Marshfield: Construction of new high school is underway but taxpayers could be hit with unexpected costs

The doors of a new state of the art school are expected to open in the fall of 2014 but until then, Matt Clancy, the Marshfield Building Commissioner, is asking taxpayers to fund a part-time inspector position.

As part of construction control, Clancy believes a building inspector is needed on-site at the location of the new high school about 20-hours a week, and a utilities inspector is needed on-site about 10-hours a week but he says he needs another employee to help the department take on the job.

Monday night, Marshfield Selectmen questioned Clancy about the need for double inspections, since engineers are routinely on-site. However Town Administrator Rocco Longo spoke in favor saying it’s a public safety issue.

“I’ve never seen a project go so smoothly that everything was perfect. Nobody’s perfect. I think you’re adding another level of compliance, another significant level that’s really important and we don’t want to have problems seven years from now,” said Longo

During the Selectmen’s meeting, Clancy proposed an annual salary of $55,000 for the part-time position but Longo suggested funding only $20,000 over a 7-month period. Selectmen agreed with Longo and voted to fund the position at $20,000.

“We are going into the winter so I think that’ll probably be enough unless we have a winter like last year where it was very mild. It could possibly be a problem but at least it’s a start,” said Clancy

However, the position isn’t set in stone. Marshfield voters will get the last say at Special Town Meeting.

Marshfield’s  Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 22nd at 7PM at Furnace Brook Middle School.

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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.