Marshfield selectmen met Monday night and unanimously voted to hire consultants to launch a study and appeal of the new Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps and flood insurance increases.
The town administrator submitted the proposals to selectmen to hire two environmental engineering firms – The Ransom Group of Portland Maine, at a cost of $7,000 and a larger study by the Woods Hole Group at $25,000, to work together in conjunction to mount an appeal of the new FEMA flood maps and drastic flood insurance increases.
Town Administrator Rocco Longo said, “This recommendation came from everybody on the flood insurance team – it was unanimous. It was not easy because of the complexity of the issue, but we think that with these two groups, who have great experience working with FEMA, that we would be giving the public the best fight we can give them, when it comes to the process of appealing. They’re highly expert in their fields.”
The contracts will stipulate that the work be completed by the October 17 deadline set by FEMA.
The total cost to hire the two firms – $32,000 – will be paid for through the town’s reserve fund.