Previous month the Marinette County Board of supervisors permitted contributing $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette in the direction of the acquire of a new 24 ft research and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be equipped to use the airboat. Even so, at yesterday’s County Board meeting a motion was introduced forth by Supervisor Allen to rethink action taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette for order of the Airboat. Given that the City of Marinette has lately allocated $500 for each staff for COVID-19 vaccinations applying ARPA money when they could have applied their ARPA money in direction of the funding of the airboat instead of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre says, “the Metropolis of Marinette acquired $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller suggests, “there is a rationale why the town is looking for participation in the obtaining of the airboat.”
Just after a prolonged dialogue, the board voted, and it came in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor. The predicted supply day of the airboat is mid-January.