Marijuana Zoning Bylaw Amendments Gain Support

            Mattapoisett Planning Board Chairman Tom Tucker made no attempt on October 7 to disguise his distaste in having amendments to the current Marijuana Zoning Bylaws be heard in a public meeting. As the petitioner, Stuart Bronstein, explained why the amendments were being put before the public, Tucker maintained a controlled but clearly displeased countenance.             Before […] Read more »

RMS Waits For Word On Solar Progress

            Superintendent Doug White told the Rochester School Committee on October 3 that a potential roof-mounted solar project at Rochester Memorial School is still in the negotiation process between the Town of Rochester and the solar developer.             In September, the Rochester Board of Selectmen postponed taking any further action toward approving an agreement with Select Energy […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Selectmen Sign Warrant on a Sunday

            With the clock ticking down for the signing of the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant, Mattapoisett Selectmen Jordan Collyer and Paul Silva met at Town Hall on Sunday, October 6, in the nick of time to sign and post the warrant two weeks before a special town meeting as mandated by state law.             The warrant […] Read more »

Citizen’s Petition Article Deemed ‘Illegal’

            The Rochester Board of Selectmen held its Special Town Meeting Warrant review with the Finance Committee, Capital Planning Committee, and town moderator on October 7.             There are eight articles slated for the November 4 Fall Special Town Meeting, and only one of them was voted down by the board, mainly because Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar […] Read more »

ConCom Emphasizes Dune Preservation

            It was a long night for the Marion Conservation Commission on September 25, and one filing proved to be complex due to various discrepancies between the engineer’s plan and what is actually allowed under the Wetlands Protection Act.             Kathleen Welch’s Notice of Intent contains a variety of activities including an after-the-fact plan to restore 845 […] Read more »

Further Review Needed For Water Skiing Area

            Summer may be over, but issues related to where boaters may engage in water skiing and tubing activities in Mattapoisett Harbor are still being debated. That was the case on September 26 when the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board met. In attendance was Harbormaster Jamie McIntosh.             Months ago during the July 25 meeting, the MAB discussed […] Read more »

Leonard’s Pond Access Path Discussed

            The much beloved Leonard’s Pond was discussed during the October 1 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission. Before the commission was a Request for Determination of Applicability filed by the town for the purpose of making improvements to a gravel boat access path and to consider options for making the area ADA (Americans with Disabilities […] Read more »

ZBA Questions Garage Height in Variance Request

            The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals on September 26 had no issues with Mary and Michael Fitzgerald’s variance application to build a single-story barn/accessory structure when it came to square-footage and its location in the front yard, but the request to allow its height to exceed that of the principal house raised questions.             Mary Fitzgerald […] Read more »

Town Prioritizes Industrial Road Overhaul

            Volunteer and member of the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike PathRobin Lepore came before the Mattapoisett Finance Committee on September 26 at the request of Town Administrator Michael Gagne to give a presentation outlining the very large public works project planned for Industrial Drive off North Street.             While Lepore, assisted by Bonne DeSousa, and Highway […] Read more »

Town Finds Few Benefits from Trash District

            The Town of Marion has taken further steps toward waste disposal autonomy, Marion Town Administrator Jay McGrail told the Board of Selectmen on October 1.             As Marion heads into its fall Special Town Meeting later this month, McGrail said he went ahead and solicited some quotes from various waste disposal companies like Covanta (SEMASS) and […] Read more »