Quarry Property Receives DCR Nod

It looks like it’s all systems go for a prime natural parcel in Mattapoisett to become the newest conserved land for public enjoyment: the Old Hammondtown Quarry. The 53-acre site was first identified by the Mattapoisett Land Trust as a worthy contender for permanent conservation status when the parcel became available. With its history as […] Read more »

Winter Woes Top ZBA’s Short Agenda

As they gathered on March 15 to hear what should have been two cases but turned out to be only one, the members of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals shared storm stories and the need for warm sunshine. Yes, on the heels of what turned out to be a very difficult two weeks of […] Read more »

‘Biorefinery’ Seeks Home in Rochester

At the Rochester-based solid waste and recycling facility Zero Waste Solutions, that ‘zero waste’ goal could be just around the corner. Mike Camara, CEO of ABC Disposal, Inc., parent company of the recycling facility off Cranberry Highway, on March 19 was before the Rochester Board of Selectmen accompanied by David McConnell of ENERKEM, a Canadian […] Read more »

Conservation Restriction Pending For Estabrook Property

“It’s a vegetation community you don’t often get to see.” This statement was made by Rochester Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon as she explained to the Rochester Conservation Commission on March 20 the benefits the town and its people will enjoy for generations to come when the Estabrook Property is purchased and placed in permanent conservation […] Read more »

Majority Overruled on Loranger Appeal

In most cases, a majority vote in your favor gets you what you want; but not if you’re Christian Loranger, the voters are the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals, and to win your appeal you need a ‘supermajority’ – at least four ‘yeas’ amongst one ‘nay.’ On March 15, the board agreed 3-2 that Loranger […] Read more »

Planning Board has Marijuana on its Mind

During the presentation of her report on the Citizens Planning Training Collaborative Seminar that Chairperson Eileen Marum and other planning board members attended, discussions during the March 19 meeting of the Marion Planning Board veered off to the issue of marijuana regulations, which have been approved and will be printed and released on March 23. […] Read more »

New Town House Shut Out from Warrant

Marion’s two-member Board of Selectmen has jettisoned the article for the new town house construction design from the Annual Town Meeting Warrant, deciding on March 20 that the Town Meeting warrant will feature only one option for voters – the $7.8 million Article 14 to renovate the existing town house. “Stop right there,” said Selectman […] Read more »

“We need a new fire station now!”

Mattapoisett Fire Chief Andrew Murray met with the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on March 8 to discuss the fiscal year 2019 budget proposal. What ensued after a brief financial rundown was a full-blown presentation on the severity of the conditions in the fire station and the impact those conditions are having on his personnel. Murray began […] Read more »

Budget Cuts One Kindergarten Class

While the Mattapoisett School Committee found the fiscal year 2019 budget to be positive overall, the 2.08% increase needed some significant trimming in order to get there. Mattapoisett schools Principal Rose Bowman on March 12 suggested, in a subdued tone, that due to a reduction in kindergarten enrollment, one section could be eliminated. Bowman said […] Read more »

King Says ConCom Trying To Keep Jurisdiction Local

Mattapoisett Conservation Commission Chairman Mike King has a message for the community: “This year, this commission is trying to condition as many projects as possible locally.” King made this comment during the March 12 regular meeting of the commission in response to questions from resident Tom Gronski, who questioned King on the process used to […] Read more »