Budget Supports Special Education and Small Class Size

The Mattapoisett School Committee held a public hearing for the FY 2018 school budget prior to their regular meeting on April 10 at Center School. The public hearing was sparsely attended; however, the debate generated by a single attendee was significant. Superintendent Doug White outlined the priorities of the school committee and the drivers behind […] Read more »

ORR Tackles Student Speeding to School

The ORR school resource officer Matthew McGraw was asked by the Old Rochester Regional School Committee to look into reports of students speeding in their vehicles to school on Route 6, especially from the Marion direction. On April 5, McGraw reported his findings, prompting the committee and ORR Principal Michael Devoll to consider creating a […] Read more »

Pier May Be High And Dry At Low Tide

A re-evaluation of the costs associated with building a pier into Aucoot Cove sent engineer David Davignon back to the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on April 10 to request an amended Order of Conditions for a Notice of Intent filing by Jay Duker, 112 Aucoot Road. The new request sought to decrease the length of the […] Read more »

No Marijuana Bylaws Yet

As the Mattapoisett Finance Committee wends its way through department budgets in preparation for the spring annual town meeting, they heard from Planning Board Administrator Mary Crain on April 6. Crain’s overview of the planning board’s FY17 accomplishments and FY18 budget included thoughts on how the Planning Board will fit into the conversation of what […] Read more »

Grant to Cover Acushnet Road Bridge Repairs

During a brief working meeting on April 11, Mattapoisett Selectmen Tyler Macallister and Paul Silva along with Highway Surveyor Barry Denham discussed the May 16 annual elections, the upcoming spring town meeting, and the continuation of repairs to village roadways. Denham was congratulated on securing a Baker-Polito Administration Municipal Small Bridge Program grant. Denham said […] Read more »

Special Meeting to Deny Driveway

Michael Popitz’s Notification of Intent to construct a new driveway within the buffer zone of the wetlands was denied during a special meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission early morning on Saturday, April 8. The commission held the meeting before scheduled site visits in order to meet the 21-day deadline for issuing a decision once […] Read more »

Hartley Wins Selectman Seat, Question Fails

Greenwood “Woody” Hartley III is Rochester’s winner in the race for Board of Selectmen in this April 12, 2017 Annual Town Election. Hartley received well over half the votes for Board of Selectmen with 584. Incumbent Richard Nunes received 326, and Bendrix Bailey got 239 votes. Hartley was present for the closing of the polls […] Read more »

Solar Farm Screening Unacceptable, Board Says

A solar farm under development on Snipatuit Road by developer Melink Corporation was under some scrutiny by the Rochester Planning Board on April 11, as abutters described how they could still see the solar energy facility from their property. Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson said that a section of the site had been clear-cut, although […] Read more »

Decas Receives Amended Order of Conditions

On April 4, the Rochester Conservation Commission, along with members of the Rochester Soil Board and the Town’s attorney Blair Bailey, reached a compromise with Decas Cranberry Corporation, represented by Attorney Adam Brodsky and engineer Brian Grady for work related to the construction of a tailwater pond. This was the culmination of meetings that have […] Read more »

Covenant Complexities Flummox Planning Board

The April 3 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board found the members thumbing through reams of legal documents and yellow-lined work sheets in an effort to understand covenants governing the release of lots and conveyance of subdivisions within the Bay Club. Coming before the board were John Dawley, president and CEO of Northland Residential Corporation, […] Read more »