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2007 - 2001 SB/OB Petition News & Updates

Ocean Bluff Residents and Property Owner complaints about hazardous construction debris, dumped and buried on Sunrise Beach and Ocean Bluff Beach, were DISMISSED and IGNORED until the 2006 petition.

Below is the account of the Sunrise Beach/Ocean Bluff (SB/OB) Beach Battle to enforce The Town of Marshfield Public Seawall Contracts and rid the beaches of construction debris. In addition, countless hours of phone calls and emails to the DPW, BPW, Conservation Commissioner, Town Administrator, BOS, EPA and MCZM were also required. Although debris remained on the beach: in November 2006, the Marshfield MA Board of Public Works CLOSED the contract and paid the contractors in FULL. 

To date: minor efforts have been made by the Marshfield BPW and DPW Adminstrator to correct their lack of oversight and remove the concrete and rebar materials that continue to be uncovered with each and every tide. Since the seawall contracts were not enforced, now expired, the Town is unfortunately left with 2 beaches littered with construction debris (materials that were paid to be removed). Ocean Bluff inhabitants are now left on their own to continue seeking solutions to clean-up the hazardous debris.

"Lessons Learned"... May the Sunrise Beach fiasco never happen again. We hope the information and facts contained in this web site provide assistance to our neighbors in Fieldston, Brant Rock and Green Harbor. 

- 2007 -

October 29, 2007
Board of Selectmen Meeting

6:30 PM Selectmen's Hearing Room
Action Items: Appointments to Marshfield Seawall Committee
Meeting Agenda

September 2007 - The Marshfield Seawall Committee
The Marshfield MA Board of Selectmen seek volunteers to serve on the new Marshfield Seawall Committee. The work the committee does to develop an action plan could result in funding for the town’s seawalls. Marshfield residents are encouraged to submit a written letter to the selectmen. 
• Step Right Up For Seawall Committee.  Marshfield Mariner, by Kathryn Koch

Saturday, September 15, 2007 - Take a Day to Leave a Legacy! 
Comb The Beach For MA CoastSweep & ICC.
This years Massachusetts CoastSweep marks the State's 20th annual state-wide coastal cleanup sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). This years global ICC will remove millions of pounds of trash and debris polluting our shorelines and inland waterways, from beaches, rivers, lakes and streams too. With over 1,500 miles of MA shoreline to clean, we need your help! Registration not required, YOU can be part of the Global Solution To Pollution by cleaning up any Marshfield beach near you. 
• Massachusetts CoastSweep 
• Ocean Conservancy - International Coastal Cleanup

July 30, 2007- Marshfield Seawall Committee
Marshfield MA Board of Selectmen Meeting
The Marshfield MA Board of Selectmen met at 7:30 PM. The discussion included: appointments to the Marshfield Seawall Committee.

July 24, 2007 - Beach Access Ramp Handrail Installed!
Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff, Marshfield MA 02065
The handrail, scheduled for Spring 2007, was installed along the Brook Street beach access ramp that provides access to the public beaches of Sunrise Beach and Ocean Bluff Beach. Many Thanks to the Marshfield Highway Department for installing this public handrail.
Local residents are still left wondering "If and When" the Spring 2007 Beach Ramp improvements, as promised by The Marshfield DPW, will be fulfilled.

May 21, 2007 - BPW Meeting
Marshfield MA Board of Public Works Meeting
The Marshfield MA Board of Public Works met at 6:00 PM. Action items included discussion and progress of "The Marshfield Seawall Committee". Reults of meeting are not known: The BPW Chairman Bob Shaughnessy and DPW Superintendant R. Jeb Deloach have not responded to our requests for public information.
- NOTE: see June 7, 2006 update. "When it comes to repairing Marshfield’s seawalls, it’s best not to wait". That was the message put forth by Selectmen and the Board of Public Works’ recommendation to form a seawall committee last year.

May 17, 2007 - FEMA, MEMA, & Governor Announces Disaster Assistance
April 2007 Nor'Easter - Federal Relief Funds
Eight MA counties (including Plymouth County / Marshfield) were made eligible for funding to repair roads, seawalls and bridges. Reimbursement to these communities with a 75 percent federal share of the costs for the repair, restoration and/or reconstruction of public facilities and infrastructure, as well as flood-related overtime costs for first responders. For more information visit the following links:
• Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 
• FEMA

May 15, 2007 - CZM Report Released
Town of Marshfield MA

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MCZM) released two copies of the final reports for the "South Shore Coastal Hazards Infrastructure Project" to The Town of Marshfield. The purpose of this project, surveyed during Summer-Fall 2006, is to inventory, assess the condition of, and begin to prioritize maintenance and repair requirements for coastal hazards protection structures owned by the Commonwealth, maintained by the Commonwealth, and/or otherwise the responsibility of the Commonwealth. The facts contained within this report will assist The Marshfield Seawall Committee with attaining State and Federal seawall infrastructure grants and funds. 
• MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
• Marshfield Coastal Survey

MARSHFIELD'S ANNUAL RID LITTER EVENT
May 5th & 6th 2007
Many Thanks to all of the "community minded citizens, neighbors and friends" who participated in this year's Rid Litter cleanup on Sunrise Beach and Ocean Bluff Beach. Rid Litter Day results: glass beer bottles, lobster cage material, buoys, lines, misc trash were removed from the beaches. We were not able to remove the remaining rebar that is embedded in concrete or buried & protruding from the sand.
Additional THANKS to The Marshfield Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this annual town wide cleanup event.
• The Marshfield Chamber of Commerce.

May 4, 2007 - Beach Access Ramp OPEN!
Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff, Marshfield MA 02065
The Brook Street beach access ramp leading to Sunrise Beach and Ocean Bluff Beach is now open. Many Thanks to the Marshfield Highway Department for removing the concrete barriers and wood seawall gate.

February 2007 - Marshfield Person of the Week
The Marshfield MA Board of Selectmen have honored and acknowledged Cindy Castro, Marshfield Beach Supervisor, as Person of the Week. "Cindy Castro, in recognition of her tireless efforts to restore and protect Marshfield's public beaches."
• Town of Marshfield - Person of the Week 

January 15 - 19, 2007 - Sunrise Beach Report
Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff, Marshfield MA 02065
The Brook Street beach access ramp was slightly improved with pouring of additional concrete. This Spring (before Memorial Day) when the gate and barriers are removed, both ambulances and residents will have safer access to the public beaches of Sunrise Beach and Ocean Bluff.
    Many Thanks to Cindy Castro and Rod Procaccino! Without their assistance and tireless efforts, this ramp would not have been improved

- 2006 -

November 29, 2006 - Sunrise Beach Report
Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff, Marshfield MA 02065
Vine Associates and S.M. Lynch Corp once again returned to Sunrise Beach to remove seawall construction debris that they dumped and buried during the 2005 Seawall Reconstruction Project Contract. In order for the construction vehicles to safely reach the beach, a sand ramp had to be created over the Brook Street beach access ramp. The new DPW "6 inch rule" was followed. Only concrete debris 6 inches or larger was removed from the beach.
Although the 2005 Seawall contract clearly calls for removal of all construction debris, Marshfield MA Board of Public Works Chairman, Bob Shaughnessy stated during the Nov 27 BPW meeting that this is the final clean-up effort and the contract will be closed.
 Concrete, filter fabric, and seawall construction debris remains on Sunrise Beach.

November 29, 2006 - Marshfield Mariner
Beach cleanup leaves residents dissatisfied
By Kathryn Koch/ kkoch@cnc.com

While acknowledging that there have been mistakes, Department of Public Works officials say they don’t have the money to clean up Sunrise Beach to the extent that neighbors would like.
    Residents upset about pieces of construction material left behind on the beach by S.M. Lynch Corp., a contractor working on a seawall project, do not believe the DPW has done enough to answer their petition from the spring and make sure the beach is free of debris, and two residents who led the petition drive left Monday night’s Board of Public Works meeting frustrated.
Residents said the DPW officials have had plenty of time to properly clean up the beach.
"They’ve been aware of it since the springtime," she said. "They’ve had all summer."
    Board of Public Works member Bob Shaughnessy said the work was not properly inspected, but as long as he’s on the board, he will make sure that similar mistakes in oversight are not made.
    "We learn from our mistakes," he said.
    Resident Eileen Penella, however, said the DPW didn’t learn when there was lack of oversight on a prior seawall project.
     "But this is the second time it’s happened," she said. "You keep making mistakes." 
    Penella and Ahola argued that safety is still an issue, but DPW superintendent Jeb DeLoach said other projects take priority, particularly work on the seawalls in Brant Rock and at Hewitt’s Point. Marshfield recently received $360,500 for seawall repairs with help from state Rep. Frank Hynes, D-Marshfield, and state Sen. Robert Hedlund, R-Weymouth.
    Town Engineer Rod Procaccino said efforts have been made to remove the construction debris from Sunrise Beach, but there are sure to be pieces that were missed that will turn up because of the ocean’s tides. He said he believes the big pieces have been removed, and that it would not be viable for the town to pick up pieces less than six inches long.
    Penella said she understands what the tides can do, but took issue with the six-inch rule. She said all debris could be dangerous to beach-goers.
    DPW officials repeatedly cited budget constraints as a roadblock to more work on the beaches. Shaughnessy said more work would be done as money becomes available. The Board of Public Works has submitted a capital budget request for $1 million for seawalls, Shaughnessy said, but he cannot say if or when money will become available.
    Residents are also concerned that the town hired Vine Associates of Hingham to engineer the Brant Rock and Hewitt’s Point seawall projects because it’s the same company that supervised Lynch’s work on the Sunrise Beach seawall repairs and their opinion failed to properly supervise.

November 28, 2006
7 or 7:30 PM - Cable Channel 15
The Nov 27 BPW meeting that included discussion of "Status of Sunrise Beach cleanup and ramp issue access" will be aired on local cable access channel 15.

November 27, 2006 - BPW Meeting
Marshfield MA Board of Public Works Meeting

The Marshfield MA Board of Public Works met at 7:15 PM. The discussion included the Brook Street beach ramp issues and if private contractors SM Lynch Corp and Vine Associates Inc will remove the remaining seawall construction debris that they dumped and buried on Sunrise Beach during the 2005 Seawall Reconstruction Project Contract.
Reults of Meeting:
     • Beach Cleanup Status - Roderic Procaccino, Town Engineer, identified seawall construction debris including: steel, cable, concrete and black filter fabric found on Sunrise Beach. SM Lynch might return to remove concrete debris "6 inches" and larger. Smaller concrete pieces will be left on beach.
     • Ramp Status - Jeb Deloach, DPW Superintendent, stated that the Brook Street beach access ramp is "Not a priority. Ramp permits are not a priority." and there is no construction timeline or deadline for the progress of the new ramp plans that were announced on October 2, 2006.
    More meetings to follow...

November 21, 2006 - The Patriot Ledger
Residents fret about oversight of sea-wall job;
Officials say repeat hiring of Hingham company is no reason for concern
By John Zaremba / jzaremba@ledger.com

Marshfield public works officials are promising effective oversight of upcoming repairs to the Brant Rock sea wall, but some residents wonder why the town picked the same company they say did a poor job supervising similar work in the past.
    The public works board has chosen Vine Associates of Hingham to oversee the contractors who will fix portions of the crumbling wall. The company will also do engineering work for the project.
    Vine Associates was in charge of seaside projects in Ocean Bluff and at Sunrise Beach between 2002 and 2005. Residents in those neighborhoods complained that construction crews left behind chunks of concrete, rebar and other debris.
    ‘‘These guys have done it over and over and over again,’’ Foster Avenue resident said. ‘‘We’re just worried about what’s going to happen.’’
    Public Works Superintendent Jeb DeLoach said Vine was chosen for its engineering capabilities. The previous work did not receive proper oversight because the town cut spending, he said.
    ‘‘The issue with the oversight was not really their fault,’’ DeLoach said. ‘‘It was our fault. Lesson learned for us is: don’t cut back.’’
    Vine was chosen for the Brant Rock project last week. The contract has not been finalized, but the company will be paid about $50,000, DeLoach said.
    The engineering work is the first step toward doing badly needed sea-wall work at Brant Rock and Hewitt’s Point.
    Money from the state will help pay for the two projects - $245,000 for the Hewitt’s Point work and $115,000 for the Brant Rock work. The grant, announced last week, requires that the town match the state contribution, and the money can be spent only on construction.
    The state allocated a total of $5 million for urgently needed repairs to seaside structures across the state.
    Under the terms of the grant, work must be completed by July 2007. DeLoach said he hopes the contract with Vine Associates will be signed next week and that work will begin immediately afterward.
Copyright 2006 The Patriot Ledger. Transmitted Tuesday, November 21, 2006

November 13, 2006 - BPW Meeting
Marshfield MA Board of Public Works Meeting
The Marshfield MA Board of Public Works "awarded and approved" a contract with Vine Associates for the Brant Rock and Hewitts Point seawall projects.
    This contract was approved even though Vine Associates engineers are responsible for 3 recent Marshfield seawall contracts that resulted in tons of seawall reconstruction debris dumped and buried on Ocean Bluff and Sunrise Beach from 2002-2005.

October 31, 2006 * * DPW Meeting CANCELED ! * * 
Marshfield MA Department of Public Works Meeting
Meeting was to discuss if private contractors SM Lynch Corp and Vine Associates Inc will remove the remaining seawall construction debris that they dumped and buried on Sunrise Beach during the 2005 Seawall Reconstruction Project Contract.

October 4, 2006 - Beach Access Ramp CLOSED!
Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff, Marshfield MA 02065
9:00 AM - The Brook Street beach access ramp leading to Sunrise Beach and Ocean Bluff Beach is now closed. Entrance to this ramp was closed early with a wooden gate and blocked by concrete barriers. 38 hours before ramp closure, local beach residents asked the Board of Public Works questions regarding the ramp reconstruction and if it meets the 2005 contract specifications . 
    A Marshfield MA Town Engineer stated that early closure of this ramp was necessary due to safety concerns that beach residents made during the Monday BPW meeting. Beach residents find this early ramp closure to be a spiteful act. The DPW has been aware of beach and ramp safety issues since before the June 23, 2006 Beach Petition.

October 4, 2006 - Marshfield Mariner
Ocean Bluff residents make waves...
By Kathryn Koch/ kkoch@cnc.com
Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Ocean Bluff residents are still worried about the rebar in the concrete on Sunrise Beach, but plans for changes to a ramp to the beach aren't going over too well, either.
    A group of residents who petitioned the Department of Public Works to take action after they found pieces of construction material left on the beach by a contractor hired to make seawall repairs joined other residents at Monday night's Board of Public Works meeting to scrutinize the plans for the Brook Street ramp.
    One of a group of residents who petitioned the DPW in June to clean the debris left behind on the beach by seawall contractor Lynch Construction of Weymouth in 2005, said she doesn't know what to believe if it comes from a DPW official. "They change their story like the tides."

October 2, 2006 - Marshfield BPW Meeting
Marshfield MA Board of Public Works Meeting
The Marshfield MA Board of Public Works met at 7:15 PM. The discussion included removal of seawall construction debris from Sunrise Beach and announced "new" plans for the Brook Street beach access ramp.
Reults of Meeting:
• Ramp reconstruction that started in June 2005 "might" be completed in Spring 2007 "if" new Conservation Commission permits are granted.
    (NOTE: DPW was aware of ramp issues before June 2006 Petition; no ramp work progressed, resulting in expiration of permits.) 
• Jeb Deloach now declares the Brook St beach access ramp for "heavy equipment access only".
    (NOTE: June 2006 - 2 DPW town engineers that supervised the seawall project stated this ramp was for "emergency access".) 
• Beach residents and property owners questioned the 2005 Contract and Site Design Plans for the Brook St beach access ramp vs the Ocean St beach access ramp.
    (NOTE: Although both contracts contain the same language and same ramp site plan, each ramp was constructed different.) See photos submitted to BPW ... Beach Access Ramps 
• DPW announced they will "police" the beach for additional seawall construction debris: further removal of debris to be discussed at Oct 31, 2006 meeting.
    (NOTE: August 22 & 23, 2006 - Jeb Deloach and Bob Shaughnessy stated that S.M. Lynch Corp will return in October 2006 to remove the remaining debris.) 
DPW & BPW Previous Public Statements Were Changed During This Meeting... 
More meetings to follow.

August 28, 2006 * * BPW Meeting CANCELED ! * *
Marshfield MA Board of Public Works Meeting
Both Jeb Deloach and Bob Shaughnessy stated that the topic of improving beach access via the Brook / Foster Ave access ramp would be discussed during this meeting. Meeting was canceled without notice to Petition members.
• Results, agenda and minutes of August 21 & 28, 2006 meetings have not yet been made available to the public.

August 22 & 23, 2006 - Sunrise Beach Report:
Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff, Marshfield MA 02065
S.M. Lynch Corp digs 2 feet down in cofferdam area and removes 2 tractor trailor truck loads of concrete and rebar materials from Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff. DPW Superintendent - R. Jeb Deloach and Board of Public Works Chairman - Bob Shaughnessy state that S.M. Lynch Corp will return in October 2006 to remove the remaining debris.

Beach Meeting Suddenly CANCELED !
Friday August 11, 2006 at 5:23PM: notification that the Monday August 14, 2006 9:30AM Sunrise Beach Meeting is cancelled. 
The reason given for this last minute cancellation: "Jeb Deloach, Rod Procaccino and The Board of Public Works refuses to meet with the residents."

August 14, 2006 * * Meeting is CANCELED ! * *
Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff, Marshfield MA 02065
9:30 AM Public Beach Meeting to be held at Brook/Foster Ave beach ramp.
Jeb Deloach (DPW Superintendent), Jay Wennemer (Conservation Agent), John Clifford (Town Administrator), S.M. Lynch Corp (representative), Board of Public Works (representative not yet confirmed), Selectman Patricia Epstein, and Selectman Michael Maresco will be present to answer questions regarding the Town of Marshfield MA approval to dump private contractor seawall construction debris on Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff. 
The Town of Marshfield MA has a signed contract with 2005 seawall contractor: S.M. Lynch Corp and engineer: Vine Associates Inc specifically stating: "removal of seawall debris and construction materials". 
Monday is a Public meeting. You are Welcome to attend and ask questions regarding who/how this project was supervised by each Marshfield Town Department. This may be the last chance to publicly ask Marshfield Town Officials questions regarding this issue and tax dollars spent on unsupervised seawall re-construction projects.
We, the Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff Beach Petition members, strongly urge every Marshfield MA resident and registered voter to attend this public beach meeting. We hope that the results of this meeting will rid Sunrise Beach of 2005 seawall construction debris AND will influence the Town of Marshfield MA to STOP future seawall re-construction littering of Marshfield public beaches.

July 21, 2006 - Sunrise Beach Report:
Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff, Marshfield MA 02065
Neighbors watch seawall contractor S.M. Lynch Corp remove 1 truck load of construction debris: including concrete and rebar materials from Sunrise Beach. Large construction boulders (revetment) and other seawall debris is relocated to low tide area of beach. This debris (leftover materials from the 2005 seawall construction) was dumped in the middle of an area containing tidal pools that are swarming with children looking for: starfish, clams, crabs, flounder and other sea life at low tide.
See photos... 

    Instead of removing the remaining revetment construction boulders (as written in the seawall contract) Marshfield Conservation Agent Jay Wennemer directed the DPW and Lynch Corp to relocate the material to the low tide area of Sunrise Beach. Jay Wennemer's intervention was given via a phone call to Marshfield DPW town engineer Charlie Swanson, while Jay was on a 3 week sick leave with no on-site inspection of the beach since last Winter. Jay stated "When these materials, consisting of natural rock, were placed on the beach, they instantly became part of the beach and could not be removed. It is MA DEP law." Jay went on to state, the only possible way these boulders could be removed from the beach, is if residents could "identify each individual rock and prove that it was construction material trucked in by Lynch Corp." 
    Even though there are Sunrise Beach resident eyewitness accounts, Jay stated "No revetment materials were trucked into the seawall construction site by Lynch". He declined the offer to review the photos in this web site.
    Only 1 project engineer from Vine Associates Inc was onsite to supervise Lynch Corp. Although Marshfield DPW, Town Engineers, and the Conservation Commission were aware of these activities, the project was not overseen by any town official.
• Concrete and rebar still protrudes from Sunrise Beach.

July 19, 2006 - Marshfield Mariner:
Town cements plans for beach cleanup
By Ryan Bray/ rbray@cnc.com
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - Updated: 10:39 AM EST

Two construction firms will work to clean up stretches of Sunrise Beach near Foster Avenue and Brook Street starting today to remove concrete and debris left on the beach from past seawall reparation efforts.
Selectmen Chairman Michael Maresco met with DPW Superintendent Jeb DeLoach and Public Works Board member Bob Shaughnessy Thursday morning, to walk the beach and assess what needed to be done to spruce up the area.
Maresco said Selectmen received a letter of complaint from a resident in the area at their July 10 meeting regarding leftover pieces of concrete littering the beach, many of which contained pieces of rehabilitation bar (rebar) protruding out from the edges which could be a safety hazard. Maresco said residents living along the beach have gone as far as to tag and label the largest pieces with yellow ribbons to have them removed. 
"It (concrete and rebar) poses a serious threat to anyone swimming or walking the beach at low tide," Maresco said. 
DeLoach said the concrete on the beach is left over from seawall repair efforts dating back to 2002. Last year, he said, a cofferdam, an enclosed structure that helps keep water from interfering in areas of construction, was constructed in front of seawalls in the area to keep water away from the walls. DeLoach said much of the debris and rebar on the beach came from constructing the dam. 
Northern Construction and Lynch Corporation, the two construction firms involved in the seawall repairs in the area, will begin cleanup today and will work in the area throughout the week, DeLoach said. He said much of the work will involve eliminating the excess rebar from the concrete pieces on the beach. 
The cleanup efforts will come at no cost to the town, as $45,000 in funds leftover from the town’s existing contract with the two firms will pay for the costs, DeLoach said. 
"I think this has shown us that in the future, we ought to do a better job of cleaning up and maintaining the seawalls and the dams," DeLoach said. 
While Maresco suggested looking into revising the contracts to include a provision that would penalize contractors for not properly maintaining their construction areas, DeLoach said such a provision already exists and that it’s simply a matter of enforcing punishments. Maresco said in the end, he’s glad to see swift resolution to the issue. 
"I commend them," Maresco said of the contractors. "They agreed to take swift action to right the situation."

July 14, 2006 - Marshfield Reporter:
A beach emergency
By Kathryn Koch, MPG Newspapers
MARSHFIELD - Seawall debris left behind on Sunrise Beach has neighbors concerned about potential injury.

July 10, 2006 - Marshfield MA Board Of Selectmen Agenda
7:30 P.M. Meeting Of July 10, 2006 - Board Discussions
1) Seawall debris on the beaches.

June 23, 2006
The Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff Beach Petition accompanied by 2 samples of concrete and rebar, cover letter, 4 photo pages and 179 signatures was submitted to:
Town of Marshfield MA Administrator: John Clifford
Town of Marshfield MA Selectmen: Michael A. Maresco, Patricia M. Epstein, Katharine N. O'Donnell

June 14, 2006
Request for copy of 2005 Seawall Reconstruction Contract DENIED.
Petition members called the Marshfield DPW and town engineer Charlie Swanson stated "contract was not public information". Upon informing him that the Marshfield Town Clerk stated this seawall contract was indeed public information, Charlie changed his statement:
“not available due to The Patriot Act and Homeland Security”.
He went on to state “If the contract is available" it could be purchased for an undecleared price.
• The contract and site plan drawings were eventually aquired on August 4, 2006.
• The Patriot Act and Homeland Security were NOT involved with this public information!
• After August 4, 2006 public meetings were suddenly cancelled at last moment.
• After August 4, 2006 the BPW and DPW altered their previous statements.

June 7, 2006 - The Marshfield Mariner
Shoring Up The Seawalls.
By Ryan Bray, Wednesday, June 7, 2006 
When it comes to repairing Marshfield’s seawalls, it’s best not to wait. That was the message put forth by Selectmen last night as the board sided with the Board of Public Works’ recommendation to form a committee to put together a plan of action for repairing town seawalls.
The Board of Public Works, along with DPW Supt. Jeb DeLoach and town engineer Rod Prococcino, met with Selectmen and State Rep. Frank Hynes, D-Marshfield, to give an overview of what needs to be done regarding seawall repair. BPW member Bob Shaughnessy said the board had been conducting research since February to determine the extent of seawall damages and the cost for necessary repairs.
DPW Supt. Jeb DeLoache gave a presentation with the short-term and long-term costs of repairing the seawalls. A full overhaul and repair of the walls, which cover 2 miles in length, would cost $48.7 million, while the cost for immediate repairs to seawalls, jetties and stairways will cost $3.5 million.
Recognizing the issue is beyond the scope of the public works board, Shaughnessy encouraged the formation of a comprehensive committee with representation from various town boards to help put together a plan of action for the seawall repairs. He said the committee would work to implement and carry through a 10-year plan for the necessary repairs, which would cost an estimated $11 million.
"We need to put together a comprehensive plan and strategy to implement and review," he said. Shaughnessy said it’s been upwards of 60 years since the seawalls were last repaired. He said through research, board members determined in addition to funding, issues of ownership need to be discussed before the walls can be repaired. He said some areas of the seawall might be privately owned while others are owned by the state. Shaughnessy said the structure of the walls must also be assessed to determine how the make repairs.
"What need to look at it from an engineering perspective," Shaughnessy said. "We need to look at what is in front, what’s behind and what this will look like in the end." Selectmen Chairman Michael Maresco said he expects that the cost for the repairs should be shared by the town, federal and state governments.
"We understand our role in this, but it’s important that we be aggressive in securing federal and state funding for these repairs before it becomes a crisis," Maresco said.
Hynes said state funding for seawall projects throughout the state has been low in past years. He said the state Committee of Recreation and Conservation has only $8 million secured for coastal improvement projects throughout the state, and that Marshfield is competing for funding along with other coastal communities.
"It seems to me that Marshfield is doing what many other communities have been doing as of recently, and that is looking at these coastal issues comprehensively," Hynes said. "It’s not an easy issue, because however you slice it you’re talking about a significant amount of dollars."
Shaughnessy acknowledged Hynes’ comments, saying that while Marshfield has two miles of seawalls, the town is forced to compete with neighboring communities like Scituate, which has five miles of seawalls. Hynes said the state allocates funding to communities according to many factors, including private vs. public ownership of the seawalls, structural need and the degree to which a town’s property tax base depends upon properties neighboring the seawalls.
Selectman Patti Epstein said she’s concerned about the lack of state and federal funding, saying she feared the town may be forced to wait until it’s too late before emergency funding can become available to repair the walls.
"It seems to me we need to have a substantial problem in order to qualify for any state funding," Epstein said. "It feels like we’re between a rock and a hard place." Maresco asked public works board chairman Joseph Lambert to put together a seawall subcommittee, complete with membership and a mission statement and to plan to meet with selectmen next month.
"We’re at a very critical stage," Maresco said. "We need a committee to look at these issues."

May - June 2006
Residents of Sunrise Beach and Ocean Bluff contacted Marshfield MA DPW engineer, Charlie Swanson and Conservation Commission Agent, Jay Wennemer, regarding Vine Associates and S.M. Lynch Corp leaving seawall construction debris and rebar litter on the beaches.
• Concerns about seawall concrete were ignored.
• Concerns about rebar materials were dismissed as "lobster cage".

January 2006
The last S.M. Lynch Corp construction vehicle is removed from the Brook Street beach access ramp just before Nor'Easter storm arrives.

- 2005 -

December 2005
Although construction is finished, vehicles leaking oil remain parked at the Brook Street beach access ramp.

November 2005
Last batch of seawall concrete is poured.

October 2005
Vine Associates and S.M. Lynch remove some construction debris from coffer dam area. Tons of concrete and rebar remains on Sunrise Beach.

August 2005
Throughout the entire construction project Sunrise Beach residents expressed their concerns regarding concrete and rebar littering the beach to: Vine Associates, S.M. Lynch Corp construction and all the town officials who appeared on-site (including Rod Procaccino and Charlie Swanson). Each time we were reassured that “they knew the neighborhood was closely watching them” and that debris would not be left behind again.

July 2005
Coffer dam is built on Sunrise Beach. Seawall debris in coffer dam is crushed into small pieces by S.M. Lynch Corp. The contract specifically states this is not allowed.

June 2005
Seawall demolition begins along Sunrise Beach / 76-100 Foster Ave.

May 2005
The first S.M. Lynch Corp construction vehicle is parked on-site at the Brook Street beach ramp construction staging area.

- 2004 -

October 12, 2004

Town of Marshfield Massachusetts, Department of Public Works grants S.M. Lynch Corp "Seawall & Stairway Reconstruction Project Contract 2005-05" for total bid price of $1,075,660.00 


Seawall Reconstruction Project #76 to #100 Foster Avenue - Contract NO. 2005-05
Contractor: S.M. Lynch Corp.
Engineer: Vine Associates Inc.


As quoted from contract:

"Section 03500 - Concrete Ramp Reconstruction

WORK INCLUDED

This section includes all work and operations required for the reconstruction of the existing concrete ramp located at the end of Brook Street, as shown on the Drawings and as specified herein. This work includes but is not limited to the following:

A. Removal, disposal, and replacement of the existing concrete ramp and stairs.

B. Removal, disposal, and replacement of existing bituminous pavement.

C. Resetting and extension of existing mortared stone apron."

• See page 03500-1 of the Seawall & Stairway Reconstruction Contract 2005-05.

• View the contract site drawings Brook Street Ramp Plans


View everything above for full details and facts about how this contract was not fulfilled and not enforced by the Marshfield MA Board of Public Works and DPW Superintendent R. Jeb Deloach.


- 2003 -

June 26, 2003
Town of Marshfield Massachusetts, Department of Public Works

Contract Documents for:
Revetment Reconstruction Project
#450 Ocean ST. to #26 Foster AVE.
Contract # 2003-20
* Ramp design plan is the same as above 2004 contract!

- 2002 -

View Photos for Full Details: Ocean Bluff Beach 2002

Town of Marshfield Massachusetts, Department of Public Works grants Northern Construction Service, LLC "Seawall Reconstruction Project 2002-03" for total bid price of $1,399,000.00

Seawall Reconstruction Project #26 to #76 Foster Avenue - Contract NO. 2002-03

Contractor: Northern Construction Service, LLC

Engineer: Nucci Vine Associates, Inc


The Marshfield MA BPW and DPW Superintendent were responsible for supervising and enforcing this seawall reconstruction contract that resulted in tons of concrete and rebar buried in Ocean Bluff Beach.  


- 2001 -

October 3, 2001

"New barrier for Foster Ave."

By Dan Gravel Marshfield Mariner

MARSHFIELD - "Casting a wary eye toward winter and the inevitable storms that follow in the season's wake the board of public works has voted to hire Northern Construction Company of Hingham to remove a portion of existing seawall and construct a new barrier along Foster Avenue. 

Bidding on the seawall project opened in September and Northern Construction, which has done prior work on Marshfield seawalls, offered the low bid at almost $1.4 million. The next lowest bid came in at $1.47 million. Construction will begin within the next few months on the stretch between 26 and 76 Foster Avenue. The average height of the new wall will be 15 feet. "That area was determined to be among the priorities that needed immediate attention" said DPW superintendent Makram Megalli, who said the wall was showing significant erosion. Megalli said winter is not the optimal time to begin seawall projects, but they could not afford to let the winter pass without making any improvements. The project will last until next summer.

A powerful nor'easter last March which struck with fierce waves and winds caused heavy damage to the Foster Avenue seawall. It was estimated at the time that repairs would cost around $2 million. At Town Meeting last April a $1.3 million capital budget request for seawall repair on Foster Avenue was approved. A section of the Foster Avenue seawall was repaired almost two years ago and the town received a $400,000 reimbursement from the Department of Environmental Protection."

March 10, 2001

"Storm exposes crumbling sea walls / Residents urge repairs"

By Sarah Coffey The Patriot Ledger

MARSHFIELD - "The town keeps telling Joan Hicks that help is on the way“ but that wasn't much help this week. During Tuesday's high tide, an 80-foot section of the bottom of the sea wall behind her home gave way. So instead of making permanent repairs on the sea wall, the town spent $80,000 on a quick, but temporary solution. "They spend more money in doing it this way in an emergency," she said, watching water crash through the hole onto her porch at 50 Foster Ave. The porch eventually buckled. Hicks wasn't the only South Shore resident who got her feet wet this week. This week's storm exposed crumbling sea walls up and down the coastline from Quincy to Plymouth...

Marshfield is in the midst of replacing the sea wall along Foster Avenue, which has been crumbling for years. Replacing 800 feet of the seawall is expected to cost $2 million, said town engineer Walter Fender. The town is applying for a state grant to cover half of the repair costs. Marshfield public works commissioner Kathy Stacey said more needs to be done to further wall repairs "Sea walls pose the same problems that roads and sidewalks do. They're an important part of our infrastructure and they require care and feeding at a regular basis."


1929 - Sunrise Beach Association was established till 1983.
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