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

Guadalupe Connerley

Past month the Marinette County Board of supervisors approved contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette towards the acquire of a new 24 ft research and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be capable to use the airboat. Nonetheless, at yesterday’s County Board conference a motion was introduced forth by Supervisor Allen to rethink motion taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the Town of Marinette for obtain of the Airboat. Because the Metropolis of Marinette has a short while ago allocated $500 per worker for COVID-19 vaccinations working with ARPA money when they could have employed their ARPA money toward the funding of the airboat instead of inquiring the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre claims, “the Metropolis of Marinette bought $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”

Supervisor Ken Keller states, “there is a cause why the city is looking for participation in the obtaining of the airboat.”

Immediately after a prolonged discussion, the board voted, and it came in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor.  The expected shipping and delivery day of the airboat is mid-January.

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