Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England was the featured speaker at the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Local Issues Committee meeting for November. Mayor England spoke to the group, gathered at Perkins Restaurant, updating members on Chubbuck’s plans for growth before taking questions from those in attendance. The mayor noted that Chubbuck has been growing in recent years, and that, with the completion of the Interchange, growth, both residential and business, is expected to continue.
Significant projects are being considered by major developers, Mayor England said. He also stated that he was pleased to see the developers working in concert, rather than in opposition, which he believes will yield better long-term results for Chubbuck citizens.
Mayor England provided details about the process that was undertaken to develop plans for new and remodeled buildings that will be constructed in the city, including City Hall, the Police Station, and the Fire Station.
Mayor England stated that, “Good planning results when data, rather than opinion, drives decisions.” To that end, the Mayor and the members of the City council are working from a facilities study as they set direction.
The study revealed that the order in which new facilities should be built was different than what he had anticipated. “The study showed that the first building project we need to undertake is a new City Hall,” the mayor said.
The new City Hall, to be built at one end of a developing downtown area, will serve as an “anchor,” with the other “anchor” being the Idaho Central Credit Union building.
The current City Hall will be converted to a police facility.
The mayor noted, also, the need to construct a new fire station. An updated animal services facility is also part of the long-term plans.