In advance of Tuesday’s Ossipee Planning Board hearing, Dr. Robert Newton says near-by wells for homes and businesses are threatened because of the development’s proximity to a recharge area of the Ossipee Aquifer. He says gas stations are major sources of groundwater contamination even when when they employ new “triple containment” tanks. Smith is familiar with the Ossipee Lake area from his work mapping the glacial geology of the Ossipee Ring Dike.
Consider this: If Westward Shores were undeveloped floodplain land and a new owner came to town with a plan to build a major business there, consisting of 519 sites for camping vehicles served by septic systems and ancillary buildings, would anyone think that was a reasonable idea and good for the lake? Even if a way could be found to make it legal? Sometimes a little common sense needs to temper legal issues.
A request by Tamworth to be given special abutter status in the Route 16 development gets shut down by Ossipee. The developer’s engineering firm sees irony in the neighboring town’s concerns because Tamworth has no zoning laws and lacks a groundwater protection ordinance.
After mediation of a tax dispute between the Marist Brothers and the Town of Effingham broke down, the religious order took the town to court, where a judge ruled the camp flunked all four state tests to qualify for charitable tax exemption. More than $200,000 in back taxes is now at issue.
Ossipee Selectman Morgan may push for a new discussion at Town Meeting, Meanwhile, Dan Hole Watershed Trust will conduct the study on its own time and dime and post the results on its website.