Last month the Marinette County Board of supervisors authorised contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette to the order of a new 24 ft lookup and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be equipped to use the airboat. Even so, at yesterday’s County Board assembly a motion was introduced forth by Supervisor Allen to rethink action taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette for order of the Airboat. Considering that the Town of Marinette has lately allotted $500 for each staff for COVID-19 vaccinations using ARPA funds when they could have utilised their ARPA money to the funding of the airboat instead of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre states, “the Metropolis of Marinette bought $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller claims, “there is a cause why the metropolis is searching for participation in the obtaining of the airboat.”
Immediately after a lengthy 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.