COA Ready for Pavilion, Food Bank

            The Marion Council on Aging and Friends of the Marion Council on Aging put forth a readiness to tackle two projects that could change the community, the pavilion outside the Cushing Community Center and a food bank inside.             The two items before the Marion Select Board on Tuesday night are the latest in […] Read more »

Projects Set Back by Storm

John Rockwell may be sailing abroad, but that isn’t stopping the chairman of the Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission from connecting for scheduled public meetings via a Zoom connection.             When MOSAC connects online Thursday, December 2, the commission will be looking to produce a representative to the town’s Community Preservation Committee.             In the […] Read more »

Single Tax Rate Approved

Pat DeCosta, the chair of Marion’s Board of Assessors, and Associate Assessor Linda Dessert appeared before the Select Board during the latter’s November 23 meeting to continue a Classification Hearing originally opened on November 16.             “It would be a real burden on the business to split the tax rate, and the Board (of Assessors) […] Read more »

Marot Selected As New Building Director

            On November 23 the Mattapoisett Select Board met with the three finalists vying for the open position of Director of Inspectional Services. This critical job vacancy had been held for decades by Andy Bobola, who has retired, leaving it was up to the Select Board with the assistance of Town Administrator Mike Lorenco to […] Read more »

Commercial Moorings Can Be Transferred

            Harbormaster Isaac Perry proposed to the Marion Resources Commission at its Monday night meeting a tweak to the town’s regulations of commercial moorings.             An addendum to the regulations states that existing commercial moorings may be transferred to marine-related businesses with the approval of the harbormaster. “This has been done in the past, but […] Read more »

ZBA Mindful of Creep Issue

            When Evelyn Hafferty Fischer went before the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals on November 18, seeking permission to connect two structures at 20 Beach Street so that her father can live full time on her property, ZBA members were enthusiastically supportive of her application and at the same time sympathetic toward concerned abutters.             […] Read more »

Select Board Begins Project Prioritization

            The November 22 meeting of the Mattapoisett Select Board was a “working” meeting to review a five-page list of projects and to begin prioritizing the to-do list into attainable goals for Town Administrator Mike Lorenco and department heads across municipal offices.             The list contained over 25 specific projects ranging from roadway improvement, the […] Read more »

ZBA Approves Two Residential Projects

The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals met on November 18 and granted a Special Permit and a Variance, both decisions being made without controversy.             Despite reading a lengthy abutters list of Sarah Sherman Road residents, no outside voices responded to an invitation to comment on Case No. 1168. The case, which was rescheduled from […] Read more »

Marathon Meeting with MBTA

On November 16, the reopened hearing for a Notice Of Intent filed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for a secondary roadway at 45 Kings Highway turned into a marathon of correspondence between engineering teams, the MBTA and the Rochester Conservation Commission’s peer-review consultant Environmental Partners, as well as deep dives into technical drainage data. […] Read more »

Accessory Not a Living Space

            In voting applicant David Croll a Negative Determination of Applicability for the request he filed for a proposed driveway at 10 Lewis Street, the Marion Conservation Commission engaged in a discussion to more reliably interpret what constitutes an accessory.             “I don’t look at an addition to a house as an accessory addition. I […] Read more »