About the Flood Erosion Control Board

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Five Years (Two Term Limit)
Board of Selectmen
Town Charter - Article X

The Flood and Erosion Control Board plans, constructs, reconstructs, and manages the town’s flood and erosion control system which includes dikes, berms, dams, piping, jetties, sea walls, embankments, tide-gates, revetments, water storage areas, ditches, drains and any other structures or facilities that prevent damage from flood or erosion caused by seawater or fresh water.

Duties include:

  • Having authority, within appropriation limits, to plan, lay out, acquire, construct, reconstruct, repair, maintain, supervise and manage a flood or erosion control system.
  • Taking hold by purchase, condemnation or otherwise, any real property or interest therein which it determines is necessary for use in connection with the floor or erosion control system. When the board is unable to agree with an owner of property as to the compensation to be paid for taking the property, the case may end up before a court or judge.
  • At any time after voting to acquire, construct or reconstruction any floor or erosion control system, the board may, at its discretion, elect to defray the cost by issuing bonds or other evidences of debt or by general taxation, special assessment or any combination of these, with a number of specific guidelines governing the levying and use of these assessments.