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By Judge Rob Krombeen, Williams, AZ
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Friday, July 6, 2012

Swimmers Beware!

 Judge Rob Krombeen

The Williams City Court recently heard two cases involving a little known city ordinance: City Code 8-6.04-Swimming, Wading and Boating in Parks. This ordinance, which falls under the Parks & Recreation section, prohibits swimming or wading in any lake located within the Williams city limits. Cataract Lake, Kaibab Lake, Dogtown Lake, Buckskinner (Third Dam) and Santa Fe Reservoirs are all within the city limits. A violation of this ordinance is a Class 3 misdemeanor. With the hot summer weather upon us, those wishing to take a dip and cool off are reminded of this ordinance and that the City of Williams has opened the municipal pool during the summer months. More information regarding pool hours may be found at www.williamsaz.gov or by calling 928.635.3005.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012
Article comment by: ron paul JR

Boats are legal, and that includes canoes. You can't use a gas engine though, electirc motors only. You must however be able to put your boat into the water without getting your feet wet, or you will be cited for wading!!! LOL

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Paul

I always wondered why not? I never see any canoes either,they legal on the local lakes?

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Article comment by: look out for criminals

Don't get your feet wet, or the PO PO will get you!!! Only in Williams.

Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Goodson

Sure the police have the time. They head to the lakes to ticket waders when the Hells Angels show up in town.

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Article comment by: what if

What if I get my feet in the water "wading" while putting my little boat I use for fishing in the water? Guilty of a misdemeanor? I understand that the lakes aren't for swimming, but come on. A judge that wouldn't dismiss that citation the minute it appeared before his or her court is a joke, as is the law officer who wrote it.

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Article comment by: Really? Really!

If a catfish pulled my pole in the water at Cataract and I went in after it, I could be cited for wading. Really?

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012
Article comment by: got to be kidding me

Who the heck has the time to write citations to someone swimming or wading out at the lakes? Are you serious? Why didn't the law enforcement officer just give a warning, was a ticket really necessary? If this is what the law enforcement officers around Williams have time to do, then there must be too many of them.

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