The following letter was also sent to Town Manager Philip Lemnios.
To the Editor:
I was alarmed to read in last week’s Hull Times that the town is considering dredging the Weir River again. The only thing mentioned as being considered is the business interests and not the collateral damage that is being done to the town residents. I live at 55 Hampton Circle, which fronts the Weir River, so this situation directly affects me.
Over the past years the river has been dredged several times. Each time the river is dredged, the beach level is lowered as much as 2 feet as a result. It appears that the land under the water between the shore and the channel slides toward the channel each time the “spoil” (dredging material) is removed. This can be demonstrated by the marks on the retaining wall we have facing the channel. You can see where the original beach level was in the 1970s on this wall and trace the level changes since then.
This is approaching the footing for our wall, the town park wall, and our neighbor’s wall. If it progresses further, it will undermine the wall, destroying their integrity.
This has nothing to do with environmental issues (ocean rise) as the place on our stairs that the water comes up to on a high tide has not changed.
It has made access from our property (and the town park next to us) to the beach very difficult as the difference between the levels increases.
Further, the conservation folks have made it almost impossible to do anything to protect our property.
If dredging is approved, something has to be done to protect the homeowners along this stretch of the river. Perhaps placing some “rip rap” along the base of the structures would be a partial solution. This would have to be done as part of the dredging project at town expense and with clearance of the conservation hurdles.
If you would like to come and observe the situation, feel free to come to our home and see for yourself.
I corresponded to the chair of the Select Board on this issue and received no reply. Please give me the courtesy of a reply.
Charles A. Moore