Past thirty day period the Marinette County Board of supervisors authorized contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette to the buy of a new 24 ft search and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be ready to use the airboat. Nevertheless, 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 Town of Marinette for acquire of the Airboat. Since the Metropolis of Marinette has recently allocated $500 for each personnel for COVID-19 vaccinations utilizing ARPA cash when they could have applied their ARPA funds toward the funding of the airboat instead of inquiring the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre says, “the City of Marinette bought $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller says, “there is a motive why the town is hunting for participation in the paying for of the airboat.”
Right after a lengthy discussion, the board voted, and it came in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor. The anticipated shipping and delivery date of the airboat is mid-January.