Hingham: Planning board dishes the “dirt” on high school athletic field project

The Hingham Planning Board had a discussion Monday night about proposed high school scoreboards and all the dirt regarding the construction of high school athletic fields.

The board held back a vote on the proposed high school baseball and softball scoreboards because they didn’t have the required quorum.

However, things got heated when board member Gary Tondorf – Dick questioned why the construction company working on the high school athletic field has been trucking loam from the field out of town, in violation of  town by-law.

Hingham resident John Hersey appeared before the board and brought up the dirt on the issue, both figuratively and literally.

“This here – (a bag of loam) I went and got this Sunday, when I noticed what was going on here – this is what I got right here – and I want to show it to you”.

“I believe ya – I believe ya – you don’t have to take it out”. What is it, all dirt?” questioned the planning board chair.

 “Do you have a problem with that getting on something?” asked Hersey.

“Just open the bag – open the bag! I thought you were going to put it on the table,” replied the chairman.

“No, I’m not going to put it on the table! No! I want people to see what you got here!”

Planning board member Gary Tondorf – Dick argued that the construction company led the town to believe it would truck the loam to the Hingham DPW, but Hersey says he witnessed it being trucked from the high school athletic field, over to Rockland instead.

“This stuff was put in the truck and taken to Rockland, to South Shore Landscaping. That’s where it ended up. We have a problem here. The bottom line is – this is what I’m asking for – I’m asking for this here to come back to Hingham with no charge – no charge – brought back. All this stuff here. This stuff is gold. I’ll touch it! I’m not afraid to touch it! This stuff is gold right here!”


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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.