Wetlands Bylaws Debated

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The Mattapoisett Conservation Commission once again considered and debated whether or not to move forward with a wetlands bylaw document. Chairman Bob Rogers had broached the subject during previous public meetings with the commission members asking each to review the bylaws that Freetown presently has in place as a starting point. Rogers asked that the […] Read more »

Public Hears Budget for Sippican School

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The Marion School District is seeking to adjust two staffing positions at Sippican School, Principal Lyn Rivet told the Marion School Committee during the fiscal year 2016 budget public hearing on March 4. The proposed budget – totaling $5,774,987 and up by $166,722 or 2.97% from FY15 – includes an increase in the vice principal […] Read more »

Members Disagree on School Choice

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Mattapoisett School Committee Chairman James Higgins said March 9 that he will not budge on his opposition to offering further school choice slots, even saying that he would be disappointed and upset if the committee were to offer slots for next year, especially at the kindergarten level. After a lengthy discussion that went back and […] Read more »

Ancient Way a Path for Development

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A property owner looking to divide his property into three lots under an eventual Approval Not Required application first met with the Rochester Planning Board on Tuesday, March 10 seeking guidance on roadway alterations and safety. Bill Goodman of 70 Parlowtown Road, a continuing gravel road at the end of Dexter Road, wants to divide […] Read more »

ZBA Upholds Solar Building Permit

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The Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on February 26 denied the Planning Board’s request to rescind the building permit Building Inspector Scott Shippey already issued for the Briggs’ solar farm slated for County Road. Referencing a decision written by Town Counsel Jon Witten for the ZBA, Chairman Eric Pierce said a minor site plan review […] Read more »

Board Hesitation Perplexes Applicant

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The March 2 public hearing for Saltworks Marine was continued on a discouraging note for owner Dan Crete and his engineer David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates after the Marion Planning Board hesitated to approve their request to waive a groundwater mounding analysis – a waiver Davignon asserted was legitimate based on precedent. […] Read more »

Saltworks Seeks Transparency with Plans

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Saltworks Marine representatives only want to be upfront with both phases planned for the newly acquired property at 291 Wareham Street, but some members of the Marion Conservation Commission thought their presentation looked too crammed with ‘ifs.’ The public hearing was continued right away since snow cover obstructed an onsite visit to inspect the area; […] Read more »

Controversial Issues Discussed

Three controversial issues that have all been before the Mattapoisett Planning Board in the past were once again discussed during its March 2 meeting. The first was Appaloosa Lane represented by Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering. This subdivision has been threatened with having the Form C approval amended or rescinded for months as the board […] Read more »

Town Braces for NPDES News

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Even though there was still no word from the Environmental Protection Agency since the Town responded to the EPA’s draft NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit, anticipated engineering costs estimated at around $450,000 topped the priority list for the Capital Improvement Planning Committee’s fiscal year 2016 report presented to the Marion Board of Selectmen […] Read more »

Pier Hearing Postponed in Mattapoisett

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Due to poor weather conditions the Department of Environmental Protection hearing scheduled for Thursday evening in Mattapoisett has been postponed. At this time a new date for the meeting has not been scheduled. Read more »