Fountain Valley is in talks with county officials about annexing a nearly 21-acre unincorporated area into its boundaries, but City Manager Ray Kromer said the county would have to agree to pay for an extra police officer before the city took over the neighborhood.
The area contains about 1,100 residents and 813 housing units, according to the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission's website. Earlier this month, the commission, or LAFCO, appointed a task force to work with city officials to annex unincorporated islands or connect them with nearby city services.
Kromer said the island by Harbor Boulevard and Edinger Avenue, which contains mostly residential units, may run into some minor difficulties with city zoning laws if annexed. The larger issue, though, is that the city would have to add a police officer to cover the area, which would cost about $250,000 a year for salary, equipment and other expenses.