The Rochester Conservation Commission issued an Enforcement Order to Jose Araujo, 15 Elizabeth Drive, for unpermitted and unauthorized tree cutting within a 25-foot no disturb zone and a 100-foot buffer zone of the wetlands bank at the site of the former Boy Scout Camp adjacent to Leonard Pond. The commission on February 19 was in […] Read more »

Board Gets Tough on Town’s Engineers

            The Marion Board of Selectmen on February 19 signed a letter ordering its contracted engineering firm to suspend its ongoing work for the Town after a recent miscalculation of the cost estimate for the wastewater treatment plant upgrades project.             CDM Smith had estimated that the wastewater facility project, which includes the lining of one of […] Read more »

ConCom Approves Construction in Wetlands

            Not that anyone was complaining, but February 11 found the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission looking at an agenda populated by two pages of text that amounted to a meeting wrapped up in about 30 minutes.             Steve Gioiosa of SITEC, representing Vermette Development, LLC with its Notice of Intent filing for property located off Mattapoisett Neck Road […] Read more »

RMS Draft Budget Shows 3.25% Increase

            The Rochester School Committee viewed the draft fiscal year 2020 budget on February 7, which sees the general education budget increased by just 1.5 percent ($22,512) more than last year’s budget, and special education up 9.43 percent ($184,722), for a total overall school budget increase of 3.25 percent, or $203,476.             General education increases revolve around […] Read more »

Town Stuck with Failing Trash Truck

Marion is scurrying to find a solution to its continuing saga of its main curbside trash collector truck’s persistent habit of breaking down, delaying trash collection sometimes for longer than one day, and costing the town tens of thousands of dollars in seemingly futile repairs.             The truck was recently repaired again after its latest breakdown […] Read more »

Finance Committee Begins FY20 Cycle

            On February 6, members of the Mattapoisett Finance Committee began the process of crafting a fiscal year 2020 budget as they met with members of the Finance Department and the Assessors’ Office.             Before beginning the preliminary overview of Town finances, Town Administrator Michael Gagne shared insights into how the Town is moving towards preparing employees […] Read more »

ZBA Unsure About How to Apply Bylaw

            The application of Mark Ross and Margot Mims for a special permit was continued again on February 7 as the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals wrestled with the applicability to the proposal of several Town zoning bylaws.             Ross and Mims are requesting a special permit under Zoning Bylaw 230-6.1C, which regulates non-conforming uses and structures. […] Read more »

Selectmen Appoint New Treasurer/Collector

            After interviews with the two finalists for the treasurer/collector position on February 8, the Marion Board of Selectmen unanimously chose Susan Laak, currently an employee of the Town of Eastham.             A resident of Sandwich, Laak told the board that the similar-sized Town of Marion, along with the shorter commute, appealed to her and prompted her […] Read more »

FinCom Reacts to ‘Passive Aggressive’ BOS Letter

            “Is anybody else incensed about that letter?” Marion Finance Committee member Alan Minard asked, broaching the subject of a letter the Board of Selectmen handed to Minard and FinCom Chairman Peter Winters during the selectmen’s February 5 meeting. “It was a passive aggressive kickback because we wouldn’t approve that [Reserve Fund transfer request],” said Minard. […] Read more »

Another Solar Project Planned for Rochester

            Before the February 5 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission kicked off, Conservation Agent Laurell Farinon introduced two new members. Filling vacant slots on the commission and making their first official appearances were Lena Bourque and Kevin Thompson.             Then it was on to the business at hand, continuing hearings, and opening a new one for […] Read more »