Businesses Asked for Reopening Cooperation

            A brief but far-reaching agenda during the May 26 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen included two items, a letter that will be sent to business license holders and the planned reopening of some town buildings.             Selectman Paul Silva, who was on this night solo, said the meeting could move forward without a quorum […] Read more »

Rochester Trims FY21 Operating Budget

            “There is no clear-cut guidance…” began Rochester Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar as she explained FY21 operating budget reductions to the Finance Committee. During the May 18 remote meeting, Szyndlar stated several times that guidance on what state aid to cities and towns might be was unclear at this time, but she added that Rochester’s conservative […] Read more »

Nelson’s Deal Sealed, Set to Become ORR’s Next Superintendent

            After Monday night’s joint school committee meeting, only the signatures of chosen candidate Mike Nelson and respective regional and union-side chairpersons Cary Humphrey and Shannon Finning stood in the way of the Old Rochester Regional School District having a new superintendent effective with the June 30 expiration of retiring Superintendent Doug White’s contract.             The return […] Read more »

Funding Cuts amid Crisis

            In its first meeting of the month, the Marion Finance Committee held a group meeting over the GoToMeeting video conferencing platform to discuss an updated agenda and resolve outstanding business. The meeting was held on May 18 after the initially proposed meeting date of May 6 was rescheduled.             Chairman Peter Winters led the committee through a […] Read more »

Marion Residents Preview Septic Proposal

Title 5-compliant septic systems were not designed to protect the water from the release of nitrogen, a long-standing problem intensified by the SouthCoast’s sandy waters. Thusly, the Marion Board of Health has offered a sneak peek into its impending proposal for a new regulation-making mandatory a nitrogen-reducing technology in any new septic installation at what […] Read more »

‘No Mask – No Enter’ Selectmen Develop Disciplinary Process

            On May 14 the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen discussed how and if they had the authority to implement fines or other disciplinary actions should businesses violate conditions imposed by Governor Baker that were to be updated on May 18. The specific issue is the need to wear face coverings inside places of businesses.             Selectman Paul […] Read more »

How Far Can Local Government Govern?

            Board of Health member Dot Brown and Selectman John Waterman debated the role of the Board of Health and the authority of towns to devise their own rules during Tuesday’s remote access meeting of the Marion Board of Selectmen.             Everyone is getting tired of the new normal, and the disagreement on what to do about […] Read more »

Health Agent Narrowed Down to Two Finalists

            Tuesday’s Marion Board of Health meeting opened with a welcome dose of relief, as it was learned the driver who suffered a medical emergency and crashed a car into the gate to the Silvershell Beach parking lot is going to be okay.             The town now has to go right to work in repairing or replacing […] Read more »

Rochester Reluctantly Approves Early Voting

            Town Clerk Paul Dawson sought and was given a somewhat reluctant approval to initiate an early voting option with Rochester residents during the Board of Selectmen’s May 18 remote access meeting.             The approval means that all registered voters in the Town of Rochester will receive a letter explaining the process along with an application to […] Read more »

Tree-Trimming Project Refocuses on Wires

Throughout the course of its meeting held on May 19, the Rochester Conservation Commission moved to address a number of Notices of Intent filed by applicants seeking approval by the commission in order to go forward with project planning.             Up second were Paul Shamoian of Civil & Environmental Consultants and Dan Peters of SEMASS Partnership, […] Read more »