Special Meeting to Deny Driveway

Michael Popitz’s Notification of Intent to construct a new driveway within the buffer zone of the wetlands was denied during a special meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission early morning on Saturday, April 8. The commission held the meeting before scheduled site visits in order to meet the 21-day deadline for issuing a decision once […] Read more »

Hartley Wins Selectman Seat, Question Fails

Greenwood “Woody” Hartley III is Rochester’s winner in the race for Board of Selectmen in this April 12, 2017 Annual Town Election. Hartley received well over half the votes for Board of Selectmen with 584. Incumbent Richard Nunes received 326, and Bendrix Bailey got 239 votes. Hartley was present for the closing of the polls […] Read more »

Solar Farm Screening Unacceptable, Board Says

A solar farm under development on Snipatuit Road by developer Melink Corporation was under some scrutiny by the Rochester Planning Board on April 11, as abutters described how they could still see the solar energy facility from their property. Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson said that a section of the site had been clear-cut, although […] Read more »

Decas Receives Amended Order of Conditions

On April 4, the Rochester Conservation Commission, along with members of the Rochester Soil Board and the Town’s attorney Blair Bailey, reached a compromise with Decas Cranberry Corporation, represented by Attorney Adam Brodsky and engineer Brian Grady for work related to the construction of a tailwater pond. This was the culmination of meetings that have […] Read more »

Covenant Complexities Flummox Planning Board

The April 3 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board found the members thumbing through reams of legal documents and yellow-lined work sheets in an effort to understand covenants governing the release of lots and conveyance of subdivisions within the Bay Club. Coming before the board were John Dawley, president and CEO of Northland Residential Corporation, […] Read more »

Capital Planning Prioritizes Requests

As the clock ticks down to the Annual Town Meeting, municipal departments including local schools, natural resources, water and sewer, and police and fire are busy tweaking FY18 budgets. To that end, the town’s Capital Planning Committee has met with department heads who presented their lists of needs for the upcoming fiscal year. On March […] Read more »

Coalition Presents Revised Site Plan

The continued public hearing for the proposal by the Buzzards Bay Coalition for the field operations barn slated for the corner of Route 6 and Spring Street was the central discussion at the Marion Planning Board meeting on April 3. Susan Nilson of CLE Engineering addressed the concerns and questions posed by the Planning Board […] Read more »

BOS Closes Warrant, Approves ORR Fiscal Study

The Marion fiscal year 2018 budget has been finalized, and the $21,950,375 sum now awaits the approval of town meeting members come this May 8. The Marion Board of Selectmen met with the Finance Committee on April 4 to briefly go over the finalized budget which, said Finance Committee Chairman Alan Minard, is a balanced […] Read more »

Local Schools Present Revised Budget

School Superintendent Douglas White, flanked by Mattapoisett local schools’ Principal Rose Bowman, Director of Student Services Michael Nelson, and Mattapoisett School Committee member James Muse, returned to the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on March 30 with a refined budget. Selectmen and Mattapoisett Finance Committee members had asked all town departments, including school, to stay within a […] Read more »

Loranger Condo Still Facing Opposition

The plan for a condominium at 426 Front Street has been reduced from a six-unit, 11-bedroom complex to a five-unit, 11-bedroom one, although the footprint of the building will remain the same. Developer Christian Loranger is seeking Marion Zoning Board of Appeals approval for the razing of an existing three-story historic home and the reconstruction […] Read more »