Allentown Cracks Down On Blow Up Pool...

Allentown Cracks Down On Blow Up Pools - Regional News - Lehigh Val...

There are 135 comments on the WFMZ story from Jul 29, 2010, titled Allentown Cracks Down On Blow Up Pools - Regional News - Lehigh Val.... In it, WFMZ reports that:

Allentown is cracking down on those wanting to stay cool in backyard blow-up pools.

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justin

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Jul 29, 2010
hey kevin gemberling played football at allen high, anyway the whole thing is bullshit it is a money thing as long as the homeowner is responsible leave them the alone
duh

Reading, PA

#2 Jul 29, 2010
how about a little research before you just go a plop a major safety hazard in your yard? what rock have these people been under all these years; there has always been a requirement for fencing around pools in the residential code. Don't forget to check with your homeowners insurer as well about how a pool will impact your liability coverage costs.
Berks County

Oley, PA

#3 Jul 29, 2010
Now the city is deciding to enforce this law? Times are getting tough and they must be needing the money. If they're going to make these laws then go ahead and enforce them from day one!
Berks County

Oley, PA

#4 Jul 29, 2010
duh wrote:
how about a little research before you just go a plop a major safety hazard in your yard? what rock have these people been under all these years; there has always been a requirement for fencing around pools in the residential code. Don't forget to check with your homeowners insurer as well about how a pool will impact your liability coverage costs.
If you go to the city to ask permission to take a dump they'll make you get a permit. Apparently you've never got a permit before. You walk in and they'll say "we'll we suggest" or "it would be best".

Look around the city and you'll see pools everywhere - the law hasn't been enforced before. Why start now?
Grizzley319

United States

#5 Jul 29, 2010
Unfortunatley when I lived in Allentown my yard wasnt big enough for a "real" pool. So more power to the residents who can fit one of these pools in there yard! Just use your head and erect it in a safe manner. Have a fence,a functional ladder, working filter. Chlorinated water. Not sure what the Permit cost is but if its more than $10 its a rip off. I live in Coplay and we need a permit for any pool over 18 inches deep. Mostly to relieve the Borough from liability,
confused

Zionhill, PA

#6 Jul 29, 2010
I wonder if this applies to the City of Easton also. I know of a family that has one in their backyard and there are overhead wires for other buildings IE: phone, cable and power lines. I would guess that there is no permit for the pool as they never gotten permits for anything (repairs/remolding) that they have done in the past. They do have a fence around the yard, but, only half the yard fence is theirs. the other half of the fence belongs to their neighbor and is on the neighbors property. Just wondering if the City actually goes around and really checks thing out or just ignores things!!!
mad as hell

Allentown, PA

#7 Jul 29, 2010
LIKE IT OR NOT THESE THINGS HAVE TO BE SAFE.
I HAD A POOL ,I GOT A PERMIT AND MY YARD WAS FENCED.
YOU WOULD FEEL REAL BAD IF A LITTLE KID WONDERED IN TO YOUR YARD AND FELL INTO THE POOL AND DROUND.
WITH ALL THE BREADERS IN ALLENTOWN IT COULD HAPPEN.
mike

Easton, PA

#8 Jul 29, 2010
just another way for the city to try and squeeze money out of everyone over anything
rey

Sellersville, PA

#9 Jul 29, 2010
what does dround mean? i hope you're not breeding.

“Learning from others is good.”

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#10 Jul 29, 2010
What a money racket !! This permit stuff is going too far ! I like the $300 fine if nothing is done to fence in this little pool.

Like I am required to have Flood Insurance and I don't ever get floods in my area or surrounding areas.

“Learning from others is good.”

Since: Dec 09

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#11 Jul 29, 2010
mike wrote:
just another way for the city to try and squeeze money out of everyone over anything
Yes, another creatie way to make money for the city. What's next ? Oops, I better not ask that, something crazy might pop up again to get money for the city or state. The old saying be careful what you with for or you may get it. I was just thinking about purchasing one of thes pools for my Iguana to swim in.

“Learning from others is good.”

Since: Dec 09

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#12 Jul 29, 2010
So I guess now there are POOL POLICE.

Here a creative way to get money for the city:
Call it.....SCRATCH YOUR AZS

This is how it works;
-Get caught scratching your azs and that is a 150.00 fine.
-3 strikes you're out, guaranteed jail time for 2 weeks.

"" Scratch your azs, you can't afford it, so don't do it ! ""
Homeschool Mom

Allentown, PA

#13 Jul 30, 2010
Before they start giving fines to nice people like the Gemberlings, they should look at their own Counselman Julio Guridy's pool. He doesn't have a fence around his pool and it's a permanent above ground pool, with wires nearby. I know for a fact that there were complaints about it and nothing happened to him. I doubt if he even had permits to put it up.
Bethlehem Mom

United States

#14 Jul 30, 2010
I bought one of these things a few years ago, and asked the person at the cash register whether or not these things needed a permit. I was told they did not need one since it is not a permanent fixture (i.e., it can be deflated and removed). So, I'm guessing they got an easy sale if it turns out that city code enforcement agencies can fine for these things.
Parent

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Jul 30, 2010
Companies market these things and leave it up to the buyer to check what is required, Walmart does not care that a permit and fence is needed the consumer is led to believe that because they are not a permanent they are exempt.
Nation wide these things are responsible for over 1000 drownings in the last 2 years.
Parent

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Jul 30, 2010
Suezanne wrote:
So I guess now there are POOL POLICE.
Here a creative way to get money for the city:
Call it.....SCRATCH YOUR AZS
This is how it works;
-Get caught scratching your azs and that is a 150.00 fine.
-3 strikes you're out, guaranteed jail time for 2 weeks.
"" Scratch your azs, you can't afford it, so don't do it ! ""
Code enforcers have always been there TW @T,
The boxes have a warning to check with code enforcement to see if a fence and permit are needed.just like that little fish pond in your yard......KIDS can still drown in them...
Parent

Philadelphia, PA

#17 Jul 30, 2010
Suezanne wrote:
What a money racket !! This permit stuff is going too far ! I like the $300 fine if nothing is done to fence in this little pool.
Like I am required to have Flood Insurance and I don't ever get floods in my area or surrounding areas.
Needing a fence to save a child from drowning is a money racket, get a reality check dear, you would sue everyone in the world if you lost a child to one of these things and ask how are they allowed.
Sandra

AOL

#18 Jul 30, 2010
I think that is straight up crazy that people gotta have a permit to have a pool...The city should be way more worried and crack down on serious crime's then worry on a pool permit..Get serious...City should be way more worried about gang's,drug's,killer's,rapist then a pool permit.
Sandra

AOL

#19 Jul 30, 2010
Well I can see some kind of fence around a pool for the safety of thier own kid's and other's..also could see about having electric near a pool for safety reason's but that pool permit is just plain krazy...
David Ashley

Burlington, MA

#20 Jul 30, 2010
As usual, the comments break down into two varieties: the mommy and daddy government should take care of us and make all those hard decisions for us vs. get the government off my back, I can take care of myself.

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