Whitehall News

Proposed ordinance

Pools 2 feet or deeper would need 4-foot fence


Owners of pools shallower than 2 feet no longer would be required to screen pools with a fence if a proposed ordinance comes to fruition.

Whitehall City Council members first heard the proposal during their April 23 committee meeting.

Owners of pools 18 inches or deeper currently must have a fence of at least 4 feet tall around the pool. The proposed ordinance applies to all in-ground and above-ground pools, including inflatable pools, and applies the same standard to all pools, Whitehall service director Ray Ogden said.

"We had been using the 18-inch standard for all pools until we discovered a discrepancy," Ogden said.

He pointed to a difference in the minimum depth requiring a fence, depending on whether the city refers to its property maintenance code or its codified ordinances.

"This ordinance addresses that discrepancy and applies a uniform standard (to all kinds of pools)," Ogden said. "The 24 inches stated in the property code seems to be a reasonable depth for all pools to require fencing."

Currently, the city's codified ordinance requires that all in-ground pools deeper than 18 inches and all above-ground pools deeper than 30 inches have a secured 4-foot-tall fence surrounding them.

The city's property maintenance code requires that all pools deeper than 2 feet have a fence.

The new ordinance introduced April 23 applies a uniform standard requiring a 4-foot fence screening all pools that are 2 feet or deeper.

The ordinance is expected to be introduced during council's 7 p.m. May 7 meeting at Whitehall City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road.

Other ordinances introduced April 23 included recognizing "Employees of the Year" for 2013 in various city departments.

Grant Long will be recognized as the 2013 Employee of the Year of the Division of Fire, John Slosser for the Division of Police, Dawn Williams for support and administration, and George Dorsey for labor and maintenance.

Each employee will receive a $250 bonus.

All four legislative items are scheduled for introduction and a first reading May 7.

Scheduled for a third reading and public hearing May 7 council meeting is an ordinance allowing a special permit for the operation of a child care center on the first floor of a suite at 225 Fairway Blvd.