Osprey Nesting Platform Planned at Fresh Pond

The Dunn family, whose cottage is situated at 0 Fresh Pond, has something special planned – a floating osprey nest platform.

Represented by Robert Field of Field Engineering, David Dunn and his mother and property owner Gail Dunn plan to situate a floating platform in Fresh Pond, which is located off Beach Road near Point Connett.

Field provided drawings illustrating the construction of the platform that will be supported by flotation material and removed at the end of each breeding season.

Neighbor Annette Sweeney came forward with a request that the platform be moved some 300 feet away from her home located at 29 Beach Road out of an abundance of caution for her small grandchildren. She said she was concerned, given the size of the birds and their territorial and protective behaviors. Sweeney’s request was granted by the Dunns and accepted by the commission. The project received a Negative 3 Determination of Applicability, with no Notice of Intent required for the work.

Christopher Demakis, 10 Water Street, owner of the Wharf General Store, came before the commissioners with a Request for Determination of Applicability for a two-story addition to an existing structure.

Demakis explained the need to renovate an existing stairway to the second story residential space that was too steep and to add a small expansion of first floor retail space.

The commission found that although the property was situated in the 100-year flood plain, there were no jurisdictional wetlands areas. The project received a Negative 3 determination, and Demakis is required to notify the conservation office prior to the onset of construction. Chairman Mike King noted with a chuckle, “We will receive phone calls once you get started.”

David Vermette, Sparrow Hill Road, received on Order of Conditions for his Notice of Intent filing for the construction of a new single-family home and driveway. The project is situated within the 100-foot buffer zone.

Two three-year extensions of existing Orders of Conditions were granted to Robert Brack, 18 Water Street, and Elizabeth Johnson, Pine Street and Canal Avenue.

Continued until February 26 was the NOI filing by Dennis Arsenault, Snow Field Road, for a two-lot subdivision and associated driveway.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission is scheduled for February 26 at 6:30 pm in the town hall conference room.

Mattapoisett Conservation Commission

By Marilou Newell


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