Past thirty day period the Marinette County Board of supervisors approved contributing $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette in the direction of the obtain of a new 24 ft research and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be equipped to use the airboat. Nevertheless, at yesterday’s County Board conference a motion was brought forth by Supervisor Allen to reconsider motion taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the City of Marinette for obtain of the Airboat. Considering that the Town of Marinette has recently allocated $500 for each staff for COVID-19 vaccinations using ARPA funds when they could have made use of their ARPA resources in the direction of the funding of the airboat instead of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre says, “the City of Marinette acquired $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller suggests, “there is a reason why the city is wanting for participation in the buying of the airboat.”
Soon after a prolonged discussion, the board voted, and it came in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor. The predicted shipping and delivery day of the airboat is mid-January.