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Village of Ossining, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining 2-5-1974 as Ch. 22 of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Swimming Pool Operation Ordinance of the Village of Ossining."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless, from the context, a different meaning clearly appears:
FAMILY POOL
A swimming pool used or intended to be used solely by the owner or lessee thereof and his or her family or friends invited to use the same without a fee.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The Department of Health of the County of Westchester.
LIFEGUARD
A person possessing a current senior lifesaving certificate issued by the American Red Cross or an equivalent agency, if approved by the Superintendent of Recreation.
PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL
A body of water in an artificial or semiartificial receptacle or other container, whether located indoors or outdoors, used or intended to be used for public or semipublic swimming by adults or children, or both adults and children, whether or not any charge or fee is imposed upon such adults or children, operated and maintained by any person, whether he or she is an owner, lessee, operator, licensee or concessionaire, exclusive of a family pool, as defined in this section, and shall include all structures, appurtenances, equipment, appliances and other facilities appurtenant to and intended for the operation and maintenance of a swimming pool, and also all swimming pools operated and maintained in conjunction with or by clubs, motels, hotels, apartment projects of three of more families and community associations.
SUPERINTENDENT OF RECREATION
The Superintendent of Recreation of the Village.
A. 
Generally. All reasonable precautions shall be taken to protect the users of and bathers in public swimming pools from injury or accident. Convenient means of ingress and egress shall be provided and the depth of water and any irregularities of the bottom shall be clearly indicated.
B. 
Safety appliances. The following safety appliances shall be provided:
(1) 
At least one elevated lifeguard chair to provide maximum unobstructed view of the bathers and additional elevated lifeguard chairs shall be provided if the same are deemed necessary by the Superintendent of Recreation.
(2) 
A rink buoy 15 inches to 18 inches in diameter with a rope attached of a length equivalent to the longest distance of the pool.
(3) 
A flutter board, approximately one foot by three feet, with a thickness of not less than two inches.
(4) 
Two bamboo poles (taped at twelve-inch intervals) approximately 15 feet in length placed on two opposite sides of the pool.
(5) 
A pole approximately 15 feet in length equipped with blunt hook measuring 18 inches from the tip of the hook to the pole.
(6) 
A first-aid kit.
C. 
Lifeguards. At least one lifeguard shall be on duty any time a public swimming pool is open for use. Additional lifeguards must be provided where the Superintendent of Recreation considers such additional lifeguards necessary for the protection of life.
No person having any skin eruptions or abrasions, sore or infected eyes, a cold, nasal or ear discharge or any communicable disease shall be permitted to use a public swimming pool or family pool. Spitting, spouting water or blowing the nose in any swimming pool shall be strictly prohibited. The operator of a public swimming pool shall post suitable placards, embodying such personal regulations and instructions.
There shall be a sign conspicuously posted indicating the hours of operation for each public swimming pool.
The buildings, grounds, dressing rooms and all other public swimming pool or family pool facilities shall be kept clean and in a sanitary condition and maintained free from garbage, trash and other refuse.
Whenever the quality of water at any pool is less than that permitted under the standards then in effect or promulgated by the Health Department such pool shall immediately close.
Whenever a conflict shall exist between this chapter and any other ordinance, rule, regulation or law as to the necessary requirements for the operation of any swimming pool, the ordinance, rule, regulation or law with the highest requirement shall be controlling.
It shall be the duty of the Superintendent of Recreation to make periodic inspections of public swimming pools to ensure that the standards set forth in this chapter are obeyed and that all necessary safety equipment and personnel are available during the hours of operation of any public swimming pool.
Subject to the prior approval of the Superintendent of Public Works, waste lines from a swimming pool shall be connected into a sanitary sewer, and discharge of wastewater from a swimming pool into the sanitary sewer shall be restricted to the period between 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. The size of the discharge line at the point of connection shall not, in general, exceed four inches, and may be further reduced by the Superintendent at the latter's discretion.
[Added 8-3-1999 by L.L. No. 2-1999]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties as provided in of Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, General Penalty.