Rochester Signs Water Agreement With Marion

On a simmering September 4 evening when thoughts of tall cool drinks – water that is – were on the minds of many, the Rochester Board of Selectmen signed a comprehensive 20-year municipal water agreement with the Town of Marion. Selectmen Chairman Greenwood “Woody” Hartley stated that legal counsel for both towns had thoroughly vetted […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Losing Mobile Pump-Out Service

On August 30, Mattapoisett Harbormaster Jill Simmons reported to the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board (MAB) that pump-out services provided by Mattapoisett Boat Yard (MBY) would end in 2018. Simmons explained that MBY simply could not continue to provide the service as it wasn’t profitable. With that grim reality, Simmons said she hoped the town would […] Read more »

Trash District Finds Optimism in New Exec. Director

There was a renewed sense of optimism by the end of the Carver, Marion, Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District Committee meeting on August 29 with the hiring of a new executive director with real vision, committee members remarked, after having fired its former executive director, Ray Pickles, in January after years of mismanagement and alleged […] Read more »

Lunch Prices Up, Straws Out

The Rochester School Committee was the first to approve a modest increase in the price of school lunch, but voted to wait until January to enact it, setting a precedent for the remaining districts who have not yet met this school year. On August 29, School Business Administrator Patrick Spencer proposed an increase of 25 […] Read more »

BBC v. Town of Marion Lawsuit Endures

A Superior Court judge has denied the Town of Marion’s request to dismiss the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s lawsuit against the Town, and also denied both parties’ requests for Summary Judgment. In a memorandum of decision and order dated August 21, Justice Debra Squires-Lee explained that, in order to dismiss the case, she would have to […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Roads, Bridges Remain High Priority

For the past several years, Mattapoisett’s roadways have been going through facelifts and, in some cases, complete reconstructions. Those infrastructure improvements are all in a day’s work for Mattapoisett’s Highway Department, but it isn’t easy. Just ask Highway Superintendent Barry Denham. A couple of years ago, Mattapoisett faced a significant bridge failure on Acushnet Road […] Read more »

Solar Developer Withdraws Variance Request

Solar developer Borrego Solar Systems withdrew its application for a variance pertaining to a proposed solar array field at 75 Vaughan Hill Road, which the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals voted to accept on August 23, allowing the withdrawal of the application without prejudice. The variance was a request to allow a solar energy generating […] Read more »

Committee Tables Proposed Actions for Later

On August 22 as the meeting of the Carver Marion Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District (CMWRRDD) Committee began, committee member and Carver Selectman David Robertson passed out a page containing four motions written by Carver Town Administrator Michael Milanoski, who was not present. It didn’t take long for several members to take umbrage that the […] Read more »

Town Cleared for Wastewater Upgrades

The Town of Marion cleared its wetlands hurtle with the Marion Conservation Commission on August 23 with approval to move ahead with its overhaul of the wastewater treatment plant’s sludge lagoon 1. As ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, lagoon 1 will be drained, the sludge removed and disposed of off-site, and then lined […] Read more »

Board Groans Over Green Communities

Not everyone on the Rochester Planning Board is ready to jump onto the Green Communities bandwagon, especially not board member Ben Bailey. On the other side of the table you have board member John DeMaggio concerned about the townspeople’s perception of the board seemingly “pushing solar” when a vocal group of residents clearly opposes more […] Read more »