The Candlewood Lake Authority has issued a summer wrap up newsletter touting grants it received for public safety operations. First Light Power Resources, the Lake owner, issued a $10,000 grant, matched by a private foundation. It allows the CLA to upgrade the radio system on the Marine Patrol boats. CLA Executive Director Larry Marsicano says communications between dispatch, the state EnCon Police and the Marine Patrol ensures the safety of the boating public.
Marsicano says an upgrade was needed after the state moved to a new high-frequency system. The previously used low frequency radios on board the boats couldn't receive any communications from the new system the state was migrating to.
First Light also issued a grant to replace some 80 aging hazard marker buoys. The grant was for nearly $10,800.