Previous month the Marinette County Board of supervisors permitted contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette to the buy of a new 24 ft research and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be ready to use the airboat. Nonetheless, at yesterday’s County Board conference a motion 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. Given that the Town of Marinette has just lately allotted $500 for every employee for COVID-19 vaccinations utilizing ARPA funds when they could have applied their ARPA funds toward the funding of the airboat rather of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre states, “the Metropolis of Marinette obtained $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller claims, “there is a explanation why the town is hunting for participation in the purchasing 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 envisioned shipping and delivery date of the airboat is mid-January.