Very last month the Marinette County Board of supervisors approved contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette in the direction of the order 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 Metropolis of Marinette for purchase of the Airboat. Considering that the Metropolis of Marinette has recently allocated $500 per worker for COVID-19 vaccinations employing ARPA funds when they could have applied their ARPA cash to the funding of the airboat rather of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre suggests, “the Metropolis of Marinette obtained $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”
Supervisor Ken Keller states, “there is a rationale why the town is searching for participation in the buying of the airboat.”
Immediately after a lengthy dialogue, the board voted, and it arrived in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor. The expected shipping date of the airboat is mid-January.