Very last month the Marinette County Board of supervisors authorized contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette toward the order of a new 24 ft look for and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be ready to use the airboat. However, at yesterday’s County Board assembly a movement was introduced forth by Supervisor Allen to reconsider motion taken by the County board to transfer the $43,900 to the Metropolis of Marinette for buy of the Airboat. Considering the fact that the Town of Marinette has recently allotted $500 per worker for COVID-19 vaccinations using ARPA funds when they could have made use of their ARPA money to the funding of the airboat alternatively of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre suggests, “the City of Marinette obtained $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”

Supervisor Ken Keller suggests, “there is a purpose why the city is seeking for participation in the getting of the airboat.”

Soon after a lengthy dialogue, the board voted, and it came in at 14 in favor of the airboat to 13 not in favor.  The envisioned delivery date of the airboat is mid-January.