Controversial Issues Discussed

Three controversial issues that have all been before the Mattapoisett Planning Board in the past were once again discussed during its March 2 meeting. The first was Appaloosa Lane represented by Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering. This subdivision has been threatened with having the Form C approval amended or rescinded for months as the board […] Read more »

Town Braces for NPDES News


Even though there was still no word from the Environmental Protection Agency since the Town responded to the EPA’s draft NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit, anticipated engineering costs estimated at around $450,000 topped the priority list for the Capital Improvement Planning Committee’s fiscal year 2016 report presented to the Marion Board of Selectmen […] Read more »

Pier Hearing Postponed in Mattapoisett


Due to poor weather conditions the Department of Environmental Protection hearing scheduled for Thursday evening in Mattapoisett has been postponed. At this time a new date for the meeting has not been scheduled. Read more »

Trash Collection Costs To Increase

Board of Health Agent Dale Barrows told the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on February 25 that rubbish collection costs in subsequent years are expected to drastically increase. “The downside of the whole project is that [prices] will go up,” said Barrows. He explained, saying that the SEMASS agreement was up for negotiation as it nears the […] Read more »

Town Talks Transportation


SRPEDD Transportation Manager Paul Mission and Jacqueline Schmidt, senior transportation planner, met with the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen during the February 24 meeting to discuss the town’s transportation needs. After Mission outlined the various state and federal agencies with which SRPEDD networks and the role of SRPEDD in developing plans as diverse as environmental projects […] Read more »

New Home Approved for Cove Street


Epic freezing temperatures didn’t impede the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals from being front and center in attendance at their February 19 meeting to hear one single item on the agenda. James and Debra Jones of 18 Upland Way sought a special permit to construct a new two-bedroom home at 3 Cove Street. Jones purchased […] Read more »

Three Candidates Run for Selectman


Incumbent Selectman of six years Naida Parker will vie for reelection against two other candidates in the Town’s biggest contested race this year – the seat on the Rochester Board of Selectmen. “I’ve been doing it for six years,” said Parker. “There are some things that we are working on that I’d like to continue […] Read more »

Committee Cuts Back Capital Improvement


Thursday evening the Marion Capital Improvement Planning Committee met to discuss revisions to the fiscal year 2016 report ahead of the March 3 Board of Selectmen meeting. The report details the plans of the CIPC for the next 10 years. A major change to the report from the last meeting was the removal of three […] Read more »

Board Content with Zoning Bylaw Progress


Just one night after discussing its limited commercial zoning bylaw amendment with selectmen, the Rochester Planning Board on February 24 made some finishing touches to the language and now looks toward presenting it to residents living in or near the affected zones. Based on issues brought up the night before, the board reviewed some notes […] Read more »

Marion Snow Budget in the Red


This snowy and icy February has drained the Town’s snow and ice removal budget, prompting the Marion Board of Selectmen on February 20 to vote to allow deficit spending to cover the expenses from the last storm and any further storms to come. The snow and ice removal budget was set at $50,000 and is […] Read more »