Kenneth E. Marsters has been a force in Mashpee elected politics for nearly two decades, and his streak shows no sign of coming to an end.
Mr. Marsters is running unopposed for a fourth three-year term as a Mashpee Water District Commissioner in next month’s town election. He had previously been elected to three terms as a selectman, and has also served on the town’s zoning board.
Earlier this week at his office at the Prime Center at the Mashpee rotary, which he owns, Mr. Marsters enthusiastically discussed his role in helping to usher in a new era in the water district’s history.
Pending approval of a home rule petition by the Massachusetts Senate and approval by town voters at the ballot box, the district will likely become the Mashpee Water and Sewer District as early as next month.
Last week, a spokesman for Senator Daniel A. Wolf (D-Harwich) said that the petition is in its final stage of approval in the Senate, where it has been languishing for nearly two months. It must receive approval by May 5, or it is “back to the drawing board” for the petition, since there is only a two-year window for it to move forward after Town Meeting voters approved the concept in 2012.
“We’re talking a big project here,” Mr. Marsters said in reference to combining the water district with the sewer commission.
He also made it clear that the Mashpee Sewer Commission, which has been working on plans to sewer the town for 20 years, would be very involved in the new entity, perhaps even becoming a subcommittee within the organization.
“I admire the work the sewer commission has done, and we can definitely use their expertise. We would start to learn more about the existing plan, and how we possibly take it up a notch. It will also be important to investigate alternative solutions since this project will have a price tag in the hundreds of millions,” Mr. Marsters said.
He also said that during his next term, the district will focus on reducing its debt, lowering interest rates on its bond, maintain and improve its infrastructure, and continue community outreach efforts.
When asked about the most anticipated issue facing Town Meeting voters next month, the petition article calling for Mashpee to withdraw from the Cape Cod Commission, Mr. Marsters, despite being a home builder, has never had any interactions with the regional planning authority. “I have no prejudices for or against them, but maybe this movement will serve as a wake-up call for the commission to communicate better with the towns it serves,” he said.
Mr. Marsters, 58, is a 1978 graduate of Babson College in Wellesley Hills.
Originally from Quincy, he has lived in Mashpee since 1986 with his wife, Mary, and three children, Kenneth Jr., Erika, and Michael.
Mashpee town election will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 7 AM to 8 PM at the Quashnet School on Old Barnstable Road.