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.