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Proposal causes dispute between supervisor, wetlands board member

The Mathews County Wetlands Board was scheduled to hold a public hearing last night on an application by the Mathews Land Conservancy for construction at its Williams Wharf site.

However, even before that meeting was called, the issue was a matter of contention between a wetlands board member and a county supervisor.

In separate interviews with the Gazette-Journal, wetlands board member Ted Broderson and supervisor Neena Putt discussed a telephone call that transpired between them last week. Their accounts of the conversation were similar regarding the substance of the call, but each said the other was rude and belligerent.

The subject of the call was an application to build a large boathouse/rowing center with associated docks out over the water at Williams Wharf, impacting several thousand square feet of wetlands.

The land conservancy tabled the application in January when wetlands board members said they couldn’t support the project without an effort by the applicant...

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