One of our annual Summer rituals

This post has nothing to do with learning or technology … yet it’s something I just need to get off my chest.

For the past five years now we’ve been subjected to an annual ritual – each Summer. And true to form, it was visited upon us again this year.

A county health inspector visited our home to inform us that they received an anonymous complaint that our inground pool is both not clean and stagnant. And as we’ve always done in past years, I’ll escort the inspector to our backyard where he’ll see the pool running with clear water – and being used.

With his thanks and perfunctory apology for having bothered me, the inspector then leaves.

After looking at our county’s laws I’ve come to learn that there is no mechanism to cite a person who lodges a false complaint to the health inspector’s office. And that has to change.


Of course, individuals can make complaints – and certainly I do not want to know who continues to lodge the complaint about our pool each year. Nor should an inspector be allowed to reveal who makes a complaint.

But total and complete anonymity is just wrong if that anonymity means that the complainant is untraceable even by the health inspector or her/his supervisor. There must be a way for the health department to log and track the complaints from residents.

Should they find a pattern of bogus complaints (such as those we get each and every year for our pool), the health department should be allowed to cite the complainant or be able to turn the matter over to the local police department.


Okay – got it off my chest.

About Rory

I make my home in the central part of the Garden State along with my family. When I'm not working as an Instructional Designer (focusing mostly on Web-Based learning ... and other eLearning technologies) or researching something, I'm found at home playing computer or video games. Among other things, I volunteer as a choir member and catechist for 8th graders at my parish.
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