Last thirty day period the Marinette County Board of supervisors accepted contributing $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette to the acquire of a new 24 ft research and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be ready to use the airboat. On the other hand, at yesterday’s County Board meeting a motion was introduced forth by Supervisor Allen to reconsider action taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the City of Marinette for order of the Airboat. Since the Metropolis of Marinette has recently allotted $500 for each employee for COVID-19 vaccinations utilizing ARPA resources when they could have applied their ARPA cash toward the funding of the airboat as an alternative of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre claims, “the City of Marinette bought $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller claims, “there is a reason why the city is hunting for participation in the purchasing of the airboat.”
After a prolonged discussion, the board voted, and it came in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor. The envisioned shipping date of the airboat is mid-January.