ConCom Approves Multi-Layered Changes


Three projects on the August 25 agenda of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission requested multiple changes to previously permitted projects. David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, Inc. represented all three. The first applicants were Daniel and Daneen Eilertsen, 20 Water Street. Davignon said that the request was needed to fine-tune the master plan, tweaking […] Read more »

Swift Motion for Solar Farm Approval


It took almost two years and a lawsuit against the Town before Dale and Laura Briggs could move forward with their plan to construct a solar farm on their County Road property, and on August 21, with no further discussion, the Marion ZBA passed a unanimous motion to grant the variance, giving the green light […] Read more »

Dogs Continue to Cause Nuisance


The incessant barking from a residential kennel remains ongoing after over a year of complaints, and the Rochester Board of Selectmen offered no concrete solution for the matter, choosing instead to take the issue under advisement and consult with town counsel before taking action. Neighbors of Liberal and Melinda Teixeira of 368 North Avenue testified […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Water Restriction Lifted


The restriction of outdoor water usage in Mattapoisett has been officially lifted as of today, August 27, and residents can now resume using their outdoor sprinklers and hoses as usual. Water and Sewer Superintendent Nick Nicholson said during a phone interview this morning that the Fairhaven well at Tinkham Lane has been repaired and the […] Read more »

Quorum Confusion Delays Vote


Can we vote or can’t we vote? That was the million dollar question on August 27 when the Rochester Planning Board, poised to approve the site plan review with its town counsel-approved draft decision in hand, lacked a quorum to constitute a “super majority” of five members, which the chairman thought was needed to approve […] Read more »

Three Special Permits Granted


Mattapoisett’s Zoning Board of Appeals on August 23 granted three special permits in rapid succession. Each of the projects brought before Chairman Susan Akin and members Paul Milott, Norman Lyonnais, and Tony Tranfaglia, as well as Director of Inspectional Services Andy Bobola, was represented by Field Engineering. First up was Mark Robert for property located […] Read more »

Brief Agenda, Weighty Issues


Brad Saunders, representing the Bay Club, was once again before the Mattapoisett Planning Board to continue his efforts in making changes to the zoning bylaws. As previously presented to the board, Saunders has drafted changes that would allow some general business-zoned locations to be used for cluster sub-divisions and some light industrial areas to be […] Read more »

Surplus Vehicles Approved for Transfer


Since they were already meeting on August 18 to discuss Sprague’s Cove, the Marion Board of Selectmen decided to cancel their Tuesday, August 19 meeting and approve a few items before their August 18 meeting with ConCom and MOSAC. Most of the discussion focused on 525 County Road, a property that is in disarray, for […] Read more »

Master Plan Gains Traction


The Marion Planning Board continued discussion August 18 on the proposed town Master Plan. The stated goal of the Master Plan is to provide a framework for how Marion can become a sustainable community in the future by creating a plan of action that addresses the interdependence of economic, environmental, and social issues, allowing the […] Read more »

ConCom and MOSAC Visit Grassi Bog


Two new aluminum gangways are going in at Grassi Bog to provide trail access for hikers after the Marion Conservation Commission on August 13 approved the Marion Open Spaces Acquisition Commission’s request – but it did not go through without a little harsh criticism about MOSAC and the Grassi Bog property from one commission member. […] Read more »