Earlier this month the City of Chubbuck unveiled the plans for its new city hall. But the city isn’t the only one benefiting from the change. “It’s super exciting, but I’ll tell you what, to see the excitement of our police side on what’s going to happen for them, it’s wonderful it really is,” said Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England at the announcement on March 8th. With the city moving out, the Chubbuck Police Department will take over the space left behind. “There’s some excitement, but at the same time we still know and understand that we’re still a couple years away from it all coming to fruition,” said Chubbuck Police Chief Bill Guiberson. While the department knows they’re staying put until the new city hall is built, just having light at the end of their very narrow tunnels is enough. “The police department that we’re sitting in right now was built in 1983, the other half of the building was built even prior to that. When the police department took over this portion of the building we had a bout a dozen employees, now we’ve got 35 employees operating in the same area,” said Guiberson. Many of the offices you’ll find in the department’s building support two people. The hallways on the other hand, aren’t wide enough for two people to walk down at the same time, and that’s without all of the gear officers wear. The interview room shares a wall with the city’s break room, so serious questioning can be interrupted by laughter and casual conversation. And most of all, they’re beginning to have a storage shortage. So with the shift to the current city hall building, the hope is to provide more space, more efficiency, and more pride. “We do scout tours on occasion, and getting a bunch of scouts through a narrow hallway isn’t real conducive. But it’ll be nice to have an area where we can show the public, and the public can be proud of the building as well as our employees,” said Guiberson. There will be remodeling done to better fit the needs of the police department, which will come directly out of the city’s budget.
Article originally published by KPVI news.