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Rules for pools are there for good reason

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It’s hard not to be a little sympathetic with the Rotterdam woman who paid $250 for one of those inflatable, soft-sided swimming pools at her local K-Mart, then found out she needed $800 worth of improvements to her home — including a fence with closable gate, electrical upgrades and a pool alarm — to be on the right side of a law that town officials only recently started enforcing. Obviously, her pool is proving to ...

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August 16, 2013
3:19 p.m.

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I am not looking for sympathy just correct application of the local code. For all you green ticketed inflatable pool violators know that Town has no authority to cite you for installing the pool without a permit. Check the Housing and Building Standards Section (it is on line) and you will find that you did nothing to trigger a building permit. Also know that the NYS Fire Prevention and Building Code has a pool standard but does not require a building permit.

At issue is the use of private property. Anyone accessing and entering private property uninvited is trespassing. There is a neglectful adult behind any child who accesses private property uninvited to go swimming. Legislation should never be imposed on the masses to cover someones neglect.

You can't legislate against accidents. Since a child can drown in 3" of water perhaps we should start fencing our bath tubs, install alarms and self locking gates too. An accident is just that; an accident.

Lets unveil the truth. The town made a part time code enforcer full time and now they have to pay for it. Budget season is quickly approaching and they have to come up with ways to cover their intentional cost increases. Should we raise taxes, should we increase fees. Oh let go violate the residents and increase our revenue in the department that saw at lease one significant increase.

August 19, 2013
3:29 p.m.

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These bigger inflatable pools can hold a LOT of water. If they are set up in close quarters to someone else's house and rupture for some reason, they can easily flood a basement or low-level apartment. Not sure if there are codes that prevent someone from setting up one of these temporary pools on a small lot or if there are any setback requirements, etc.