The Zachary City Council finalized appointments to the Zachary Historic Village advisory board at its March 10 meeting.
Confirmed to the advisory board were Renee Beadle, Patrick Campbell, Jeanne Partin, Theresa Payment, Sharon Phillips, Ryan Southall and Bob Whitaker.
At the Feb. 24 council meeting, the question was raised whether City Councilman Tommy Womack’s initial appointee, his sister Johnna Womack Roose, was a violation of ethics laws.
The confirmation of appointments was tabled at the February meeting so City Attorney John Hopewell could seek an opinion.
Hopewell said he spoke to a staff attorney with the Louisiana Board of Ethics who issued an advisory opinion that suggested Roose’s appointment would be a violation of state ethics laws.
“Councilman Womack’s only interest in appointing her was that she had an interest in things historical and was willing to serve,” Hopewell said.
The Ethics Board attorney said Roose would not be prevented from volunteering at one of the Historic Village houses, however, simply prevented from being named as an appointment to the board.
The Allison House, Bauman House and McHugh House, a barn, carriage house, pavilion, railroad depot and the Old Town Hall are part of the Historical Village, which is owned by the city, located in a two-block area on Virginia Street.
In other council news:
The council voted to adopt an ordinance declaring 13 bulletproof vests belonging to the Zachary Police Department as surplus.
In addition to the vests, four vehicles belonging to the Police Department and the city were designated as surplus equipment and listed as being in fair or poor condition with issues ranging from excessive mileage to electrical and engine-related problems.
The vehicles include two 2006 Ford Crown Victorias, a 2001 Ford Taurus SE and a 2004 Ford F-150 truck.
According to the ordinance, the city believes the cost of removal, repair or required maintenance would exceed the value of the property.
McDavid said the vests only last five years.
“We send them to a police agency that refurbishes them and then sends them to other law enforcement agencies that can’t afford bulletproof vests,” said McDavid.
The next Zachary City Council meeting is at 6:30 p.m. March 24.