TUPPER LAKE - Village Code Enforcement Officer Pete Edwards is trying to eliminate illegal swimming pools from the village.
He told village board members last week that he got an anonymous phone call recently from someone who reported several illegal pools. He investigated, and some were short enough that they didn't need a permit. But he found some were illegal.
Edwards drafted a letter to send to owners of the illegal pools to notify them to remedy the situation.
"If you wish to keep the pool, you must first drain the water then apply for a permit and comply with all requirements," Edwards wrote in the letter.
Pools must have fences around them and alarms, Edwards said. That prevents children from getting in them without the pool owners knowing.
"There are a number of fatalities each year in swimming pools, and Tupper Lake is no stranger to swimming pool deaths in the past," Edwards wrote in his letter.
He also noted that there are plenty of pool-related injuries that don't result in death every year.
Edwards noted that most pools have tags on them that tell the buyer to check with local code enforcement before installing them.
"I would just say while the press is here and for people at home, if you're going to put a pool in, small or big, check with our code enforcement officer, Pete Edwards, and he can give you some tips on how to make it safer for your family and friends and at the same time not be in violation of state or local law," said village Mayor Paul Maroun.
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