[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of North Reading 3-12-1973 by Art. 2, approved 10-11-1973, as amended 5-2-1977 ATM by Art. 22, approved 8-30-1977. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Every swimming pool which is not emptied when not in use shall be enclosed by a fence or a wall not less than four (4) feet high from ground level permanently secured, erected, and maintained so that no persons may pass through it except by opening a door or gate therein which shall be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching device and shall be kept securely padlocked at all times when not in actual use.
In the case of above-ground pools, the above requirement is considered to be satisfied if all of the following three conditions are met:
At no point is the top of the wall less than four (4) feet above the ground surface.
Any ladder, set of stairs, or other similar device used to enter the pool must be secured in the upright position and padlocked or completely removed when not in actual use.
All filtering, pumping, and associated equipment shall be either contained within a four foot high fence or stationed far enough away from the pool so that it does not serve as a stepping stone for persons to gain access to the pool.
A swimming pool having a depth of less than twenty-four (24) inches which is not emptied when not in use shall meet the above standards or shall be equipped with a closely woven monofilament polypropylene cover, or comparable material, securely fastened which will sustain weights up to two hundred (200) pounds. All swimming pool installations shall meet the approval of the Building Inspector.
Whoever violates any provision of this by-law shall be punished by a fine of twenty-five ($25) dollars for the first offense and fifty ($50) dollars for the second and subsequent offenses.
[Amended 10-2-1989 ATM by Art. 9, approved 12-7-1989]
Each day any violation of this section shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.