CANDLEWOOD — Two of the lake authority’s patrol boats were put out of commission this summer, coming at a time when the coronavirus and increased traffic on the lake put even more of a strain on the marine patrol.

The Candlewood Lake Authority now seeks $60,000 from each of the five lake towns to purchase two new patrol boats in time for the summer. None have made a decision yet.

“I’ve never seen a season like this,” Mark Toussaint, one of New Milford’s delegates, told New Milford Town Council this week. “We really need your help.”

New Fairfield, New Milford and Sherman have all decided to vote on approving funding later after receiving more input and information, including where that money would come from in their own budgets. The lake authority is expected to present the proposal to Brookfield and Danbury next week.

The towns have until the end of the month to decide so that the boats can be prepared in time for the season. Some are considering approving the funds as long as all of the other towns do too.

Costs range from about $100,000 for a Boston Whaler to about $150,000 for the Metal Shark. The third main option is about $143,000 for a Silver Ships.

Authority members said they would prefer an aluminum hull, which is more expensive than a fiberglass one, because of all of the towing the marine patrol does. It’s also becoming the standard among patrol and fire boats.

“I think we need to take our equipment to the next level,” Toussaint said.

These options were selected based on the authority’s research and speaking with other lake authorities and law enforcement throughout Connecticut and the northeast.

“We know it’s a difficult time for municipalities,” said Joan Archer, a New Fairfield authority delegate. “It’s

LAKE CHARLES, La., Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Breaux Petroleum Products and CITGO have announced a partnership that has supplied frontline workers with a truckload of Mystik Bar & Chain Lubricant and Mystik JT-4 Lawn & Garden 2 Cycle Engine Oil as part of their continued effort to support relief and recovery efforts from the impact of Hurricane Laura.

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CITGO Logo (PRNewsfoto/CITGO Corporation)

Breaux Petroleum is partnering with CITGO to aid massive, ongoing clean-up efforts in the wake of the category 4 storm, which came ashore August 27th. Breaux Petroleum will distribute the lubricant and oil donations to local fire departments in Lake Charles, Westlake and Sulphur, and other non-profit relief organizations including the Cajun Navy, a volunteer operation of private boat owners who participate in rescue and recovery efforts in the area. Surplus lubricants and oil are reserved for equipment like chainsaws, trimmers, and blowers that local utility and tree service companies use to clean up debris and speed up the recovery process.

“Our goal is to provide emergency responders with the products they need to work toward relief and recovery from Hurricane Laura,” said Blake Breaux, executive vice president of Breaux Petroleum Products. “We are grateful for this partnership with CITGO that will enable us to distribute supplies at no charge and to help our community get back on its feet more quickly.”

About Breaux Petroleum Products

Founded in 1922 in Lockport, Louisiana, Breaux Petroleum Products is an established distributor of quality fuels and lubricants for the energy, automotive, marine, industrial and agricultural sectors. In addition to quality products, Breaux Petroleum offers a wide variety of services including delivery, oil analysis, lubrication optimization and management, filtration, varnish mitigation, hurricane preparedness and more. Breaux Petroleum has supplied essential workers with fuel after past