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

Donna B. Jones

Final thirty day period the Marinette County Board of supervisors approved contributing $43,900 to the Town of Marinette in direction of the order of a new 24 ft research and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be ready to use the airboat. However, at yesterday’s County Board conference a movement was introduced forth by Supervisor Allen to reconsider action taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette for purchase of the Airboat. Since the City of Marinette has just lately allotted $500 per worker for COVID-19 vaccinations using ARPA funds when they could have utilised their ARPA funds toward the funding of the airboat alternatively of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre says, “the City of Marinette bought $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”

Supervisor Ken Keller says, “there is a explanation why the town is searching for participation in the purchasing of the airboat.”

After a lengthy dialogue, the board voted, and it arrived in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor.  The predicted delivery date of the airboat is mid-January.

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