Pool Associations Need More Supervision. Around Town, posted by Don, a resident of the Ironwood neighborhood, on Jul 4, 2011 at 8:39 am
In my daily walks around town I pass the pool area for subdivisions & see things that I find scarey. Most of these pools are not supervised or have a lifeguard on duty and that is posted by sign. The Homeowners Association needs to take more responsibility for keeping these areas secure and safe & clean. It being 4th of July, and the weather hot the pools are being used by many. Unfortunately there are young teenagers coming in at night and using these areas. This morning I found the gate propped open with a garbage can leaving the area wide open for some small child to wonder in and drown. The light control switches had been left on all night and garbage all over the place which indicates it was "party time" there. I noticed in walking by in the late evening boys sitting in an area that I had never seen before. As I walked by, the smell of Marijuana was evident. The parking area often has garbage and other remains of sexual & drug activity there in view in the morning from the night before. This is not something most parents would want their small children to step over and not becoming to our beautiful city.
Posted by Arroyo, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 4, 2011 at 8:52 am
No doubt that swimming pool gates propped open are a tragedy waiting to happen.
Take it to the HOA's or manager, and if that doesn't work I'm sure the PPD can make some unannounced visits to the complex pool area if the HOA authorizes it. The PPD needs a complaint from somebody to intervene.
It accomplishes little to generalize, as most developments do not fall into the category that you describe. Name the developments.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Jul 4, 2011 at 10:13 am
Don, I don't know what you think that you're accomplishing by griping about the situation here. If you know of specific HOA that is not properly securing their pools, then bring it to their attention. A pool tragedy with all of its associated legal costs would be a nightmare scenario to any HOA, so I find it hard to believe that they would not take action if you alerted them to the problem.
Posted by Don, a resident of the Ironwood neighborhood, on Jul 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Actually, I have made calls to the HOA myself regarding these matters. To this day I cannot seem to make contact with anyone local to deal with this problem. Many of these Associations have companies outside the area take care of pool service and all that goes with it. I guess I will take this up with PPD, because I couldn't agree with you more. It is an accident waiting to happen.
Posted by ptonmom, a resident of the Kottinger Ranch neighborhood, on Jul 5, 2011 at 9:10 am
Our HOA has hired security over the years, posted signs, tried expensive cameras, and kids still sneak in all hours of the day and night. Yes,many are smoking weed and leaving remnants of sexual activity and their midnight snacks from MacDonald's in the parking lot. We have been fighting it for 20 years and (since jumping fences to drink,smoke,and have sex has been going on since at least the 1930's by teens EVERYWHERE in EVERY country in the world!) there isn't much HOAs and the neighbors can do but try to be very diligent.
Posted by Drexl, a resident of the Ironwood neighborhood, on Jul 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm
Don, are you talking about our pool? I was there yesterday and before; it wasn't that bad. Since it's been a while, only thing I noticed was that there was an electrical box open with wires cut to what seemed to be light switches; but place was fairly clean for holiday weekend. I was there around 7pm on both nights. As for the kids, I saw one of them jump up and reach their arm over the fence to get the gate open; kids ate pizza and seemed to behave. We no longer have Peachtree as HOA, so I can post tonight our new numbers to call; and you can set up a meeting to walk with them on their regular property walks; and point out all the issues. My issue is that you need a key to use the restrooms; and when the teens sneak in, and cant go to the restroom, then the pool it is... Just as I heard three kids laughing about how all of them urinated in the pool as their parents were watching them...oh well, even with key, easier to go in the pool... we can't be parents to all the kids, but we can at least try to keep the area safe...also, maybe you can ask the HOA about allowing and encouraging the neighbors right behind the pool to call the police, if anyone is in the pool after midnight...if they start charging for these "visits" then that will have to go into our budget. Let me know if you need the number to our HOA or our next board meeting date.
Posted by Don, a resident of the Ironwood neighborhood, on Jul 6, 2011 at 10:11 am
I appreciate your answer and your comments. I am not one to keep my thoughts to myself if something bothers me that is dangerous or goes against the rules. I have a list of the pool rules and if I am not mistaken, we are not suppose to have food in the area. I saw many going in over the 4th pulling their Ice chests and picnic supply's. I walk very early in the morning and that is when I see the garbage. I know a lot of neighbors clean up the mess later on. I know that Peachtree in Hayward are no longer taking care of the property but the sign still indicates their name. Most homeowners associations have a President and I have no idea who that is. I would be happy to meet with anyone and discuss what I see. As far as some of the neighbors reporting situations, I do not think that is going to happen. The neighborhood is very mixed with different cultures of people and many do not speak English and prefer to remain silent. Let me know the next Board meeting date and if at all possible I would come. The lighting situation has been a problem summer and winter because the electrical switch box is left unlocked. The only lights that remain on after closing are the entrance lights. If the switches are all up all of the lights within the pool area are lit. The cut wires I have no idea what they are for as I noticed that as well. The HOA needs to decide if they want all the lights on all the time or just certain ones that are on a timer. I thank them for changing the light bulbs that were out in the park area for so long, as it is lit up well now and much safer to walk.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Don, Write a letter to the HOA and send it certified or attend the meeting and get your concerns into the written minutes. It helps if you carry a tape recorder and let them know that you are documenting everything yourself as well. Find out what company insures the property and the association. Tell them of the safety violations and ask them if they want to be on the hook for multi-million dollar settlements when something goes wrong. They will then contact the president of the HOA and inform him/her that he/she can be held personally liable for legal settlements if there are known hazards that are not abated.