BOS Closes Warrant, Approves ORR Fiscal Study

The Marion fiscal year 2018 budget has been finalized, and the $21,950,375 sum now awaits the approval of town meeting members come this May 8. The Marion Board of Selectmen met with the Finance Committee on April 4 to briefly go over the finalized budget which, said Finance Committee Chairman Alan Minard, is a balanced […] Read more »

Local Schools Present Revised Budget

School Superintendent Douglas White, flanked by Mattapoisett local schools’ Principal Rose Bowman, Director of Student Services Michael Nelson, and Mattapoisett School Committee member James Muse, returned to the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on March 30 with a refined budget. Selectmen and Mattapoisett Finance Committee members had asked all town departments, including school, to stay within a […] Read more »

Loranger Condo Still Facing Opposition

The plan for a condominium at 426 Front Street has been reduced from a six-unit, 11-bedroom complex to a five-unit, 11-bedroom one, although the footprint of the building will remain the same. Developer Christian Loranger is seeking Marion Zoning Board of Appeals approval for the razing of an existing three-story historic home and the reconstruction […] Read more »

Marion Closer to LED Light Replacement

The issue of LED street lighting continued to dominate the discussion at the March 27 meeting of the Marion Energy Management Committee. Committee member Rob Fisher provided new details regarding the energy savings and program procedures for the procurement of the energy-saving lights. The committee intends to convert all the streetlights in Marion to LED […] Read more »

Another Solar Farm Coming to Rochester

This time, residents near the corner of Rounseville and Mendell Roads are learning all about the Tao of the solar farm. On March 28, the Rochester Planning Board heard plans for the town’s potential sixth large-scale solar panel installation – this one located on an open field and partially wooded property at 453 Rounseville Road. […] Read more »

ConCom Wants Quarantine of Invasives at Dump

Marion Conservation Commission member Jeffrey Doubrava proposed a quarantine of a section of the Benson Brook Road leaf disposal dump at the transfer station to prevent the spread of invasive species in Marion. On March 22, the commission as a whole approved a motion to allow Doubrava to draft a letter to Carver/Marion/Wareham Refuse Disposal […] Read more »

Tame Night For Conservation Commission

There have been numerous conservation commission meetings where the commissioners worked through long difficult agendas, sparred with consulting engineers over environmental impact, or tried to find a balance between Wetland Protection Act regulations and personal property rights. But not on March 27; it was a very tame night indeed. Coming before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission […] Read more »

Rochester Sets Annual Town Meeting Date

The Rochester Board of Selectmen on March 27 approved a date for the 2017 Rochester Annual Town Meeting, agreeing on Monday, May 22, at 7:00 pm in the Rochester Memorial School cafeteria. “I don’t have plans for a Special [Town Meeting] at this point,” said Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar. The board set the deadline date […] Read more »

Tri-Town Schools Wrap Up FY18 Budgets, Calendar

All the numbers are in and all fiscal year 2018 school budgets have been approved, ready for Town Meeting acceptance in May. The ORR School Committee was still talking about the Old Rochester Regional school district budget, the most contentious, during the March 23 joint meeting of the Tri-Town school committees. “It wasn’t even level-service […] Read more »

Rochester Memorial Budget Set

The Rochester School Committee met on March 23 with a focus on the local school budget. Superintendent Doug White presented the $6,076,537 FY18 budget, which is a 2.34% or $138,735 increase over FY17. The increases comprise: $115,081 (6.55%) for special education; $21,793 (0.75%) in professional staffing, $7,251 (2.58%) in regular day transportation; and an unspecified […] Read more »