La Habra leaders increase outreach ahead of annexation meeting – Orange County Register

La Habra leaders are trying to better answer the questions residents of county islands within the city limits had about the possibility of becoming part of the city.

In preparation for an upcoming City Council meeting to discuss again the transfer of the six unincorporated county neighborhoods to La Habra, city staff have created a webpage to address the concerns residents have previously raised and better inform them of the changes that could affect their daily life.

A link was added this week to the top of the city’s homepage, lahabraca.gov, to the site addressing the questions residents had during a May 1 City Council meeting. There is also a map of each island and breakdowns showing the difference between county and city fees.

The six islands are home to about 1,300 residents.

Placards with information about the annexation, the meeting and who to contact with questions will also be left at every house in the county islands, Assistant to the City Manager Robert Ferrier said.

“I was expecting council would make some sort of decision in May either approving or denying,” the annexation, he said. “But they wanted to make sure we provided as much information as possible to the county residents, and that’s why we are coming back.”

Ferrier said the City Council meeting to discuss annexation is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 16.

During the standing-room only City Council meeting on May 1, several residents of the county islands voiced concerns and confusion on how a move from county to city control would affect them.

Most of the questions revolved around the requirements for sewer lines, changing of addresses, the addition of streetlights and sidewalks, as well as the difference in the cost of fees between the city and county.

“The one thing that did change is a lot of folks said they like the way things are in their community right now,” Ferrier said.  “If annexation does occur, we are not going to come into your neighborhood and put up…

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