NEW LEGISLATION BRINGS NEW PUBLIC POOL REQUIREMENTS
January 1, 2013, Illinois will enact new legislation requiring swimming facility engineers, architects, and contractors to be pre-qualified by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). There will also be a new fee structure for swimming facilities to ensure inspectors respond to complaints and inspect public swimming facilities more frequently and in a timely manner. Swimming facility fees in Illinois have not increased in almost 40 years.
School and municipal pools will only pay a fee for building aquatic features such as water slides, spray pools, play structures, and other similar features. Certain tax-exempt organizations such as the YMCA or United Way, will pay lower fees than other commercial swimming facilities.
IDPH licenses and inspects more than 4,000 swimming facilities annually. For more information, see the Illinois Department of Public Health website.
Elizabeth “Betty” Mathewson
Elizabeth “Betty” Mathewson, age 89, of Mulberry Grove, formerly of Coffeen, passed away Monday, December 31, at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be Thursday, at 2:00 p.m., at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen. Burial will be in Olive Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, from noon until service time at the funeral home.
Fred B. Kreke
Fred B. Kreke, age 77, of Bartelso, passed away Tuesday, January 1, at his home. A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso. Burial will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown. Memorials are suggested to St. Cecilia Catholic Church.
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