Seaside homeowners may get the privilege of living on the beach in the summer, however they can get hit with the harshest weather conditions in the winter. High flood waters have become a normal occurrence for the town of Scituate during blizzards and storms.
During the planning board meeting Thursday night, Town Planner Laura Harbottle announced to the board that Scituate will be holding drainage workshops for residents and town officials to attend. “Scituate always has drainage problems and it probably always is going to have drainage problems, so this would be something to provide the board with some additional information besides what they already have about basic principles about how drainage works and how storm management works.”
According to Harbottle, three consulting engineer firms agreed to conduct the presentations with no charge to the town. The first workshop in Scituate is tentatively scheduled for January.
The planning board also reviewed the progress of editing the town’s Master Plan to fit current needs. The plan has not been updated for seven years since it was last voted on at town meeting in 2004. Harbottle explained that the lengthy document details Scituate’s vision for the town’s future. “The Master Plan gives an overall direction for physical development of the town. So if the people in town decide that they want different infrastructure or they want sewer or water or drainage in different locations, those are all things that could be covered by a Master Plan.”
Currently, the five board members are finalizing the document by prioritizing needs dealing with Scituate’s housing, open space, transportation, infrastructure, and so on. The board does not believe they will reach their original deadline of December 31st but rather they plan on having a group discussion and vote on town priorities described in the Master Plan draft at their February meeting.