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


Past month the Marinette County Board of supervisors authorized contributing $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette towards the purchase of a new 24 ft search and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be in a position to use the airboat. On the other hand, at yesterday’s County Board conference a motion was introduced forth by Supervisor Allen to rethink action taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the City of Marinette for order of the Airboat. Given that the Metropolis of Marinette has just lately allocated $500 for each employee for COVID-19 vaccinations employing ARPA cash when they could have made use of their ARPA resources in the direction of the funding of the airboat instead of inquiring the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre claims, “the Metropolis of Marinette acquired $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”

Supervisor Ken Keller claims, “there is a rationale why the city is searching for participation in the acquiring of the airboat.”

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

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