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City may add safety rules for pools

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Tell City still in running for COPS grant

By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY - Building Inspector Bob Young worries about the growing number of swimming pools in the city and suggested Monday that leaders pass regulations that will require pools over a certain depth to be fenced off or covered.

"I'm not wanting to make a big deal about it now but it concerns me - and I think it should worry the city," Young said at the regular meeting of the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety.

With summer in full swing, small seasonal pools are popping up in greater numbers, including those with heights of more than 4 feet. Young said those pose a threat to children who might want to take a quick dip without asking the owner for permission, or who reach over the edge and accidentally fall in.

Young and City Attorney Jim Tyler said state regulations probably dictate safety rules such as fences for in-ground and permanent above-ground pools, but Young said his concern is centered on smaller pools that he said pose a safety concern.

Also at issue is a lack of regulations on pools in the city's zoning code. An old ordinance that did regulate pools was repealed when a new set of guidelines was adopted in the 1990s. The new zoning code apparently omits any reference to pools.

"It think if it's higher than 4 feet it should have a fence around it and if it's 3 feet, it should have a cover," Young said.

A proposed ordinance will likely come before the council in July. Until then, Young encourages pool owners to use covers and to remove outside ladders that might allow someone to climb inside.

For more information, contact Young at 547-7490.

Law-Enforcement Grant

Tell City remains in the running for a federal grant that would allow the city to hire one or two new officers, Assistant Chief John Allen said. However, the demand for funds has outstripped funding by billions of dollars.

A U.S. Department of Justice e-mail to Chief Greg Hendershot stated the city is still in the running. A decision is expected no later than Sept. 30.

In other business, the works board:

• Thanked employees of the trash and street departments, as well as helpers from other city departments, for their help in last week's spring cleanup. Final tallies on the number of tons of items disposed of - as well as the cost - will be available in July. Street Commissioner Jeff Everly said preliminary costs show nearly $8,000 expended in labor and fuel.

• Complimented the cooperation between city sewage and street departments on manholes that needed adjustments due to recent paving on Tell Street.

The city received a grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to use emulsified asphalt that contains recycled tires for the project on Tell Street, as well as the repaving of two blocks on Fulton Street.

• Heard an update from Greenwood Cemetery Sexton Earl Parker on the successful removal of several stumps from trees downed in wind and ice storms.