Selectmen Frown on Vacation Carry-overs

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It is the end of fiscal year 2015, time for town employee requests to carry over unused vacation time into the next fiscal year – an annual custom that has Marion Board of Selectmen Chairman Stephen Cushing openly expressing his distaste for the tradition. “I think everybody knows what my opinion on the carry-over of […] Read more »

Bird Island Restoration Moves Forward

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The Commonwealth’s plan to restore the tern habitat of Bird Island in Marion was given the green light by the Marion Conservation Commission on June 24. Bird Island, a two-acre island just south of Butlers Point in Sippican Harbor, is the nesting habitat for about 53 percent of the endangered Roseate Tern population and about […] Read more »

Condo Developer Compromises with Neighbors

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Some residents weren’t happy June 25 when the motion to continue the hearing for the First Congregational Church’s appeal of the building permit issued to the developer of the abutting proposed condominium development failed. Some residents sighed loudly in disapproval and made insulting remarks about Marion Zoning Board of Appeals member Bob Alves because he […] Read more »

Selectmen Pass Gas Tanks

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A long time has gone by since Rochester has had a gas station, commented Rochester Board of Selectmen member and Town Clerk Naida Parker on June 22. So long, in fact, that she could not accurately state how long it would take for Colbea Enterprises to receive the license from the Town to install two […] Read more »

Acushnet Road Repair Inching Again

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Ken Motta, senior project manager of Field Engineering, came before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on June 22 seeking an Order of Conditions for the massive culvert and road repair project that residents have been waiting for – often angrily. But on this night, it was all systems go for this long anticipated work. Motta provided […] Read more »

When Is A Farm Really A Farm?

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With Mattapoisett now designated as a “Right to Farm” community, boards and commissions may see more property owners stepping forward to assert their right to use their land as a farm. And if so, members of such boards may have to take a quick course in agricultural zoning. That was the case on June 18 […] Read more »

Feasibility Study Still To Design New Town House

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Roughly 60 Marion residents gathered in the town’s Music Hall on Tuesday, June 23 during the midst of a summer thunderstorm to view the plans for the Town House restoration project. By the end of the presentation, it was clear that while residents hungered for cost estimates, the feasibility study is just moving into the […] Read more »

Solar Farm Proposed for Center of Rochester

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The historic center of Rochester may soon be home to a large-scale solar energy facility.  The 10-acre commercial solar farm would be built upon the old Gibbs dairy farm site, between New Bedford Road and Dexter Lane, right in the center of town. The solar facility would abut several residential properties as well as the […] Read more »

New Trash System Complaints Continue

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Rochester Town Administrator Michael McCue said complaints are still coming in about residents not following the new trash and recycling system method of curbside placement of trash, and the Rochester Board of Selectmen on June 15 wondered what future action should be taken if some residents continue to ignore the new rules for curbside waste […] Read more »

Board Approves Front Yard Garage

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Under the Town’s Zoning Bylaws, a garage or similar structure cannot be built in front of the property’s principle structure; however, when you are like Amy Johnson of 44 Walnut Plain Road and you haven’t got the space behind your house to fit a garage, you go to the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals for […] Read more »