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Candlewood Lake Authority withdraws emergency funding request for new patrol vessels

The Candlewood Lake Authority has withdrawn its request to the 5 towns surrounding the lake for emergency funding to purchase two new patrol boats.  First Light has made a donation of $100,000 for this purpose.  The New Fairfield Fire Department has also offered one of their used boats that may be able to be used as a patrol vessel.

CLA plans to come back to the towns during the regular budget process next year to purchase a patrol boat.  The total cost of two patrol boats was estimated at $300,000. 

The New Milford Town Council had approved $60,000 for the boats.  Brookfield tabled a vote on this matter until it was decided where to take the funds from.  The CLA approved $50,000 for the boats contingent on a match from the Towns. 

New Fairfield Selectman Khris Hall says there's no way they could have let the CLA go into next summer without patrol vessels.

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