But challengers Layne Baroldi, Vincent Gomez and Howard Vipperman all say a new station should be built at its current site. “Safety is the No. 1 factor,” Baroldi said. “I think it’s proven that the site where the fire station is provides the best response.” Klein said he believes the Hacienda and West site is the best one because the existing City Hall site is too small. “It’s a large enough parcel that doesn’t tie the hands of a future council to do what they want to do,” Klein said. “It is large enough to handle a Fire Department with required egress and ingress,” he said. “Fire trucks will be able to move around.” LA HABRA HEIGHTS – For the last several months the City Council has been wrangling over where to put a new fire station and possibly a city hall. On Tuesday, the voters will have their say – at least in a way. While there is no ballot measure dealing with the issue, there is a City Council election and the four candidates are divided over whether a new fire station should be built at the corner of West and Hacienda roads or kept at its current location. Incumbent Fred Klein, who is seeking a fourth four-year term, was one of four who voted to build a new one at the Hacienda and West site. But Vipperman said he doesn’t believe there would be enough access to the Hacienda and West Road site. And residents near that site won’t want the noise and disruption from a fire station, he said. Gomez said he believes a fire station can be built where it is now. “Just leave the existing City Hall there and work around it,” he said. “We live within our means.” Klein said the city’s architect, Kelly Needham, told the council that the City Hall site is too small. “I see people who don’t have an architect’s degree, the experience or the errors and omission insurance, all of the things you need when designing a public facility,” he said referring to residents who proposed their own plans. “I would be absolutely remiss if I tried to force it against an architect’s experience,” he said. “If something happens on that facility – if it’s designed wrong and a fire truck drives over a firefighter – we’ll get sued into the next world.” Baroldi pointed out a La Habra Heights Improvement Association survey showing that 77 percent of the people favored building at the existing City Hall site. But Klein said that only 212 people actually responded to the entire poll and that it went out in December before the council received more information at its February meeting. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!