Lin­coln Ap­proves Pool Rules

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS - By Lynn Kut­ter

LIN­COLN — Lin­coln City Coun­cil ap­proved an or­di­nance with safety stan­dards for pri­vate swim­ming pools at its Oct. 16 meet­ing. The or­di­nance does not have an emer­gency clause and will take ef­fect in 60 days from when it is pub­licly posted.

The or­di­nance ap­plies to all pools de­signed for hu­man bathing, swim­ming or im­mer­sion, whether the pool is above-ground or in-ground and has a depth of 36 inches or more at any point. It ap­plies to new pools be­ing con­structed or erected and ex­ist­ing pools.

The or­di­nance re­quires above-ground pools with a side­wall height of at least 36 inches to have a de­tach­able lad­der. All points of en­try to an above-ground pool must be se­cured by a lock when the pool is not be­ing used.

All in-ground swim­ming pools must be en­closed with a self-clos­ing gate and se­cured by a lock when not in use.

In ad­di­tion, all swim­ming pools must be con­structed or erected be­hind the back build­ing line of a lot.

Lin­coln Coun­cil mem­ber Johnny Stow­ers said this re­quire­ment will “take care of swim­ming pools be­ing in the front yard.”

In other ac­tion, the Coun­cil ap­proved its share to help pay the salaries for four dis­trict court judges in Wash­ing­ton County.

Act 1219 of 2011 es­tab­lished a base salary of $117,300 for a state dis­trict court judge. Wash­ing­ton County along with cities in Wash­ing­ton County cost share one-half the salary and the state pays the other half. Lin­coln’s share is $2,525.38.

The Coun­cil tabled a new sign or­di­nance to make a few mi­nor changes to the pro­posal. Lin­coln Plan­ning Com­mis­sion will dis­cuss the changes at its Novem­ber meet­ing.

Also, the Coun­cil con­firmed pay­ing $16,780 for a new grinder for the waste­water treat­ment plant. Mayor Rob Hulse said the old one was about to go out and the pur­chase was an emer­gency. It did not re­quire Coun­cil ap­proval but Hulse said he wanted the Coun­cil to know about the costs and to con­firm it on the record.

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