Bay Club Neighborhood Stalled

The 30-minute meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board on May 15 was light on agenda items and lighter still on forward movement for the Shagbark neighborhood planned at The Bay Club. Coming before the board was David McIntire who is seeking to sell the property to Northland Residential Corporation. In that effort, the two parties […] Read more »

ZBA Overturns Building Inspector’s Denial

The Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on May 11 approved the owners of “418 Point Road Trust” of 418 Point Road their request to appeal the building inspector’s refusal to issue a building permit for construction of a kitchen within a recently constructed addition to their house. The addition – built to house the visiting […] Read more »

Town Takes Action On ADA Compliance

The Rochester Board of Selectmen on May 11 unanimously approved the motion to accept an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assessment and transition plan compiled by Facilities Manager Andrew Daniel, which could open the Town up for some valuable grant money from the State to fund a number of upgrades in various town buildings. “It’s […] Read more »

Planning Board Selects New Leadership

The Marion Planning Board on May 15 dispensed with the first order of business with little controversy, selecting its new leadership roster after the recent town elections. The board welcomed newcomer Christopher Collings to the board, as well as newly-elected but experienced Planning Board member Norm Hills. Newly re-elected Planning Board member Eileen Marum was […] Read more »

ConCom Member Goes ‘On the Record’

Marion Conservation Commission associate member Shaun Walsh said on May 10 that he wanted to go on the record in response to what he said were allegations of a conflict of interest. Walsh, an attorney for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, wanted all residents of Marion to know that whenever a denial for an […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Votes ‘No’ On School Choice

Mattapoisett elementary schools will not increase School Choice participation next year, now that the Mattapoisett School Committee on May 15 took Superintendent Doug White’s recommendation to refrain from offering any further slots for the upcoming school year. “Currently, we have a few students who are participating in School Choice,” said White, “but over the last […] Read more »

Water/Sewer Rates Increased in Marion

The Marion Board of Selectmen on May 16 approved the water and sewer rate increases recommended by Finance Director Judy Mooney and the Water/Sewer Rate Study Committee. “This is probably one of the things I don’t like to come to,” said Mooney, fixing to present the data gathered over the last few months. Mooney gave […] Read more »

Marion Town Meeting Called Into Question

The Town of Marion is having a difficult time answering the question as to whether a town bylaw was violated during the May 8 Annual Town Meeting when Town Moderator Jeffrey Dickerson proceeded after 10:00 pm to allow voting on articles appropriating over $1,000. The bylaw reads, “Articles of the warrant shall be acted upon […] Read more »

And the Winner Is…

The polls have closed at Old Hammondtown School, and the winners have been announced for the 2017 Mattapoisett Annual Election. For Board of Health – the only contested race in the election – incumbent Carmelo Nicolosi beat fellow candidate George Randall with 366 votes versus Randall’s 77 votes. As for the ballot question for a […] Read more »

Board Passes the Joint to Town Meeting

If the Rochester Planning Board has its way, Town Meeting voters on May 22 will adopt a new zoning bylaw to place a temporary moratorium on marijuana retail sale in Rochester. Massachusetts voters approved a referendum question to legalize the sale and use of marijuana recreationally back in November 2016. During the public hearing for […] Read more »