Superintendent Storms Out of Meeting


“I wasted my time again!” Those were the last words spoken by Mattapoisett Highway Superintendent Barry Denham as he stormed out of the December 29 public meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board during discussion over the Brandt Point Village subdivision. The board had received a letter from the subdivision project’s attorney John Williams that stated […] Read more »

Board Seeks Wastewater Permit Solution


As recommended by Town Administrator Paul Dawson, the Marion Board of Selectmen moved forward with its response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft NPDES permit, which according to Dawson, placed unrealistic demands on the Town’s wastewater treatment system that would lead to costly upgrades and a complete overhaul of the current wastewater treatment techniques. The […] Read more »

Applicants Make Pitch for CPC Funds


The Mattapoisett Community Preservation Commission reviewed the applications of several projects looking for 2015 CPC funding on December 18, when applicants gave commission members the details of their proposals, hoping that they will receive the CPC’s support. The role of the CPC is to decide how to spread Town Meeting approved taxpayer funds reserved specifically […] Read more »

Sewer Stub Questioned


Returning for another informal discussion with the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission was Ronald Sylvia, an abutter to 16 Cove Street, which was deemed an unbuildable lot in 1997 by the Mattapoisett Building Department. Sylvia had previously brought to the attention of the Conservation Commission a questionable sewer stub at that location that caused him to wonder […] Read more »

‘Friendly Denial’ for Comcast Contract


The Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester Boards of Selectmen, during a joint meeting of the Tri-Town selectmen on December 15, rejected the renewal of the three towns’ contract with Comcast with a unanimous vote. Marion was represented by Town Administrator Paul Dawson and Selectmen Jonathan Henry and Jody Dickerson. Town Administrator Michael McCue and Selectmen Richard […] Read more »

Applicant Told to Re-file


“It’s hardly a ‘McMansion,’” Engineer Rick Charon told the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on December 11, when describing his client’s plan to build a raised single-family house with two new decks at 80 Dexter Road. That may be the case, but Pamela Oliveira will still have to withdraw her application for a setback variance […] Read more »

Board Zips Through Short Agenda


When you must appear before a local appeals board hoping for approval for a project, the hearing is a big deal. You hope that you have all your documentation correct and ready, have all the answers to the questions that might be asked of you, and even sometimes sit with your fingers crossed hoping for […] Read more »

Board Forms Annex Study Committee


Shortly after the adjournment of the joint meeting of the Tri-Town selectmen on December 15, the Rochester Board of Selectmen held their own meeting and established the ad hoc Town Hall Annex Study Committee it promised to create, after the board’s Special Town Meeting article to fund a feasibility study to build a new annex […] Read more »

Control, Not Exclusion


Tasked with protecting the town from businesses that could change the character of Marion with their trademarked color schemes, drive-thru windows, and sheer size, the Marion Planning Board Master Plan Subcommittee is weighing its options on how best to regulate such businesses without appearing to blatantly exclude them. Subcommittee Co-Chairman Rico Ferrari made a few […] Read more »

ORR to Offer ‘Gateway to College’


Students who dropped out of high school or are struggling in the high school setting and considering dropping out have a new avenue to success in earning their high school diploma – while simultaneously earning credits toward college. The Old Rochester Regional School Committee on December 10 gave approval for ORR to offer the “Gateway […] Read more »