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2-foot-deep pools likely to require 4-foot fences


Whitehall City Council on June 4 was expected to approve a consistent standard requiring fences for homes with pools.

Owners of pools 18 inches or deeper currently must have a 4-foot-tall fence around the pool. The new ordinance, if approved as expected, increases the minimum depth requiring a fence to 24 inches.

The ordinance applies to all in-ground and above-ground pools, including inflatable pools, and applies the same standard to all pools, service director Ray Ogden said.

A discrepancy in different sections of city code prompted the new law, Ogden said.

Council members also were expected to adopt four resolutions June 4, each recognizing a city employee as a 2013 Employee of the Year.

Grant Long has been named 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 for being named Employee of the Year.

Two resolutions and one ordinance were scheduled for introduction and a first reading June 4. The legislation had been forwarded from the May 28 meeting of council committees and included a resolution supporting the preservation of tax-exempt financing on municipal bonds.