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danx111
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by danx111 on May 4th, 2010

From Jennifer Harvey:

"Security does patrol the pool after closing at several random times but I will ask them to step it up a little. The security guards can’t tell the difference of residents vs. non-resident swimmers so that is tough. There is no way for them to get in except climbing the gate or if a resident lets them in.

There are already two signs – one that says no trespassing and gives APD authority to issue a CTW to violators, it is attached to the gate in the middle.

There is another sign, just above where you swipe your pool key that lists Resident vs. Public hours and seasons."
 
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danx111
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Posts: 1151
Joined on November 25th, 2008
Pool Hours
by danx111 on May 4th, 2010

From Jennifer Harvey:

"Security does patrol the pool after closing at several random times but I will ask them to step it up a little. The security guards can’t tell the difference of residents vs. non-resident swimmers so that is tough. There is no way for them to get in except climbing the gate or if a resident lets them in.

There are already two signs – one that says no trespassing and gives APD authority to issue a CTW to violators, it is attached to the gate in the middle.

There is another sign, just above where you swipe your pool key that lists Resident vs. Public hours and seasons."
 
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John Guest
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by John Guest on May 4th, 2010

I’m beginning to feel my age. As new as Mueller is, I’m beginning to feel like I’ve been here forever. I also feel like I’m beginning to repeat myself. For you with minds like steel traps, please forgive me.

There have been several posts concerning our own behavior when faced with unauthorized use of the Ella Wooten pool. Here is my advice - given for whatever it may be worth:

1. When the lifeguards are on duty, controlling access to the pool falls to them. If you think someone is using the pool inappropriately, let the lifeguards know of your concern. And then chill.

2. When the lifeguards are not on duty and the pool is closed to everyone – like from 9PM to 5AM and on Mondays – and someone is using the pool . . . and you see damage being done to property or person, call 911 and report it immediately. If you think someone just snuck in for an unauthorized “dip”, call 311 and let them know that you think someone is trespassing at the Ella Wooten pool. This information is supposedly routed to our on-duty security folks (who are off-duty police officers). They can swing by the pool and address the trespassing problem.

3. When the lifeguards are not on duty and the pool is available for resident-only swimming, the challenge of addressing unauthorized entry to the pool falls on each one of us who live in Mueller and wish to preserve the privileges we enjoy here.

a. When you enter the pool, make your own authorized entry and do not allow strangers to enter with you. Every resident has access to a gate card. Let them use their gate card just like you do. In my view, if you let someone in – you are responsible for them and for their safety. This is a big responsibility to a total stranger.

b. DO NOT PLACE A ROCK OR OTHER IMPEDIMENT TO GATE CLOSURE IN THE GATE. Sorry about the shouting. If you see a rock or other impediment to gate closure in the gate, remove it and close the gate.

c. Greet fellow swimmers. Make eye contact. Introduce yourself. Tell people where you live. Ask them where they live. Be friendly. If they do not respond in kind and/or give you a reason to suspect that they don’t belong at the pool*, call 311 and let them know that you suspect someone is trespassing at the pool. Do not provoke the alleged trespasser(s) – just report it and let our security patrol deal with the matter.

d. If you witness dangerous or destructive behavior, call 911 and report it immediately.

4. You are mostly responsible for your own safety when at the pool. As a member of the Mueller Community, you are also responsible for the safety of the Community and of its amenities. There is no reason to place yourself in danger when considering unauthorized or inappropriate use of the pool. There is every reason, however, to do the right thing.

There are signs at the pool. There is a locked gate (when the lifeguards are absent). Both are pointless without ongoing enforcement. Assuring a safe, clean, and enjoyable environment falls to each of us. Thanks.

*PS - You can usually recognize a male, Mueller community resident because they'll be wearing black socks and dress shoes to the pool. You can usually recognize a female, Mueller community resident because they're drop dead gorgeous. Sorry to be such a sexist, but these guidelines will help avoid problems like they're having in Arizona.
 
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