Board Releases 53G Funds

The Mattapoisett Planning Board spent the lion’s share of their rather short agenda approving the release of 53G funds for several completed roadway projects.             The catch name 53G stands for special accounts set up by applicants to cover the costs of peer-review experts for such projects as subdivision roadways and other construction-related engineering oversight. […] Read more »

Septic Solutions Come with Responsibilities

            Engineer Rick Charon’s thorough presentation to the Marion Board of Health helped its members arrive at an understanding of the challenges faced by the owner at 31 Partridge Place, resulting in a vote to grant two variances from Title 5 of the state Environmental Code.             As a result, the residential property will be […] Read more »

Town Talks Targets for ARPA Funding

            The Town of Rochester will be getting $595,250 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, but only if it knows what to spend it on. Plymouth County Treasurer Tom O’Brien and County Commissioner Jared Valanzola visited the Select Board during its Monday night public meeting to explain how to apply for the funds the […] Read more »

Grazing Will Need Wetlands Delineation

Jon Roth plans to clear the land he owns at 119 Dexter Lane so his horses and cattle can graze there.             First, however, he needs his Notice of Intent to do so approved by the Rochester Conservation Commission because the action will mean thinning out the undergrowth and overgrowth of the nonwetlands area of […] Read more »

Lack of Enforcement Questioned

The November 15 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission included a rather innocuous Request for Determination of Applicability for 26R Pine Island Road filed by Craig and Elaine Bovaird. The agenda item read, “Applicant proposes to rebuild a stone wall and plant two trees together with an After the Fact authorization to cut three trees […] Read more »

Self-Storage Use Gains Approval

            The Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals reviewed a plan on November 10 that would place a seven-building, 47,568 square-foot, self-storage facility on 14.93 acres on Cranberry Highway.             Petitioner JPF Development’s technical consultant, Bill Madden of G.A.F. Engineering, said the applicant was seeking a special permit for the plan because the proposed use does […] Read more »

Winters Leads Candidates for Assessors Seat

            The Marion Board of Assessors joined the Select Board at the latter’s public meeting on Tuesday night to conduct joint interviews of three candidates for the opening on the Board of Assessors created by the loss of longtime member Catherine Gibbs.             Gibbs passed away on September 28 at age 92.             Peter Winters, […] Read more »

Lack of Plan Nearly Foils Article 8

On November 14, registered voters in Mattapoisett met for a Special Fall Town Meeting featuring a warrant of which nine articles proposed expenditures from certified free cash. Some weeks prior to Town Meeting, Mattapoisett received certification from state auditors that the free-cash figure was $2,200,000.             On Monday night, voters were poised to make decisions […] Read more »

Deeded Path to Water Requires Expert Input

            The Marion Conservation Commission had a busy two weeks, adjudicating several cases during its October 26 and November 2 public meetings.             Because there is an inherent lack of definition of delineation on where work will actually occur, the commission voted on October 26 to issue Scott S. Rassoulian a Positive Box 3 Determination […] Read more »

Septic Paperwork ‘Not Incidental’

            Back attending in person on November 3 after “zooming” into the Marion Board of Health following a hospital stay, Dr. Ed Hoffer focused his comments in two public hearings for septic-system variances on what happens after the systems become operational.             The board, including Chairman Dr. John Howard and the recent addition of foundational […] Read more »