Council accepts resignation, makes appointment to zoning commission _lowres

John Dry

Baton Rouge attorney Mike Clegg, who represents LeBlanc’s Food Stores, asked the Zachary City Council Aug. 25 to end delays and make a decision on a proposed zoning change that paves the way for the construction of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.

The market proposal, to build between Live Oak Trace subdivision and LeBlanc’s on Church Street, has been an emotional back-and-forth among Wal-Mart, Live Oak Trace homeowners and the Planning and Zoning Commission for months.

A planned ruling Aug. 25 was delayed until Oct. 13 while City Councilman Francis Nezianya, owner of Subway franchises located inside Wal-Mart Supercenters in Baker and Zachary, is awaiting an ethics ruling on whether he can vote on the Wal-Mart plan.

The ethics decision is expected in September. Clegg said all parties just want to move on.

APPOINTMENTS: The council accepted the resignation of Dr. Scott Buzhardt from the Planning and Zoning Commission and approved the appointment of John Dry, of Dry’s Healthmart Pharmacy.

The commission meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at 4650 Main St.

CONDEMNATIONS: The property at 6417 La. 19 was placed on the condemnation list, building inspector Scott Masterson said.

PERMITS: An events permit was granted to Theresa Payment on behalf of the Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation to host a craft beer tasting at the Code Red Chili Cook-off on Sept. 26 at the Pointe at Americana.

AGREEMENTS: A request was made of Mayor David Amrhein to negotiate, and if successful, to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Baton Rouge Community College, allowing the Lady Bears softball team to use a field at Zachary Youth Park as its home field for the BRCC Women’s National Junior College Athletic Association softball games.

Amrhein approved the request. The council will meet again Sept. 8.