Health Department Proposes Codes For Geary County Pools

At the Shangri-La Paris, an elegant pool is tucked into the former residence of Napoleon Bonaparte's grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte.
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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) - Pools throughout Geary County could receive new safety standards.

The Environmental Health Department sought approval of a code draft on Monday from the Geary County Commission.

A pool code for public and semi-public pools was proposed in order to prevent potential public health issues and enforce minimum safety standards.

"We looked around and the only communities that had some kind of a swimming pool code were Wichita, Lawrence, and that’s it," said Geary County Commissioner Ben Bennett. "So we thought maybe it was a good idea, especially with the transient things that we have going on here in Geary County."

Rather than requiring everyone to have a certified pool operator, the pool code would require a licensed operator to be in charge of their respective swimming pools, including semi-public pools such as hotel pools and apartment complexes.

"There’s a lot of guests that come in-house and we have standards we have to meet as well," said Hampton Inn General Manager Michele Stimatze. "So they were here a few months ago and did the test and we passed our inspection. It’s just one other entity to have safe health."

The Geary County Commission will make a decision on the proposal during their next meeting on Monday.