It didn’t take long for the four candidates vying for one seat on the Marshfield Board of Selectmen, last night in a WATD Political Forum, to hit the hot button issue of crumbling sea walls and how to pay for them.
Candidate Michael Bradley says the town needs to support the seawalls and pay, as it’s been doing, until a long-term fix becomes available. But, Bradley said that betterments are too divisive and are a bad idea. He believes a long-term fix is legislation being put forth by Rep Jim Cantwell which would create a public safety infrastructure revolving fund, which is styled after the Water Pollution Abatement Trust.
Cantwell’s bill would allow municipalities to access funds in the form of loans for the repair, reconstruction or maintenance of seawalls and other oceanfront public safety infrastructure.
Candidate Steve Robbins said he has been trying to look at both sides, but that he is against betterments. Candidate Steven Lynch also said that at town meeting, he’ll vote against betterments.
Candidate John Feeney said it’s a town infrastructure question, and town meeting will make that decision.
To hear the entire forum, log onto WATD Political Central, 959watd.com/political. Voters in Marshfield head to the polls on April 30th