The Zachary City Council voted to go from a $250 deductible to a $1000 deductible, a $750 increase in its employee insurance, at its Nov. 27 meeting but only based on feedback from city employees.
"We sent out requests for input and only 60 employees responded," said Mayor David Amrhein. "Of those 60, a majority wanted to go for the higher deductible rate. Nothing will change in terms of coverage, and we can opt out at any time if we decide to do so," added Amrhein. "We're not trying to penalize anyone."
In other City Council action:
FIRST STUDENT: A request allowing several school bus drivers the right to park their buses at their residences in the Avenues area of Zachary was denied.
First Student's Gregory Gavins said the 4922 Rankin St. facility is not large enough to accommodate the 85 buses now required to transport Zachary students.
Gavins said First Student was initially in talks with the Zachary School District for a facility to be built to house the buses, but that plan fell through, Gavins said.
The Council reminded Gavins that there are a total of 13 buses parked throughout Zachary, not just the four.
Superintendent Scott Devillier said the ZCSD is assisting First Student in finding suitable parking for its buses.
MORATORIUM: A moratorium for an indefinite period of time was placed on granting waiver requests for mobile homes and/or trailers.
A study committee, headed by Councilmen Brandon Noel and Tommy Womack, is in the final stages of producing a document that would include exclusions and inclusions to manufactured homes in relation to Zachary's Uniform Development Code (UDC), which states new mobile homes are banned from all zoning districts in the city unless a waiver is granted by the council, and only mobile homes which are grandfathered in or are replacing existing trailers are permitted.
Councilman Noel said the document should be ready within 60 days.