The Zachary City Council on Tuesday agreed to allow the city to spend $140,000 on air conditioning repairs at City Hall.

Mayor David Amrhein said some offices in the building have water in the light fixtures because of issues with the old, inefficient system.

He said every office will have its own thermostat once the repairs are made.

“I hate spending this kind of money on this building, but we’re going to be here a while,” the mayor said.

He said once the work is done, he will begin looking into fixing the building’s roof, which also is in poor shape.

In other action Tuesday, the council agreed to waive some development code requirements at the request of Oscar Zeringue, a developer who plans to build a town home complex called Ole Oaks. The council voted to let the development have smaller lots and greater unit density than the code allows.

The complex, which will have 36 units in 10 buildings, will be built on 4.38 acres on La. 964 near the intersection with Rollins Road.

Council members also:

  • Voted to let the soon-to-open PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans on La. 964 install a sign directing customers to its drive-thru. There is no provision in the city development code for those types of directional signs.
  • Approved a variance permitting The Salad Spot, which will soon open on High Street, to install a sign larger than what the code allows.
  • Granted a conditional use permit allowing alcohol sales at Oishi Sushi on Main Street. City planner Amy Schulze said the owner is taking the business over from his parents, so he needs a new permit in his name.
  • Introduced an ordinance to be formally adopted at a later meeting that would declare as surplus two Zachary police vehicles, which ultimately would be donated to other law enforcement agencies in the area.