Harbormaster Reports Rising Costs

            The largest chunk of the record $18,000 increase in Harbormaster Isaac Perry’s proposed FY23 budget is due to decisions made outside the department, he told the Marion Resources Commission during its December 20 Zoom meeting.             The laundry list of proposed budget increases that Perry said is in the hands of Town Administrator Jay […] Read more »

MBTA Not Happy with Continuance

            It was not known at the conclusion of the December 21 meeting of the Rochester Conservation Commission meeting whether the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority would be back on January 4 in an effort to sufficiently close the gaps and come away with an order of conditions for its construction plans at 45 Kings Highway. […] Read more »

Bids Received for Long Wharf Engineering

            They have been identified as one of the most important assets the Town of Mattapoisett owns, its historic wharves. Now, after years of concern and discussion of the crumbling underpinnings of the longest wharf, bids have been received from four firms for the study of Long Wharf’s current condition and schematic engineering, a precursor […] Read more »

MOSAC Doubling Clearing Effort

            In order to tweak the Point Road Path cleanup plan toward greater efficiency and productivity, Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission Chairman John Rockwell called a special public meeting on Tuesday to gain approval to double the commission’s expert workforce.             Overhanging branches hung up in the trees and power lines in the half-mile-long upland […] Read more »

New Telecommunication Tower Proposed

On December 14, the Rochester Planning Board held an informal discussion with general counselor Shayna Galinat of Industrial Communications Inc. regarding a new telecommunication tower on property located at 0 High Street.             Galinat outlined the project, saying tree removal would be limited to just those trees in close proximity to the tower’s envelope and […] Read more »

Committee Celebrates Successes, Reflects on Hazing

            The Old Rochester Regional School Committee opened its December 8 meeting by recognizing high achievers, mostly in sports and concluded its meeting by addressing the much weightier topic of hazing in the wake of an out-of-season, unsupervised incident with serious ramifications for the boys ice-hockey season.             ORR Superintendent of Schools Mike Nelson began […] Read more »

Randall Lane Solar Clears ZBA

            On December 16 the Special Permit requested by Randall Lane Solar LLC cleared its last remaining government hurdle: approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals.             Coming before the ZBA on this night was Caroline Booth of Beals and Thomas, the applicants’ representative. Also in attendance were Bill Madden of G.A.F. Engineering and Attorney […] Read more »

ConCom Closes Four Cases

            In a case continued from November 17, Jonathan and Jennifer Alexander’s Notice of Intent for a proposed house addition and deck expansion at 24 Brook Haven Lane was reopened and discussed, ending with a vote to issue an Order of Conditions during the December 8 meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission.             The commission […] Read more »

Randall Lane Solar Passes Site-Plan Review

The December 20 meeting of the Mattapoisett Planning Board found the members united on an application for site-plan review filed by Randall Lane Solar LLC for a 22-acre solar array.             Originally filed approximately one year ago, the project team headed by Eric Las of Beals and Thomas were tasked with satisfying concerns of possible […] Read more »

Campus Center Takes Step Forward

In a very brief public meeting held on December 14 before the town employees’ holiday party at the Cushing Community Center, the Marion Select Board approved the connection of Tabor Academy’s new Campus Center to town sewer.             The approval recommended by the Marion Department of Public Works is contingent upon three addendums: a 72-hour […] Read more »