ROCKPORT — After weeks of emails and meetings with town officials, a major step toward redeveloping the former Cape Ann Tool Company site is now ready to move forward — perhaps as early as today.
The town’s Board of Selectmen has unanimously agreed to order Harbormasters Scott Story and Rosemary Lesch to remove seven of the moorings attached to the seawall of the former Cape Ann Tool Company.
The harbormasters now have until July 10 to remove the seven moorings, which — with boats attached — had snagged work on the seawall that Michael Rauseo and his Cape Ann Tool LLC had been seeking to carry out on the site.
The order was confirmed through an email from attorney John Goldrosen, who works with the town’s Boston-based law firm, Kopelman and Paige. And Rauseo said Thursday night that the moves are expected to come today.
State law says any mooring that is on a private tideland cannot remain their if the owner objects, and Rauseo has objected several times to the moorings continued presence and the town’s failure to address it.
Rauseo has voiced his frustrations with the Harbormasters and Kopelman and Paige for not moving the moorings more quickly, and an email from Kopelman and Paige last week, backing the harbormasters, indicated that it saw no clear reason for the moorings’ removal.
“The harbormasters even refuse to require removal of the mooring lines that are connected to our seawall – the same sea wall that we must repair as part of our work,” Rauseo wrote in an email to town officials earlier this week. He said the Harbormasters have been uncooperative in allowing him to advance the project, and he questioned the legal advice they had received from Kopelman and Paige.
Town selectmen, however, stood behind Story and Lesch, saying the two have done their jobs properly.