Denham Updates Planning Board

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Mattapoisett Highway Superintendent Barry Denham attended the September 19 meeting of the Planning Board to bring the board members up to date on three construction projects that have been the subject of great interest and, at times, have created consternation in abutters. Appaloosa Way off River Road has seen over a decade of on-and-off again […] Read more »

Selectmen Appoint New Board Members

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For over an hour and a half on September 20, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen met with candidates vying to be of service to the town by appointment to either the one Conservation Commission seat or one of two seats on the Planning Board. Those boards had interviewed the candidates in open meetings held over […] Read more »

Conservation Commission Vents Frustration

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Engineer Rich Charon, representing his client Gale Runnells, 17 Reservation Way, came before the Marion Conservation Commission on September 12 seeking a Certificate of Compliance. What he received was frustration from several commission members for what they deemed were unacceptable inconsistencies between the plan of record and the as-built plans. Chairman Cynthia Callow said the […] Read more »

Selectmen Approve Several Water Ban Exemptions

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With the region now under a drought warning, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has issued a mandatory water ban on non-essential outdoor water use, and Marion is included in the region affected. But, as discussed during the Marion Board of Selectmen meeting on September 20, there are always exceptions. A letter from the DEP […] Read more »

New Chairman and New Meeting Schedule

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During the September 7 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission and at the end of a pretty tame agenda, Chairman Rosemary Smith asked the board members for nominations for a new chairman. “I’ve been the chairman for seven years,” Smith said with a smile. As she looked to her left where Kevin Cassidy was seated, […] Read more »

Abutters Angry Over Wellspring Permit

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Wellspring Farm, located on Hiller and Walnut Plain Roads, has been working through a number of local regulatory issues for many months. Jim and Holly Vogel, owners and operators of the experiential therapeutic riding center, have had to reconfigure the use of the property as abutters have fumed over what they perceive to be the […] Read more »

Anonymous Complaints Debunked

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David McIntire, 18 Main Street, came before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on September 12 to secure extensions for orders of conditions on 11 lots in the Bay Club sub-division. Four of those were granted after Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold confirmed wetland delineation flagging that had recently been re-established. The remaining lots are pending wetland flagging […] Read more »

Bird Island Restoration Changes Approved

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The Marion Conservation Commission on September 8 approved some modifications in the Bird Island restoration project plan during a special meeting held specifically for this one agenda item. Carolyn Mostello of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife and Adam Burnett from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District described some of the […] Read more »

Selectmen Approve Special Town Meeting Warrant

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The Marion Special Fall Town Meeting Warrant was closed and approved by the Board of Selectmen on Friday, September 9, during a special morning meeting in the town administrator’s office. The warrant features five articles, including one to accept the donation of the VFW building at 465 Mill Road, Route 6. The article, if approved […] Read more »

Marion Adopts Synthetic Drug Ban

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During a public hearing (sans any public) on Tuesday, September 13, the Marion Board of Health voted in favor of adopting a bylaw that outlaws the sale and purchase of synthetic drugs – synthetic marijuana, synthetic stimulants, and synthetic psychedelics/hallucinogens – but not without a moment of hesitation beforehand. The bylaw reads, “No person shall […] Read more »