Freedom – March 10, 2009 – By a more than 2 to 1 margin, Freedom voters today rejected Article 4, the proposed purchase of land near the Ossipee Lake Road for the eventual consolidation of town services; and by the same margin, approved a competing article, Article 26, authorizing a feasibility study to detail all options and costs for upgrading town facilities.
In an unusual twist, however, arranging funding for the feasibility study may prove to be a challenge.
After the votes on the competing articles were counted, Town Counsel Susan Slack told the meeting that Article 26 was flawed because it authorizes that the study be funded by the Municipal Land and Building Capital Reserve Fund. According to Slack, that fund’s only purpose is to purchase land.
Asked by a member of the audience if they were aware of the flaw in the warrant article prior to the vote, Slack and the Board of Selectmen confirmed that they were.
Citizens also authorized that $14,300 be spent to help fund another round of milfoil control in Danforth Pond, with additional funding to come from Danforth Pond property owners, Ossipee Lake Marina and Danforth Bay Camping Resort. The town’s contribution plugs a financial hole that developed after the state last fall announced it would not be able to co-fund the project.
Freedom also voted to establish a Heritage Commission, which will be a volunteer group charged with preserving the community’s character through conservation of historic buildings and sites and other means.