Marshfield: Town meeting wraps up and voters give the ‘okay’ to $1 million fields and Pilgrim Plant letter

Town meeting articles asking for community support to postpone relicensing the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant for another twenty years have been approved by voters in Scituate, Duxbury–and now Marshfield.

Tuesday night during Marshfield’s second and final night of town meeting, residents agreed to send a formal town letter supporting safety measures in order to avoid another Japan-like tragedy in Plymouth.

However, resident James Creed, a former Pilgrim Plant employee, called for a standing vote to ensure the letter wouldn’t be a reflection of all Marshfield residents,  “If the clerk if going to send a letter or text to the National Regulatory Association, that they have to list on there the number of registered voters in the Town of Marshfield, how many voters are in this hall at this time, and how the vote turned out.”

88% of the 270 Marshfield voters at town meeting approved the article.

Also in an overwhelming majority, five multi-purpose fields off of Rockwood Road, near the new Boys and Girls Club, were approved by voters.

But resident Donald Hayes questioned why cutting down 16 acres of trees for athletic fields would be eligible for $985,000 of Marshfield’s Community Preservation Act funds, “Ironically, it was supposed to be to preserve and we’re using it to destroy. So even though I’m in favor of fields, using the money this way I’m against.

According to the Marshfield Fields Committee, the project falls under one of the CPA’s four designated categories: recreation.

$320,000 is expected to be donated in kind by residents to fill the gap for the $1.3 million total cost. The Fields Committee stated they plan to install security equipment and other features in a future phase of the recreation project.

Marshfield’s town election is Saturday at the Furnace Brook Middle School. Polls open at 9AM.

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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.