House Project Sparks Wetland Debate

            Robert Malm’s Notice of Intent for the construction of a three-bedroom, single-family home on Aucoot Road was met with fierce opposition during the April 12 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission via Zoom.             The dispute centered around condition of the 6.3 acres of land.             After the proposal was summarized for the commission […] Read more »

FY22 Schools Budgets Discussed

            Coming before the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on April 7 were Old Rochester Regional School District Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations Howie Barber and Superintendent Mike Nelson to discuss the FY22 budgets that have been unanimously approved by the school committees.             Barber spoke expansively on the details of the budget and the bottom […] Read more »

DeCosta Addresses Community

            Mattapoisett Selectman John DeCosta, speaking from prepared notes, addressed the residents of Mattapoisett before the Board of Selectmen’s April 13 meeting got underway. DeCosta told the public that he recently received a cancer diagnosis but believes he is fully capable of carrying out the duties of selectman.             “I ask for your thoughts and […] Read more »

Solar Bylaw Withdrawn from Warrant

            It may not be a true eleventh-hour revelation, but pretty close, as the Mattapoisett Planning Board voted on April 5 to withdraw a new Solar Bylaw Article from the Annual Town Meeting Warrant after learning that legal edits are needed.             For over a year, the board and its members, especially Janice Robbins, have […] Read more »

BOH Readies to Regulate Tattoo Parlors

            With Marion set to host the town’s first body art and tattoo establishment, the Marion Board of Health on April 6 set its sights on May to hold a public hearing to adopt a set of body art establishment regulations.             Marion’s regulations will be based primarily on the state’s own set of model […] Read more »

Developments Pose Record Impact

            The elephant in the kitchen proved too big not to talk about when the Marion Planning Board met via Zoom on April 5.             In a public hearing opened to entertain applicant Matt Zuker’s request for a zoning reclassification of 30 acres of land on Bournhurst Road and Wareham Street (Route 6) from single-family […] Read more »

Committee Looks to Be Proactive

            Times they are a-changing, or so the song goes. But change is inevitable as the push and pull of surrounding events, or in this case big-ticket municipal projects, have the Mattapoisett Capital Planning Committee ready to dig deeper and more expansively into requests than ever before.             On March 31, committee Chairman Chuck McCullough […] Read more »

Budget Matters Tidied Up

            Town Administrator Jay McGrail and Finance Director Judy Mooney appeared before the Finance Committee at its March 31 Zoom meeting to explain changes to two articles for the Spring Town Meeting warrant. The committee members voted to approve the changes to Articles 2 and 20, part of their meeting including votes to approve warrant […] Read more »

Asphalt Facility Gets Another Green Light

            In a Zoom meeting held on April 6, the Rochester Conservation Commission continued a discussion related to extending a previously issued Order of Conditions for the construction of a bituminous concrete (asphalt) processing facility along King’s Highway.             Stephen Meltzer of Edgewood Development Company, LLC, representing the project, explained that he conducted a successful […] Read more »

Selectmen Waiting on DeCosta before Borrowing

            The April 6 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen may have been a brief 25 minutes, but the two items on the agenda represented opportunities to improve lives, both everyday life and, for some, the quality of a life being lived in the shadow of medical issues.             One day motorists may be […] Read more »