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 »

Detour, Not Shortcut for New Cell Antennas


The representative for Bell Atlantic Mobile, on behalf of Verizon, hoped the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals would overturn the building commissioner’s denial of a building permit to add 12 new cellular antennas to an existing tower off Cranberry Highway to expedite the project by circumventing site plan review with the Planning Board; instead, a […] Read more »

Resident Furious at Aquaculture Farmer


The Marion Conservation Commission on October 14 was ready to approve Shea Doonan’s proposed aquaculture farm off Ram Island. Instead of voting, however, the commission watched on as contention mounted between Doonan and a Ram Island neighbor vehemently opposed to the project because Doonan failed to inform him of the plan. “I find it very […] Read more »

ORR to Fundraise for Field Upgrades


Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Michael Devoll wants to make upgrading the school sports fields a priority and asked the ORR School Committee on October 14 to approve a special reserve account for a fundraising campaign to install artificial turf. Devoll hopes, with the help of some donors who might make significant contributions, to […] Read more »

ConCom Fully Loaded


The Mattapoisett Conservation Commission is once again fully loaded, that is, with a full slate of commissioners to handle the growing demands of the community for land use under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act. The new commissioners are Trevor Francis and Mike Dubuc. Dubuc is also a member of the Agricultural Commission. For […] Read more »

Selectmen Undecided on Land Donation


Developers of a potential solar farm off Snipatuit Road have offered to donate a 108-acre parcel of land abutting the 15 acres of proposed solar arrays to the Town, but the Rochester Board of Selectmen is hesitant to decide whether the Town or the Rochester Land Trust should accept the land donation. On October 19, […] Read more »

Planning Board Dissatisfied with Town Counsel


During the October 19 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board, residents from the Brandt Point Village subdivision were present to have their application heard, a request for public trash collection. One of the conditions in their subdivision covenant states that the neighborhood would not receive public trash collection. On this evening, they were seeking an […] Read more »