Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals

Dear Editor,

            Appreciation goes out to the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals for their decision on Thursday, November 21, 2019 to deny the application to construct a solar panel array in a rural residential area off Bowman Road. There were numerous factors that had to be considered in their decision and I feel that the outcome is in the best interests of all the Mattapoisett residents and the harbor that we cherish. The brook that lies to the south of the proposed array empties into the bay under Angelica Ave. Cutting down the trees to erect such a facility would have compromised the ability of natural factors that filter the runoff that flows into the massive marsh on the north side of Angelica Ave. and then into the bay. This marsh is highly responsible for the clean water flowing into the harbor.

            Efforts have been made for the past ten years to remove the refuse of a dumping ground which lies right next to the proposed area for the solar array. Along with the Town’s foresight to provide proper sewerage disposal to the residents in this densely populated area and the ongoing efforts to restore the Grace Pond Preserve, oysters are now being cultivated by residents of Mattapoisett in the Pine Island Pond. 

            Mattapoisett Harbor is “Mattapoisett”.  It is the center of the hub in the place where we choose to reside.  The Zoning Board of Appeals came through for us and protected this community in the absence of a protective by-law.  A grateful population applauds their foresight.  As the semi nomadic natives named it, Mattapoisett is “a good place to rest”. 

Dr. Paul E. Osenkowski  DDS, Mattapoisett

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