Work to keep Manomet Point from sliding into Cape Cod Bay is expected to begin soon.
The plan, according to Director of Public Works Jonathan Beder, is to protect the bluff with boulders, lowered by a crane, weighing between 1 and 3 tons. Beder wasn’t sure exactly when the work would begin. Beder met with town staff, Lobster Pound Owner Frank Collins and other interested parties at the Point Tuesday morning to discuss the plan.
The project will also include renovating the pump house at the bottom of the bluff which helps move water out of the Lobster Pound. A stairway providing access to it will also be fixed, Beder said.
The erosion of Manomet Point doesn’t just stop at the top of the road, however. Erosion across from Arnold Avenue has moved the face of the bluff so it’s now only 3 feet from the road. According to Marine and Environmental Affairs Director David Gould, efforts to fund repairs for the entire bluff have failed to make it through the Capital Outlay Committee and to Town Meeting the last five years.
Manomet Village Steering Committee Member Randy Parker, who is helping coordinate the work, presented an overview of the plan during Thursday night’s MVSC meeting. Collins, he said, will pay for the labor while the town will supply the material. At the time, Parker presented the work as a temporary solution, with the intention of going before Town Meeting in October to get money for a permanent fix. However, during the meeting on Tuesday, Beder expressed his belief that the work done now should suffice to protect the end of bluff.
He, and others, also expressed concern that the problem couldn’t wait any longer. Parker filed an emergency certification with the Conservation Commission to get the work done and he plans to file another to start work at the Arnold Avenue location.