By Mary Chasse, Neighb News Correspondent
At its meeting on Monday 3/21 the Fairhaven Board of Public Works discussed a short film to be filmed on West Island Town Beach. The board also discussed repairs to wells on Wolf Island, and adding more memorial benches in town.
Both Marcus Ferro and Steve Riley were absent from the meeting. The board first met with Bill Hathaway about a movie he would like to film at West Island Town Beach. Mr. Hathaway said he is filming a short film and the Town Beach would work very well as part of the setting in his film.
Mr. Hathaway told the board that the filming would only take a day and half to complete and they would film at the beach on a Saturday and Sunday. Mr. Hathaway said there would be around 8-10 people on the beach, between the actors and the film crew. Most of the filming will take place on the far end of the beach, nowhere near the parking area.
BPW Vice Chairperson Robert “Hoppy” Hobson asked what the film is about.
Mr. Hathaway said the film is about four guys, one who has lost his wife, and they scatter her remains on a beach at a Boston Harbor island. The men reminisce on their personal lives and problems etc. They would be using Fairhaven’s Town Beach as that setting.
Mr. Hobson said he was 100% for it.
The board voted unanimously to approve the use of the beach.
In another matter the board discussed signing a contract with E.G. Sullivan Drilling Company to place gravel around the water wells on Wolf Island Road. Mr. Furtado explained that they are trying to redevelop the wells on Wolf Island so the town can get more water from these wells to help with their water supply, and cut the costs the town pays to Mattapoisett. Mr. Furtado explained that the town pays Mattapoisett for raw water and treated water, but if the town can get more wells working then the cost of raw water will go down.
The board voted to move forward with the contract to redevelop/repair the wells. The motion passed 2-1 with Brian Wotton and Cameron Durant for it and Mr. Hobson against, because he said he did not understand all the issues with the wells.
In another matter the board discussed having a BPW member assigned to each department for union negotiations.
The board voted to assign Mr. Hobson to the AFSME union negotiations, and Mr. Durant to the Teamsters. Board member Marcus Ferro will take Mr. Durant’s place if he is elected to the Select Board on 4/4.
In another matter the board discussed adding more memorial benches around town. Mr. Hobson said he asked for this topic to be on the agenda, noting that Fort Phoenix has four memorial benches and many residents he has spoken to have had a few ideas for other benches in memory of loved ones.
Mr. Hobson said he believed the town had room for 4-6 more benches.
He suggested putting benches at Town Beach, Seaview Ave.nue, and the state side of Fort Phoenix. He said it would be nice for people to have somewhere to sit and look at the ocean, and it would also make some residents happy to see a bench in memory of someone they love.
Mr. Wotton suggested that the board wait to vote on it until they next meeting when the full board is present. The board tabled the matter.
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