Final month the Marinette County Board of supervisors permitted contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette in direction of the obtain of a new 24 ft research and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be ready to use the airboat. Nevertheless, at yesterday’s County Board meeting a motion was brought forth by Supervisor Allen to rethink motion taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the Town of Marinette for order of the Airboat. Since the City of Marinette has not too long ago allocated $500 per staff for COVID-19 vaccinations utilizing ARPA resources when they could have utilised their ARPA resources to the funding of the airboat instead of inquiring the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre states, “the Town of Marinette received $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller claims, “there is a purpose why the town is looking for participation in the acquiring of the airboat.”
After a prolonged discussion, the board voted, and it came in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor. The expected delivery day of the airboat is mid-January.