Paxton adds 'putrid' pool water as nuisance

Paxton adds 'putrid' pool water as nuisance

PAXTON — The city council amended its nuisance ordinance to include standing water. It is aimed at swimming pools that sit unused but filled with water that becomes "foul, putrid or offensive."

Police Chief Bob Bane said recently he has had difficulty getting such pools emptied because the homes are in foreclosure or headed that way.

Bane has acted on neighbors' complaints. Several aldermen said they were concerned that once emptied, the pools would simply fill up again with rainwater, especially with weather like that of recent months. City Attorney Ross Sorensen said if the pools fill up, "they'll see me in court again. After a while, they get tired of that."

Bane said people with rain barrels won't be targeted as long as the barrels are covered. Tires sitting and collecting water would also be in violation of the ordinance.

Any violation of the nuisance ordinance could result in a fine of up to $750 per offense. Each day the nuisance is not remediated is considered a separate offense.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on July 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Are they sure that water is causing the putrid smell?