ZBA Removes 55+ Only Housing Restriction


It has taken nearly six months, but on April 28, Kerri Sousa finally heard what she had been hoping to hear: her application for modification of a special permit was granted. When Sousa’s father, Thomas Skrutski, and his business partner, George Dornblaser, set out to turn a single-family home at 7 Marion Road into four […] Read more »

Subdivision Switches Hands…Again


At the end of a business-as-usual night for the Mattapoisett Planning Board, the residents of Brandt Point Village were back seeking help as ownership was again changing for the troubled subdivision. Gail Carlson, Dennis Dimos, and Daniel Scully, along with several other residents of the subdivision, sought guidance and assistance on May 2 after receiving […] Read more »

Solar Bylaw Amendments Slated for TM Warrant


After a brief presentation by Planning Board Chairman Arnold Johnson, the Rochester Board of Selectmen have referred five proposed zoning bylaw amendments back to the Planning Board for a public hearing before they appear as five separate articles on the June 13 Annual Town Meeting warrant. Johnson told selectmen on May 2 that most of […] Read more »

Selectmen Hear Options for Wastewater Future


Results from a wastewater treatment study the town contracted CDM Smith to undertake suggest that septic systems in the region of Aucoot Cove contribute more to nitrogen pollution in the cove than the three unlined sludge lagoons at the wastewater treatment facility, with 31% and only 2%, respectively. The data from the study suggests a […] Read more »

Mattapoisett to Get Three New Fresh Water Wells


Henri Renauld, Mattapoisett’s water and sewer superintendent, came before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission on April 25 for the town’s Notice of Intent application to dig three new 45-foot deep wells off 121 Acushnet Road. Renauld and his team described the site as entirely within the 100-foot buffer zone of the Mattapoisett River, thus requiring the […] Read more »

Energy Board Clarifies Solar Power in Marion


The Marion Energy Management Committee settled around the table in the front room of the Marion Music Hall on the night of April 25 to discuss a new solar energy farm proposal in Marion. Present was Mark Croke, a representative from Clean Energy Collective, who is proposing a solar energy partnership with the Town of […] Read more »

TM Warrant Signed, Sealed and to be Delivered


With a few days left until the Mattapoisett Town Meeting hits the stage at ORRHS on May 9 at 6:30 pm, Capital Improvement Committee Chairman Gerry Johnson and Town Administrator Michael Gagne presented the Board of Selectmen – Tyler Macallister, Jordon Collyer, and Paul Silva – with the warrant and its articles. Johnson’s report to […] Read more »

Yard Boss Sues Town for Defamation


Mattapoisett landscaping company Yard Boss has listed Mattapoisett Conservation Commission Chairman Bob Rogers and Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold as defendants in a civil lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages the company says it suffered due to defamatory claims against the company during three separate public meetings of the Conservation Commission. In the April 14 complaint, Yard […] Read more »

Crowd Backs Chief in Defense of EMS


Around 30 people, including local and regional emergency services personnel, attended the Rochester Board of Selectmen meeting on April 25 to defend the town’s public EMS service against Selectman Richard Nunes’ criticism last week of the program’s cost to the town. Fire Chief Scott Weigel broke down the fiscal year numbers for Nunes, explaining to […] Read more »

Residents Face New Solar Farm Neighbors


Some residents on Marion Road got acquainted with their new neighbors on the night of April 26 at the Rochester Planning Board meeting with Meadowatt, LLC, developers of a proposed solar farm. Although the tone was civil, the sentiment wasn’t exactly welcoming. Engineer Bob Bersin addressed a number of the board’s concerns carried over from […] Read more »