Article: "Obama Holds Off on Pool-Destroying Regulations til After Election" State, National, International, posted by NoMoreSwimming, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on May 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm
How nice of him not to close thousands of swimming pools in this country until AFTER the election.
This outrageous requirement will force thousands of public pools to close simply because of the cost of compliance.
Here is an excerpt:
"In order to make swimming pools and spas accessible to Americans with Disabilities, all facilities were required to install permanent lifts in every public facility, at a cost of at least $6,000 each, by the end of May. Locations with multiple pools would be required to install a lift for every single pool on their property. Of course, each lift would need to have a qualified operator and lifeguard on duty.
Beyond the cost and hassle of getting the lifts installed, hotel insurance companies weren’t even sure if they would be able to write internal policies for them. Needless to say, the risk of lowering a quadriplegic into water over his head presents a liability problem or two. The cost could be so great that most facilities would just eliminate their pools."
Yet another of the many reasons he -- and other Democrats -- should be soundly defeated at the ballot box.
Posted by NoMoreSwimming, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on May 28, 2012 at 8:51 am
Hey "A Neighbor"
You're wrong, Fool.
Here is more info re: the ADA...
There's a longstanding exemption in the law that says existing facilities can avoid an ADA requirement if they determine compliance is not "readily achievable." That's pretty ambiguous, but as defined in the law it basically means you're eligible for the exemption if you determine that it's too difficult or expensive. Figuring out whether one qualifies for the exemption can be difficult.
So the Obama Admin has the discretion of not burdening pool facilities with overly burdensome costs of compliance if they want to. Besides, there are so few people who actually would use these unbelievably costly lifts...especially the "fixed" lifts which the Obama Admin is now requiring.
Posted by A Neighbor, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 28, 2012 at 10:47 am
The only thing that has changed over the years is that pools and spas are now required to provide "fixed" lifts. Up until May of this year, portable lifts were considered the "readily achievable" alternative to fixed units, and cost less that $1,000. in most cases, as any certified CASp inspector will tell you. The requirement for lifts in code goes back to 1961.
In the State of California, the building codes (California Code of Regulations, Title 24), are published on a triennial basis, so the current adopted code is the 2010 code. The access standards in the current code, which include provisions of the ADA, were originally adopted in 1983. That 1983 code included provisions for pool lifts.
The federal Fair Housing Act, which was established in 1968, included requirements for lifts at pools and spas, unless it is federally funded. The Fair Housing Act was preceded by the ABA in 1968, which also required lifts in pools. The ANSI A117.1, adopted in 1961, formed the technical basis for the first accessibility standards adopted by the federal government and most states, and also included lifts in pools.
Again, blaming Obama for an issue that has been discussed since 1961 is simply wrong.