Carroll County Independent

Ossipee’s Controversial Built-Out Survey Resurfaces

Ossipee’s simmering feud over a proposed land planning study shows no sign of abating. Selectman Rick Morgan has called for a meeting to determine whether the town’s Conservation Commission has the legal right to find a new source of funding for the study. Citing a similar study in Freedom, Morgan says “ultimately it [was] all about the concern over phosphorous levels in Lake Ossipee,” adding that since Ossipee is in the hills and “all its run-off ends up in the lake,” the same kind of study in Ossipee could result in “detrimental restrictions” on land use. Citing the importance of water quality in the lake, Conservation Commission chair Ron Adams reminds Morgan that “Fifty-two percent of the town’s taxes are raised from lakeshore properties.”

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Funding for Watershed Buildout Study Rejected by Ossipee Selectmen

“No” is the Select Board’s answer to a request to pay $6,000 toward a Green Mountain Conservation Group research study to give town planners data to help manage growth and protect the area’s water supply. Chairman Rick Morgan says he will “never work with” GMCG, citing that group’s support of DRED’s decision to deny the town’s request to build a public beach in environmentally sensitive state-owned Ossipee Lake Natural Area more than a decade ago.

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Letter Says Ossipee Property Assessments Punish Those Who Ask for Abatements

Former Long Sands Association president George Eisener says lake property assessments are “screwed up,” and the threat the town’s Selectmen holds over property owners who question their assessment is “a form of blackmail and ends up as a con game.” He calls on the Select Board to restore integrity to the process by treating all property owners equally.

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