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New Fairfield, State Squabble Over Safety At Squantz Pond

New Fairfield officials and state representatives are squabbling over safety measures at Squantz Pond, a popular summer retreat for many Connecticut residents and many from New York.
New Fairfield officials and state representatives are squabbling over safety measures at Squantz Pond, a popular summer retreat for many Connecticut residents and many from New York. Photo Credit: File

NEW FAIRFIELD — New Fairfield officials and representatives from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are squabbling over much-needed safety measure at Squantz Pond.

The parties have exchanged five letters over the past few weeks, according to a story on NewsTimes.com. Safety concerns include a lack of bilingual staff and lifeguards and the safety of pedestrians who walk into the park.

The News-Times story said New Fairfield First Selectman Susan Chapman sent a letter to DEEP, which oversees the park, requesting for improved safety measures. DEEP is changing its regulations regarding walk-ins, but maintains New Fairfield has not enforced parking regulations when the park reaches its 250 car capacity.

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