Trick-or-treaters will be able to hit the streets for treats from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, Halloween night.
The Zachary City Council approved the Halloween hours during its Oct. 14 meeting.
Mayor David Amrhein said his office had received nearly 300 calls about whether Halloween would be held on the traditional holiday night or the night before.
“This is probably one of the most controversial things I’ve dealt with as mayor,” Amrhein said.
The Zachary High football team does not play at home Oct. 31 but will travel to play the Yellow Jackets in Denham Springs.
In other council news:
PUBLIC SAFETY: The council approved a stop sign following a request from Police Chief David McDavid.
“We’ve received calls from residents expressing the need for a stop sign at the intersection of Shaffett Lane and Avenue A,” he said.
Councilman John Coghlan also requested signage, saying Cedar and North Cedar streets near Zachary Elementary School do not have posted speed limit signs.
Amrhein explained that in neighborhoods without posted speed limits, 25 miles per hour is the maximum, per Zachary ordinance.
As for school zone traffic signs, those are approved by the school district, not the city.
Coghlan also requested a stop sign for Cedar at North Cedar as well as a four-way stop at 39th and Hemlock streets.
Some councilmen said a four-way stop would result in too many stop signs along 39th Street, a main route to Zachary Elementary from La. 64 and Main Street. “That would make five stop signs,” Amrhein said.
The council agreed; however, McDavid said he would review the Cedar at North Cedar intersection and discuss his findings at the next council meeting.
The police chief also asked about the possibility of installing a red light at 39th and Church streets.
Amrhein said the state Department of Transportation and Development conducts surveys for potential red light placement. “A minimum of 140 cars per hour is the standard,” Amrhein said.
The 39th and Church Street intersection would not meet the standard, and “average number of cars per hour cannot be considered.”
HONORS: It was decided that the new road between Murphy’s convenience store and Raising Cane’s would be named Bob Odom Parkway, in honor of the late former Louisiana commissioner of agriculture.
Odom, who died in May, made his home in Zachary with his wife, Millie.
“This is a great honor,” Millie Odom told Amrhein after hearing the news.
Bob Odom Parkway will be an offshoot of Montegudo Boulevard, the new Zachary bypass road.
WAIVERS: A waiver was denied to resident Markeisha Smith, 5670 Rush St.
Smith addressed the council about a conditional use permit to connect electricity and sewer to a travel trailer located on her property.
Council members listened as Smith counted aloud the number of times she uses her travel trailer annually. “I’d say about nine times a year when family members visit,” Smith said. “I have a lot of family gatherings, and I don’t want them to use my personal bathroom.”
Councilman Brandon Noel said he felt granting a waiver for the proposed use was going too far.
“I’d suggest renting a port-a-potty,” Noel said.
“I have looked into that, but it’s too expensive,” Smith said.
After several minutes of the council offering solutions, it was suggested Smith empty the travel trailer’s tank into her own Mo-Dad unit on her property.
“But that’s a fight with the Department of Health and Hospitals,” Amrhein said. “You have to get approval from DHH, not us.”
The council denied the request for a conditional use waiver.
MEETINGS: The council agreed that it would not reschedule its Nov. 11 meeting on Veterans Day.
The next Zachary City Council meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.