Flynn, Spirlet Take on More with ZBA

            The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals began its September 22 meeting with membership moves.             The board chose to promote alternate member Donald Spirlet to full member and picked Michelle Upton to become a new alternate member.             Both recommendations must now be submitted to the Select Board for its approval. If approved by […] Read more »

Sobering Reminder of Ongoing Mission

            Old Rochester School Committee member Frances Kearns, speaking for the Equity Subcommittee at the committee’s September 7 public meeting, spoke of its July meeting in which the membership discussed plans for the 2022-23 school year.             Kearns noted that the creation of the subcommittee (originally known as the Anti-Racism Subcommittee) was the result of […] Read more »

RMS Solar Draws Criticism

            The Rochester Planning Board started its September 27 public meeting by briefly reviewing the draft decisions for the Arch at the Meadows project and the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Marion Road Scenic Highway permit application.             Board Chairman Arnold Johnson quickly concluded that both plans were ready for Town Counsel Blair Bailey to review before […] Read more »

Benson Brook Solar Coming into View

            The long-standing solar project at Benson Brook landfill is finally achieving a timeline, reported member Alanna Nelson at Monday night’s Marion Energy Management Committee meeting.             Nelson said that the Eversource connection is complete, and the connection to the grid has been approved.             Committee members agreed that while revenue is now projected at […] Read more »

Johnson Offers Experience to Board of Health

            Albin R. Johnson III was endorsed for the vacancy on the Marion Board of Health by his competition, Tina McMichael, during Tuesday’s joint session of the Select Board and the Board of Health at the Police Station.             The two were separately interviewed by the three Select Board members and Board of Health Chairman […] Read more »

Enforcement Orders Can Become State Decisions

            “Mattapoisett doesn’t have a wetlands bylaw,” stated Brandon Faneuf, acting environmental agent for the town.             Faneuf’s comment during the September 26 public meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission came on the heels of the discussion of several outstanding Enforcement Orders that the commission has issued in the hope that complaints would be rectified […] Read more »

McDermott, Thompson Swap Seats

Tuesday night’s brief Rochester Conservation Commission meeting featured an unexpected twist as the commissioners approved full member Kevin Thompson’s request to be dropped down to an associate member.             The commission then voted to promote recently installed associate member Carl H. McDermott III to full membership. Chairman Chris Gerrior added that McDermott’s promotion will now need […] Read more »

School Committee Starts September Strong

            The September 14 meeting of the Marion School Committee kicked off a few minutes behind schedule, as members of the committee went on a tour of Sippican Elementary School, meeting some of the new staff and checking out the setup for the recently started school year. Once everyone had settled in, the meeting was […] Read more »

ConCom’s Limitations Felt by Abutter

            Brian and Beth Keane received a Negative Box 2 Determination of Applicability for their plan to raze an existing house and garage and construct a new home with an attached garage, driveway, retaining walls, landscaping and utilities 8 Pie Alley, but the decision made by the Marion Conservation Commission on September 14 was made […] Read more »

Final SEC Grant No Slam Dunk

The plan to finance construction of Marion’s new Marine Center at Island Wharf was predicated on two $1,000,000 grants from the state’s Seaport Economic Council, which first granted Marion $300,000 before adding the first of the aforementioned $1,000,000 grants.             “I don’t have high hopes for the final installment,” said Harbormaster Isaac Perry, who said […] Read more »