Aquinnah selectmen acted on a recommendation by the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee (GHLC) and hired GEI Consultants of Woburn to conduct geotechnical testing on three proposed sites for the relocation of the Gay Head Lighthouse away from the eroding cliff face.
In a press release, Len Butler, GHLC building subcommittee chairman, said the selection process was based on an understanding of project objectives, experience, a work plan and cost. “GEI Consultants is a well respected engineering firm with a great deal of experience in the geotechnical investigation of coastal subsoils,” he said.
GEI was chosen from a group of eight applicants. They will be expected to report on the ground stability of the three potential relocation sites, as well as the move paths to aid the committee in making an informed decision on the best new location for the lighthouse.
According to a press release, due to the federal government shutdown a meeting scheduled for October 10 with the General Services Administration regarding transfer of ownership of the light to the town was cancelled and must be rescheduled. The light is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The iconic Gay Head Light currently sits 46 feet from the edge of the eroding cliffs and geological experts recommend that it be moved in the next year or so, while the area around it is still stable enough to allow the move. The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee recently began a fundraising campaign to raise an estimated $3 million from both public and private sources to move and restore lighthouse. For more information, go to gayheadlight.org.