The issue of back payments owed to Danbury from the Whalers Hockey team for public safety protection could lead to a faceoff on Tuesday. An email has been sent out by the Whalers to supporters asking for them to turn out to the City Council meeting on Tuesday night.
City officials say the hockey team owes Danbury about $80,000 for police presence and a fire marshal on duty at each home game the past three seasons due to an agreement on the services. The Whalers say Danbury has not produced the documents and are using inaccurate or outdated information in determining their position.
The team says an invoice on the agenda of $410,000 could impact the Whalers ability to operate and survive in Danbury. The team has proposed a payment of $180,000 and so far have paid $41,000. In the emailed statement, the Whalers also say the decision about public safety protection is being applied selectively to the team.
A City Council committee is calling for an agreement to be worked out among attorneys giving the Whalers time to pay back the debt owed.