With a population of over 14,000 people, the city of Ammon
has quietly grown from a small little town to a major part of Bonneville
County. Ammon started the new millennium with a ten year stretch where they
more than doubled the land area and the population of the city.
Dana Kirkham served on the city council for a good portion
of that run and starting in January, she will be the new mayor of Ammon.
After 8 years on the City Council, Dana Kirkham already has
a list of things she wants the city to accomplish when she takes office in
“I think the very first thing on my list is to get a
strategic plan in place,” said Kirkham. “We have a comprehensive plan that
looks at the city for 50 years and says this is what we hope Ammon will be in
50 years but we don’t have a strategy to get us there. And so I’m really hoping
to sit down first thing in January and get a 3, 5, and 10 year plan in place so
we know how to fund those things.”
Dana says it’s also important that they continue to work on
the already good relationship that Ammon has with Idaho Falls.
“It’s incredibly important,” said Kirkham. “We share that
Hitt Road corridor and so we have to get along. City relations between the two
of us are better now than they have been in a long time but certainly we are
looking forward to the future with Mayor Casper. I think we are going to have a
wonderful working relationship.”
Ammon recently installed a 2.5 mile stretch of fiber optic
cable. They have 62 acres of parks and the city continues to grow. Dana says balancing
this growth will always be a priority.
“The biggest challenge for us is the same challenge for
every city and every state in our nation, and that comes down to revenue and
funding and how we prioritize,” said Kirkham. “And living within our means and
paying as we go and staying out of debt, hose are philosophies that we’re very
committed to here in Ammon. But with that philosophy comes the challenge of
being able to provide the services when you don’t want to increase the fees.”
Dana says it as humbling when the numbers came in Tuesday
night and it became evident that she would become the new mayor of the city.