Public questions City Hall plan

first_imgTo pay for it, the city could use $3 million in budget reserves, a $3 million bond and $1.5 million expected from the sale of City Hall. The city would service the bond payments through its budget, Bates said. “The last project I had the opportunity to work on was under budget and on time,” he said, responding to Quade. “In my opinion, it is one of the nicest facilities in Orange County. It happens to be The Pond. I can’t guarantee anything, but I do have some experience.” But some residents remained skeptical. “I just hope you’re not playing games and will tax us later,” Michelle Harencames said. Resident Jerry Shipman questioned why officials picked a location north of City Hall for the new administrative center and fire station. He said it would be cheaper to build at the existing site. “Why do we want to spend the money to move up there, rather than doing something here? It’s not a question of whether we can afford \, it’s should we spend \,” he said. Bates said the City Hall and fire station both need to be torn down. Both buildings have asbestos in floors and ceilings and City Hall has termites. Also, electrical wiring is out of compliance with code. And the roof leaks, he said. “Whenever we move a piece of equipment, it usually blows the wiring and we have to bring in an electrician,” he said. “We have a plunger as permanent decor in our restrooms so we can keep the plumbing working. This is a tear-down.” The fire station is in no better condition, fire Chief John Nielsen said. “We also consider it as a tear-down,” he said. Besides, he added, firefighters still need a home base while a new station is being built. “What are we going to do, operate the Fire Department from Starbucks?” he asked. “We’d need to be relocated while something new is being built. That is at least $250,000 in relocation. The best way is for us to move into a new building.” One resident said he supported Bates’ plans. “It was very logical and made sense to me,” said John Beau. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA HEIGHTS – City Manager Ronald Bates told residents the city can build a new City Hall and fire station for $7.4 million and it won’t cost them a dime in new taxes.Yeah, right, said residents. “I haven’t ever seen a project in this city brought in on time and on budget,” said Stan Quade. At a meeting with about 60residents this week, Bates outlined his plans calling for spending about $7.4 million to construct the two facilities at the southwest corner of Hacienda and West roads. last_img

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