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Petition filed about New Fairfield proposal to put herbicides in Candlewood Lake

A second petition has been filed in opposition to herbicides being used in Candlewood Lake in New Fairfield.  The Newstimes reports that a group calling itself “Candlewood Voices” wants a townwide vote whenever officials want to use chemicals in the lake. 


According to New Fairfield's ordinances, a petition garnering more than 20 signatures from registered voters must be discussed in a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen.  But that only happens if it's for a lawful purpose. 


The published report says that the Selectmen got a legal opinion stating that having votes on using chemicals in the lake could frustrate existing state regulations and infringe on the health director's authority.

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