I just read in the paper that due to the efforts of state Representative David Vieira, the Town of Bourne is going to receive from the state $200,000 (wow!) to repair the Briarwood Bridge, a bridge that the town does not own.

Bourne should not be involved.

In April 2019 Astrid Glynn, rail and transit administrator for Mass DOT, wrote a letter to Rep. Vieira stating that “deeds and other real estate records confirm that the bridge is privately owned and not the property of either the Commonwealth or the Town of Bourne.”

In the past, the bridge was always maintained and repaired by the owners and at times at great expense, but never with help from taxpayer money.

This private road and bridge provide access to eight homes, all worth over a million dollars, some with part-time residents.

Would the fact that Congressman William Keating lives in the vicinity have anything to do with this?

Lots of questions need to be answered if Bourne should choose to take on this repair. Why would Bourne repair something that the town does not own?

Would the Town of Bourne then be responsible for any future costs? What about liability? Some time ago a car went off the bridge onto the tracks. Who took care of that?

Bourne owns enough property in the town that needs repair. One of the largest problems is the leaking roof at the high school. I thought that capital expenditures by the town were in our budget and voted on by the townspeople.

However, if this is the way to fix infrastructure and other problems that the town is not responsible for, how about the almost impassable condition of Howard Avenue in Monument Beach? Have David Vieira, Judy Froman or any of the selectmen visited Howard Avenue? How about help for the people in Sagamore with their failed sewer systems, or the snowplowing of a condo complex?

I would suggest that you contact Rep. David Vieira for assistance. He is your man!

Julian F. Harwood

Harwood Drive

Monument Beach

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