All is Well for Fairhaven Well Request

There have been many, many nights at the Mattapoisett Town Hall when the Conservation Commission’s meeting began in the waning light of a spring day and ended deep in the darkened evening. But on April 9, it was light outside when the meeting began and still light just twenty-five minutes later when the meeting was closed.

Commission members on this night included Chapman Dickerson, John Jacobsen, Chris Nicolosi, and Chairman Mike King.

The Town of Fairhaven Board of Public Works, for property located at 29 Tinkham Lane in Mattapoisett and represented by Allison Shivers of Tata and Howard, Inc., came before the commission with a RDA for the construction of a new freshwater well. Fairhaven’s primary source for freshwater resources is located within the town boundaries of Mattapoisett.

Shivers said the well would be approximately 36-feet by 40-feet with an 18-foot by 24-foot gravel patch. She also said there would be limited clearing and very little fill brought onto the site. Shivers concluded her comments by adding that the project would not negatively affect wildlife habitat. The filing received a Negative 3 determination with King saying, “Yeah, let’s get some good drinking water.”

Coming before the commission was Neil Oliveira of 4 Ocean Breeze Lane represented by Prime Engineering with a Request for Determination of Applicability for the construction of a 36-foot by 16-foot in-ground swimming pool surrounded by stone pavers. The project was described as being some 75 feet away from delineated wetlands but situated within the 100-foot buffer zone. A note from Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold indicated that the project as proposed would have no negative impact on wildlife habitat. The project received a Negative 3 determination (no Notice of Intent required).

Continued until April 23 was a Notice of Intent filed by Stingray City Realty Corp., William Bachant, for property owned by Rahim Aghai Revocable Trust for a proposed three-lot subdivision planned off Marion Road.

Before closing the public meeting, King commented on questions the office had received pursuant to agenda items for executive sessions dealing with litigation between Daniel Craig of Seabreeze Lane and the Town of Mattapoisett. He said that to the best of his knowledge, the matter was nearing agreement between the two parties and that for at least five months the Conservation Commission had not taken up the matter in executive session. King also clarified that the litigation had not been between the commission and the Craigs, but was instead between the Town and the Craigs.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission is scheduled for April 23 at 6:30 pm in the town hall conference room.

Mattapoisett Conservation Commission

By Marilou Newell


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