Marshfield: Design plans of new fire station to immediately begin; town meeting approves seawall study

Fire Chief Kevin Robinson has fought to repair the crumbling Massasoit Ave station since 2004 and Marshfield voters finally agreed Monday night at town meeting and approved a $100,000 design project to replace the fire station.

However, Marshfield resident Bob Parkis questioned the Facilities Director about the financial direction of the project after bid documents are produced and why $100,000 can’t fix the current station, “I suspect, strongly, that you don’t have a thorough written report with bids on what it would cost to make those repairs, am I right? ‘Yes, you are correct’. Alright, therefore, this is very premature.”

Chief Robinson has estimated reconstruction as high as $3.9 million. The Ocean Bluff fire station proposal was approved as a special town meeting article, with plans to immediately begin the design and present the total cost to Marshfield voters in the fall.

Also, the DPW originally requested $6.8 million for a three-part seawall project but voters were only asked to approve $500,000 at town meeting.

According to the DPW, Hewitt’s Point, Bay Avenue, and Rexhame will be put on hold until next year. Instead a fraction of the permitted half a million dollars will fund a feasibility study.

Marshfield Engineer Rod Procaccino explained the study will also be funded by the Army Corps, who will help carry out the results of the coastal protection study, “When we move towards construction, if we decide to move ahead, it’s a 65%-federal 35%-town split on construction.”

The study will review protection alternatives like beach nourishment.

Marshfield’s annual town meeting continues Tuesday at 7 PM in the high school gym.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.