Past month the Marinette County Board of supervisors approved contributing $43,900 to the Town of Marinette in direction of the order of a new 24 ft lookup and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be capable to use the airboat. Even so, at yesterday’s County Board meeting a motion was brought forth by Supervisor Allen to reconsider action taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the City of Marinette for invest in of the Airboat. Because the Town of Marinette has a short while ago allocated $500 per worker for COVID-19 vaccinations making use of ARPA funds when they could have applied their ARPA resources towards the funding of the airboat in its place of inquiring the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre states, “the City of Marinette received $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller suggests, “there is a rationale why the city is looking for participation in the acquiring of the airboat.”
Immediately after a prolonged discussion, the board voted, and it arrived in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor. The predicted shipping and delivery date of the airboat is mid-January.