The Brookfield City Council met June 26 to unanimously pass an ordinance regarding private pools.
The council passed another bill amendment and met with the chief operator of the Brookfield wastewater treatment plant.
The Brookfield City Council meeting began June 26 with two council members missing. Council members Paul Barger and George Head were unable to make the meeting.
At the top of the June agenda was a bill adopting new city fire codes. Before a vote could take place, councilman Paul Frey asked the council should to take more time to look through the fire codes.
“I think we should look into these codes further,” Frey said. “I think we need to get more information.”
The bill would have adopted the 2015 edition of the International Fire Codes. The adoption of the codes has been tabled for three months, upon Frey’s request.
The council unanimously passed an amendment to an ordinance on private pools. The ordinance provides a better definition of which pools will require fencing or a safety cover.
The amendment allows for hot tubs and spas to have safety cover, which complies with American Society of Testing and Materials. The amendment also state pools, which have barrier walls of 48 inches need not have a permanent fence extension, so long as the pool has a locking gate or locking ladder mechanism.
According to Brookfield City Manager Dana Tarpening, she met with citizens regarding the pool ordinance.
“We took a lot of public comments into consideration,” Tarpening said.
The council also unanimously passed an amendment for ATVs, UTVs and golf carts. The amendment adds new definitions for ATVs, UTVs and golf carts. All recreational vehicles listed may not be driven on the highway or on city streets, without a permit. Permits for driving ATVs, UTVs and golf carts on city streets can be obtained by providing proof of financial responsibility and proof of payment of a city sticker. The permits are $15.
Chief operator of Brookfield’s wastewater treatment plant Justin Griffin met with the council to update them on work happening at the plant.
According to Griffin, work is coming along well.
“We’re ahead of the curve,” Griffin said. “The only problem right now renting equipment.”
The plant is located on N. Brunswick Street. Griffin has worked at the plant for two years.
In other business, Tarpening told the council the cemetery is expecting to raise their rate for grave openings. Currently, the cemetery board charges $350 for lots where no ground monuments can be erected and $400 for all other lots.