The Candlewood Lake Authority has withdrawn its request to the 5 towns surrounding the lake for emergency funding to purchase two new patrol boats.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.