Last month the Marinette County Board of supervisors authorized contributing $43,900 to the Town of Marinette in the direction of the purchase of a new 24 ft lookup and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be able to use the airboat. Nevertheless, at yesterday’s County Board meeting a movement 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 buy of the Airboat. Given that the Town of Marinette has just lately allocated $500 for each employee for COVID-19 vaccinations making use of ARPA resources when they could have utilized their ARPA money toward the funding of the airboat instead of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre suggests, “the City of Marinette received $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller claims, “there is a purpose why the town is on the lookout for participation in the obtaining of the airboat.”
Immediately after a prolonged dialogue, the board voted, and it arrived in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor. The anticipated shipping and delivery date of the airboat is mid-January.