ASK THE ADVOCATE: Backyard swimming pools

I’m considering filling my backyard swimming pool. Are there any (East Baton Rouge) city-parish codes or requirements I’m required to meet?

Response from Carey Chauvin, chief building official, East Baton Rouge city-parish Department of Public Works:

All associated plumbing lines and electrical lines must be removed or permanently and adequately capped and secured. Once placed, the fill must not alter existing drainage patterns such that it adversely affects adjacent properties.

Addis red light signal

There is a red light on La. 1 in Addis in front of Dickie’s Sportsman’s Center. This light will stay red for 10 to 15, sometimes 20 minutes at a time even after driving over the sensor. It does change eventually. I have witnessed many people pulling forward, then backing up several times with no result to try to get it to change. I also have witnessed people running the red light and crossing four lanes. This is very dangerous for all involved. Can this sensor be checked/fixed by DOTD or who can check into this matter to correct this?

Response from Dustin Annison, public information officer, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development:

DOTD sent a signal technician to inspect this location. It is now working properly. The timing of this signal is set to 180 seconds. If a driver pulls up to the light from the side street at this intersection as the signal is turning red, the maximum wait time should be no more than approximately 2 and a half minutes.

For more information, please visit, email, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Send questions to Ask The Advocate, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0588; or fax to Ask The Advocate, (225) 388-0297; or email