Private Pier Proposed for Aucoot Cove


On April 13, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission found itself facing a conference room packed with residents gathered to hear the details for another private pier – this time at Aucoot Cove. Represented by David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, Jay and Julie Duker of 112 Aucoot Road applied to construct a residential pier […] Read more »

Mechanic Street Repairs Discussed


On April 9, residents of Mechanic Street in Mattapoisett’s historic village were invited by Town Administrator Michael Gagne to meet with Jon Connell of Field Engineering and Mattapoisett Highway Surveyor Barry Denham. This informal meeting gave residents an opportunity to air their questions and concerns regarding the roadway and infrastructure repairs slated to begin in […] Read more »

Tinkham Pond Bridge Update


Probably not until July – that is Mattapoisett Highway Surveyor Barry Denham’s estimate of when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will complete its review process of the proposed reconstruction plans for the Tinkham Pond Bridget culvert on Acushnet Road that has been closed since October 2014. Denham said it could be anywhere from a week […] Read more »

It’s Fun to Serve on the Town ZBA!


Members of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals didn’t need the Village People to help them attract a new member to their board the night of April 8. They had Chairman Eric Pierce and Betsy Dunn to describe the greatness that is life on the ZBA. Needing new members, and with barely a quorum that […] Read more »

Committee Passes Rochester School Budget


Rochester Fiscal Year 2016 School Budget discussions came to a close on April 2 with the approval of the $5,780,343 budget, a 1.9 percent increase from FY15. Driving the budget were contractual obligations, increased contracted services, and supplies, but with decreased transportation costs and special education services. The Rochester Memorial School student population, currently at […] Read more »

Commission Eyes Grants for Open Space Plan


The Rochester Conservation Commission met April 7 to review the Notice of Intent to sell for other use a 116-acre plot of land located on Snipatuit Road. The commission voted unanimously to pass on the Town’s Right of First Refusal for the $485,000 plot of land, citing the high price and the availability of other […] Read more »

Bylaw Changes Aired in Public Hearing – Again


Once again the Mattapoisett Planning Board met with Brad Saunders, managing partner of D & E Management, LLC regarding proposed bylaw changes for the Town Meeting warrant – changes that he deemed necessary and improvements to several existing zoning bylaws. Having failed at the Fall Town Meeting to garner voters’ approval of the changes, Saunders […] Read more »

FinCom Continues To Plug Away


Continuing their long journey towards the Annual Town Meeting, the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on April 1 met with Town Administrator Michael Gagne and Harbormaster Jill Simmons. Simmons was making a return visit to the FinCom after having had an opportunity to meet with Gagne and learn what type of Fiscal Year 2016 budget details were […] Read more »

Selectmen Air Concerns and Review FY16


Mattapoisett Town Administrator Michael Gagne met with the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on April 7 to present the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and to answer their questions and flush out areas of concern in advance of Town Meeting. Gagne and the Finance Committee had been plugging away for weeks, meeting with department heads and reviewing […] Read more »

Saltworks Surprised, Needs Special Permit


The Saltworks Marine property development project slated for 291 Wareham Road made some progress on April 6, even with the revelation that the project would require a special permit in addition to the site plan review process with the Marion Planning Board. Saltworks owner Daniel Crete and Engineer Douglas Schneider, standing in for David Davignon, […] Read more »