The Zachary City Council has delayed a final decision on who will serve on an advisory board for the Zachary Historical village until officials can determine if a councilman can appoint his sister to serve.
The council discussed at its Feb. 24 meeting appointing members to serve on the Zachary Historical Village’s advisory board.
At a January meeting, Jean Byers, director of the Zachary Historical Village and Museum, suggested a list of people along with qualifications and interests council members could consider before naming their appointees.
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, that’s located in a two-block area on Virginia Street.
The Annison House, built in 1811, is the oldest house in the Village but is located on Old Scenic Highway.
Councilman Brandon Noel suggested committees could be formed for each house in an effort to include others from the community who are interested in serving.
After a brief discussion by the council on which seven members would be appointed — one by each council member and two by the mayor — Councilman Tommy Womack asked if he could appoint his sister, Johnna Womack Roose.
“Tommy, I’m not sure you can do that, appoint a family member,” Amrhein said. “At least I don’t think you can. It could be an ethics violation.”
“See, this is the problem. We have someone who wants to serve but possibly can’t because she’s my sister?” Womack said.
Amrhein said he wants to verify whether the appointment would be a violation of ethics and asked City Attorney John Hopewell to look into the matter. The council refrained from appointing members to the advisory board until Hopewell’s inquiry is reviewed.
In other council news:
At a previous meeting, a request by Police Chief David McDavid to place a stop sign in Copper Mill subdivision at Meadow Grove Avenue and Adare Drive was tabled until the council could notify the Copper Mill Homeowners Association as to the cost of a sign and McDavid’s suggestion to place the sign instead at Meadow Grove and Commerce. McDavid said although there are no houses at or near the intersection, families have approached him with the request.
“It’s a long street with no stop sign. Children ride their bikes and parents use the street as a means of exercise,” McDavid said.
Resident Craig Parnell, in charge of maintenance for Copper Mill, spoke on behalf of the stop sign request at the Feb. 24 meeting.
“This has not gone through the HOA board yet, but I can tell you that it’s not on the budget. Stop signs are expensive, especially decorative ones, and run in the area of about $2,000,” Parnell said.
Parnell said there are no houses yet in the area where the stop sign would be posted but several are under construction.
“About four slabs are currently being poured,” he said.
Amrhein suggested the council make a motion to deny the stop sign request at Parnell’s urging.
“You can always come back another time when the HOA is ready and request it again, but we’re not in the stop sign business. The expense will be that of the homeowners association,” Amrhein said.
Nezianya abstained from voting because he said he has an investment (property) in Copper Mill.
The City Council will meet again at 6:30 p.m. March 10.