The new members reflect the organization’s goal of expanding its expertise and seeking ways for Freedom, Ossipee, and Effingham to work more closely on important lake issues.
Proponents and opponents square off in the final week. In public letters, Select Board members call opponents “cowardly” and “arrogant,” and signal that non-resident taxpayers won’t be permitted to speak at the town meeting. Members of Broad-Leavitt Bay Association question its chairman’s endorsement of the purchase.
Almost a decade after it was created, the management plan for Ossipee Lake Natural Area is paying off, with damaged plant communities on the rebound, and boaters largely staying away from posted areas. New maps at the reconstructed Route 25 public boat ramp are in the works for 2018.
It’s up to Ossipee voters to determine whether buying Camp Sokokis is the right financial decision. But from an environmental perspective, we like the plan and support it.
The recent storm that brought high winds and heavy rain to the area quickly took the lake from its planned autumn drawdown level to flood stage. It’s a reminder that flooding is a fact of life on Ossipee Lake that needs to be considered in approving development on the floodplain.