The Zachary City Council appointed residents to several boards during its Jan. 27 meeting.
Councilman Brandon Noel served as mayor pro tempore in the absence of Mayor David Amrhein.
An agenda item tabled at the council’s Jan. 13 meeting calling for members to name their appointments to various boards, committees and commissions was revisited.
Appointed to the Alcohol and Beverage Control Board were Harold Bezet, Helen Dessell, Laura Freeman, Norvell Hamilton, Landon Petty, Scott Sonnier and Carl Spears. Members — two appointed by Amrhein and one by each council member — serve four-year terms.
The Municipal Civil Service board includes two members appointed by the council, two selected by employees of the city and one appointed by the Civil Service Board from a list provided by LSU. Appointed were Janice Bergeron, Michael Brown, Frank Landry, Jack Miller and Dana Poole.
The Fire and Police Civil Service Board includes one member appointed by the Fire Department and one by the Police Department; both are confirmed by the council. Three are appointed by the mayor from a Southern University list. Terms are three years.
Appointed were Charles Duplechin, Brian Henderson, Donald Hunt III, Alan Kleinpeter and Bob Whitaker.
Though the seven appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission were named at the last meeting, members were reconfirmed.
Amrhein’s two reappointments were Billy Kline as chairman and Robert Snowden. Councilman Ben Cavin appointed Mike Freeman; Councilman Francis Nezianya reappointed Donald Hunt III; Councilman Noel reappointed Earl Thornton; Councilwoman Laura O’Brien reappointed Scott Buzhardt; and Councilman Tommy Womack reappointed Mark Martin.
City Attorney John Hopewell reminded the council that the appointees must serve staggered terms mandated by state law.
“It takes the politics out of it, and length of terms can be randomly selected for each member,” Hopewell said.
Because no vote was required at the Tuesday meeting, the council opted to select terms for Planning and Zoning Commission members to be named at its February meeting.
The director of the Zachary Historic Village, Jean Byers, was tasked to suggest a list of board members — four at-large and one from each of the five council districts — to serve on the Zachary Historic Village board.
“The interests and qualifications of each person should be considered,” Byers said. “I’m looking forward to the creation of an enthusiastic group of people who will provide good stewardship over the collections of each property in the Historic Village.” Since the Zachary Historic Association became an independent nonprofit organization in 2009, there has not been an active board, Byers said.
Those serving on the board, Byers said, would be responsible for finances, fundraising and events; property maintenance and management; safety and legal issues; long-term planning for the Historic Village and Association; programming and project development; and public relations and media.
“They would work together to honor, interpret and preserve the history of our city and the region by establishing the village as a magnet to the center of town,” Byers said. “Members would also enhance the cultural opportunities and community spirit of Zachary.”
The council asked Byers to submit a list of suggested appointments that they would revisit at the next meeting.
“You know best who would serve well on this board,” Noel said. “And I’d say anyone showing interest in serving should be considered.”
In other news:
The council voted to waive the peddler’s permit and $250 fee for Girl Scout troops in Zachary so they can sell cookies to businesses and residents. Speaking on behalf of her daughter’s troop, resident Kate MacArthur appealed to the council to waive the fee, saying the fundraising effort helps pay for troop activities.
In 2013, concerned residents spoke against an influx of peddlers from out of state who were selling merchandise door to door at night.
Because courts don’t allow the prohibition of solicitation, Hopewell said municipalities are allowed to restrict, regulate and require permits for peddlers.
The council enacted the peddler’s permit and fee at that time, hoping to reduce the number of solicitors to the city.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10.