Town Meeting Approves All Articles

A moratorium on marijuana retail sales, a screening fence for an RMS abutter … Voters during the Rochester Annual Town Meeting on May 22 gave approval for all 18 of the warrant’s articles, and all within an hour and a half. Article 1 to accept the annual report of all town officers and committees passed, […] Read more »

Rogers Will Not Seek Re-Appointment

On May 23, Mattapoisett Conservation Commission Chairman Bob Rogers announced that he would not seek re-appointment when his term ends on July 1. Rogers has been a vocal advocate of the Wetlands Protection Act since his appointment to the commission in 2011. But long before that, Rogers was a member of the Planning Board, subsequently […] Read more »

Wellspring Farm Discusses Road Plans

Representatives for Wellspring Farm came before the Rochester Conservation Commission on May 16 to discuss private road plans that will serve clients who utilize handicap vans. Attorney George Boerger and engineer Joseph Webby explained that the proprietors of the experiential health care facility, Jim and Holly Vogel, were currently in negotiations with the Rochester Planning […] Read more »

Guesthouse Will Remain, With Conditions

The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on May 11 allowed Derek Maksy to keep a guesthouse located by Snipatuit Pond, while allowing him to construct a single-family house on the same lot. Maksy applied for a variance to allow two dwellings on one lot at 257 Neck Road, but the board determined that the structure […] Read more »

High School Parking Agreement Approved

In response to concerns last month over students speeding to and from school, the Old Rochester Regional School Committee approved on May 10 a new student parking permit application and agreement that makes students applying for a parking permit pledge to drive safely and cautions them that there will be consequences if they are reported […] Read more »

Bay Club Neighborhood Stalled

The 30-minute meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board on May 15 was light on agenda items and lighter still on forward movement for the Shagbark neighborhood planned at The Bay Club. Coming before the board was David McIntire who is seeking to sell the property to Northland Residential Corporation. In that effort, the two parties […] Read more »

ZBA Overturns Building Inspector’s Denial

The Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on May 11 approved the owners of “418 Point Road Trust” of 418 Point Road their request to appeal the building inspector’s refusal to issue a building permit for construction of a kitchen within a recently constructed addition to their house. The addition – built to house the visiting […] Read more »

Town Takes Action On ADA Compliance

The Rochester Board of Selectmen on May 11 unanimously approved the motion to accept an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assessment and transition plan compiled by Facilities Manager Andrew Daniel, which could open the Town up for some valuable grant money from the State to fund a number of upgrades in various town buildings. “It’s […] Read more »

Planning Board Selects New Leadership

The Marion Planning Board on May 15 dispensed with the first order of business with little controversy, selecting its new leadership roster after the recent town elections. The board welcomed newcomer Christopher Collings to the board, as well as newly-elected but experienced Planning Board member Norm Hills. Newly re-elected Planning Board member Eileen Marum was […] Read more »

ConCom Member Goes ‘On the Record’

Marion Conservation Commission associate member Shaun Walsh said on May 10 that he wanted to go on the record in response to what he said were allegations of a conflict of interest. Walsh, an attorney for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, wanted all residents of Marion to know that whenever a denial for an […] Read more »