Heights looks to create fire group

By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal

The La Habra Heights City Council asked interim City Manager Tom Robinson to develop a community-centered fire watch program. LH Heights Seal
According to La Habra Heights Mayor Kyle Miller, a comprehensive program to help safeguard the city is important due to the high fire risk in the Heights.
Two citizen groups have been operating in the city and helping to watch for fire and safety hazards across the city, Fire Watch and Heights Watch.
Robinson  said that he would like to work with La Habra Heights Fire Chief Doug Graft come up with a recommendation for the council to discuss and possibly accept.
Mayor Pro Tem Jane Williams stressed that the plan should consider and incorporate the work that has been done by Fire Watch, and acknowledged the personal investment the citizen members have committed to the public safety organization.
Robinson said that the staff would reach out and work with all parties invested in the public and fire safety to come up with a comprehensive recommendation.
Miller and the city council authorized Robinson to develop the program.
Some of these issues might be discussed at the barbecue event that  Heights Watch is hosting on August 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Park on Hacienda Road.
Residents must RSVP to attend. Call 562-315-8494 for more information.
The Heights council also approved  a contract with CivilSource, the city’s design civil engineer, to examine and propose new guardrails  along Fullerton and Hacienda Roads.
There are 750 linear feet of guardrail along the two roads and the council agreed that most are in need of repair.
CalTrans has adjusted and changed some specifications of guardrails since the current ones were installed. CivilSource will analyze and prepare a report and cost estimate for the council.
CivilSource will be paid $14,500  from the city’s Gas Tax Fund for their services.

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