Solar Bylaw Article Fails

The citizen’s petition to place restrictions on solar farms along Route 105 and any future scenic highways failed to garner the two-thirds votes a bylaw change requires during the October 23 Rochester Fall Special Town Meeting. The article was vetted two weeks prior during a Planning Board public hearing on October 10, at which time […] Read more »

Still No Specifics On Bus Driver Firing

Dozens of parents and supporters rallied behind the former bus driver of 27 years of the Rochester bus route 5 during the October 12 meeting of the Rochester School Committee, vowing to return again after most of their questions remained unanswered. Superintendent Doug White was tightlipped about the details behind the switching of routes of […] Read more »

Contentious Projects Near the Finish Line

It has been a long process for Wellspring Farm in Rochester with months of public hearings — oftentimes punctuated with frustrations that have escalated into angry exchanges –where large turn-outs have required the use of the Rochester Council on Aging meeting space. But not on October 12. Coming before the Rochester Planning Board on October […] Read more »

Rochester Readies for 911 Regionalization

Rochester is celebrating the $1,693,485 grant the State 911 Department awarded the town to upgrade its emergency response infrastructure and cover the costs of integrating into the Regional Old Colony Communications Center (aka the ROCCC), a regional 911 service in Duxbury covering the towns of Duxbury, Halifax, Plympton, and soon, Rochester. Duxbury Fire Captain Rob […] Read more »

Spring Street Zoning Change Revisited

The Marion Planning Board listened on October 16 to a number of Marion residents who support the resurrection of the proposed zoning bylaw change for land located north of Route 6 that was defeated at Town Meeting this past May. The board was asked to spearhead the new effort to persuade residents to approve the […] Read more »

Swamp Subdivision Preliminary Talks Close

On October 16, the Mattapoisett Planning Board re-opened preliminary discussions with David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates representing Dennis Arsenault. Arsenault is proposing a two-lot subdivision situated deep inside a recognized wetlands system at the end of Snow Field Road. Chairman Tom Tucker asked Davignon if the plan before the board had any […] Read more »

Postcards From Grassi Bog

The Marion Conservation Commission on October 11 held a brief discussion on the town-owned Grassi Bog property, which is under the management of the Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission. According to some photos submitted by Selectman Norm Hills taken at Grassi Bog, there appears to be some persisting water problems at the site despite extensive […] Read more »

The Fees Are Coming, the Fees Are Coming

On October 17, the Rochester Conservation Commission resumed discussion and debate regarding the establishment of fees for filings. Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon distributed a spreadsheet and other supporting documentation that detailed what other cities and towns charge for filings such as Determination of Acceptability applications and Notices of Intent. Unlike surrounding communities, Rochester had not […] Read more »

Selectmen Pick New Police Chief

The Marion Board of Selectmen on October 17 voted to appoint Marion Police Lieutenant John Garcia as the next police chief for the Town of Marion. The board held public interviews with Garcia and Sergeant Richard Nighelli last month, choosing to open up the position internally to department veterans holding rank of lieutenant or sergeant; […] Read more »

Selectmen Appoint Two ConCom Members

On October 10, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen was ready to interview five residents who had expressed interest in becoming a member of the Conservation Commission. With two open seats and a staggering number of applications, the Conservation Commission has been struggling to make quorum, noted Selectman Tyler Macallister. Macallister is a former member of […] Read more »