Marshfield: Town pursues regionalization to combat seawall problems

Regionalization is in the near future for Marshfield, Scituate, and Hull. At their Wednesday night meeting, Chair of the Marshfield Seawall Committee Joe Rossi announced the okay from the two other town seawall committees to carry on with plans to form a regional coalition.

According to Rossi, they have a better chance receiving grant money to repair and replace seawalls if they were part of a region rather than a municipality. Rossi is also hoping that more South Shore towns will join the region, “We know right now Weymouth has some seawall issues, we think Hingham might, we talked to Duxbury and they do. So we just need to get this coalition started and have all the towns jump on board as we move forward.”

The trio will meet once every six months to exchange information. Marshfield, Scituate, and Hull’s first regional meeting is tentatively scheduled for the first week in February.

The Marshfield committee also discussed the progress of finding a grant writer. Due to deteriorating seawalls and an increasing threat to homeowners along the water, the town is seeking grant money.

Chair Joe Rossi explained that action must be taken to combat the danger of high tides, including raising houses, “As we go forward we want to incorporate raising houses as part of, and included with, fixing seawalls. So that we can be preventative while we’re fixing the immediate problems.”

The committee discussed hiring a possible grant writer candidate for $30 an hour. Rossi stated that the value of a grant writer is to actually find grants the town can apply for.

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