MATTAPOISETT — Two new Conservation Commission members have been recommended by selectmen to fill vacancies, pending approval by the commission.
The two are John Jacobsen, an engineer and global program manager with DePuy Synthes in Raynham, and Christopher Nicolosi, a machinist at Paquette & Associates in Wareham. Both were interviewed by selectmen at their Oct. 10 meeting.
Several other candidates who’d expressed interest did not appear for interviews.
Selectmen discussed whether to wait and discuss the applicants with the Conservation Commission, but Selectman R. Tyler Macallister said it was important not to delay because there is a “significant backlog” of permit applications. He said the commission’s next agenda “will be huge” and that a couple of issues are “neighbor contentious.”
At Vice Chairman Jordan C. Collyer’s suggestion, they moved to “express our support” and vote to appoint contingent upon Conservation Commission approval.
Selectmen Chairman Paul Silva and Town Administrator Michael Gagne were unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting.
In his letter of interest, Jacobsen called himself an “avid environmentalist and conservationist.” He wrote that he was “keenly interested” in helping to ensure that “our town’s beauty, ecosystems, and nature resources are protected for generations to enjoy and benefit from.”
A resident of Mattapoisett, Jacobsen said he had worked with his father as a young man to “restore wetlands in South Dartmouth in the Russells Mills Village.”
Nicolosi is a lifelong resident of Mattapoisett. He wrote in his letter of interest that, “As an avid sportsman and naturalist, I am very interested in maintaining and protecting the natural environment of Mattapoisett.”
Macallister has been serving as an interim member of the Conservation Commission. He said the town of Mattapoisett applies the Wetlands Protection Act and that the Conservation Commission seeks a “balance between property rights and protection.”