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 »

Residents, Board Air Solar Farm Concerns


A letter dated July 16, 2015 from G.A.F. Engineering and addressed to the Marion Board of Selectmen about the withdrawal of seven acres of Chapter 61A agricultural/horticultural use land for the purpose of a solar farm prompted a new line of questioning from the Marion Planning Board on the first night of public hearings for […] Read more »

Town Meeting Was Held Without a Quorum


Selectmen admitted July 20 to the recent discovery that the June 8 Rochester Annual Town Meeting was held without a quorum, resulting in town counsel’s scurrying for a solution. The Rochester Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator Michael McCue, and Town Counsel Blair Bailey all appeared visibly unprepared for the questioning initiated by former town moderator […] Read more »

Denham Asks For Support


Mattapoisett’s Highway Surveyor Barry Denham came before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on July 13 with a request. He sought the commission’s support, should such support be necessary where the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is concerned. The issue was once again the culvert repairs on Acushnet Road. “DOT is asking for more hydraulics on Tinkham Pond […] Read more »

Habitat Says ‘Thanks’ with Sign


As a way to thank donors, the Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is designing a large-scale sign for display in front of 185 Wareham Road throughout the duration of construction of the Habitat house. The 6-foot by 6-foot sign is a little bit bigger than the Town’s bylaw allows, so the president of the […] Read more »

ConCom to Homeowner: It’s Your Responsibility


Your contractor can tell you whatever they want to, but it is the homeowner’s responsibility to file for permission with the Marion Conservation Commission before any work is done on your property if it contains wetlands, said commission member Jeffrey Doubrava to Chuong Pham of 22 Bass Point Road. Pham came before the board to […] Read more »

Board to Visit Latest Solar Site


There weren’t any public hearings scheduled for the July 14 Rochester Planning Board meeting, but plenty of solar farm projects made the agenda as items to discuss, including the 10-acre solar farm proposed within the Rochester historic district in the center of town. The board made arrangements for a Friday night July 24 site visit […] Read more »

Johnson Site Plan Approval Extended


It was smooth sailing for the Marion Planning Board at their regular meeting on Monday, July 6. Before adjourning, the board extended a site plan approval for Johnson Family Investments, as well as concluded the pre-submission conference for the Gas Station Allied Ventures property located at 439 Wareham Street. Arnold Johnson appeared before the board […] Read more »

MassDOT Requests More Acushnet Road Data


Highway Surveyor Barry Denham met with the Mattapoisett Planning Board during its July 6 meeting to request approval of plans for the rebuilding of the Acushnet Road culvert. The project has been inching its way through time-consuming processes required by several state agencies. With the acceptance of the town’s plans that have been executed by […] Read more »

Town Seeks Counsel on Proposed Solar Farm


The Rochester Board of Selectmen during a July 6 meeting commiserated with a dozen residents over their fears of a 10-acre solar farm slated for the town center’s historic district. “As a member of the Board of Selectmen, you have an opinion,” said Selectmen Chairman Richard Nunes. “My opinion is it’s a bad location…. Why […] Read more »