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

Nellie R. Ortiz

Very last month the Marinette County Board of supervisors authorised contributing $43,900 to the Town of Marinette to the acquire of a new 24 ft lookup and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be equipped to use the airboat. However, 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 purchase of the Airboat. Because the Town of Marinette has just lately allotted $500 for each personnel for COVID-19 vaccinations making use of ARPA funds when they could have applied their ARPA cash in direction of the funding of the airboat rather of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre states, “the City of Marinette received $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”

Supervisor Ken Keller suggests, “there is a cause why the town is seeking for participation in the obtaining of the airboat.”

Just after a lengthy discussion, the board voted, and it came in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor.  The anticipated shipping day of the airboat is mid-January.

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