Farmers Governed by Plumbing Code – Huh?


Somewhere back in the forgotten history of codes and regulations is a decision that placed agricultural operations under the governance of the Uniform State Plumbing Code. As odd as that may sound, that is the case and it was discussed on January 5 at the meeting of the Mattapoisett Agricultural Commission. Some farmers have felt […] Read more »

Selectmen Say ‘Hi’ to New Personnel Board


Three new people have been appointed to the Rochester Personnel Board since the resignation of that board’s three members just after the 2015 Annual Town Meeting, when voters rejected an article crafted by the board that would have altered the Town’s Employee Compensation Plan. On January 4, the Rochester Board of Selectmen met with two […] Read more »

Marion Master Plan Moves Forward


Marion moved one step closer to finalizing its Master Plan on January 4 when members of the Planning Board held a workshop to familiarize residents with the plan’s goals and details. Several interested citizens showed up despite the weather, coats and boots dusted with snowflakes. Planning Board member Rico Ferrari qualified the objective of the […] Read more »

Bay Club Petitions for Trash Collection


The Mattapoisett Planning Board’s first meeting for 2016 was like an instant replay of meetings from 2015 – another subdivision requesting covenant modifications that would allow the residents town trash collection. David Andrews, representing the Bay Club Real Estate Trust and Bay Club Community Association, came before the Planning Board with the request on January […] Read more »

Selectman Will Not Seek Reelection


Marion Selectman Jonathan Henry announced on January 5 that he would not be seeking reelection in 2016, saying it was with a heavy heart that he informed the residents of Marion of his decision. Henry, who has served 12 years on the Board of Selectmen, said his departure was entirely positive, and he encouraged others […] Read more »

Town Meeting Quorum Issue Nears Resolution


To avoid the risk of any further grief in the situation, the Rochester Board of Selectmen held off on scheduling a Special Town Meeting until special legislation is passed that would accept the Annual Town Meeting despite its lack of a quorum. Now that a resolution is foreseeable, said Town Administrator Michael McCue, selectmen are […] Read more »

Year End ConCom Meeting: Out Like A Lamb


After a year that, at times, saw the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission members struggle as they weighed the rights of property owners against the Wetlands Protection Act, survive marathon meetings with heated exchanges, and spend many hours plowing through technical documents, the December 28 meeting was very short and sweet. Coming before the commissioners was Dan […] Read more »

Search for New COA Director Continues


Marion Town Administrator Paul Dawson described the ideal candidate for the Council on Aging director position as one who could dream up new services for seniors and find the ways to deliver those services, even without the immediate prospect of having a physical building in which to provide them. On December 29, the Marion Board […] Read more »

Quick Work for Mattapoisett PD


On Friday, December 25 at 2:23 am Officer Lenira Lima and Officer Brett Osetkowski were dispatched to Mechanic Street for a reported water leak. While investigating the source of the water leak that originated from a cut pipe in the sprinkler system located at 12 Mechanic Street, the officers could hear a faint alarm coming […] Read more »

FinCom Chats About Town Affairs


The Marion Finance Committee on December 17 approved a $6,800 budget transfer to pay for a new roof for the recreation building at 13 Atlantis Drive before Chairman Alan Minard lightly touched upon other town matters. The cost for the new metal roof at the rec building was lower – to the tune of $12,000 […] Read more »