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

Kelsey W. Popham

Previous month the Marinette County Board of supervisors accredited contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette toward the purchase of a new 24 ft look for and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be able to use the airboat. However, at yesterday’s County Board meeting a movement was brought forth by Supervisor Allen to rethink action taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette for buy of the Airboat. Because the Town of Marinette has not long ago allotted $500 for each employee for COVID-19 vaccinations utilizing ARPA funds when they could have applied their ARPA resources toward the funding of the airboat alternatively 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 claims, “there is a motive why the town is looking for participation in the acquiring of the airboat.”

Following 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 and delivery day of the airboat is mid-January.

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