CHUBBUCK (KPVI) — The city of Chubbuck is feeling some growing pains. Nearly a year ago, the city announced plans to build a new city hall to alleviate some of those pains. On Friday, Mayor Kevin England announced advancements in those plans.
“We’re hoping to have this out to bid by the end of January, the first part of February. And then, we hope to have a groundbreaking somewhere in March or April,” England says.
About three years ago, the city started to prioritize its needs. Hiring sufficient staff was the first priority. Now, the city is ready to expand outside its current infrastructure.
“Everything we’re doing is based on our historical growth. Where we know what has happened over the last five or ten years, and we believe we can project the next five or ten and even up to 50 years,” England says.
Building a new city hall will benefit other city departments.
When the new city hall is complete, the police department will expand to be housed in the entire current city hall complex, and the chief of police says its a necessary expansion.
“The original building was built in the 80s and it was kind of designed for 12 to 13 people and we’ve got 35 employees now. And there’s been additions over the years, additional space, a couple of offices here and there, but we’ve really outgrown that facility,” Chubbuck Police Chief Bill Guiberson says.
The police will get a larger space and the city plans to build a new animal shelter next door.
“We’re hoping (all three projects will be) finished in spring time of 2021,” England says.
At that time, the city will work on getting the fire department a new station.
The city has a budget of $15 million for the three projects. England says taxes will not be increased, nor will the public be asked to pass any bonds.