Marshfield: Special Town Meeting votes on Bridgewaye zoning, Assistant Facilities Manager position

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About 250 people turned out at the Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield Monday night, for fall special town meeting.

They voted to approve a zoning article that allows a split residential and business zoned lot at the Bridgewaye Restaurant at 20 Sea Street, to be completely business zoned.

The restaurant owners want to create 18 parking spaces to alleviate congestion there.

However, abutting neighbor Ed Ocain spoke out for himself and his fellow neighbors, who are against the move.

“In October at the planning board meeting I submitted a signed petition of 41 residents within 100 yards of this lot in question, all in opposition to rezoning this lot,” Ocain explained.

The change still needs to be approved by the zoning board.

Town meeting also voted in favor of another contentious issue, the allocation of $65,000 from free cash to hire what amounts to new, full- time assistant to the town facilities manager.

Resident Bob Parkis was visibly upset that the proposal was lumped in with four other items under one article and voted in one package, under the direction of Town Moderator Jim Fitzgerald.

“I believe it needs to be taken individually because that is what town meeting thought was going to happen! This is outrageous for you to run it into one package, without our knowledge!” Parkis shouted.

“I don’t think that’s the case at all. I’m going for a vote!” exclaimed Fitzgerald.

Full disclosure – Bob Parkis is an employee of WATD, but does not work in the newsroom.

Town meeting got through all the articles on the warrant.

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.