Anonymous Complaints Debunked


David McIntire, 18 Main Street, came before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on September 12 to secure extensions for orders of conditions on 11 lots in the Bay Club sub-division. Four of those were granted after Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold confirmed wetland delineation flagging that had recently been re-established. The remaining lots are pending wetland flagging […] Read more »

Bird Island Restoration Changes Approved


The Marion Conservation Commission on September 8 approved some modifications in the Bird Island restoration project plan during a special meeting held specifically for this one agenda item. Carolyn Mostello of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife and Adam Burnett from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District described some of the […] Read more »

Selectmen Approve Special Town Meeting Warrant


The Marion Special Fall Town Meeting Warrant was closed and approved by the Board of Selectmen on Friday, September 9, during a special morning meeting in the town administrator’s office. The warrant features five articles, including one to accept the donation of the VFW building at 465 Mill Road, Route 6. The article, if approved […] Read more »

Marion Adopts Synthetic Drug Ban


During a public hearing (sans any public) on Tuesday, September 13, the Marion Board of Health voted in favor of adopting a bylaw that outlaws the sale and purchase of synthetic drugs – synthetic marijuana, synthetic stimulants, and synthetic psychedelics/hallucinogens – but not without a moment of hesitation beforehand. The bylaw reads, “No person shall […] Read more »

Draft Of Master Plan Reviewed


The September 6 meeting of the Marion Planning Board was dominated with discussion regarding the master plan draft from SRPEDD. Board members in attendance were Chairman Robert Lane, Stephen Kokkins, Jennifer Francis, Eileen Marum, Will Saltonstall , and Michael Popitz. Also in attendance and leading the master plan discussion was Town Planner Ken Buckland. The […] Read more »

Error in Grassi Bog Plans Discovered


The long awaited repairs to the town-owned Grassi Bog property hit a bump in the dike road when it was discovered that measurements on the NRCS engineered drawings were wrong. Formerly the U.S. Conservation Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Services agency is funding repairs that will result in improved drainage and stormwater management to the […] Read more »

VFW Officially Offers Building to Town


The Town of Marion has officially been presented with an offer for the donation of the Benjamin D. Cushing VFW Post 2425 building at 465 Mill Road, and the offer will appear on the October 24 Special Fall Town Meeting warrant. The VFW made the offer in a letter addressed to the Marion Board of […] Read more »

Police Chief and School Committee Clear the Air


Ever since Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee read the news coverage of the June 9 meeting of the Rochester School Committee, he has struggled with a “personal issue” stemming from comments made specifically by School Committee member Sharon Hartley about the chief’s proposal before the Rochester Board of Selectmen to hire a part-time resource officer […] Read more »

Wellspring Farm Special Permit Delayed


Referring to the long, drawn out process he has gone through with multiple hearings before various town boards as “nerve wrecking,” Jim Vogel accompanied by his wife, Holly, and attorney George Boerger, were once again before the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on August 25. Since the June ZBA hearing on whether or not the […] Read more »

Board Still Waiting for Zero Waste Timeline


Mike Camara, CEO of ABC Disposal, the owning company of the Zero Waste facility off Cranberry Highway in Rochester, told the Rochester Planning Board on August 24 that after filing for Chapter 11 protection and a subsequent fire, he is unable to give the board what it wanted that night – a timeline for construction. […] Read more »