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

Claud Mccoid

Final month the Marinette County Board of supervisors accredited contributing $43,900 to the Town of Marinette in direction of the purchase of a new 24 ft search and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be ready to use the airboat. However, at yesterday’s County Board meeting a motion was introduced forth by Supervisor Allen to reconsider motion taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the Town of Marinette for purchase of the Airboat. Since the Metropolis of Marinette has recently allocated $500 for every personnel for COVID-19 vaccinations applying ARPA money when they could have employed their ARPA cash to the funding of the airboat as a substitute of inquiring the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre says, “the Metropolis of Marinette got $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”

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

Immediately after a prolonged dialogue, 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.

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