Chairman Finds Safety Hazards at Connet Woods


Drainage concerns, open culverts, uncovered basins and basins with no grates… Rochester Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson on June 9 had a laundry list of concerns for Tim Higgins, vice president of Connet Woods developer Edgewood Development, some of which Johnson referred to as real public safety hazards. On behalf of the Town of Rochester, […] Read more »

Committee Adopts School Improvement Plan


The Mattapoisett School Committee met for the last time in the 2014-2015 school year on June 9 to take care of several end-of-year tasks; primarily, the reorganization of the board, the approval of the School Improvement Plan, and the Teachers Memorandum of Agreement. The reorganization of the committee is a yearly task that must be […] Read more »

Down By The Old Mill Stream


During a morning meeting on June 9, Mattapoisett Town Administrator Michael Gagne met with a group that included Brendan Annett, vice-president of Watershed Protection for the Buzzards Bay Coalition, Highway Surveyor Barry Denham, Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold, Ken Motta of Field Engineering, and members of the Mattapoisett Historical Commission to discuss the status of the […] Read more »

No Changes to Personnel Comp Plan


It wasn’t the smoothest Town Meeting on record, but Moderator Kirby Gilmore, selectmen, town administration, and the voters got the job done on June 8, passing the fiscal year 2016 budget, as well as the Planning Board’s limited commercial district zoning bylaw amendment, among other things during the roughly two hour-long Rochester Annual Town Meeting. […] Read more »

Little League Sign Complaint Prompts Change


A complaint filed with the building inspector about Little League signs displayed at Gifford Park in Rochester brought the Old Rochester Little League before the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals May 28 for an amendment to the original 1993 special permit allowing the signs. The board did vote to amend the signs, but only after […] Read more »

IDC Seeks to Dissolve, Article 17 Passed Over


The Rochester Board of Selectmen and the Industrial Development Commission (IDC) met June 1 to discuss Article 18 of the Annual Town Meeting warrant to dissolve the IDC, and selectmen also decided to skip over Article 17 on Town Meeting floor. The IDC came to discuss its future and the future of the $88,335 that […] Read more »

CVS Project Continues to Continue


After multiple requests to continue the public hearing for LEC Environmental Consultants, affiliated with the proposed CVS project, the Marion Conservation Commission on May 27 wondered how much longer they should honor the company’s requests to continue continuing. The first public hearing to address the Request for Determination of Applicability to establish the wetlands lines […] Read more »

Solar Project Promised an ‘Expeditious’ Process


The Marion Planning Board heard the gist of the plan for a new solar energy facility slated for Tucker Lane, and Chairman Robert Lane on June 1 promised Clean Energy Collective representatives a Planning Board process “as smooth and expeditious as possible.” This solar farm project will be the first in the Town of Marion […] Read more »

First Zero-Lot Line Project Proposed


No sooner did the ink dry on the new zoning bylaw allowing construction of duplex residences with zero lot lines before The Preserve at the Bay Club Director Ted Gowdy came before the Mattapoisett Planning Board to propose just such a project. A cul-de-sac within the Bay Club boundary lines currently named Split Road Lane […] Read more »

New Assistant Harbormaster Appointed


The Marion Board of Selectmen met June 2 to discuss various topics including the appointment of a new assistant harbormaster, the search for a new fire chief, and updates on the bike path. The board heard from Harbormaster Michael Cormier on the topic of appointing Peter Bourgault as assistant harbormaster and assistant shellfish officer. Bourgault […] Read more »