Marinette County approves funds to support City of Marinette Airboat after reconsideration

Past month the Marinette County Board of supervisors approved contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette in the direction of the buy of a new 24 ft research and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be in a position to use the airboat. Having said that, at yesterday’s County Board meeting a motion was brought forth by Supervisor Allen to reconsider motion taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the City of Marinette for order of the Airboat. Given that the Town of Marinette has recently allocated $500 for every worker for COVID-19 vaccinations applying ARPA cash when they could have used their ARPA funds in direction of the funding of the airboat in its place of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre suggests, “the Town of Marinette acquired $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”

Supervisor Ken Keller claims, “there is a purpose why the city is seeking for participation in the acquiring of the airboat.”

Right after a prolonged dialogue, the board voted, and it arrived in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor.  The expected supply day of the airboat is mid-January.