Town Using Google to Find Illegal Pools

Town Using Google to Find Illegal Pools

There are 15 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from Aug 2, 2010, titled Town Using Google to Find Illegal Pools. In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

A town is turning to Google Earth in order to locate illegal swimming pools. Riverhead, New York, has already used the satellite imaging service to find about 250 pools whose owners never filled out the required paperwork.

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Since: Aug 09

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#1 Aug 2, 2010
they should have permits,but i dont agree with using google earth to find them.

Since: Dec 09

United States

#2 Aug 2, 2010
I have no problem with any methods used to find lawbreakers. Technology is a wonderful thing, why should't law enforcement use it?
KYLE HERING

Cleveland, OH

#3 Aug 2, 2010
hi am kyle am 14 but what i think about that it just another dumb law come on.. way do you need a pool when you can go to the beach... who ever made the law that guy most be hiding some thing...I LOVE YOU FOX8 I WANT TO BE NEWS I AWAYS WANNTED TO B A WEATHER MAN
Cleveland-West_S ide

Erie, PA

#4 Aug 2, 2010
lol
I would love to see Cleveland attempt this.
My pool was installed around 1985, good luck finding those records if they ever existed.
Heck, I cannot find the exact year my house was built, sometime around 1895, the records for my street are lost.
The county auditors website is a complete mess, I've tried numerous times to get my house corrected since it came online to no avail.
It says I have a garage, the carriage house burnt down in the 50s, it says I have forced air, my boiler is dated 1936, it says the house is a double? Huh? Don't know when it was a double cuz there's no evidence it ever was.

For at least 60 years the county has been pulling poop outta their butts filling in the blanks. Just goes to show how long our local governments have been incompetent.
Little c

Akron, OH

#5 Aug 2, 2010
pistoff wrote:
I have no problem with any methods used to find lawbreakers. Technology is a wonderful thing, why should't law enforcement use it?
If you were to replace "lawbreakers" with "violent criminals", I still would not agree with your willingness to give up your/my privacy. Just so some dummy who by-passed local zoning can be fined a hundred dollars? I value my rights a little more than that.
northcoast

Bryant, AR

#6 Aug 2, 2010
Just more government interference. This time they claim it's for safety (and fees for the permits). You already paid the taxes on the pool, why do you have to get taxed again? Time to vote everyone in office- OUT.
northcoast

Bryant, AR

#7 Aug 2, 2010
Our right to privacy should extend to the air space above our homes.

Since: Dec 09

United States

#8 Aug 2, 2010
Little c wrote:
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If you were to replace "lawbreakers" with "violent criminals", I still would not agree with your willingness to give up your/my privacy. Just so some dummy who by-passed local zoning can be fined a hundred dollars? I value my rights a little more than that.
You must be the guy with the camoflage netting over your property, so airplanes and satellites can't invade your 'space'
Contract Worker

United States

#9 Aug 2, 2010
It's probably not so much the pools, as the permits.
More specifically, the $$$ for the permits.

While I agree that any construction project needs to be properly checked at the time of construction to make sure the codes and ordinances are being met, this responsibility should fall to the contractor doing the work - not the homeowner. In all fairness, the homeowner just wants the product, and probably doesn't know the Natioonal Electrical Code from the Betty Crocker Cookbook.

If the contractor is above board and has done business in the area before, he / she will know what the codes are, what permits to pull, and when to schedule the inspections. Watch out for the 'fly by night' outfits that offer a really good deal, because that good deal usually comes in the way of cost-cutting measures somewhere along the line. A cheaper pump, a thinner liner, a less efficient filter, or skipping the permits and the associated fees. You don't have to pay premium bucks for the job, but if one of several bids comes in significantly lower, you need to make sure why.

Before ANY type of construction project is started, make sure that the contractor knows and is in compliance with all federal, state, and local codes, and that he/she is also licensed to do the work in your area. Also, make sure the contract clearly spells out who is responsible for the permits and associated inspections. If the contractor is legitimate, he / she will be able to provide a breakdown of permits, inspections, and fees for the homeowner before the contract is signed. Go ahead and ask for it. That way, everyone knows what's expected.

Most building codes are there to help protect the property owner, believe it or not. Remember, too, that most building codes are MINIMUM standards to be met. You can always do better than the code. Just can't do worse.

I don't like dealing with inspectors any more than the next guy, but I do realize they are there for a reason. While there are some prima donnas out there, most of the inspectors I've dealt with are pretty decent.
Any where but garfield

Boston, MA

#10 Aug 2, 2010
Hey pissed on, i'll be over to spy on your wife and kide using modern technology later on this evening since it's available! Don't be a dummass.
Elizabeth

United States

#11 Aug 2, 2010
I agree with Contract Worker. I disagree with abusing the internet the way Riverhead New York is. I see it as an invasion of privacy. What if I have a privacy fence, and enjoy sunbathing or swimming nude? I would consider the way Riverhead abuses google a distinct invasion of privacy. In this case, they are no better than peeping toms!
Clint

Belfast, ME

#12 Aug 2, 2010
More government intrusion.I advise painting personal messages on your roof directed at town officials who instituted this practice.Unfortunately it won't get any better.
Glad I do not live in NY

Bryant, AR

#13 Aug 3, 2010
It seems like a lot of dumb things are coming out of NY, lately. They must be trying to copy California! Maybe that town should vote all those nosy politicians out of office.
Glad_I_Left

Newport News, VA

#14 Aug 3, 2010
Have anyone of you tried to view South Hampton on Google Earth? Thats blocked out!Whats that tell you? Where I live now they are camera crazy! There are cameras everywhere! Even hidden in the woods at dead end streets. On our beaches,even Face recognition software is being used at one of our oceanfronts. I guarantee its on LI as well. You just dont know it! Google earth is the least of your problems.
llamamamma

Espoo, Finland

#15 Aug 3, 2010
I fail to see why people would have a problem with this

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