Randy Olson, committee chair, and Chip Mills, Economic Development Director for the Chamber, appeared before Mayor David Amrhein and City Councilmen last Tuesday to define the resolution, which supports the Extraterritorial Jurisdictional legislative action.
"State Representative Kenny Havard authored and Senator Sharon Weston Broome co-authored a bill which is being submitted to the State Legislature,” said Mills. “We want to ensure that until we annex some portions of land, we have a say so in which developments come to Zachary.”
An Extraterritorial Jurisdiction is a designated area located outside Zachary’s city limits that is unincorporated but which requires services such as water, fire and gas.
Mills told the Council that the Zachary School Board and Fire District 1's board both support the resolution, although three members of the Zachary School Board - David Dayton, Kenneth Mackie and Gaynell Young - abstained from voting on the resolution on Feb. 9.
All three members represent areas outside the City of Zachary's corps limits.
Zachary’s school district is larger than the city’s limits and until the city can annex the land, they want to have a say what developments plan to come to the area.
"We're all in agreement that we need to attract businesses and people," said Mayor David Amrhein. "But this is to protect us until we get there."
Mayor Kip Holden and City-Parish are also in support of the resolution.
In other City Council action:
• The City Council asked City Attorney John Hopewell to consider writing a draft amending the Zachary ordinance which currently does not allow for the sale of wine or liquor on Sundays, however, beer can be sold after 12:30 p.m. on that day.
"We don't want people to leave Zachary to purchase their alcohol on Sunday," said Councilman Francis Nezianya.
"This does not pertain to bars, only packaged liquor and restaurants," said Amrhein. "And I'm all for changing the law, but I won't agree to 11 a.m. I believe you will get some flack from the community if you do that."
• Developer Steven Harrison appealed to the Council to find out how his trailer park, located in North Baker near the VFW Hall, could be annexed into the City of Zachary.
Council members all agreed that Zachary's Master Plan doesn't allow mobile homes unless they are located on 10 acres of land or more.
"We're moving to ensure that no trailers are built or put on land in Zachary unless you own those 10 acres," said Councilman John Coghlan. "I won't support this if it comes before this Council."