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 »

Solar Attorney Questions Board’s Purview


The attorney for Clean Energy Solutions, developers of a solar farm located in Marion but with the access site in Rochester, questioned the Rochester Planning Board’s assertion that it has jurisdiction over a solar facility in Marion beyond the access site in Rochester on July 28. Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson told Attorney Richard Serkey […] Read more »

ZBA Looks at New Plan, Denies Church’s Appeal


Members of the Marion First Congregational Church didn’t like Christian Loranger’s initial design for the five-unit condominium complex he is building next door, even though Loranger’s plan complied with the Town’s Zoning Bylaws and a building permit was issued. Some church members, represented by Bill Saltonstall, filed an appeal with the Marion Zoning Board of […] Read more »

Car Break-Ins in Marion


The Marion Police Department is investigating several car break-ins, which occurred during the overnight hours from Sunday into Monday morning. All the incidents happened in the North Marion area, on Route 105, County Road and Quails Crossing. It appears that all the vehicles were unlocked. Items reported missing were tools and a car stereo. Police […] Read more »

Enforcement Orders, Hearings Continued


For many months, the Rochester Conservation Commission has tried to get two property owners into some sort of reasonable compliance with wetlands protection laws, and ever so slowly it now appears that the commission is gaining ground. The July 21 meeting started after commission members returned from a site visit to property owned by Robin […] Read more »

Rochester Solar Farm Scope Reduced by Half


Residents living near the proposed solar farm slated for the center of Rochester were surprised to hear July 20 that the developer has scaled down the size of the project by 50 percent – from a 10-acre solar farm to a 5-acre one. The Rochester Board of Selectmen, although not a party to the permitting […] Read more »

Brandt Point Village Discussed, Again


During the July 20 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board, an informal discussion regarding the Brandt Point Village subdivision garnered another hour of questions, concerns, and debate. The new owner, Joseph Fortado, along with his attorney, John McGreen, and engineer, Al Loomis, met with the Planning Board members to discuss decreasing the number of housing […] Read more »