Swansea vote postponed due to overcapacity

September 29, 2016 by  

The result of a vote held on a recent special Town Meeting on a $3.9m waterfront revitalization project on nine acres at Ocean Grove in Swansea was to postpone the vote on the project for another two weeks.

The cost of the project will include detailed plans, specifications, and bid documents; acquiring any required easements; demolishing existing facilities and constructing and furnishing a new concession stand and storage facility; and building a boardwalk, bathroom facilities with showers, lifeguard station, and adding parking. Residents in nearby Seekonk would also enjoy these improvements to the waterfront.

Town Administrator John McAuliffe said that the impact to residents would be a tax increase of about $38 per year on an average home valued at $240,000.

The special Town Meeting was held in the auditorium at Joseph Case High School and was overflowing with people. Shortly after the starting time of the meeting, Selectmen Chairman Robert Marquis announced that there were too many people to hold the meeting and it was postponed to Monday, October 3 at the Venus de Milo at 7:00 pm. This banquet hall has a capacity of 2,500 people.

Although there is a great deal of heated debate on this project, the Selectmen may benefit from the use of a poster printing company to create posters that can displayed around town announcing the new date and location.