A local environmental organization says a proposed gas station-convenience store at routes 16 and 41 is a potential threat to groundwater and should be denied. In 2015 the town’s Zoning Board granted a variance to install underground gas tanks for the development despite concerns that excavation could disrupt DES contamination mitigation work that has been ongoing at the site since 1993.
The Ossipee Selectman says the lack of a public beach on the town’s biggest body of water is “pathetic.” He says town officials have their eye on a possible site, and voters should authorize them to set aside town funds for an eventual purchase.
A Superior Court judge has ordered that work on the Peninsula and other expansion construction must stop while Freedom’s lawsuit against Ossipee is considered. Meanwhile, the state agency overseeing compliance with FEMA regulations is looking at the situation.
In some years, news on the lake is dominated by a single story. Such was the case in 2016.
Freedom’s Select Board has authorized the Conservation Commission to establish a legal fund to support the town’s contention that Ossipee violated zoning laws by approving the campground’s plan to double in size from 258 sites to 519. Officials say more than $8,500 has already been committed to the fund.