Lack of Responsiveness Allegations Debunked


It was deep into the evening’s meeting before Attorneys Brian Winner and Jonathan Silverstein of Kopelman and Paige, Mattapoisett’s town counsel, were asked to join the Mattapoisett Planning Board at the conference table. But once seated, Silverstein went directly to why he and Winner were present: to defend their responsiveness and attention to the town’s […] Read more »

Aquaculture Farm Approval Still Pending


Applicant to establish an aquaculture farm off Ram Island Shea Doonan will have to wait further for the Marion Conservation Commission to grant, or not to grant, his Request for Determination of Applicability for the project. Continued from October 14, the public hearing was again continued until November 18 until Doonan, annoyed abutter Michael Moore […] Read more »

Waterfront Wish List Discussed


Mattapoisett’s most sensitive and important feature is its seaside location. Protecting the harbor, the water, and surrounding waterfront features falls to several boards and committees; yet, one has been quietly striving for months to give form and meaning to a harbor master plan fit for state certification, as well as a new set of rules, […] Read more »

Board Still Seeks Public’s Input for Master Plan


The question of how to reach out to Marion locals emerged as the main topic of discussion at the Marion Planning Board’s November 2 meeting. Planning Board Chairman Robert Lane, Vice Chairman Rico Ferrari, Clerk Norman Hills, and Planning Board members Jennifer Francis, Eileen Marum, and Michael Popitz were all present, leaving only Stephen Gonsalves […] Read more »

Town to Pursue Grant Tabled by STM


The Marion Board of Selectmen voted on November 3 to move forward with an application for a New England Program Water Quality Management grant, although voters at the October 26 Special Town Meeting tabled the article to appropriate $50,000 to obtain the $200,000 grant to study the feasibility of expanding municipal sewer service to Aucoot […] Read more »

Rochester Postpones Special TM Indefinitely


The Rochester Board of Selectmen voted November 2 to indefinitely postpone the November 30 Special Fall Town Meeting until pending legislation finally resolves the matter of the 2015 Annual Town Meeting’s lack of a quorum. In light of the after-the-fact discovery of the absence of the quorum, the Town contacted the attorney general’s office and […] Read more »

Sale Of Bonds Saves Town Money


With a stunning triple A bond rating, bidding was brisk for Mattapoisett’s bonds from the opening bell until close. The winner was FTN Financial Capital Markets from Tennessee. The Town’s financial advisors from Uni-Bank, along with Town Treasurer Brenda Herbeck, presented the copious documents to the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on October 27 for signing. […] Read more »

Yard Boss ‘Shameless,’ Says Chairman


In spite of photographic evidence and eyewitness testimony that Yard Boss, a local landscape company, is taking water from the Mattapoisett River, neither Fairhaven nor Mattapoisett seem legally able to stop them. Mattapoisett Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold told the commissioners on October 26 that the latest photograph, which was displayed on the conference room’s video […] Read more »

Voters Say Nay to Sewer Expansion Grant


Marion Special Fall Town Meeting voters on October 26 finally accepted a new ambulance, but they flat out rejected the Board of Selectmen’s article to appropriate $50,000 to match a potential grant of $200,000 that could have led to expanded municipal sewer service to the Indian and Aucoot Cove area neighborhoods of Marion and Mattapoisett […] Read more »

Marion’s Master Plan – A Work in Process


On Saturday, October 24, about 50 people in Marion gathered in the Music Hall for another round of workshops to discuss a master plan for the town. Navigating through the multi-layered process was SRPEDD’s Grant King, principal comprehensive planner. As he has done in previous planning workshops, King noted that SRPEDD’s role is assisting cities […] Read more »