New Year, New Faces


The Marion School Committee was back in session September 3, with a couple of new key administrative staff members attending their first meeting. Old Rochester Regional School District Superintendent Doug White introduced the new School Business Administrator, Patrick Spencer, and the new Director of Student Services, Mike Nelson, to the committee before getting down to […] Read more »

MAB Says No To Private Dock


With concern that a proposed 290-foot private dock on Goodspeed Island is not good for the public use of public waterways, Mattapoisett’s Marine Advisory Board sent a letter stating their position to the Board of Selectmen through Town Administrator Mike Gagne. The proposed dock had been discussed at their July meeting, at which time the […] Read more »

Con Comm Allows Buffer Zone Work


The Rochester Conservation Commission gave its approval for two projects within a buffer zone surrounding vegetated wetlands to move forward. The first was a Request of Determination of Applicability filed by Harris Real Estate Boston, LLC for property located at 45 Kings Highway, Rochester. The applicant, represented by Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering, Inc., proposed […] Read more »

Selectmen Keep Authority of Sprague’s Cove


After taking the matter into consideration, the Marion Board of Selectmen voted September 2 to maintain authoritative control over Sprague’s Cove, choosing not to hand over management to the Marion Open Spaces Acquisition Commission or the Conservation Commission. Chairman Jon Henry referred to an August 20 memorandum the board received from John and Susan Teal, […] Read more »

CVS Proposed for Marion


In the lead up to what will probably be a long road for the developers of CVS, the Marion Planning Board met with the point people for Mark Investments, LLC at their special September 2 meeting. Calling the meeting a “pre-submission” conference, Chairman Stephen Kokkins broke the discussion into two parts: the relocation of the […] Read more »

Old Neck Road Shed Decision Postponed


Rochester resident John Scheub came before the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals during a brief meeting to request that he be granted permission to tear down his old shed and put up a bigger one in the same spot in his front yard. Scheub, of 585 Old Neck Road, was seeking a variance under Section […] Read more »

Boats Stored on Conservation Land


Unless there is any objection from town counsel, the Marion Conservation Commission August 27 decided to allow the owners of A&J Boatworks, located off Point Road, to resume storing boats on town-owned property until June 2015. The actual license to use the lot, which contains wetlands, for that purpose requires a final approval from the […] Read more »

ConCom Approves Multi-Layered Changes


Three projects on the August 25 agenda of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission requested multiple changes to previously permitted projects. David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, Inc. represented all three. The first applicants were Daniel and Daneen Eilertsen, 20 Water Street. Davignon said that the request was needed to fine-tune the master plan, tweaking […] Read more »

Swift Motion for Solar Farm Approval


It took almost two years and a lawsuit against the Town before Dale and Laura Briggs could move forward with their plan to construct a solar farm on their County Road property, and on August 21, with no further discussion, the Marion ZBA passed a unanimous motion to grant the variance, giving the green light […] Read more »

Dogs Continue to Cause Nuisance


The incessant barking from a residential kennel remains ongoing after over a year of complaints, and the Rochester Board of Selectmen offered no concrete solution for the matter, choosing instead to take the issue under advisement and consult with town counsel before taking action. Neighbors of Liberal and Melinda Teixeira of 368 North Avenue testified […] Read more »