Borough of Paramus, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Paramus as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Board of Municipal Swimming Pool Commissioners — See Ch. 91.
Builders and contractors — See Ch. 179.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 203.
Drainage and environmental protection — See Ch. 213.
Sewers — See Ch. 363.
Zoning — See Ch. 429.
[Adopted 5-14-1969 by Ord. No. 608 (Ch. 23 of the 1969 Code)]
The provisions of this article are hereby established for the purpose of regulating the use and operation of the Borough swimming pool facilities.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AGE
The individual's age as of May 15 of each year.
[Amended 3-25-1986 by Ord. No. 86-8]
AREA
The total area belonging to the swimming pool facility.
POOL APRON AREAS
The first ten-foot area of concrete immediately surrounding the pools.
POOL AREA
The entire fenced area surrounding the pools and the bathhouse.
POOL COMMISSIONERS
The Paramus Board of Municipal Swimming Pool Commissioners.
POOL PATIO
The remainder of the concrete area surrounding the pools beyond the pool apron areas.
[Amended 2-28-1984 by Ord. No. 84-4; 4-21-1987 by Ord. No. 87-8]
A. 
Pursuant to and in accordance with the Public Health and Sanitation Codes Adoption by Reference Act (N.J.S.A. 26:3-69.1 to 26:3-69.6), there is hereby established and adopted the whole of that certain printed code known as "New Jersey State Sanitary Code, Chapter IX, Public Recreational Bathing, N.J.A.C. 8:26-1 et seq., January 1987," approved by the State Department of Health, January 1987.
B. 
The New Jersey State Sanitary Code, Chapter IX, Public Recreational Bathing, N.J.A.C. 8:26-1 et seq., January 1987, is hereby incorporated in this article by reference and made a part hereof as fully as though it had been set forth at length herein.
C. 
In accordance with law, three printed copies of the New Jersey State Sanitary Code, Chapter IX, Public Recreational Bathing, N.J.A.C. 8:26-1 et seq., January 1987, have been placed on file in the office of the Borough Clerk and in the office of the Health Officer of the Borough and shall remain on file in said offices for the use and examination of the public as long as this article shall remain in effect.
A. 
Residence requirements. Membership is limited to permanent residents of the Borough of Paramus who have paid the required fees. In the event that the amount of $180,000 is not generated from the paid memberships of the Paramus residents by June 17, then paid members of the pool will then be permitted to sponsor memberships for relatives and friends outside the Borough of Paramus. If the amount of $180,000 is not realized from Paramus residents and sponsored memberships by June 24, then membership shall be opened to the residents of the Boroughs of Oradell, River Edge and Washington Township.
[Amended 6-24-1980 by Ord. No. 80-17]
B. 
Types of memberships:
(1) 
Family membership shall include any of the following who reside in the same household: husband; wife; unmarried children; legal guardian children; widowed mother or father of husband or wife; daughter or daughter-in-law whose husband is in military service.
[Amended 4-22-1970 by Ord. No. 639]
(2) 
Individual membership shall be available to any permanent resident of the Borough over 12 years of age who is not a member of a family group entitled to a family membership.
[Amended 12-28-1982 by Ord. No. 82-32]
(3) 
Senior citizen membership shall be available to permanent residents of the Borough 60 years of age or older.
C. 
Memberships not transferable. All memberships issued for the use of the swimming pool facilities are not transferable.
D. 
Guests. Each family membership shall be entitled to a total of 15 individual guests during the swim season. Each individual member and senior citizen member shall be entitled to a total of five individual guests during the swim season.
E. 
Membership fee refund. The following rules are firm and will not be waived under any circumstances:
[Added 5-11-1978 by Ord. No. 78-13; amended 6-28-1979 by Ord. No. 79-27; 4-9-1985 by Ord. No. 85-9; 4-21-1987 by Ord. No. 87-8]
(1) 
Request for refund of membership fee and upon return of the identification badges received prior to the opening day of the pool (the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend) will be refunded the entire membership fee.
(2) 
Request for refund of membership fee and upon return of the identification badges received the day of or the day after opening day of the pool will have 25% of the fee deducted for administrative charges before refunds are made.
(3) 
Request for refund of membership fee and upon return of the identification badges received prior to and including July 15 will have 25% of the fee deducted for administrative charges before refunds are made for the following reasons:
(a) 
Death of any person included in the paid membership.
(b) 
Disability preventing the use of the pool by any paid member or family.
Editor's Note: See Paramus Pool Commission 2015 rates indicating no refunds for any reason after start of the season.
[Amended 11-26-1974 by Ord. No. 74-36; 2-24-1977 by Ord. No. 77-8; 2-23-1978 by Ord. No. 78-2; 3-8-1979 by Ord. No. 79-1; 6-28-1979 by Ord. No. 79-27; 11-8-1979 by Ord. No. 79-39; 3-25-1980 by Ord. No. 80-4; 6-24-1980 by Ord. No. 80-17; 2-24-1981 by Ord. No. 81-3; 12-28-1982 by Ord. No. 82-32; 2-28-1984 by Ord. No. 84-4; 4-9-1985 by Ord. No. 85-9; 3-25-1986 by Ord. No. 86-8; 4-21-1987 by Ord. No. 87-8; 4-12-1988 by Ord. No. 88-9; 3-28-1989 by Ord. No. 89-13; 2-27-1990 by Ord. No. 90-5]
A. 
Season rates.
[Amended 3-26-2002 by Ord. No. 02-7; 3-25-2003 by Ord. No. 03-9; 4-28-2009 by Ord. No. 09-9; 4-21-2015 by Ord. No. 15-11]
2015 RATES
MONTHLY RATES
PARAMUS RESIDENTS ONLY
July or August
SEASONAL RATES
PARAMUS RESIDENTS ONLY
MONTHLY RATES
OUT OF TOWN
July or August
SEASONAL
OUT OF TOWN RATES
INDIVIDUAL
$175.00
$225.00
$425.00
$525.00
FAMILY OF 2
$200.00
$275.00
$450.00
$625.00
FAMILY OF 3
$225.00
$325.00
$475.00
$675.00
FAMILY OF 4
$250.00
$375.00
$500.00
$725.00
FAMILY OF 5
$275.00
$425.00
$525.00
$775.00
FAMILY OF 6
$300.00
$475.00
$550.00
$825.00
FAMILY OF 7
$325.00
$525.00
$575.00
$925.00
FAMILY OF 8
$350.00
$575.00
$600.00
$975.00
AFTER A FAMILY OF 8 EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON
$25.00
$50.00
$25.00
$50.00
SENIOR CITIZEN (60) YEARS OLD
$75.00
$110.00
$200.00
$225.00
Paramus Grandparent-Out of Town Grandchildren: under the age of 13 years old. Resident membership monthly or seasonal rate will apply. A maximum of 2 grandchildren (grandparent must be at the pool with the grandchild).
Out-of-town without a sponsor: without a qualifying sponsor applicants will incur an additional surcharge of $100 for an individual and $200 for a family membership in addition to your membership fee.
B. 
(Reserved)
[Added 4-28-2009 by Ord. No. 09-9; amended 4-21-2015 by Ord. No. 15-11]
C. 
(Reserved)
[Amended 3-26-2002 by Ord. No. 02-7; 3-25-2003 by Ord. No. 03-9; 4-28-2009 by Ord. No. 09-9; 4-21-2015 by Ord. No. 15-11]
D. 
Members shall be required to make deposits on items as specified by the Borough Council.
E. 
Residents of the Borough who are members of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty and who are otherwise eligible to use the facilities shall be allowed to swim at no charge; provided, however, that they present evidence to the swimming pool office that they are on leave.
F. 
Badges: All identification badges must be kept year to year. Service charge of $20 for replacement of an I.D. Badge.
[Amended 4-21-2015 by Ord. No. 15-11]
G. 
In addition to full season membership in the Paramus Pool, the nonrefundable fee for the registration to join the swim/dive lessons shall be $50 per person per course.
[Amended 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 92-11; amended by Paramus Pool Commission for the 2015 year]
H. 
In addition to full season membership in the Paramus Pool, the nonrefundable fee for the registration to join the swim/dive team shall be $50.
[Amended by Paramus Pool Commission for 2015 year]
A. 
All members will be issued identification badges which must be shown for admission to the area and shown upon request by authorized pool personnel.
[Amended 2-28-1984 by Ord. No. 84-4]
B. 
Identification badges or cards are not transferable.
C. 
Illegal transfer of badges or cards or the giving of false information or defacing of identification badges or cards will result in revocation or suspension of membership.
D. 
Lost identification badges must be reported to the pool manager immediately and can be replaced by a temporary identification badge, good for one week only. At the end of one week, a new identification badge will be issued at the cost of $20 and the temporary badge will be returned to the pool office.
[Amended 11-8-1979 by Ord. No. 79-39; 12-28-1982 by Ord. No. 82-32; 2-27-1990 by Ord. No. 90-5; 4-21-2015 by Ord. No. 15-11]
E. 
All pictures on badges must be taken by July 20. Failure to comply will result in revocation or suspension of membership.
[Added 3-25-1986 by Ord. No. 86-8]
[Amended by Paramus Pool Commission for 2015 year]
The hours of operation of the pools shall be as follows:
A. 
Mondays through Fridays: 12:00 noon to 7:45 p.m.
[Amended 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-23]
B. 
Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
C. 
Sundays and holidays: 11:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
D. 
Special hours during the month of July, pool closes at 8:30 p.m.
A. 
Use of the swimming pool facilities shall be subject to such rules and regulations as may be promulgated by the Pool Commissioners, by this article or by any ordinance or resolution. The rules and regulations shall be posted at all times upon the bulletin board at the swimming pool facilities, and a copy thereof shall be filed with the Borough Clerk for public inspection.
B. 
The provisions of this article shall not relieve any person of the duty to observe other provisions as set forth in any New Jersey statute or ordinance of the Borough or as hereinafter provided.
C. 
All matters not determined by this article may be determined by resolutions to be hereafter adopted by the Council.
A. 
All bathers, including babies, must wear bathing suits in both the swimming and wading pools. Babies in diapers are not allowed in the main pool unless the intermediate pool is closed. All babies in diapers must have rubber or plastic pants on.
[Amended 2-28-1984 by Ord. No. 84-4; 4-9-1985 by Ord. No. 85-9]
B. 
Anyone with shoulder length hair shall be required to wear a bathing cap at all times in the pool.
[Amended 12-28-1982 by Ord. No. 82-32; 3-25-1986 by Ord. No. 86-8]
C. 
Any person having a communicable disease, open blisters or cuts, sore or inflamed eyes, ears, nose or mouth infections, excessive sunburn or any type of skin disease will be excluded from the pool area. No person wearing any type of bandage, cast or Band-Aid shall be permitted in the pool.
D. 
No inflatable water paraphernalia shall be allowed within the pool area. Snorkels, fins, masks or other swimming aids shall be permitted only by special permission.
[Amended 4-21-1987 by Ord. No. 87-8]
E. 
Diving will be permitted in designated areas only.
F. 
No one shall be allowed in the water unless a lifeguard is present.
G. 
No swimming will be permitted in diving areas, except by divers.
H. 
During adult swim only, one hand-held infant may be taken into the intermediate pool only.
[Added 2-28-1984 by Ord. No. 84-4]
I. 
On Thursday mornings (Friday raindate), no members will be allowed on grass areas when lawn maintenance is being done.[1]
[Added 4-21-1987 by Ord. No. 87-8]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection (i), which immediately followed this subsection and dealt with horseshoe pitching, was repealed 4-12-1988 by Ord. No. 88-9.
A. 
All vehicles shall be parked in areas designated for that purpose. Vehicles illegally parked will be ticketed by the Paramus Police Department.
[Amended 4-21-1987 by Ord. No. 87-8]
B. 
Street clothing shall be left in areas designated for that purpose.
[Amended 4-9-1985 by Ord. No. 85-9]
C. 
No person shall comb his hair within the pool apron area. Women and girls of any age shall not wear curlers within the pool apron area.
D. 
Dressing and undressing shall be permitted only in locker rooms and shall not be permitted in the parking areas.
E. 
All food shall be served and consumed within designated areas only. Under no circumstances shall food or beverages be brought into the pool area.
F. 
Children under 13 years of age shall not be permitted unless accompanied by a responsible member 16 years of age or older. This member must remain with the child at the pool and be responsible for the supervision of the child while in the water and at any other pool area.
[Amended 12-28-1982 by Ord. No. 82-32; 3-25-1986 by Ord. No. 86-8; 4-12-1988 by Ord. No. 88-9; 4-13-2004 by Ord. No. 04-4]
G. 
Destruction or defacing of property will result in suspension or revocation of membership and expulsion from the area. The Pool Commission will bring suit to recover damages resulting therefrom.
[Amended 4-9-1985 by Ord. No. 85-9]
H. 
The pool management will not be responsible for valuables brought into the area.
I. 
All litter, paper or debris shall be placed in designated trash receptacles.
J. 
Card tables and umbrellas shall be permitted in designated areas only.
K. 
Dress in and out of the pool shall be consistent with standards of good taste. Extremely brief-type swimming attire is not considered suitable or in good taste.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection (l), which immediately followed this subsection and dealt with street shoes, was deleted 4-9-1985 by Ord. No. 85-9.
In addition to any other conduct which may be determined by the pool officials to be inimical to the safe and orderly operation of the pool, the following activities are expressly prohibited:
A. 
The use of glass, glass containers or metal containers within the pool area. If a person is caught bringing in glass a second time, this will result in an immediate one-week suspension from the pool. Further violations of this imposed rule can lead to revocation of pool membership.
[Amended 2-27-1990 by Ord. No. 90-5]
B. 
Possession, display or consumption of alcoholic beverages within the area.
C. 
The operation of bicycles within the pool area.
[Amended 3-25-1986 by Ord. No. 86-8]
D. 
The operation of portable radios, television sets or record players with the use of earphones only is permitted.
[Amended 2-28-1984 by Ord. No. 84-4; 4-9-1985 by Ord. No. 85-9]
E. 
Bringing pet dogs, cats or any other animals within the area.
F. 
Ball playing, roughhousing, wrestling, rowdiness or other similar conduct affecting the safety and comfort of others within the area.
G. 
Any other conduct which, in the opinion of the pool manager, is detrimental to the safe and healthful operation of the pool.
[Amended 4-9-1985 by Ord. No. 85-9]
H. 
Distribution of any type of literature.
[Added 12-28-1982 by Ord. No. 82-32]
I. 
Parents should be aware that health rules and Commission rules prohibit urinating on the pool grounds. Such acts will result in immediate suspension.
[Added 4-9-1985 by Ord. No. 85-9]
J. 
All pipe and cigar smoking is prohibited on pool grounds.
[Added 2-12-2002 by Ord. No. 02-1]
K. 
All smoking, including cigarette smoking, is prohibited in the playground area, the snack bar, the pool deck, the gazebo and in all buildings.
[Added 2-12-2002 by Ord. No. 02-1]
A. 
Regulations shall be posted at the pool and strictly enforced.
B. 
The Pool Commissioners, pool manager or the assistant manager may close or limit the swimming pool facilities whenever, in their judgment, such action is deemed necessary or desirable for the protection of health or safety of such persons entitled to use such facilities.
C. 
Members of the Police Department of the Borough, designated agents of the Borough, Pool Commissioners, the pool manager, and the assistant manager and all lifeguards when on duty at the swimming pool facilities shall have authority to prohibit any action or conduct which they may consider to be dangerous, improper or immoral or any act or actions in violations of rules and regulations hereinbefore provided and shall have the power of expulsion or suspension of the privileges otherwise granted to the holder of a membership badge or card.
D. 
All memberships are granted subject to the rules and regulations as established by the Pool Commissioners or by ordinance or resolution. Failure to abide by these rules and regulations may result in revocation or suspension of membership.
E. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article may have his membership suspended by any of the stated enforcement authorities.
[Amended 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-23; 3-14-2006 by Ord. No. 06-2]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties provided by § 1-15 of this Code.
[Adopted 7-9-1974 by Ord. No. 74-21]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
SWIMMING POOL, BATHING BEACH OR BATHING ESTABLISHMENT
Includes all public swimming pools, bathing beaches, health spas and whirlpool baths and bathing establishments where bathing and swimming are allowed, whether in artificial pools or lakes or watercourses of the Borough of Paramus and which are maintained or operated for the purpose of profit or which may be an accessory use of any hotel, motel or lodging facility. This shall be construed to include apparatus, equipment and premises upon which any swimming pool, bathing beach or bathing establishment is located or the premises appurtenant thereto. The term "bathing establishment" shall hereinafter be used in this article to include all swimming pools, bathing beaches and bathing establishments as aforesaid but does not include private swimming pools ancillary to residential use.
It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, association, corporation or agent and employee, either for himself or for another, to engage in the operation of or to establish, construct or maintain any swimming pool, bathing beach or bathing establishment or public bath for profit in the Borough of Paramus without first having obtained a permit in the manner hereinafter provided.
[Amended 6-13-1989 by Ord. No. 89-29; 4-10-2001 by Ord. No. 01-13]
Applications for purposes set forth in § 395-15 hereto shall be made to the Board of Health who shall, after compliance with the following rules and regulations, issue a license, in writing, upon payment of a license fee, and which license shall not be transferable without the prior consent of the Mayor and Council. The fees to be levied are as follows:
A. 
For the issuance of a permit to operate a year-round indoor public or semipublic swimming pool and/or whirlpool: $300.
B. 
For the issuance of a permit to operate a seasonal outdoor public or semipublic swimming pool: $200.
C. 
For the issuance of a permit to operate an outdoor public or semipublic bathing place: $200.
D. 
Plan review fee for a public recreational bathing facility: $75.
No person, partnership, association, corporation or agent and employee, either for himself or for another, shall establish, construct, operate or maintain any bathing establishment without a permit or license issued subject to the conditions as imposed by this article. Any permit or license may be suspended for cause by the Mayor and Council after a public hearing with five days' notice to the operator of said swimming establishment or upon the recommendation of the Local Health Officer or the State Board of Health resulting from violations of the Health Code.
Every bathing establishment shall be so designed and constructed and shall be so maintained and operated so as to be clean and sanitary at all times and shall be provided with all necessary safety equipment as required by the Board of Health.
In artificial pools, the inlets for fresh and purified water and outlets shall be so located and spaced as to secure a maximum of dispersion of the inflowing water to the pool.
Adequate and proper toilet facilities, conveniently located for use immediately before entering the pool, lake or watercourse, shall be provided at all bathing establishments, and adequate shower facilities shall also be provided.
The Board of Health of the Borough of Paramus or its duly authorized agents have the right of access to any bathing establishment at all times for the purpose of taking samples of water and making a complete inspection of the premises.
In the event that any apparatus used for the purpose of disinfecting swimming pool water or purifying the same shall become incapacitated and repairs are not made within the period of four hours, the Board of Health shall be immediately notified, and the Board of Health shall then determine as to the future operation of the swimming pool until the necessary repairs are made.
The water in any swimming pool, bathing establishment or lake or watercourse used for swimming or bathing purposes in connection with any public bathing establishment must be subject to tests by the Local and State Boards of Health as to purity and safety for bathing purposes.
Every bathing establishment shall be under the supervision of a competent attendant, who shall require a careful observance of sanitary regulations and who is or has as a member of his staff a person capable of administering first aid. A swimming instructor, lifeguard or other person trained in methods of lifesaving and artificial resuscitation must be on duty at all times when the pool is open to bathers, and suitable lifesaving equipment must be provided and be readily accessible at all pools.
A. 
No person showing evidence of sore or inflamed eyes, mouth, nose or ear discharges or skin eruptions shall use any swimming pool, lake or watercourse used as a bathing establishment, and no intoxicated person shall be permitted to use any swimming pool, lake or watercourse used as a bathing establishment.
B. 
The Local Board of Health and the State Board of Health reserve the right to close any and all bathing establishments without notice when they have reason to believe any epidemic or disease may be transmitted through the use of bathing establishments or because of continued failure to meet the standards as set forth in this article.
[Amended 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-23; 3-14-2006 by Ord. No. 06-2]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties provided by § 1-15 of this Code.