Final thirty day period the Marinette County Board of supervisors approved contributing $43,900 to the Town of Marinette to the order of a new 24 ft research and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be able to use the airboat. Even so, at yesterday’s County Board meeting a movement was brought forth by Supervisor Allen to reconsider motion taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette for invest in of the Airboat. Since the Town of Marinette has lately allocated $500 per worker for COVID-19 vaccinations utilizing ARPA resources when they could have employed their ARPA money in the direction of the funding of the airboat instead of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre suggests, “the City of Marinette got $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller states, “there is a reason why the metropolis is looking for participation in the buying of the airboat.”
Immediately after a lengthy dialogue, the board voted, and it arrived in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor. The predicted delivery date of the airboat is mid-January.