NEWBURYPORT — The City Council approved a $50,000 transfer from the Plum Island utility trust fund on Monday for a shoreline stabilization project on Reservation Terrace.
The money will be used to install and stack a row of sand-filled “super sacks” in the area where the dune previously stood along Reservation Terrace since homes and the neighborhood’s sewer system have grown increasingly vulnerable to storm surge.
“We’re very concerned about the upcoming storm season,” Mayor Donna Holaday said during the council’s meeting Monday night. “This is really critical that we mobilize as soon as possible on this project.”
The 10 councilors present voted unanimously to approve the order. Ward 3 Councilor Heather Shand was absent.
Councilor at large Charles Tontar noted the project is intended to “bide time” for the neighborhood’s residents for about “one or two years,” with the anticipation that a Merrimack River dredging project will be able