Board Appoints Two “Matrons” to PD


What is the job of a police matron, you may be asking right now. Matrons are on-call female employees whose responsibility is to supervise female prisoners, and assist with other procedures such as the patting down and searching of the body of a female in police custody. As per the request of Police Chief Paul […] Read more »

Fate of Grant Writer still Undecided


The proof is in the pudding, as Finance Committee Member Margherita Baldwin put it, when it comes to how effective the Town’s grant writer has been in obtaining funding for projects to supplement the budget. The Finance Committee is certain it wants to eliminate the grant writer position from the fiscal 2015 budget, but on […] Read more »

Capital Planning Looks Ahead


As Mattapoisett’s Capital Planning Committee nears the half way mark in the 2015 planning process they are also looking ahead to major expenditures in subsequent years. During the second in a series of meetings with department heads seeking to secure funding of expenses over $10,000, the committee met with Nick Nicholson, Superintendent of the Water […] Read more »

Shawmut Associates Drawing Closer


Shawmut Associates is now one step away from the end of a public hearing that will allow them to proceed with plans for an addition on their recycling facility at Cranberry Highway in Rochester. “From my perspective, I think we’re pretty much wrapped up with everything that we need at this point,” said Planning Board […] Read more »

FY15 Operating Budget Discussed in Marion


A potpourri of capital budget requests for the fiscal year 2015 town budget were discussed on Wednesday evening in the conference room of the Marion Recreation Facility on Atlantis Avenue. The Marion Finance Committee met to review department and committee requests and formulate recommendations, recommend funding sources and strategy, and conduct any other business related […] Read more »

Judge Issues Decision of Solar Farm Lawsuit


The judge presiding over the case of a Marion couple suing the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals for denying them a permit to build a solar farm has issued a decision ordering the ZBA to define “light manufacturing,” the foundation for the board’s denial of the permit. Judge Alexander H. Sands wrote in his February […] Read more »

Grant Writer Position Faces the Chopping Block


The grant writer position could be eliminated completely from the fiscal year 2015 budget, if the Marion Finance Committee gets its way. Development Specialist Pamela Marean is paid $30,600 annually to research available grant opportunities and, with the assistance of Town department heads, write proposals and apply for any grants that would benefit the Town. […] Read more »

Flood Insurance Increase Relief – for Now


A collective sigh of relief should have been audible when recently the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass HR 3370 and when the Senate passed their equally important bill S1926 that echoed similar language, both of which curb some of the financial pain residents in coastal flood zones have been anticipating and experiencing. The […] Read more »

Rumor Disclosure of 2011 ORR District Theft


Near the end of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen meeting on March 11, Selectman Paul Sylvia asked Town Administrator Mike Gagne to confirm or dispel a rumor that he had heard. This rumor concerned a cyber theft that occurred in 2011 from the ORR School District electronic financial accounts and resulted in the loss of […] Read more »

Marathon Night for ConCom – Again


After several hours of discussion, Leisure Shores remains at an impasse with the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission. Previously the applicant, Robert Ringuette, through his representatives reached a consensus on what he needed to do to bring the business into compliance. The two main areas of concern are: 1) replacement of syrofoam floats that have been fouling […] Read more »