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

Rebecca R. Ammons

Last month the Marinette County Board of supervisors approved contributing $43,900 to the City of Marinette to the order of a new 24 ft look for and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be ready to use the airboat. On the other hand, 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 Town of Marinette for purchase of the Airboat. Because the City of Marinette has not long ago allotted $500 per worker for COVID-19 vaccinations utilizing ARPA resources when they could have made use of their ARPA resources to the funding of the airboat as a substitute of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre suggests, “the Town of Marinette received $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”


Supervisor Ken Keller suggests, “there is a purpose why the town is wanting for participation in the purchasing of the airboat.”

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

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