By Joseph Serna, Staff Writer
A new twist has developed in the location of Signal Hill’s new police station, as a $3 million offer from an auto dealership for the Spring Street property could potentially relocate the station site again.
The Signal Hill City Council chose to consult the public first.
A second police workshop has been set for the public on Saturday, July 14, at 9 a.m. in the Signal Hill Community Center, near City Hall off of Hill Street.
About six months ago a Hyundai auto dealership approached the city about purchasing the city-owned, three-acre parcel on Spring Street between Orange and Walnut avenues. The city will not go below $3 million for it, City Attorney David Aleshire said.
The public designated Spring Street as the preferred location for the new station at the first public workshop, on Nov. 6, 2006. The back-up location, also supported by residents, is a four-acre location on Walnut Avenue and 27th Street—The Green.
Residents and Police Chief Tom Sonoff supported the Walnut Avenue site too, but two existing oil operations and land ownership spread among some 1,400 individuals on the property made acquiring the parcel an unappealing and seemingly daunting task.
City Manager Ken Farfsing assured no time will be lost on the project if its relocated at this stage, as both the Spring Street and Walnut Avenue sites have gone through the early, necessary environmental assessments.
Staff will notify residents of the workshop through citywide mailing July 1, notices in the Signal Tribune, the city’s Web site and on TV.
The City Council also received and filed a refuse rate hike by EDCO Disposal Corporation, which residents will see in their July bill.
The next Council meeting will be on Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.