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

Angela R. James

Previous month the Marinette County Board of supervisors authorized contributing $43,900 to the Town of Marinette towards the purchase of a new 24 ft look for and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be equipped to use the airboat. On the other hand, 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 order of the Airboat. Since the Metropolis of Marinette has a short while ago allotted $500 for every personnel for COVID-19 vaccinations employing ARPA money when they could have utilized their ARPA cash towards the funding of the airboat alternatively of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre states, “the Town of Marinette received $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”

Supervisor Ken Keller states, “there is a reason why the city is seeking for participation in the getting of the airboat.”

Soon after a lengthy discussion, the board voted, and it arrived in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor.  The expected shipping day of the airboat is mid-January.

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