Selectmen Appoint New Board Members


For over an hour and a half on September 20, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen met with candidates vying to be of service to the town by appointment to either the one Conservation Commission seat or one of two seats on the Planning Board. Those boards had interviewed the candidates in open meetings held over […] Read more »

Conservation Commission Vents Frustration


Engineer Rich Charon, representing his client Gale Runnells, 17 Reservation Way, came before the Marion Conservation Commission on September 12 seeking a Certificate of Compliance. What he received was frustration from several commission members for what they deemed were unacceptable inconsistencies between the plan of record and the as-built plans. Chairman Cynthia Callow said the […] Read more »

Selectmen Approve Several Water Ban Exemptions


With the region now under a drought warning, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has issued a mandatory water ban on non-essential outdoor water use, and Marion is included in the region affected. But, as discussed during the Marion Board of Selectmen meeting on September 20, there are always exceptions. A letter from the DEP […] Read more »

New Chairman and New Meeting Schedule


During the September 7 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission and at the end of a pretty tame agenda, Chairman Rosemary Smith asked the board members for nominations for a new chairman. “I’ve been the chairman for seven years,” Smith said with a smile. As she looked to her left where Kevin Cassidy was seated, […] Read more »

Abutters Angry Over Wellspring Permit


Wellspring Farm, located on Hiller and Walnut Plain Roads, has been working through a number of local regulatory issues for many months. Jim and Holly Vogel, owners and operators of the experiential therapeutic riding center, have had to reconfigure the use of the property as abutters have fumed over what they perceive to be the […] Read more »

Anonymous Complaints Debunked


David McIntire, 18 Main Street, came before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on September 12 to secure extensions for orders of conditions on 11 lots in the Bay Club sub-division. Four of those were granted after Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold confirmed wetland delineation flagging that had recently been re-established. The remaining lots are pending wetland flagging […] Read more »

Bird Island Restoration Changes Approved


The Marion Conservation Commission on September 8 approved some modifications in the Bird Island restoration project plan during a special meeting held specifically for this one agenda item. Carolyn Mostello of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife and Adam Burnett from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District described some of the […] Read more »

Selectmen Approve Special Town Meeting Warrant


The Marion Special Fall Town Meeting Warrant was closed and approved by the Board of Selectmen on Friday, September 9, during a special morning meeting in the town administrator’s office. The warrant features five articles, including one to accept the donation of the VFW building at 465 Mill Road, Route 6. The article, if approved […] Read more »

Marion Adopts Synthetic Drug Ban


During a public hearing (sans any public) on Tuesday, September 13, the Marion Board of Health voted in favor of adopting a bylaw that outlaws the sale and purchase of synthetic drugs – synthetic marijuana, synthetic stimulants, and synthetic psychedelics/hallucinogens – but not without a moment of hesitation beforehand. The bylaw reads, “No person shall […] Read more »

Draft Of Master Plan Reviewed


The September 6 meeting of the Marion Planning Board was dominated with discussion regarding the master plan draft from SRPEDD. Board members in attendance were Chairman Robert Lane, Stephen Kokkins, Jennifer Francis, Eileen Marum, Will Saltonstall , and Michael Popitz. Also in attendance and leading the master plan discussion was Town Planner Ken Buckland. The […] Read more »