Ossipee Elects Templeton, Compromises on Commission

Ossipee—March 16, 2023—Ossipee native Christopher Templeton defeated incumbent Select Board member Jonathan Smith in Tuesday’s election. The vote was 157-117.

Templeton’s campaign underscored his long-standing ties to the town, and his previous term on the board in the 1980s. The retired educator said townspeople should have a hand in shaping beneficial change while retaining “the best of the past.”

He told the Conway Daily Sun he wants to attract independent eco-friendly businesses, and called for protecting the Ossipee Aquifer, which he said is “the most important natural resource we have.”

Smith, who was serving his first term on the board, based his campaign on his achievements, pointing to completing the Whittier Covered Bridge restoration project and keeping the town’s finances healthy.

Early in his term, Smith’s endorsement of the controversial Effingham gas station development on the town line sparked anger from Ossipee taxpayers who live next to or near the site and oppose it as an environmental threat.

At Wednesday’s Town Meeting, voters rejected a warrant article to reduce the Conservation Commission to three members, the smallest number permitted by RSA 36-A:3.

The Select Board recommended the reduction unanimously, saying it was difficult to recruit members, and the reduction would create a quorum with just two members present.

In a compromise, voters approved a reduction from seven members to five. There are currently three members on the commission, with two vacancies and two vacant alternate positions.

1 comment

  1. Bill W 1 year ago March 20, 2023

    We are located on Leavitt Bay in Center Ossipee and I want to thank the 157 voters in Center Ossipee for electing a selectman that will speak up for us when it comes to things like our water aquifer, unlike our past selectman Jonathan Smith who did not have the fortitude to do so.
    The next thing we need to do for our towns of Ossipee, Freedom and Effingham is to find and elect good people to be our Reps at the state level. Smith is a state Rep for Ossipee and Mark McConkey is the state rep for Effingham and Freedom. Just think about it McConkey who is representing the gas station is the state Rep. for both Freedom and Effingham. So here we are with two knuckleheads who are for the gas station representing us at the state level. More change is needed lets keep the ball rolling.


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