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

Past month the Marinette County Board of supervisors permitted contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette toward the purchase 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 conference a movement was brought forth by Supervisor Allen to rethink motion taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette for acquire of the Airboat. Considering the fact that the Metropolis of Marinette has just lately allocated $500 for each personnel for COVID-19 vaccinations employing ARPA money when they could have applied their ARPA cash toward the funding of the airboat as a substitute of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre suggests, “the Metropolis of Marinette acquired $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”

Supervisor Ken Keller says, “there is a explanation why the city is wanting for participation in the acquiring of the airboat.”

Right after a lengthy dialogue, the board voted, and it came in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor.  The envisioned shipping and delivery day of the airboat is mid-January.