New Sidewalks For Route 6


On October 25, Town Administrator Mike Gagne informed the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen that Representative William Straus had been successful in pitching the idea of constructing a sidewalk along the south side of Route 6 from Brandt Island Road to Mattapoisett Neck Road. Gagne said that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation surveyed the area to […] Read more »

Planning Board Considers New Solar Array


The beginning of the October 25 edition of the Rochester Planning Board breezed by quickly enough. The first public hearing, a request from Gary Mills to modify a plan combining two lots into a single lot, was continued until the next meeting. The second, a proposed project from James & Charlotte Spieldenner of 1 Happy […] Read more »

Town Meeting Accepts VFW Building


There was quite a bit of discussion about the Special Town Meeting article to accept the donation of the VFW building, mostly over the pros and cons of acquiring another property. Still, when it came time to take a vote, the result was a unanimous ‘aye’ followed by thunderous applause. Council on Aging Director Heather […] Read more »

More Wellspring Farm Complaints


The chairman’s invitation to the audience to address any new business at the October 13 Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals meeting prompted Cathy Mendoza, 32 Hiller Road, to stand up. “Wellspring Farm is disregarding everything they were told to do,” she told the board, referring to a recent decision to grant Wellspring Farm a special […] Read more »

Denham Insists On Hired Oversight


With the full board and a new planning administrator in attendance, Highway Surveyor Barry Denham pled his case for professional oversight on subdivision projects. Denham told the Mattapoisett Planning Board members that he had been trying to get the developer for the Appaloosa Road project to finish mandated work on River Road. “We’ve got to […] Read more »

Landscape Projects Approved for Mattapoisett Shores


It’s been a long time coming for these abutting properties, but all parties were finally able to reach an agreement that resulted in approvals by the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission for one Notice of Intent filing by Leslie Keselli and Whitney Renault, 14 Bay View Avenue, and one request for an amended Order of Conditions from […] Read more »

Selectmen Finalize Town Administrator Contract


The Rochester Board of Selectmen is pleased after Town Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Szyndlar’s six-month trial contract period and has decided not to wait until December to finalize a new three-year employment contract with Szyndlar. During a brief October 17 meeting before commencing the Special Town Meeting, the selectmen signed the contract effective October 23 […] Read more »

Dozens Defend Neighbor Accused of Logging


The majority inside the jam-packed standing-room-only meeting room at the Marion Town House last Thursday all had one thing to say about David Jenney of 818 Point Road, and that was that Jenney is a good guy. Although no one present disputed the claim, there was the matter of whether or not Jenney has been […] Read more »

Town to Remove Unsafe Pump House


The pump house situated behind the ball field at Washburn Park in Marion has been deemed unsafe to remain and will be removed by the Marion Department of Public Works after the Marion Conservation Commission gave approval for the work. On October 12, the Conservation Commission received the Request for Determination of Applicability to remove […] Read more »

Voters Say ‘No’ to Town Hall Annex Study


Rochester Town Meeting voters took the October 17 Special Town Meeting as a chance to voice their opinion that taxes are too high and the town doesn’t need a new town hall. Scores of residents clapped and cheered as neighbors complained about rising taxes and their desire to see excess free cash money returned to […] Read more »