Marshfield: Citizens group rallies support for seawall proposal

A citizen group called The Marshfield Coastal Coalition met Wednesday night to prepare to support a town meeting article that appropriates funds to shore up some of the town’s seawalls.

Committee Chairman Joe Rossi said that the citizens group is out to support DPW Superintendent Thomas Reynolds upcoming annual town meeting article, to set aside about $5 million for seawalls.

“What he’s proposing is several projects ranging in scope and size, which I think has been determined, but really it comes down to almost $5 million worth of money, to go towards these coastal infrastructure seawall projects”.

Rossi also said that the committee is gathering signatures in a petition drive to support the seawalls article.

“We have a petition online that has about 300 signatures of people that support this article and we’re not even at town meeting yet. There are typically about 300 people in total that show up for a town meeting in Marshfield. So what we’re hopeful of is translating those petition signatures to people showing up at town meeting. If that’s the case, then we have a great shot of supporting seawalls at town meeting”.

The funding for the seawalls article would come from bonds from debt service that’s been paid off by the town.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.