Master Plan Progress Update


The Marion Planning Board has elected to dedicate one meeting per month to the ongoing Master Plan development, and on July 5 the board discussed comments and a draft document laying out the goals for land use and economic development. The key concept identified during several public workshops was “Village Style” mixed-use housing and commercial […] Read more »

Quarterly Meeting of ‘Team Marion’


Nearly 30 members of what Marion Selectmen Chairman Jody Dickerson called “Team Marion” met with the Marion Board of Selectmen on June 30 for a quarterly review of departmental budgets with department heads on the eve of the new fiscal year. Everyone from the tree warden to the Capital Planning Committee, the town administrator to […] Read more »

Sun Sets on Rochester Center Solar Farm


The Special Permit application for a solar farm slated for the historic center of Rochester has been withdrawn, essentially killing any progress the project has made with the Rochester Planning Board over the past 12 months since the application was first filed. A letter dated June 28, 2016 from developer Renewable Generation LLC’s engineer gives […] Read more »

Con Comm Questions Creative Oversteps


The Rochester Conservation Commission meeting on June 22 got off slowly as members straggled in. Commissioner John Teal used the opportunity to vent his frustration about the local deer population. ”There are way too many,” he said, frustrated. “They’re not giving the plants a chance to grow back.” “We need more hunters,” said commissioner Michael […] Read more »

To Be Continued…


The age-old adages “everything takes longer than planned” and “nothing ever goes smoothly” could have been applied during the June 27 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission as five of the eight planned hearings were continued until July 11. Before getting underway, Chairman Bob Rogers acknowledged commission member Peter Newton for his six years of […] Read more »

Solar Farm On-Track for Approval


The Meadowatt, LLC solar farm slated for 188-190 Marion Road (Route 105) is closing in on approval after the Rochester Planning Board on June 28 suggested the town planner devise a draft decision to review at the next meeting. With waiver requests all straightened out and the plan revised to replace a proposed vinyl faux […] Read more »

Wellspring Farm Educational Status Questioned


The June 23 meeting of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals was moved to the Rochester Council on Aging meeting room due to space considerations. That proved to be a good move when the room was packed to standing room only in advance of a hotly contentious hearing: Wellspring Farms. The board’s agenda featured an […] Read more »

“Tempest In A Teapot”


The June 22 meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission was moving along smoothly until a discussion with Jay Myrto of Clean Energy Collective got off to a rocky start. Chairman Norman Hills inquired why Myrto hadn’t considered an alternate screening plan for the Tucker Lane solar array versus the one the Planning Board had put […] Read more »

Marion Selectmen Mull Public Transportation


The Marion Rochester United U12 travel soccer team, faces proud and cheerful, sat on one side of the Marion Town House’s conference room as the Board of Selectmen began their meeting on the night of June 21. They had been called for recognition of their win in the girls’ under-12 division of the Cape Cod […] Read more »

Selectmen Introduce Early Voting


The Rochester Board of Selectmen meeting quickly started around 7:00 pm, even though the observers and the selectmen still wanted to enjoy the sunny day and the car show across the street at Plumb Corner. Rochester Chief Dispatcher Tracey Eldridge opened the meeting on June 20. “The State 911 Department is awarding grants for up […] Read more »