Continuances for Complex Projects

            The February 18 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission once again plowed through technical details of complex projects. Piles of engineered drawings and stacks of letters and associated documents were reviewed as applicants fielded questions and asked for continuances.             Repurpose Properties, LLC represented by Brian Wallace of J.C. Engineering came before the commission following the […] Read more »

Assessors Impose Abutters-List Fee on ZBA

            Technicalities regarding the application of a special permit in addition to a variance highlighted one of two continued cases before the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals at its February 13 meeting, but the stickiest subject was the letter that the ZBA received from the Assessor’s office regarding a new $50 fee being charged the ZBA […] Read more »

Surety Discussed for Age-Related Development

            For over a year, an age-related residential subdivision has been wending its way through the permitting process in Rochester. Long hearings with both the Conservation Commission and the Planning Board, site visits, engineering modifications, peer reviews, and continuances have been required by town officials to satisfy their questions and concerns in what will be a […] Read more »

Comprehensive Maintenance Pitched for Town Roads

            David Willett, Department of Public Works Director, opened his presentation to the Marion Board of Selectmen at its February 18 meeting at the Marion Town House by introducing Megan Davis, the DPW’s new engineer.             From there, he delegated a presentation to Conrad Leger from Data Group, a full-service engineering firm. Leger made a PowerPoint presentation […] Read more »

ORR School District Discusses Draft Budget FY21

            Mattapoisett’s Finance Committee continued their budgetary journey on February 13 when they met with school superintendent Doug White and members of the Old Rochester Regional School District Committee as well as the Mattapoisett School Committee.              White framed the conversation by stating that the voluminous reports before the FinCom were only “draft” budgets and that further […] Read more »

Departments Present FY21 Budget Requests

            Marion Town Administrator Jay McGrail addressed a joint session of the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee on February 12 to hear the Fiscal Year 2021 budget requests from the Town’s Fire and Police departments and the Department of Public Works.             After a 90-minute meeting with the school department early last week, McGrail told […] Read more »

Finance Committee Hears from Department Heads

            On February 6 the Mattapoisett Finance Committee continued their discussions with department heads on the current state of their respective areas of responsibility, including current spending levels against the 2020 budget. Keeping the process forward moving towards the building of the 2021 budget, one last time before retiring, was Town Administrator Mike Gagne.             Fire Chief […] Read more »

Dog Park Gets Renewed BOS Support

            On February 11, Freemin and Jodi Bauer came before the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen to inquire as to the status of town-owned land that could be developed for a dog park. The Bauers have sought public and municipal support for a dog park on public lands as well as some funding. They said that fundraising […] Read more »

Coastal Geologist Presents Glacial Data

            Sea Marsh Way is a short stretch of land located in and near Mattapoisett’s coastline nestled between Pine Island and Angelica Point. A small lot of land is being considered for development by owner Constance O. Pallatroni Living Trust, prompting the need to confirm the property is not, in fact, barrier beach.             Coming before the […] Read more »

White Excited for Future of Education

            Old Rochester Regional School Superintendent Douglas White hopes he will have time this spring to walk the hallways, peek into classrooms and enjoy the successes of his decade-long tenure scheduled to end on June 30, the final day of the fiscal year.             “I spent quite a bit of time building the budget,” said White to […] Read more »