On top of that, the county estimate “didn’t include any of our fire marshal services, plan inspection, fire code enforcement and weed abatement,” Bates said. A formal study into the costs and benefits of contracting with the county would cost the city $3,500. But Francis believes it would be worth it. “I think there might be other issues, like cost-sharing,” he said, referring to possible ways of cutting the fee the county would charge to provide fire services. He noted that La Habra Heights is bordered by unincorporated communities and the city of La Habra, which all contract with the county for fire service. Francis believes it’s possible the city might improve emergency response times in the east and west sides of La Habra Heights by going with the county. First, however, both the City Council and the county Board of Supervisors must approve the study. That matter will be discussed by the council Thursday. [email protected] (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! LA HABRA HEIGHTS – City officials are taking the first step toward contracting with Los Angeles County for fire services. At its next meeting May 8, the City Council will consider a motion asking the county to provide cost estimates for providing fire and emergency services. La Habra Heights currently has a volunteer fire department. Retired firefighter Roy Francis has started a petition drive asking the city to look into how much it would cost to to contract for fire services from the county. Francis, who already has collected about 100 signatures, said the cost information is crucial before the council can make any decision on where to build a new fire station. “Before we spend a lot of money on a fire hall/city hall complex, we need to look at all of the issues,” Francis said. “Then the community can make a decision.” However, county fire service most likely will be more expensive, said City Manager Ron Bates, adding that it could be more than the $1.4 million the city now spends for fire services. In 1996, the city received a cost estimate of $3.4 million from the county, Bates said. That estimate was updated informally about seven months ago. The price tag then was an estimated $4.1 million, Bates said.