Money alloted for La Habra Heights station

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – A week after City Council members selected Hacienda and West roads as the site of a proposed new fire station, money is starting to fall into place for its construction. The city transferred an additional $800,000 into the station’s construction fund, bringing the total earmarked so far to $3.8 million. The new station is expected to cost $6.8 million. City Manager Ron Bates said Thursday the city was able to add the money because its reserve is increasing and is expected to grow by $400,000 this fiscal year. “We have it, and if we don’t use it or don’t want to, we can always transfer it back,” she said. Even though the money situation looks better, Bates said he and other staff members are continuing to look for ways to reduce construction costs on the fire station. Architect Kelly Needham is looking at less-expensive types of construction, such as metal, tilt-up or prefabricated buildings, he added. The city also has begun looking for a consultant to complete an environmental review that will determine the proposed station’s environmental impacts. Bates also is working with Southern California Edison Co. on ways to install the station’s utilities underground. Cities that place utilities underground are eligible to receive grant money from Edison, Bates said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (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! “Things are going well enough that we felt confident enough that we could recommend \,” he said. The City Council approved the fund transfer last week. Even after the transfer, the city’s general fund stands at $2.6 million, with $654,892 in a reserve fund, while its fund for fire services is nearly $1.1million, he said. “We’ve got over a 20 percent reserve in the general fund,” he said. In the fire fund “we’ve got up to about half a year’s operating cost,” Bates added. The latter has a projected ending balance of $614,007. Mayor Tela Millsap said transferring the money over to the fire station project is no big deal. last_img read more