Village of Ridgefield Park, NJ
Bergen County
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[Adopted 4-13-1976 (Ch. 179, Part 2, of the 1985 Code)]
There is hereby created a Commission for the operation of the swimming pool as a utility and the establishment of rules and regulations for the use and operation of the facilities at the Municipal Swimming Pool located in the Village of Ridgefield Park.
[Amended 4-26-2005 by Ord. No. 05-04]
For the purpose of this Part 2, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
ASSISTANT POOL MANAGER
An individual appointed annually by the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission and approved by the Board of Commissioners of the Village of Ridgefield Park, to serve as Assistant Pool Manager.
CUSTODIAL
Any child or adult who joins under a family membership of a family of which he or she does not reside, with approval of the Pool Commission.
LIFEGUARDS
Individuals hired by the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission and approved by the Pool Manager and governing body, if necessary.
MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL COMMISSION
The members of the Ridgefield Park Swimming Pool Commission.
POOL APRON AREA
The first 10 feet of concrete immediately surrounding the pools.
POOL AREA
The entire fenced area surrounding the pools and bathhouse.
POOL MANAGER
An individual appointed annually by the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission and approved by the Board of Commissioners of the Village of Ridgefield Park to serve as pool manager.
POOL PATIO
Remainder of the concrete area surrounding the pool apron area.
RESIDENT
Any natural person actually living within the Village of Ridgefield Park or maintaining a home therein.
A. 
There is hereby created a Commission consisting of seven residents of the Village of Ridgefield Park. Two members of the Board of Commissioners of the Village of Ridgefield Park and one alternate member of the Board of Commissioners shall serve as nonvoting advisors to the Pool Commission. The two Commissioners who shall be the primary advisors to the Pool Commission are the Commissioners of the Department of Public Works and Commissioner of Parks and Playgrounds; the alternate Commissioner will be the Commissioner of Revenue and Finance, whose duty shall be to operate the swimming pool utility. The seven members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Village Board of Commissioners for a period from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year.
[Amended 2-28-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01; 10-13-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-07]
B. 
The Municipal Swimming Pool Commission shall meet at least monthly and may meet more often when necessary. It shall, at the reorganization meeting in January of each year, elect a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, who shall have such duties as shall be assigned to them by this article and the bylaws governing the operation of the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission.
C. 
The Municipal Swimming Pool Commission shall submit annually a proposed budget by December 1 of each calendar year to the governing body of the Village of Ridgefield Park for the operation of the municipal swimming pool utility pursuant to and for the purpose of Title 40A of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey and more particularly Chapters 2 and 4 thereof and any other applicable statutes of the State of New Jersey or rules and regulations promulgated by the Division of Local Finance.
D. 
The Pool Commission shall review all items for the payment of funds, which shall be approved by at least one member of the Pool Commission. Payments of payroll, however, and other items which have to be made more frequently than on a monthly basis may be made directly by the Director of Revenue and Finance of the Village of Ridgefield Park. All checks for the withdrawal of funds shall be countersigned by the Commissioner of Revenue and Finance and any other official of the Village of Ridgefield Park as may have to countersign such checks.
E. 
All funds received by the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission shall be remitted daily, whenever possible, and within at least 48 hours, to the Village Clerk's office.
F. 
The Municipal Swimming Pool Commission shall be responsible for the total operation of the swimming pool utility, including the hiring of all personnel, the purchase of all materials and the setting of fees for the use of the facility.
G. 
All Commission members shall serve without compensation. Any member of the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission shall be reimbursed for any expenses, but such expenses shall be approved by the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission.
A. 
The Village of Ridgefield Park shall charge and collect for the use and operation of the swimming pool utility, and all fees, rents and other charges shall be placed in a separate account of the Village.
B. 
All fees, rents and other charges received annually from the operation of the swimming pool utility shall be applied first to the annual payment of principal and interest on any obligations issued for the swimming pool utility, then to the operation, maintenance and improvement of the utility. Any surplus resulting from the operation of the utility shall be applied in accordance with law.
C. 
The anticipated revenues from the operation of the swimming pool utility and the appropriations to be made therefor shall be set forth in a separate section of the annual Village budget.
D. 
This article shall not supersede the specific dedication of receipts from the swimming pool utility as provided in any law which authorizes the establishment or creation of such utility.
E. 
All matters with respect to the swimming pool utility not determined by this article shall be determined by resolution of the Board of Commissioners of the Village of Ridgefield Park.
[Amended 3-10-1981 by Ord. No. 3-81; 5-11-1993 by Ord. No. 5-93; 5-9-1995 by Ord. No. 6-95; 4-26-2005 by Ord. No. 05-04]
A. 
Membership is limited to residents of the Village of Ridgefield Park who have paid the required fees. In addition, a limited number of nonresidents of the Village of Ridgefield Park, including members of the family of a nonresident, may be admitted for membership to the Ridgefield Park Municipal Pool in accordance with the regulations that are established by the Board of Commissioners of the Village of Ridgefield Park or by the Ridgefield Park Municipal Swimming Pool Commission. Such membership shall initially be open to those residents residing in the Boroughs of Little Ferry and Bogota or nonresidents that have/had children attending a Ridgefield Park school.
B. 
Types of memberships.
(1) 
Family membership shall include a maximum of two adults living at the same residence.
(2) 
Individual memberships are available to any resident of Ridgefield Park or any nonresident from one of the permissible towns.
(3) 
Senior citizen membership is available to residents of the Village of Ridgefield Park 62 years of age or older or to any nonresident 62 or older from one of the permissible towns.
(4) 
Student membership shall be available to children over the age of 19 whose parent or parents hold a family membership or a single parent membership, who shows proof of school attendance.
(5) 
Custodial membership. Custodial memberships may be considered for extenuating circumstances. All requests must be written to the Ridgefield Park Swimming Pool Commission and must be accompanied by a permission letter from both the parent/guardian holding the family membership and the parent/guardian holding the custodial membership. Requests must be approved by the Ridgefield Park Swimming Pool Commission. Custodial members are not permitted to attend the pool without the family membership holder being present, and custodial members may not sign in guests.
(a) 
Custodial child. A child may be permitted to join with a family membership if he or she does not reside with the family under a custodial membership.
(b) 
Custodial adult. An adult may be permitted to join with a family membership if he or she does not reside with that family under a custodial membership.
(6) 
Sponsoring members.
(a) 
Members from the member towns of Ridgefield Park, Little Ferry and Bogota may sponsor seasonal memberships at the out-of-town rate to anyone interested.
(b) 
Nonrefundable day pass booklets containing five passes may be bought for $75 by anyone interested.
(c) 
The sponsoring member is responsible for the associate member to ensure that the associate member complies with all rules and regulations of the Pool Commission.
(d) 
The pool administration reserves the right to grant priority access to members over day pass participants in the event that the pool is at maximum capacity.
(7) 
Nonresidents.
(a) 
Nonresidents of the Village shall be permitted to apply for membership to the Ridgefield Park Municipal Swimming Pool, provided that the nonresident/applicant is either 1) employed by the Village of Ridgefield Park, the Borough of Little Ferry or the Borough of Bogota as either a part-time or full-time municipal employee, or 2) serves as an emergency service volunteer for the Village of Ridgefield Park, Borough of Little Ferry or Borough of Bogota. All nonresidents shall be required to pay membership fee established by the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission for out-of-town members and complete the appropriate application form.
(b) 
The minimum age for obtaining an individual pool membership to the Ridgefield Park Swimming Pool shall be 14; provided, however, that all applicants under the age of 18 shall be required to furnish the Ridgefield Park Pool Commission with permission from that person's parent or legal guardian, who shall apply in person with the underage applicant and furnish the Commission with a written statement that such permission has been given.
C. 
Memberships are nontransferable. All memberships issued for the use of the swimming pool facilities are nontransferable.
D. 
Guests.
(1) 
Children 16 years of age or older may be permitted to sign guests in for the day.
(2) 
Members under the age of 16 are permitted to sign in adults over the age of 18 if the guest is preapproved in writing and signed in by the Ridgefield Park Pool staff.
(3) 
Guests must be accompanied by members in order to gain admission to the pool. No guest will be permitted to stay unless the membership holder that signed in the guest is present. Alternatively, the guest may be reregistered at the office at no additional cost under a different family membership holder, provided that that family agrees to take responsibility for the guest.
(4) 
The Ridgefield Park Pool Commission reserves the right to limit the number of guests to 10 per membership for the season, if the membership reaches maximum capacity.
(5) 
Any party of five or more guests must be registered by the pool management a minimum of 48 hours in advance.
(6) 
One adult member must be present for every five children under the age of five. This includes children who are members and children who are registered as guests.
(7) 
The management has the right to refuse admittance to any guest not properly registered with the pool management.
(8) 
Guest fees are collected on a daily basis and are only refundable if the pools are closed due to thunder/lightning within one hour of registering at the pool.
[Amended 4-26-2005 by Ord. No. 05-04]
A. 
Membership fees shall be determined from time to time by the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission.
B. 
No fees are returnable after the first operating date of each season.
C. 
Members shall be required to make deposits as specified by the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission.
D. 
The daily guest charge per guest shall be determined from time to time by the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission.
E. 
For the purpose of determining fees, all ages will be determined as of May 1 of each year.
[Amended 4-26-2005 by Ord. No. 05-04]
A. 
All members will be issued identification badges, which must be handed in daily to the front office staff. Members will be charged a fee of $1 if the member does not have the identification card to present.
B. 
Two or more badges for the same member will not be permitted.
C. 
Identification badges or cards are not transferable.
D. 
The illegal transfers of badges or cards will result in the revocation or suspension of membership, to be determined by the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission.
E. 
Lost identification badges or cards must be reported to the office immediately and can be replaced under such rules and regulations as determined by the Pool Commission.
The hours of operation shall be determined by the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission.
A. 
Use of the swimming pool facilities shall be subject to such rules and regulations as may be promulgated by the Pool Commissioners, by Part 2 of this chapter, or by any ordinance or resolution.
B. 
The provisions of Part 2 of this chapter shall not relieve any person of the duty to observe other provisions as set forth in any New Jersey statute or ordinance of the Village or as hereinafter provided.
C. 
All matters not determined by Part 2 of this chapter may be determined by resolution to be hereafter adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Village of Ridgefield Park.
[Amended 4-26-2005 by Ord. No. 05-04]
A. 
All bathers, including babies, must wear bathing suits in both the swimming and wading pools. Shorts or cut-off jeans may not be worn in the pools.
B. 
All children who are not toilet-trained must wear a diaper specifically made for swimming.
C. 
Any person with a communicable disease, open blisters or cuts, sore or inflamed eyes, ears, nose or mouth infections, excessive sunburn, or any type of skin disease will be excluded from the pool area.
D. 
No inflatable water paraphernalia or floating objects shall be allowed within the pool area. Snorkels, fins, masks, or other swimming aids shall be permitted only on special permit.
E. 
Diving will be permitted in designated areas only.
F. 
No one will be allowed in the water unless a lifeguard is present in the main and diving pools.
G. 
Adult supervision is always necessary inside the baby pool fence area for swimmers in the baby pool. At times, a sign may be posted at the baby pool noting that bathers must swim at their own risk.
H. 
No swimming will be permitted in diving areas, except by divers.
[Amended 4-26-2005 by Ord. No. 05-04]
A. 
All vehicles shall be parked in areas designated for that purpose. No reserved parking spaces shall be allocated.
B. 
No grass area may be reserved for members without permission from the Municipal Swimming Pool Commission.
C. 
Dressing and undressing shall be permitted only in locker rooms; no loitering in the locker rooms.
D. 
The use of cameras, including cell phone cameras, is prohibited in bathrooms.
E. 
At the sound of thunder, pools must be evacuated. After 30 minutes of no thunder, swimming may resume. If thunder is continuous (i.e., in intervals of no more than five minutes) and lasting for at least 45 minutes, then everyone must leave the pool grounds.
F. 
In the event of lightning, everybody must clear the pool grounds immediately.
G. 
All food and beverages shall be served and consumed within designated areas only. Under no circumstances shall food or beverages be consumed outside of those areas. Water in plastic containers is permitted in the grass area.
H. 
Children under 12 years of age shall not be permitted unless accompanied by a responsible adult member 16 years of age or older. Children under five years of age must always be under the direct supervision of the accompanying adult. For the purpose of admittance into the pool, ages will be determined as of the member's date of birth.
I. 
Destruction or defacing of property will result in the suspension or revocation of membership and expulsion from the area.
J. 
The pool management will not be responsible for valuables brought into the pool area.
K. 
All litter, paper and debris shall be placed in designated trash receptacles.
L. 
Card tables and umbrellas are not permitted in the pool apron area.
M. 
Dress in and out of the pool shall be consistent with the standards of good taste. Extremely brief types of attire are not considered in good taste.
N. 
Smoking shall not be permitted in the pool apron area, and ash trays must be used in areas where smoking is permitted.
[Amended 4-26-2005 by Ord. No. 05-04]
In addition to other conduct which may be determined by the pool officials to be inimical to the safe and orderly operation of the pool, the following activities are expressly prohibited:
A. 
The use of glass or glass containers in the pool area.
B. 
The possession, display or consumption of alcoholic beverages within the pool area.
C. 
The operation of bicycles in the pool area.
D. 
The operation of portable radios, except in areas designated by the pool management.
E. 
Bringing dogs, cats or other animals within the pool area.
F. 
Roughhousing, wrestling, rowdiness, offensive loitering or other similar conduct affecting the safety and comfort of others within the pool grounds.
G. 
Cooking or possession of barbecues or other cooking apparatus within the pool area.
H. 
Any other conduct which, in the opinion of the Pool Manager, is inimical to the safe and healthful operation of the pool.
[Amended 4-26-2005 by Ord. No. 05-04]
A. 
Regulations shall be posted at the pool and strictly enforced.
B. 
The Municipal Swimming Pool Commission, Pool Manager or Assistant Pool Manager may close or limit the swimming pool facilities whenever, in its or his judgment, such action is deemed necessary for the protection of the health or safety of such persons entitled to use such facilities.
C. 
Members of the Police Department of the Village, designated agents of the Village, Pool Commissioners, Pool Manager or Assistant Pool Manager and all lifeguards, when on duty at the pool facilities, shall have the authority to prohibit any action or conduct which they may consider to be dangerous, improper or immoral, or any act or actions in violation of rules and regulations hereinbefore provided.
D. 
All memberships are granted subject to the rules and regulations as established by the Pool Commissioners or by ordinance or resolution. Failure to abide by these rules and regulations may result in revocation or suspension of membership.
E. 
Members shall be responsible for the conduct of their guests, and membership may be revoked or suspended for failure to control the violation(s) of any rule or regulation by a guest.
F. 
Members will be charged and must pay for the repair or replacement of property of the Municipal Pool, which has been damaged or removed by a member or by his or her guests.
G. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter may have his or her pool membership suspended by any of the stated enforcement authorities. Membership can be reconsidered for the next season.
[Amended 4-26-2005 by Ord. No. 05-04[1]]
Any person who violates any provision of Part 2 of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalty.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
All matters with respect to the municipal swimming pool utility not determined by this article shall be determined by an appropriate resolution of the governing body of the Village of Ridgefield Park.