Tax Rate Steady in Rochester


Rochester residents will be relieved to hear that their taxes will not be increasing this year. In fact, they will enjoy a six-cent relief from their tax rate. On September 21, the Rochester Board of Selectmen approved the recommended tax rate of $14.01 per thousand of value for each property class after a brief presentation […] Read more »

Walking, Biking, Driving Dominate Meeting


On September 22, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen meeting was dominated by discussions around the importance of giving residents safe streets in terms of walkability, cycling, and signage. Bonne DeSousa met with the selectmen to discuss a wide range of items including the success Mattapoisett had in being awarded as winners of the Southcoast Bikeway […] Read more »

Board Lowers Escrow Amount, Approves Plan


The Marion Planning Board, despite no agreement on a sum for the decommissioning escrow account, approved the Special Permit and Site Plan review for the Clean Energy Collective solar farm off Tucker lane on September 21, concluding a weeks-long contentious argument amongst board members. After more back and forth over the reasonability of the $75,000 […] Read more »

Town Puts Conditions on Plowing Private Roads


The Town of Marion has agreed to plow private ways, but the majority of residents who live on those private roads must inform the Town no later than October 16 that want to formally opt in to the service, and certain conditions must be met before the Town will assume the snow and ice removal […] Read more »

Budget Increase is Main Goal for Committee


During Superintendent Doug White’s presentation on focus areas for the current school year, concerns about the three towns’ insistence on a level-funded school budget as populations grow at both ORR schools dominated the conversation. Members of the Joint School Committee on September 17 agreed more community outreach and better dissemination of information about the activities […] Read more »

Trash Talk Wins


It took over a year, but Daniel daLuz and his coalition of residents from the Villages at Mattapoisett received an affirmative vote that will allow their trash to be collected and paid for by the town. On September 21, his frequent visits to the Planning Board paid off. Board members reviewed passages in the contracts […] Read more »

Tailwater Pond Management


Tailwater is a water retention pond located downstream from hydraulic structures such as dams and connected bodies of water. A tailwater pond will be an integral part of bog construction planned by Decas Cranberry Company at their 109 Neck Road property in Rochester. Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering returned to the Rochester Conservation Commission on […] Read more »

Rochester to Seek Updated Website


It is no secret that the Town of Rochester website is a bit outdated when it comes to user-friendliness and accessibility of up-to-date information. Even some applicants for special permits and variances with the ZBA have received incorrect information from the website, said ZBA member Kirby Gilmore, which affects the efficiency of the application process. […] Read more »

Girls’ Ice Hockey Coming to ORR


The Old Rochester Regional High School sports program will now offer girls’ co-op ice hockey now that the Old Rochester Regional School Committee has granted ORR Athletic Director Bill Tilden’s request he made the night of September 9. The team will be a cooperative with the Towns of Bourne, Mashpee, and Wareham, and when Tilden […] Read more »

Landscaper Taking Public Water for Profit


On September 14, Mattapoisett Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold brought before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission a letter received from a local advisory group. That advisory group is the Mattapoisett River Valley Water Supply Protection Advisory Committee, a watchdog group with their eyes on the public water supply, protecting and enhancing this vital resource for the towns […] Read more »