Board Grants Waivers for Solar Farm


Solar energy developer Clean Energy Collective received approval for a number of waivers pertaining to stormwater management on August 11, after resubmitting the request to the Rochester Planning Board and thus satisfying the board’s request for additional details beyond the initial request. After some discussion, the board granted the waivers, save for one of them […] Read more »

Grassi Bog Watershed Issues Aired


Scott Erdmann met with the Marion Board of Selectmen on August 4 to air his grievances regarding rising waters on his property from the Grassi Bog watershed area, a town-owned open space property that abuts his Mill Street home. Erdmann said changes made to the dike and canal systems around the bog property – changes […] Read more »

Marion Master Plan Public Meeting 2.0


On August 1, approximately 35 residents and town officials met in the Marion Music Hall with the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District’s (SRPEDD) municipal planning group for a continuation of public discussions aimed at helping the town create a master plan. Grant King, principal comprehensive planner/information specialist for SRPEDD, was the facilitator for […] Read more »

Confusion Clouds Solar Project


Representatives for the Clean Energy Initiatives solar farm project proposed for the Clemishaw property off Tucker Lane expressed confusion and frustration on August 3 at the seemingly esoteric nature of a part of the town’s solar bylaw, as interpreted by Marion Planning Board Chairman Robert Lane. The main issue that contributed to miscommunication between Bob […] Read more »

Leisure Shores Marina In Compliance


During her monthly report to the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board, Harbormaster Jill Simmons said, “Bob Ringuette has done everything that was asked…” referring to an Enforcement Order from the Conservation Commission, as well as clean up of the cove where his marina business is located. Deteriorating Styrofoam floats, encroachments into marshes and eelgrass beds, fuel […] Read more »

Emotions Boil Over Trash Talk


Once again, residents from the Village at Mattapoisett condominium cluster housing site came before the Mattapoisett Planning Board with their petition to have the covenant for the complex modified. The issue was trash. Daniel Deluz, a condominium resident and association spokesman, was accompanied at the August 3 meeting by approximately 25 other residents to once […] Read more »

ConCom Meets with Candidates


With so many vacancies on various boards and commissions in Mattapoisett, it was surprising to see four residents come forward vying for a single slot made available with the departure of Tom Copps from the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission. Chairman Bob Rogers invited the candidates to briefly share their backgrounds and reasons for tossing their hats […] Read more »

New Businesses In Mattapoisett


While one new business owner found a clear path when asking for a license to conduct business in Mattapoisett, another found bumps in the road. Katherine Gauvin, a local resident, came before the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on July 23 requesting permission to operate a catering and food concession truck in Mattapoisett serving what she […] Read more »

Solar Project Will Not Disturb Wetlands


A community solar farm project developed by Clean Energy Collaborative, slated for a parcel of land off Tucker Lane, will have no impact on wetlands, Wetlands Engineer Mark Arnold told the Marion Conservation Commission July 22. The wetlands at the parcel consist of cranberry bogs, swampland, and bona fide vegetative wetlands (BVW). Some trees within […] Read more »

Ticks, Drugs, and Section 8 Control


With the help of an intern, the Marion Board of Health and Public Health Nurse Kathy Downey are getting the word out about tick-borne diseases through multimedia presentations – for all ages from kindergarten to adult – and other tools such as new and more detailed signs placed strategically at popular hiking paths and conservation […] Read more »