Solar Bylaw Amendments Slated for TM Warrant


After a brief presentation by Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson, the Rochester Board of Selectmen have referred five proposed zoning bylaw amendments back to the Planning Board for a public hearing before they appear as five separate articles on the June 13 Annual Town Meeting warrant. Johnson told selectmen on May 2 that most of […] Read more »

Selectmen Hear Options for Wastewater Future


Results from a wastewater treatment study the town contracted CDM Smith to undertake suggest that septic systems in the region of Aucoot Cove contribute more to nitrogen pollution in the cove than the three unlined sludge lagoons at the wastewater treatment facility, with 31% and only 2%, respectively. The data from the study suggests a […] Read more »

Mattapoisett to Get Three New Fresh Water Wells


Henri Renauld, Mattapoisett’s water and sewer superintendent, came before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on April 25 for the town’s Notice of Intent application to dig three new 45-foot deep wells off 121 Acushnet Road. Renauld and his team described the site as entirely within the 100-foot buffer zone of the Mattapoisett River, thus requiring the […] Read more »

Energy Board Clarifies Solar Power in Marion


The Marion Energy Management Committee settled around the table in the front room of the Marion Music Hall on the night of April 25 to discuss a new solar energy farm proposal in Marion. Present was Mark Croke, a representative from Clean Energy Collective, who is proposing a solar energy partnership with the Town of […] Read more »

TM Warrant Signed, Sealed and to be Delivered


With a few days left until the Mattapoisett Town Meeting hits the stage at ORRHS on May 9 at 6:30 pm, Capital Improvement Committee Chairman Gerry Johnson and Town Administrator Michael Gagne presented the Board of Selectmen – Tyler Macallister, Jordon Collyer, and Paul Silva – with the warrant and its articles. Johnson’s report to […] Read more »

Yard Boss Sues Town for Defamation


Mattapoisett landscaping company Yard Boss has listed Mattapoisett Conservation Commission Chairman Bob Rogers and Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold as defendants in a civil lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages the company says it suffered due to defamatory claims against the company during three separate public meetings of the Conservation Commission. In the April 14 complaint, Yard […] Read more »

Crowd Backs Chief in Defense of EMS


Around 30 people, including local and regional emergency services personnel, attended the Rochester Board of Selectmen meeting on April 25 to defend the town’s public EMS service against Selectman Richard Nunes’ criticism last week of the program’s cost to the town. Fire Chief Scott Weigel broke down the fiscal year numbers for Nunes, explaining to […] Read more »

Residents Face New Solar Farm Neighbors


Some residents on Marion Road got acquainted with their new neighbors on the night of April 26 at the Rochester Planning Board meeting with Meadowatt, LLC, developers of a proposed solar farm. Although the tone was civil, the sentiment wasn’t exactly welcoming. Engineer Bob Bersin addressed a number of the board’s concerns carried over from […] Read more »

Rochester Zoning Denies Multi-Use Solar Property


“I want you to know that I feel really bad about being in Florida for the last snowstorm,” Rochester Zoning Board Chairman Richard Cutler said as he came in from an unseasonably chilly evening. He spoke to a full house – every bench was full, and chairs were drawn up in the back. The board […] Read more »

Bylaw Change Proposed to Help Meet Quorum


It doesn’t happen very often, but April 19 was one of those nights when the Rochester Conservation Commission had a hard time making a quorum for the public meetings. With two members calling in sick and another running late, associate member David Gagne suggested making a bylaw change that would allow the associate member to […] Read more »