Solar Project Will Not Disturb Wetlands

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A community solar farm project developed by Clean Energy Collaborative, slated for a parcel of land off Tucker Lane, will have no impact on wetlands, Wetlands Engineer Mark Arnold told the Marion Conservation Commission July 22. The wetlands at the parcel consist of cranberry bogs, swampland, and bona fide vegetative wetlands (BVW). Some trees within […] Read more »

Ticks, Drugs, and Section 8 Control

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With the help of an intern, the Marion Board of Health and Public Health Nurse Kathy Downey are getting the word out about tick-borne diseases through multimedia presentations – for all ages from kindergarten to adult – and other tools such as new and more detailed signs placed strategically at popular hiking paths and conservation […] Read more »

Solar Attorney Questions Board’s Purview

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The attorney for Clean Energy Solutions, developers of a solar farm located in Marion but with the access site in Rochester, questioned the Rochester Planning Board’s assertion that it has jurisdiction over a solar facility in Marion beyond the access site in Rochester on July 28. Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson told Attorney Richard Serkey […] Read more »

ZBA Looks at New Plan, Denies Church’s Appeal

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Members of the Marion First Congregational Church didn’t like Christian Loranger’s initial design for the five-unit condominium complex he is building next door, even though Loranger’s plan complied with the Town’s Zoning Bylaws and a building permit was issued. Some church members, represented by Bill Saltonstall, filed an appeal with the Marion Zoning Board of […] Read more »

Car Break-Ins in Marion

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The Marion Police Department is investigating several car break-ins, which occurred during the overnight hours from Sunday into Monday morning. All the incidents happened in the North Marion area, on Route 105, County Road and Quails Crossing. It appears that all the vehicles were unlocked. Items reported missing were tools and a car stereo. Police […] Read more »

Enforcement Orders, Hearings Continued

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For many months, the Rochester Conservation Commission has tried to get two property owners into some sort of reasonable compliance with wetlands protection laws, and ever so slowly it now appears that the commission is gaining ground. The July 21 meeting started after commission members returned from a site visit to property owned by Robin […] Read more »

Rochester Solar Farm Scope Reduced by Half

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Residents living near the proposed solar farm slated for the center of Rochester were surprised to hear July 20 that the developer has scaled down the size of the project by 50 percent – from a 10-acre solar farm to a 5-acre one. The Rochester Board of Selectmen, although not a party to the permitting […] Read more »

Brandt Point Village Discussed, Again

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During the July 20 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board, an informal discussion regarding the Brandt Point Village subdivision garnered another hour of questions, concerns, and debate. The new owner, Joseph Fortado, along with his attorney, John McGreen, and engineer, Al Loomis, met with the Planning Board members to discuss decreasing the number of housing […] Read more »

Residents, Board Air Solar Farm Concerns

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A letter dated July 16, 2015 from G.A.F. Engineering and addressed to the Marion Board of Selectmen about the withdrawal of seven acres of Chapter 61A agricultural/horticultural use land for the purpose of a solar farm prompted a new line of questioning from the Marion Planning Board on the first night of public hearings for […] Read more »

Town Meeting Was Held Without a Quorum

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Selectmen admitted July 20 to the recent discovery that the June 8 Rochester Annual Town Meeting was held without a quorum, resulting in town counsel’s scurrying for a solution. The Rochester Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator Michael McCue, and Town Counsel Blair Bailey all appeared visibly unprepared for the questioning initiated by former town moderator […] Read more »