FinCom Not Ready for Recommendations


As the town inches closer to Town Meeting, a regular topic of discussion for the Marion Finance Committee continues to be the fire pumper truck requested by the Fire Department, just as it was last year. What has changed since then, though, is the FinCom’s acceptance of the high price tag that still hovers at […] Read more »

FinCom Meets with Cap Plan and CPC


The Mattapoisett Finance Committee met with members of the Capital Planning and Community Preservation Committees on March 25 to discuss their financial decisions for fiscal year 2016. Both committees will have their decisions voted upon during the annual town meeting in May. Chuck McCullough, Capital Planning chairman, accompanied by committee members Jerry Johnson and Alan […] Read more »

Talking ‘Bout the Rochester Country Fair


Who wouldn’t enjoy standing at the Rochester Country Fair listening to a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band while watching men throw telephone poles like javelins … with an ice-cold one in their hand? Sure, there might still be snow covering the Rochester Country Fairgrounds, but members of the Country Fair Committee are busy planning for the […] Read more »

Not Much Happening with ConCom


What do you do when every Marion Conservation Commission agenda item is continued and there is a quorum of members assembled with only meeting minutes to approve and no new business? You watch them make jokes, approve a set of meeting minutes or two (without arguing over them), and witness them adjourn in under 15 […] Read more »

Fire Damages House on Rochester Farm


Just before 11:00 a.m. today, April 2, the Rochester Fire Department was called out to a structure fire on Vaughan Hill Road in Rochester. The first unit on the scene reported, “fire through the roof.” Initial responders called for assistance from the Mattapoisett and Marion Fire Departments and a tanker from Rochester. The house is […] Read more »

Neighbors Hear Bylaw Changes


Armed with a 15-slide PowerPoint presentation and five pages of bylaw changes, Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Richard Cutler brought to order a special Saturday public meeting of the Rochester Planning Board and ZBA. Working together, these two boards have been editing existing bylaws regulating the Limited Commercial District in Rochester in an effort […] Read more »

Budget Season Close to Closing


Despite a $14,000 shortfall, Marion Finance Committee Chairman Alan Minard is confidant in the Marion Fiscal Year 2016 budget. The March 19 meeting was brief, with only three FinCom members present to meet with Norman Hills on behalf of the Planning Board and the Capital Improvement Planning Committee. With NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) […] Read more »

Easy Night for ConCom


With four continuances knocking out what could have been a very long meeting on March 23, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission quickly got down to business and handled a very light agenda. The Preserve at the Bay Club received an amended Order of Conditions for 104A Fieldstone Drive to add a retaining wall and some fill […] Read more »

Some Contest in Marion Annual Election


The deadline to return nomination papers passed on Monday, March 23 and the official 2015 Annual Election ballot has taken shape, which will also feature one referendum question for voters. Some key elected positions will be contested in this 2015 annual election, most notably the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and School Committee. William Dale […] Read more »

Passport Office Closes, Town Appeals Decision


The Town of Mattapoisett is going to fight the Boston Passport Agency’s abrupt decision to close the U.S. passport office at the Mattapoisett Town Hall as of March 31. In a March 10 letter from the agency addressed to Passport Agent Paula Butterfield, the agency cited low numbers in participation as the reason behind the […] Read more »