Marshfield: Residents upset at DPW for withholding betterment numbers

Residents attending the Marshfield seawall committee Wednesday night are upset that the department of public works is holding back hard numbers on seawall betterment fees.

DPW sponsored town meeting articles call for betterment fees to be levied against homeowners that would benefit from seawall repair in Fieldston. The DPW said they’d issue hard betterment numbers for a few weeks now, but they haven’t and it looks like they won’t, right up until the night of town meeting.

Marshfield’s seawall committee is recommending against betterment fees and chair Joe Rossi admits there’s little the committee can do to get the information before town meeting.

Rossi said, “In terms of the numbers, they really have all the control and there’s nothing that I or anyone can do, in terms of forcing them to release numbers.”

Peter Toomey would be impacted by betterment fees and expressed his outrage at the DPW for holding back the betterment numbers.

“I feel as if this is Tammany Hall politics taking place here. It’s Boss Tweed, in the form of the DPW and the selectmen and they are smoking on their big, fat cigars and laughing at us,” said Toomey.

The advisory board has voted to support the seawall committee’s recommendations. Annual town meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 25th.

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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.