Committees: Harbor Development Committee
Pedestrian Bridge Crossing Notice:
December 2012 - The Harbor Development Committee has made an application to the Community Preservation Committee for funding for a pedestrian bridge to Whitney Wharf under the Community Preservation Act. This pedestrian bridge will increase public access to Hingham Harbor and will provide for safer access to Whitney Wharf. Please see below two artist renderings of the proposed bridge. The HDC encourages public input on this application to the CPC and we would welcome any feedback.
Overview at Whitney Wharf and Town Pier (PDF)
Drawing: Hingham Harbor Proposed Pedestrian Bridge Crossing (PDF)
Please provide feedback via letter to the Harbor Development Committee, 210 Central Street, Hingham or via attendance at our monthly meetings.
Important Documents and Links:
2014 Annual Report
Access, physical improvements along the waterfront and promoting Hingham Harbor related issues continued to be the focus of the Harbor Development Committee (HDC) in 2014. The Committee expresses deep appreciation to former Chair Alan Perrault and former members Bob Mosher and John Thomas for their many years of dedicated service to the Committee's work.
The HDC met monthly through 2014. The majority of the Committee's time was spent advancing matters originally addressed in the 2007 Harbor Master Plan. To maximize efficiency of an all volunteer committee, absent assigned Town staff, individual HDC members continue to take the lead on several of our initiatives by acting as liaisons with other committees and following through on matters discussed between meetings. Selectman Irma Lauter served as the Committee's liaison with the Board of Selectmen and Bathing Beach Trustees Joan Williams, Ed Johnson and Alan Perrault joined us in several meetings to advance harbor matters of mutual interest, including geese management, beach stabilization and the Bath House/Snack Shop RFP.
The primary initiatives advanced during 2014 were:
Whitney Wharf Pedestrian Bridge – This project was allocated $275,000 and $40,000 in CPC funds at the 2012 and 2014 Annual Town Meetings, respectively. Our professional service team of Beals & Thomas/Polaris and Town Engineer Roger Fernandes completed engineering and survey work in the fall. Several town and state regulatory boards have issued their project permits and we await the Department of Environmental Protection's Chapter 91 license to issue an Invitation to Bid the project in March, with construction to hopefully commence in spring of 2015.
Harbor Master Plan Updating, Coordination with other Town Committees and Organizations – The HDC continues to revisit the 2007 Harbor Master Plan with the objective of confirming a consensus of the kind of Harbor setting and facilities that the town wishes to strive for going forward. In doing so the Committee continues to work with Town Planner Mary Savage Dunham and Conservation Commission Agent Abby Piersall. In late 2014 the Selectmen also chose to reconstitute the Harbor Task Force (which was very effectively active in the 2009 -2011 period) consisting of virtually all of the stakeholders with interests in/responsibility for harbor planning and its interconnection to North Street and the downtown area. HDC will be working closely with the Task Force to update the Master Plan.
In this regard HDC also had a public meeting with State Senator Robert Hedlund, and State Representatives Garrett Bradley and James Murphy, together with Department of Conservation Resources liaison Kevin Mooney to convey to them a sense of the Master Plan and possible harbor front projects and solicit their assistance in garnering state funding for certain eligible projects. All urged the Town to consolidate the individual components of the Plan into a larger transportation and harbor infrastructure vision for planning purposes, though funding may be sought on individual pieces.
A related activity is the Sea Level Rise Study currently underway, funded by a Coastal Community Resilience Grant sought and received by Abby Piersall, to assess the Town's vulnerability to key infrastructure damage in the event of unusual wind and high tide events. Results of that study should be available in the spring of 2015 to inform HDC's 2015 warrant article for proposed engineering work to evaluate necessary repairs and possible height increases of the town owned wharves at Iron Horse Park, the POW/MIA memorial, the Mobil Station Property and Barnes I and II.
Community Rowing and Sailing Facility – Following 2013 discussions and presentations to our Committee and others of a concept proposal for a privately owned rowing and sailing center to be constructed on Barnes Wharf, the Town issued an RFP for construction and ongoing operation of such a facility. A proposal from Lincoln Maritime has been received, is being evaluated and will be the subject of a Town Meeting warrant article to consider acceptance of the proposal based on a long term lease of the Barnes Wharf property.
Hingham Boat Ramp – Prior to his fall resignation, Committee Member John Thomas continued to champion a new and improved boat ramp/launch/parking area for the inner harbor to replace its deteriorating predecessor. State officials from the Dept. of Marine Fisheries appear open to the concept of their assuming responsibility for design and funding of these new facilities. The sand management plan proposed by the Bathing Beach Trustees in a related 2015 Town Meeting warrant article is an important precursor to this activity.
Kayak/Paddle Boat Program – thanks to the tireless efforts over several years of Amy Cowan, chair of the non-profit harbor advocacy group Friends of Hingham Harbor, the town initiated a pilot program for citizen rental of kayaks and paddle boats off a new small float attached to the Town Dock. Designed and co-managed by the Recreation Commission and Harbormaster Ken Corson, the program got off to a successful start in the summer of 2014
William Reardon, Chairman
Paul Losordo, Vice Chairman
Edward Morris, Secretary
Kenneth Corson III (Harbormaster) ex-officio
(Appt. By Selectmen, ART 30, ATM 1971)
|William Reardon, Chairman
|Paul Losordo, Vice Chairman
|Edward Morris, Secretary
|Kenneth Corson III, Harbormaster, ex-officio