, Newburyport, MA

May 3, 2013

Disappointed that boatyard plan didn't float

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

I wish to comment on a Daily News article published Thursday, April 25, which reported on the Merrimac selectmen’s meeting of Monday, April 22. At that meeting a proposal to use the Wallace Boatyard as a staging platform for the reconstruction of the Whittier Bridge was considered by the selectmen and commented on by several Merrimac residents.

The article incorrectly reported that the Wallace Boatyard of Merrimac was “inactive.” This is not an accurate description of the boatyard, which in fact is sporadically in use.

I also wish to state that the article failed to mention that my proposal to lease the boatyard to Walsh Construction for use as a staging area in the reconstruction of the Whittier Bridge was a perfectly legal plan. The selectmen stated that I have the right use my land anyway I wish “as long as the rules are being followed and it complies with the law.”

The proposal from Walsh Construction was perfectly legal and would have benefited my family enormously. It was not opposed by the fire chief, police chief, Planning Board or the selectmen and I presented 14 signatures of local residents who did not oppose the plan. I was very disappointed that the proposal did not get fulfilled and that the opportunity was chased away due to the objections of a few neighbors.

John Wallace

Wallace Boatyard, Merrimac