The town has struck a deal to purchase a big lake campground off Route 16B for $1.2 million, subject to the approval of voters at a special town meeting, possibly in November. Details of the plan will be presented and discussed at a series of public hearings prior to the final vote, according to officials.
Questions continue about site contamination, the potential to harm the aquifer, the impact on Route 16 traffic, and why the Planning Board rejected the argument that the development has regional impact, thereby denying abutting towns a voice in the matter.
Freedom passed the hat for money to pay for its lawsuit in the Westward Shores matter. Ossipee wants to know who chipped in.
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.