Solar Array Plans Revised

On a cold, clear February 6 night, the members of the Rochester Conservation Commission came out to conduct the important business of upholding state and local wetlands protection regulations. Coming before the commissioners was Evan Watson of Prime Engineering, flanked by other members of his engineering team and representatives from Clean Energy Collective LLC, with […] Read more »

Town Fires Up for Marijuana Moratorium

Whether you are in favor of or against a moratorium until December 31, 2018 on the sale of recreational and medical marijuana in Mattapoisett, you need to attend the Special Town Meeting planned for February 12 at 6:30 pm in Old Rochester Regional High School Auditorium. That was the message delivered by Town Administrator Michael […] Read more »

Point Road Bike Path Back on Agenda

A plan to establish a portion of bike path on Point Road that had fallen by the wayside appeared on the agenda of the Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission on February 1. The plan to construct a bike path on Point Road between Jenna Drive and Joanne Drive was one of five proposed plans that […] Read more »

Mattapoisett FinCom Member Not Impressed

As the members of the Mattapoisett Finance Committee gathered on January 31 to begin the fiscal year 2019 budget process with various department heads, the bad taste left behind from the January 24 Old Rochester Regional School Committee meeting lingered. During that meeting, Massachusetts Department of Education Program Manager of Governance and Facilities Program Christine […] Read more »

Shouting Match Leads to DPW Interim Supt.

Selectman Steve Gonsalves stormed out of the meeting of the Marion Board of Selectmen on February 6 after a shouting match that escalated after Gonsalves interrupted Town Administrator Paul Dawson’s update on the town’s search for an interim Department of Public Works superintendent after Rob Zora’s December retirement. When Dawson mentioned that current Wastewater Treatment […] Read more »

ZBA Closes Rochester Farms Appeal

Craig Canning’s farmer’s market he had hoped to establish on Marion Road was officially erased from the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeal’s slate on January 25. Canning, developer of the proposed Rochester Farms, LLC, received his Special Permit from the ZBA last year to proceed with his project, but was halted by two lawsuits filed […] Read more »

Raised Deck in Wetlands Gets Informal Nod

It isn’t as though the deck would be plopped directly onto the ground just 31 feet from the wetlands, which is why the Marion Conservation Commission on January 24 gave a tentative and unofficial OK for a proposed raised deck during an informal discussion with engineer David Davignon. Davignon is representing Jean and Steve McCarthy […] Read more »

State to ORR and Towns: You Must Cooperate

School committee members and administration from the Old Rochester Regional School District and town officials were told the key to an all-around successful regional relationship: “You need to play nice in the sandbox.” That is what Mary Jane Handy, the director of accounts at the Division of Local Services of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue […] Read more »

From ‘Shut Case’ to Uncertainty

Just three months ago, Marion Zoning Board of Appeals member Michelle Smith referred to 120 Front Street as a “shut case,” as board members on October unanimously agreed that Christian Loranger’s reconstruction of a two-family house should be considered a grandfathered two-family and exempt from a zoning bylaw, which prohibits multi-family homes. Now, on January […] Read more »

Zoning Change Proposed for Front Street Parcels

It was a short meeting on January 22 as far as the Marion Planning Board goes, with two members absent. Engineer Bill Madden came before the board to present an idea for a zoning change for property owned by Theodore Laycock located at 391 Front Street. The proposed zoning change to General Business would apply […] Read more »