In a surprise announcement, Board Chair Rick Morgan said the town plans to close the campground, not just reduce the number of campsites, creating a potential conflict with a provision of the purchase and sales agreement. Responding to opponents of the purchase, board member Sandra Martin called the people behind the “Do the Math” road signs cowardly and un-American because they have chosen to be anonymous. An information session about the selectmen’s plans will be held on Monday, October 30, at 6 p.m. at Ossipee Town Hall. Voters will have the final say at a special town meeting on Tuesday, November 28.
State officials brief Berry Bay Lake Association members about plans for a new dam on the north side of the Ossipee River complex. Construction should start early next summer.
Select Board Chairman Richard Morgan is urging town residents to get educated about buying Camp Sokokis for $1.2 million before the issue comes to a vote at a special town meeting. But the town has offered no meaningful information about the plan since it was announced in August, leading people to express their frustrations online and in the local newspaper.
Sokokis owner Bill Sheehan says a third party offered to buy his property and donate 90-feet of shoreline to Ossipee for a beach, but Selectman Morgan asked the campground owner to “keep his promise” to sell the entire business to the town. Meanwhile, the Select Board says ‘no’ to a request to hold weekend hearings on the purchase so that non-resident Ossipee taxpayers can attend.
Kudos to Dan Mattaini and John Picard. You may not know their names, but they’re the ones who kept the lake level on an even keel all summer this year. Dan also reports that the state has found money for work needed on the spillway of the north side of the dam, which should start next summer.