Tuesday night during the Hingham Board of Selectmen’s meeting, a public hearing was held in regard to National Grid installing gas mains on Fairview Street and Linscott Road. Selectmen must approve the project usually before work begins, however due to low pressure, National Grid began working on Fairview Street before getting signed off.
Hingham residents on Fairview Street spoke up during the hearing about their displeasure with National Grid failing to communicate with homeowners about the project.
Nicole Myrtle was unhappy with the delayed notice and how the company treated her property, “It wasn’t until they came back again to repave the trench work, which was a huge divot in the road, that we had to go outside again and say ‘Please remove this 10 by 10 metal crate from our front lawn, our grass is now going to be dead.’ My husband pleaded with the person to move the metal crate, it was not removed and the person said ‘This isn’t our responsibility.’”
Selectmen Bruce Rabuffo was unhappy with National Grid beginning a project without confronting the board first, “I don’t like having citizens upset over the fact that somebody said something happened then it didn’t happen. That makes us look like a rubber stamp, and as you know I am not a rubber stamp. So I would suggest Mr. Chairman that we table these approvals until these folks are satisfied with the explanation.”
Hingham selectmen approved the Linscott Road installation in fear of jeopardizing public safety due to possible gas leaks, however they postponed their vote about the finalized Fairview project. Selectmen are asking for a community relations advisor from National Grid to attend their next meeting on December 13th to give residents an opportunity to get their questions and concerns answered.