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needed for Help a Teacher Day , See Page B4 2009 fall football preview , Sports, Page C1 Teens re-enact pioneer trek Community Page B1 returns for 18th year , See Page B6 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 75 CENTS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009 Vet. 110, NO. 34 ON1HEWEB By Chantelle Lusebrink Issaquah Press reporter Issaquah pool operators are working on changes to make your swimming experience safer. A federal law that was sup- posed to be implemented by December has pool operators rethinking safety and investing in new equipment: gut the road to implementation has been any- thing but smooth. The Virginia Graeme Baker Act was passed by Congress in December 2007 after the 2002 drowning of Virginia Graeme Baker, 7, granddaughter of former 3,000 emergency room visits for submersion-related accidents involving children younger than 5 in the U.S., according to Safe Kids USA. Entrapment incidents occur when body parts, hair, swimsuits or jewelry get caught in the suc- pools and hot tubs with high-flow suction drains, or multiple main drains that are close together, to install new drain covers to pre- vent a person from making direct contact and making entrapment unlikely, said Christin Beard, the aquatics director for Klahanie's tion of a pool drain and cause two pools, the Mountainview Pool people to .drown. Between 1999..~ a~L Lakeside Pool ....... and 2008, 83 were related to Parental supervision and talk- entrapment, according to the Consumer Protection Services Commission. Eleven of those were fatal. (Seven deaths occurred at residential pools; four were at public pools.) Other inci- dents resulted in injuries. ing with children about not play- ing with pool equipment is the best way to ensure children's safety, she said. Pool/hot tub and drowning prevention - www.poolsafety.gov Drain cover information - www.poolsafety.gov/ draincrnan.html parks and recreation director. A diver was sent to the bottom of the pool tO test it as soon as pool operators came across the new requirements. "We were very, very proactive on understanding where we fit in The law calls for the drains of in the process, but this pool isn't pools, children's wading pools one of the ones that can create and hot tubs with one main drain that situation where the little girl Secretary of State James Baker III. Pools and hot tubs owned or to have an anti-entrapment cover, was sucked to the drain," McGill The act is designed to prevent operated by counties, cities, It also calls for pools with two said. drowning caused by entrapment schools, hotels, fitness centers, main drains 3 feet or less apart, Many pools have yet to comply in pools and hot tubs. homeowners associations, and such as the case of Klahanie's two with the law. Several local pool Pool operators in the Issaquah apartment and condominium pools, to be moved as an added operators said they weren't able area are hiring engineers to evalu- complexes are affected by the safety precaution. " to purchase drain covers until the ate systems, purchasing drain cov- law. Larger pools often have one or beginning of this year, because ers that meet standards, and even There are about 1,800 pools or more main drains throughout the they hadn't been manufactured. tearing up pools and re-installing hot tubs subject to the law in King pool. Some pools, like Issaquah's Such was the ease at Columbia systems to ensure compliance. County. Of those, there are 107 in Julius Boehm Pool, use low-flow Athletic Center at Pine Lake, said the greater Issaquah area, or gravity drains rather than suc- Vincent Cucineli, the aquatics Meting, covering or re-installing drains within the 98027, 98029, 98008 tion drains. Every year, there are nearly and 98059 ZIP codes. "Our drain doesn't tie into suc- 300 drownings and more than The law calls for publicly used tion," said Anne McGill, city See POOLS7 Page A6 Development Commission OK to Marriott hotel City development commission- ers approved plans Aug. 19 for a SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel near the Maple Street Building, but attached several conditions to the project. The plan heads back to the Development Commission for fur- ther review Sept. 16. City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said it was typical for a large-scale project to have several conditions attached by the Development Commission. Developers plan to build a five- story, 143,700-square-foot hotel and two levels of above-grade parking on a 1.6-acre site. The hotel, which would include 145 rooms and parking for 203 vehicles, would be built south of, Northwest Maple Street and east of 12th Avenue Northwest. A park- hag lot on the site would be demol- ished to make room for the hotel. Developers asked city officials to allow a portion of the building height to extend to about 50 feet, and to share parking with the nearby Maple Street Building. BY KIRK PAINTER ROLLOVER SNARLS TRAFFIC A flatbed trailer rolled over near the overpass at Interstate 90 and Front Street North at 5:47 p.m. Aug. 21, causing several hours of traffic delays for motorists. The name of the trucking company and an estimated loss was not known at press time. ~m ~