July 16, 2024

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

Last month the Marinette County Board of supervisors approved contributing $43,900 to the Town of Marinette to the purchase of a new 24 ft look for and rescue airboat with the caveat that the county be able to use the airboat. Nevertheless, at yesterday’s County Board assembly a movement was introduced forth by Supervisor Allen to rethink 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 recently allocated $500 for every worker for COVID-19 vaccinations using ARPA cash when they could have utilised their ARPA resources toward the funding of the airboat rather of asking the County for funding. County Administrator John Lefebvre says, “the City of Marinette got $1.1 million in ARPA funding.”


Supervisor Ken Keller states, “there is a explanation why the town is on the lookout for participation in the obtaining 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 delivery date of the airboat is mid-January.