Town, Residents Want Marijuana Moratorium

On December 11, residents attended a special meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board to publically discuss the Town’s options regarding recreational marijuana regulations. Police Chief Mary Lyons, Fire Chief Andrew Murray, Public Health Nurse Amada Stone, Selectman Tyler Macallister, and Town Administrator Michael Gagne joined the Planning Board. As the clock ticks down on a […] Read more »

Briggs Says Bylaw Drives Him Toward 40B

Marion property owner Sherman Briggs is 65. He wants to retire, he says, and after ten years of trying to work with the Town on re-zoning the “Gurney” site, property he owns off Spring Street that he wants to develop into a multi-family condominium community, Briggs says he’s done. And as the Marion Planning Board […] Read more »

Accessory Apartment Pending

Alice and Brad Sheehan of 16 Inland Road are hoping to make some minor renovations to their cement block garage to provide an accessory apartment space for family visits and subsequent rental, but Marion bylaws may not provide that request so easily – documentation that an accessory apartment has been rented in the past before […] Read more »

Nighelli Promoted to Lieutenant

Before getting down to the real agenda for the evening, the Town of Marion holiday party, the Marion Board of Selectmen on December 4 approved retiring Police Chief Lincoln Miller’s recommendation to promote Sergeant Richard Nighelli to the rank of lieutenant. “As the board is well aware,” Miller wrote in a memo dated November 30 […] Read more »

Pennies Add Up to Savings

In the parlance of assessors, or at least Mattapoisett’s Principal Assessor Kathleen Costello, “It’s all about the levy.” Costello was talking about the property tax levy, or rate, for fiscal 2018. The news was scheduled to have been “a modest increase.” But after some pencil sharpening with the Accountant’s Office after the November 29 meeting […] Read more »

Sippican Shines in MCAS 2.0

Sippican School Principal Lyn Rivet is proud of Sippican School students’ performance on the new MCAS 2.0 results from last year, and Rivet reviewed the data with the equally proud Marion School Committee on November 29. With 99 to 100%participation on the standardized test, Sippican School was already ahead of the state average. “That’s a […] Read more »

Wareham Street Redevelopment Receives Waivers

It was a full agenda at the Marion Planning Board’s meeting on December 4. The evening was dominated by a lengthy discussion regarding the redevelopment plan for 111 Wareham Street. The continued public hearing for the Site Plan review of the proposal for 111 Wareham Street centered on the peer review letter submitted by Tibbetts […] Read more »

Members Discuss List of Wetlands Violations

Kicking off the long-ish list of wetlands violations in town up for discussion, the Marion Conservation Commission on November 29 voted in favor of issuing an Enforcement Order to Ann Severance of 20 Front Street after the commission members during a recent site visit noted “numerous egregious wetland violations,” as commission member Shaun Walsh stated. […] Read more »

With Tax Bill Delay, Town Must Borrow

It was a short meeting, but an important one nonetheless, for the Rochester Board of Selectmen on December 4. The selectmen held an early meeting before the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony to sign a Revenue Anticipation Note (RAN) in anticipation of some short-term borrowing to tide the Town over until tax bills go out […] Read more »

Proof Before Approval

When Neil Lefaivre of Empire Design-Build, Inc. met with the Rochester Conservation Commission on December 5 to discuss his client’s 24-foot by 17-foot sunroom addition, he believed he had all the proverbial ducks in a row. On behalf of Matthew Monteiro of 590 New Bedford Road, Lefaivre submitted stamped engineered drawings and evidence that abutters […] Read more »