ZACHARY — The City Council voted unanimously to delay formation of an economic development district for the proposed Americana “traditional neighborhood development.”
The project would consist of residential property, open areas, space for a YMCA facility, and a grocery, restaurant and other businesses, according to a brochure from the developers, Daigle-Americana Development LLC.
City Attorney John Hopewell advised against taking action Tuesday night because there was an issue with the effective date of the annexation of 413 acres of property on the west side of the city.
“We’ve hit a snag and have to take a step back,” he said.
At Hopewell’s recommendation, the council members voted 4-1 to approve a resolution acknowledging their wish to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Daigle-Americana Development LLC.
Councilmen Francis Nezianya, Brandon Noel, Tommy Womack and John Coghlan voted in favor of the resolution. Councilman Dan Wallis cast the dissenting vote.
During the Oct. 12 council meeting, Wallis said he was opposed to giving up 1 cent of the city’s sales taxes generated in Americana to fund infrastructure for the development.
The Americana Economic Development District, which would have council members serving on its governing body, is also expected to levy a new, 1-cent sales tax on purchases in Americana.
Other matters included:
CHAISSON CASE: The council voted unanimously to authorize the mayor to either negotiate a settlement or hire a mediator to resolve the ongoing litigation between the city and former Assistant Police Chief Bruce Chaisson.
The state District Court reversed the 2008 firing of Chaisson on Oct. 4, ruling the city’s Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board unconstitutionally acted as both prosecutor and judge in the case.
The city is appealing the decision to the state Supreme Court.
BOARD APPOINTMENT: The council voted unanimously to appoint Charles Duplechain to the Municipal Fire and Police Chief Service Board.
REDFLEX: The council discussed the possibility of moving the Redflex Traffic System’s photo enforcement equipment from its current position near Coppermill Elementary.
The mayor said he talked with the company about various other locations including McHost Road.