Previous month the Marinette County Board of supervisors accredited contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette in direction of the purchase of a new 24 ft research and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be equipped to use the airboat. However, at yesterday’s County Board meeting a movement was introduced forth by Supervisor Allen to reconsider action taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette for order of the Airboat. Considering that the City of Marinette has just lately allocated $500 per personnel for COVID-19 vaccinations working with ARPA cash when they could have applied their ARPA funds to the funding of the airboat in its place of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre says, “the Town of Marinette received $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller says, “there is a purpose why the city is looking for participation in the buying of the airboat.”
After a prolonged dialogue, the board voted, and it came in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor. The predicted supply day of the airboat is mid-January.