ZACHARY — The Zachary City Council agreed to pay its estimated share — $466,000 — for a four-lane Mount Pleasant Road, a project in the East Baton Rouge Parish Green Light Plan.
“Unfortunately, that money comes out of city of Zachary coffers, but we have an agreement with the city-parish where they will pay us back,” Mayor David Amrhein said.
The portion of work the city is funding comes from 1 cent in sales taxes from the Americana Economic Development District and 1 cent of undedicated Zachary sales taxes. Altogether, the road improvement project costs $7.5 million.
R.J. Daigle and Sons is the contractor for the job, which is set for completion in March.
It its last meeting before the Thanksgiving holiday, the council took care of a number of matters.
The council approved the resubdivision of two pieces of property: one in the Whiddon Acres subdivision and another on property belonging to William J. Wicker. Lot 3 in Whiddon Acres was divided into two lots, and the Wicker tract was divided into two tracts.
Council members agreed to rezone the James Pickering tract on Mount Pleasant Road from residential to commercial. The Robert Flanders tract off Church Street near the Walgreens and medical complex was rezoned from residential to commercial. Several businesses recently have moved into these areas, and few homes remain.
The council also accepted an estimate of $387,000 to improve the city sewer system. The project involves pipe insulation.
The city’s Police Department recently bought two new desktop computers with a grant from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Chief David McDavid said. Plans are in the works to donate the department’s two old computers to the Wilson Police Department in East Feliciana Parish.
The council also voted to reappoint Chris Calbert, the city’s chief administrative officer, to represent Zachary on the Louisiana Municipal Natural Gas authority, which purchases and distributes gas. Steve Nunnery, Zachary director of administration, was reappointed alternate director.
Council members also reappointed Jeff Johnson as representative for Zachary Gas Utility District 1.
The council’s next meeting is Dec. 8.