Brandt Point Village to Seek Legal Action


At the end of a very long evening of applications and hearings, Curtis Mello, a principal in the sub-division named Brandt Point Village, came before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission to discuss the replication area required in their permit. After some discussion regarding the best season in which to begin the construction work, Mello received approval […] Read more »

Snipatuit Pond Projects on Agenda


Rochester’s Conservation Commission members arrived just in time for the start of their 7:00 pm meeting, after completing a site visit to 566 Snipatuit Road. This location and one other on Snipatuit Pond were the public hearings on the night’s agenda. Kei Lau of 566 Snipatuit Road and Rick Charon of Charon Associates came before […] Read more »

Appaloosa Hearing Continued


It was another packed house with residents coming out to hear and, if necessary, once again voice concerns and issues regarding the sub-division project on Appaloosa Lane. After several months of hearings with both the Mattapoisett Planning Board and the Conservation Commission, residents from River Road finally succeeded – along with the input from Highway […] Read more »

River Road Improvements Reviewed


The River Road Improvement project will now be divided into two separate watershed areas to help eliminate continual flooding of the road during heavy rainfall and snowmelt. Shawn Syde and Matt Pitta of CDM Smith presented the revised plan to the Marion Conservation Commission at their June 11 evening meeting. “The north side of the […] Read more »

Stolen Money Will Not Be Recovered


Legal counsel for the ORR School Committee recommended the school district not take further action to recover money that was stolen in the 2011 cyber-hacking incident resulting in the theft of $134,000. A letter dated June_2014 {sic} stated that, as requested by the Joint Tri-Town Selectmen, the school district send Unibank a demand letter regarding […] Read more »

Conditions of Grant Writer Position Change


Grant Writer Pamela Marean volunteered to change her employment conditions after the controversy surrounding her performance came up during budget season when the Finance Committee wanted to cut the position, citing less than favorable results from Marean. “I’ve never had someone question my ability as a grant writer,” said Marean. She proposed changing her salaried […] Read more »

Selectmen Appoint New Town Administrator


After narrowing it down to two candidates, Rochester selectmen on June 16 held final interviews for the two finalists to replace Town Administrator Richard LaCamera, and then chose current Town of Avon Town Administrator Michael McCue over Newburyport’s Director of Policy and Administration Peter Lombardi. After concluding the interviews, Selectman Richard Nunes was first to […] Read more »

ConCom Says Planning Owns Drainage


Once again, it was late into the evening’s agenda when Mattapoisett’s Conservation Commission tackled the issue of drainage problems at two residential sub-divisions, Appaloosa Lane and Brandt Point Village. Chairman Peter Newton made it clear that Planning Boards were ultimately responsible for the approval and oversight of engineered drainage systems. These boards can call for […] Read more »

Future Fiscal Year Budget Items Reviewed


Members of the Marion Capital Improvement Planning Committee (CIPC) met June 5 at the police station and discussed a draft letter to all town department heads and committee chairmen regarding future financial planning. The purpose of the CIPC is to anticipate future town expenses.             During its March 18 meeting, the committee extended the planning […] Read more »

Committee Embraces New PARCC


The Marion School Committee said good-bye to the old pencil and paper MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) and hello to the new online PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam during its June 5 meeting. Just as Rochester had done the night before, Marion chose to embrace the PARCC exam after […] Read more »