they will allow $5,000 of what has already been raised to count towards that total amount. The $20,000 can either be in cash donations or it can be in in-kind labor or materials that will be used to build the Mustang Concession Restroom Facility. Once we have obtained that goal, we will receive $25,000 from the Dekko Foundation. When we have secured the remaining funds needed to complete the project as proposed, the Dekko Foundation will send an additional $50,000. They believe this project will be an asset to our community and support an environment where young people develop skills, knowledge, and character through sports and outdoor recreation. We are so appreciative of their continuous support of our community as with this grant they have invested a total of $575,000 into the Murray Rec Complex.

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program which is a part of the American Rescue Plan was applied for on the city's behalf in July 2021. The City of Murray was awarded their maximum award of $104,614.62. This monetary award came with stipulations for use which can be found at

The city council has chosen to invest these funds in the following manner:

$21,250 for water meter endpoints

$28,450 for a sewer line for the Rec Complex

$54,914.62 for potential new housing infrastructure


*Planning for the Clarke County Reservoir began in 1991 due to projected water deficits during times of drought.

*The Clarke County Reservoir Commission was formed in March 2003. 

*On November 3, 2009 the citizens of the City of Murray voted to authorize imposition of a local sales and services tax in the incorporated area of the City of Murray at the rate of 1%, to be effective on January 1, 2010. The specific purposes for which the revenues shall otherwise be expended as documented on the ballot are: To fund, under one or more agreements, the acquisition of land, planning, design, construction and equipping, while any project debt is outstanding, for the Clarke County Reservoir Project.

*June 2010 a 28E agreement between the City of Murray and the Clarke County Reservoir was approved by the Murray City Council. This agreement states that if the City withdraws or violates the 28E Agreement, then the City is in default and can be sued by other parties, will be obligated to fulfill all of its duties and still be obligated to pay the same amount to the Commission for reservoir purposes. This equates to approximately $130,000 annually that is currently paid through the Local Option Sales Tax per the November 2009 citizen vote. 

*Water needs studies indicate that long term (year 2040) capacity of West Lake will provide only about 800,000 gallons per day. A total raw water demand of 2,790,000 gallons for the year 2040 is expected for the area the lake serves. The lake is estimated to serve 30,000 people as it will be the primary source of water for Osceola as well as serving SIRWA which provides water to Clarke County (Murray, Woodburn, county residents), as well as 14 other counties.

*The reservoir will have a drainage area of 16,500 acres with a normal pool area of 790 acres which will equate to a safe withdrawal capacity of 2 million gallons per day. West Lake has a drainage area of 6,366 acres with a normal pool area of 297 acres and the safe withdrawal capacity is only 800,000 gallons per day.


*Land acquisition for the reservoir was complete in June 2021.

*HDR is currently working to update the project plan as required by NRCS to be eligible for construction funding. This updated plan is estimated to be complete in December 2022.

*It is anticipated that final design and permitting will take an additional 2 years after the project plan update is complete therefore the current goal is let construction contracts in early 2025. Construction is expected to take about 2.5 years. Depending on rainfall and runoff conditions it is estimated that it will take between 30 weeks and 3 years for the reservoir to fill.

*The total anticipated cost of the reservoir is $96 million. The break down is as follows: Dam/reservoir $52 million, Water Supply infrastructure $17 million, Transportation $19 million, Professional Services $8 million.

*Current funding discussions anticipate that approximately $80 million is available through Federal and State programs to fund the project.

*In addition click on the link to read the  letter from SIRWA and their commitment to the project.