TOWN MEETING RE: POOL ENCLOSURES
COME STAND UP FORYOUR LIBERTIES!
ASK CITY COUNCIL TO LISTEN TO THEIR VOTERS!
THEY SHOULD LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY AND VOTE THE WAY THEIR CONSTITUENTS STAND….NOT WHAT THEY THINK IS BEST FOR US!
WE ARE A SMALL TOWN- WE DON’T WANT TO BE A BIG CITY!
This meeting is for community input regarding pool yard enclosures. This involves in-ground, above-ground, and even temporary wading pools and any container holding more than 12” water in your yard inside the city limits!
Do you want your kids to be able to have a wading pool in the summer without spending 100s or 1000s of dollars on a fence?
Do you want your dog or animal trough to have to have a 4’ ft fence made out of certain materials around it?
Does your water fountain or other scenic display require a fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate?
Why is a 4’ ft above ground pool with a gate to the steps with a 5’ ft fence surrounding the whole yard more dangerous than a free standing pond or lake with no fence?
Do you want to chance a $1000 ticket per offense– per day?
Ask the Council to listen to the community. Cities are only allowed per law to set minimum standards (214.1). But just because they can, doesn’t mean they should! Per their own attorney- they cannot set standards that are stricter than allowed by the State in 757. The standards must be the same! Where are the exclusions? Why does it involve temporary pools when the State’s doesn’t? Where is the grandfathering of chain link fencing? Why is Splendora’s say 12” when the State’s says 18”? Where is the 24 hour notice for inspection by the City? Why is Splendora’s fine a minimum $1000 per ticket – when Cleveland’s minimum fine is $1.00?
Why does Splendora need this ordinancewhen Humble, Conroe, Houston, New Caney, Porter, Alamo Heights, Waxahachie, and Waller have no residential ordinance re same? Why aren’t above ground pools that are 4 feet good enough barriers when the steps or ladder is secured? The pool structure as a barrier is good enough for other cities including El Paso, Plano, Frisco, and others with much higher populations than Splendora.
Yes – pools – especially permanent structures should have safeguards and a fence! I agree! But these safeguards are meant to be a deterrent not a maximum security defense against all possible intrusions especially if it places an economic burden on the homeowners. The City is not a homeowner’s association. Please be represented at the meeting! After this one – the next one in April is about the use of the City Park.
REPRESENT THE VOTERS NOT POSSIBLE STRANGERS THAT MAY BE TRESPASSING ON OUR PROPERTY!
IF IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR MY KIDS, OUR INSURANCE COMPANIES – IT SHOULD BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE CITY!