Last month the Marinette County Board of supervisors accepted contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette toward the buy of a new 24 ft search and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be in a position to use the airboat. Even so, at yesterday’s County Board meeting a movement was introduced forth by Supervisor Allen to reconsider action taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the City of Marinette for acquire of the Airboat. Because the Town of Marinette has just lately allocated $500 for each personnel for COVID-19 vaccinations using ARPA cash when they could have applied their ARPA funds toward the funding of the airboat rather of inquiring the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre claims, “the City of Marinette bought $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller states, “there is a purpose why the city is on the lookout for participation in the getting of the airboat.”
Just after a lengthy discussion, the board voted, and it came in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor. The predicted delivery date of the airboat is mid-January.