Trick-or-treating will be observed from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on its intended night, Oct. 31.
The Zachary City Council set the trick-or-treating time at its Sept. 22 meeting.
“We receive more calls about Halloween and trick-or-treating than any other issue throughout the year,” Mayor David Amrhein said.
In other business:
ORDINANCES: An ordinance was introduced authorizing the city to levy up to a five percent hotel occupancy tax if approved by voters in the Oct. 24 primary election.
The tax will be assessed on rooms for those who stay in either of the two hotels in Zachary.
“This is not a property tax or a sales tax for residents ... unless they stay at the hotels in the city,” Amrhein said.
Revenue from the tax, depending on hotel occupancy, will be earmarked for park operation and recreation purposes.
NEW BUSINESS: The Council approved the appointment of Amy Schulze as the city’s new code compliance officer. Schulze, a licensed professional engineer, previously worked for East Baton Rouge Parish as its chief of wastewater operations and with its Planning and Zoning Commission.
In about a week on the job, Schulze found an error with a zoning map and some issues in the Unified Development Code, causing a ruling to be sent back to Planning and Zoning to be reconsidered, Amrhein said.
“She’s already earning her salary,” he said.
HONORS: Two longtime members of the Planning and Zoning Commission who recently retired from serving were honored by Amrhein and Council members.
Peggy Lantrip, who served 26 years, and Scott Buzhardt, who served over a decade, were both awarded plaques of recognition.
“This is an all-volunteer commission of people who give up their free time to serve. There are no two better public servants then Peggy and Scott,” said Amrhein. “They’ve seen this city grow and seen some controversy but remained professional and passionate about their duties.”
Also, council members approved the naming of the street that connects the Zachary bypass road to the Zachary Wal-Mart Supercenter as Emmie Drive.
The city was recently awarded a Community Achievement Award by the Louisiana Municipal Association for its work on the four-lane highway, which includes Bob Odom Parkway, named after Zachary resident and former Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture Forestry, the late Bob Odom.
Part of the bypass is called Montegudo Boulevard, named after Adolphus William ‘A.W.’ Montegudo, a fourth-generation Montegudo who farmed the tract of land that the bypass runs through. Four of his nine children were by his second wife, Emmie Black, a school teacher.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.