Selectmen Mull $1.2 Million Annex Option

The Rochester Board of Selectmen have taken under advisement a $1.2 million town hall annex project proposed by the Town Hall Annex Study Committee on February 6 as a more palatable option to both selectmen and tax payers. But don’t expect to hear a whole lot of discussion over the next few months, as the […] Read more »

Modified Plan Requires Public Hearing

Windswept Village, planned for 81 County Road in Mattapoisett by businessman Todd Rodrigues, was discussed during the February 6 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board. Board members Gail Carlson and Karen Field, along with acting Chairman Nathan Ketchell and Administrative Assistant Mary Crain, reviewed the modified plan and a letter submitted by Rodrigues. In the […] Read more »

Aging Fire House Problematic

For some of us, the 1980s seem like just yesterday – a time when computers were beginning to enter everyday business activities and mobile phones were the size of a regular wall-mounted phone. But when it comes to public safety having effective equipment, getting with the times is critical. Just ask Chief Andrew Murray of […] Read more »

Selectmen Say ‘OK’ to VFW Town House Exploration

It’s likely that most of us inside the Marion Town House on the night of February 7 will be dead before there’s any progress on the town house renovation project, suggested Marion Board of Selectman Stephen Cushing just before acquiescing to allowing an exploration of a town house construction project at the VFW site. The […] Read more »

Mea Culpa From Decas Project Manager

Scott Hannula, Decas Cranberry Company, Inc. project manager for the tailwater recovery pond project located at 109 Neck Road, along with Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering, came before the Rochester Conservation Commission on February 7 to explain how and why the project has run afoul of its permit. Chairman Michael Conway read the public notice […] Read more »

BBC Proposes Route 6 Field Operations Barn

The Marion Planning Board met on February 6 to discuss, among other items, the site plan review of a proposal by the Buzzards Bay Coalition for a new field operations barn to be located on the corner of Route 6 and Spring Street. Mark Rasmussen, BBC’s president, presented an overview of the project. Rasmussen described […] Read more »

Abutter Complaints for Wellspring Continue

Nearly two and a half months after the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals issued a commercial permit to Wellspring Farms at 42 Hiller Road, complaints from neighbors continue as one abutter claims Wellspring owners Jim and Holly Vogel are in violation of some of the eight ZBA conditions placed on the approval. In a letter […] Read more »

FY18 Budget Reviews Include Narratives

On January 25, Town Administrator Michael Gagne and the members of the Mattapoisett Finance Committee met to begin the budget review process for FY18. While each department they met with on this night had its own narrative to supplement spreadsheets, there were a couple of reoccurring themes: succession planning and the use of technology. From […] Read more »

Accessory Apartment Under Consideration

Marion Zoning Board of Appeals matters on January 26 took a turn away from the more contentious for a while to focus on a special permit application for an accessory apartment that appears, so far, to fall under the bylaw as allowable. William and Jaqueline Scharnick of 82 Main Street hope to renovate their basement […] Read more »

Town House Committee Sticks By Its Plan

First there was a forum, and then a vote on which road to take. Ultimately, with a unanimous vote, Bob Raymond and the members of the Marion Town House Building Committee chose Option 3A to present to selectmen as their recommendation. The committee had high hopes that the January 26 public forum would result in […] Read more »