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

Previous month the Marinette County Board of supervisors accepted contributing $43,900 to the Town of Marinette to the purchase of a new 24 ft lookup and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be able to use the airboat. Having said that, 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 City of Marinette for purchase of the Airboat. Because the Metropolis of Marinette has not long ago allocated $500 for each staff for COVID-19 vaccinations employing ARPA funds when they could have utilized their ARPA cash to the funding of the airboat instead of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre claims, “the City of Marinette acquired $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”

Supervisor Ken Keller suggests, “there is a motive why the city is looking for participation in the paying for of the airboat.”

Immediately after a lengthy discussion, the board voted, and it arrived in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor.  The anticipated delivery date of the airboat is mid-January.