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Q. - A house in my neighborhood has a built in pool
that has never had a fence around it. I was under the impression at
least a 4’ fence has to protect children from falling in that
Answer: The owner of the pool in question has a permit
to install a special flat cover that is motorized and covers the pool
so that no one can enter the pool. The cover is capable of holding even
adults walking across the top and meets or exceeds the code. It is even
safer than a fence because no portion of the pool water is exposed so
children climbing over a fence cannot get into the pool. It also has
the benefits of keeping the pool cleaner and more sanitary.
If you have questions about a specific property being up to code, those
questions would probably best be answered our Municipal Development
Director. I am sure he would be glad to explain any of the codes and
how the City interprets and enforces them. To try to answer a lot of
detailed questions here would be cumbersome.
The City is making steady progress in bringing all properties up to
code and into compliance with our Neighborhood Integrity Ordinance.
One thing that is overlooked sometimes is that we are dealing with a
person's private property and this requires that the City be careful
and fair in enforcement. The code enforcement staff works with property
owners as much as possible to get them to bring their property in compliance,
but there is no other ultimate solution other than compliance.
Citizens should notify the City of any properties that appear to be
out of compliance. We have a 24 hour hotline that can be called for
leaving a specific message: 972-551-6654. Our efforts are making this
a cleaner, safer city and we intend to keep this a top priority.
Hal Richards, Mayor