Marshfield Selectmen support to lobby funding to dredge Bass Creek

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Marshfield Selectmen have agreed to write a letter of support to lobby for $400,000 in mitigation funds from various government agencies to dredge the creek, as part of the Marshfield Airport Safety Improvement project.

Airport Operations Manager Anne Pollard appeared before the Board of Selectmen Monday night, to ask for their support.

Pollard said that dredging the creek should reduce the flooding in Marshfield’s Fieldston and Rexhame neighborhoods.

“We saw an opportunity to incorporate a project that had a higher value to many folks in a number of areas of town, especially the Fieldston and Rexhame area, where they have significant drainage issues. The Airport Commission’s feeling is that if we have 97.5% of these mitigation funds coming from F.A.A. and Mass. D.O.T. Aeronautics, we would much rather see those funds put towards a project that’s really important to the town,” said Pollard.

Marshfield town meeting has already authorized $200,000 for the mitigation.

The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted in favor of supporting the project.

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.