Amarillo, Texas, is one of the few cities in the state without a public pool ordinance. But that's about to change.

According to a report on, a recent proposal submitted by environmental health director Shaun May had its first public comment last month during a city council meeting. And it's been a long time coming.

"We should have done this ten years ago, honestly." said May. "The reason why we do it now, is because I don't want to wait until somebody gets hurt or somebody dies. I would rather address this now before something bad happens."

If approved, all hotels, motels, apartment complexes, health clubs, and spas would need to purchase a pool permit so they can be inspected.

The ordinance was well received by city council members, including Elisha Demerson said he likes this proposal because it's not based on generating revenue, but providing public health safety to our citizens, the news agency reports. Read More