The police shooting range at Central Park came under fire this week, with a councilman suggesting that it be closed but with the police chief lobbying to keep it open.
The City Council debated the future of the shooting range and, despite the lack of a lease agreement on the facility, voted 4 to 3 to pay $4,500 for portable restrooms there.
Councilmen Tom Harman, David Sullivan and Ralph Bauer opposed spending the money.
"I think we ought to shut the whole thing down," Bauer said, adding that the range, which is operated by the Huntington Beach Police Officers Assn., has created noise problems in the area.
But Councilman Dave Garofalo said: "I'll do anything to keep it going."
Police Chief Ronald L. Lowenberg echoed the sentiment, saying that the shooting range is critical for training city officers. "We don't have alternatives," he said.