Yard Boss Sues Town for Defamation


Mattapoisett landscaping company Yard Boss has listed Mattapoisett Conservation Commission Chairman Bob Rogers and Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold as defendants in a civil lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages the company says it suffered due to defamatory claims against the company during three separate public meetings of the Conservation Commission. In the April 14 complaint, Yard […] Read more »

Crowd Backs Chief in Defense of EMS


Around 30 people, including local and regional emergency services personnel, attended the Rochester Board of Selectmen meeting on April 25 to defend the town’s public EMS service against Selectman Richard Nunes’ criticism last week of the program’s cost to the town. Fire Chief Scott Weigel broke down the fiscal year numbers for Nunes, explaining to […] Read more »

Residents Face New Solar Farm Neighbors


Some residents on Marion Road got acquainted with their new neighbors on the night of April 26 at the Rochester Planning Board meeting with Meadowatt, LLC, developers of a proposed solar farm. Although the tone was civil, the sentiment wasn’t exactly welcoming. Engineer Bob Bersin addressed a number of the board’s concerns carried over from […] Read more »

Rochester Zoning Denies Multi-Use Solar Property


“I want you to know that I feel really bad about being in Florida for the last snowstorm,” Rochester Zoning Board Chairman Richard Cutler said as he came in from an unseasonably chilly evening. He spoke to a full house – every bench was full, and chairs were drawn up in the back. The board […] Read more »

Bylaw Change Proposed to Help Meet Quorum


It doesn’t happen very often, but April 19 was one of those nights when the Rochester Conservation Commission had a hard time making a quorum for the public meetings. With two members calling in sick and another running late, associate member David Gagne suggested making a bylaw change that would allow the associate member to […] Read more »

Board of Selectmen Review Remote Attendance


A very short meeting of the Marion Board of Selectmen commenced on April 19. Selectmen Stephen Cushing, Jonathan Henry and Jonathan Dickerson were settled in by 7:00 pm, waiting only on the television recording to be ready. Also present was Town Administrator Paul Dawson, who had been absent due to illness for several weeks. The […] Read more »

Selectmen Change TM Date, Question Bulldogs Signs


The Rochester Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, April 19, rescheduled its Annual Town Meeting due to a scheduling conflict with Town Counsel Blair Bailey. Bailey requested that the selectmen move the scheduled date from June 6 to the following Monday, June 13, which selectmen were willing to do, pending availability of the Rochester Memorial School […] Read more »

ORR Looks to Keep Narcan On Premises


The two Old Rochester Regional school nurses and school doctor Dr. Jason Reynolds asked the Old Rochester School Committee on April 13 to allow the school to keep a supply of Naloxone, known as Narcan, in the nurses’ offices in the case of a drug overdose at the school. “We can’t go a day without […] Read more »

Selectmen, Not Town Meeting, Approve New Debt


In a 2-1 vote, the Rochester Board of Selectmen took the advice of the Finance Committee and approved acquiring $224,000 in debt to fund the Old Rochester Regional five-year capital plan instead of holding a special town meeting to allow voters to approve the bond. The board held a special meeting on Thursday, April 14, […] Read more »

Chairman Overrules BOH Interference


A special permit request to build a two-story house on an Old Indian Trail property, which abutters claim is the source of problematic neighborhood flooding, appeared further in jeopardy after a letter from the Board of Health asked the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals to table the application until a recently noted alleged BOH matter […] Read more »