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Joyce Endee

Workshop on future of Old Home Week Committee planned

August 30, 2012
OSSIPEE — The remaining members of Ossipee Old Home Week Committee will be meeting at Ossipee Town Hall on Monday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. to discuss what the future holds for the group and the activities it plans for the town.

As reported in the July 26 edition of this paper, half of the eight-member team resigned shortly after the annual Old Home Week concluded. Despite the name of the committee, the group works on events and fundraises throughout the year, not just for July's weeklong Old Home Week celebration – including the annual Easter Egg Hunt, distributing Mother's Day flowers at the county nursing home and senior facilities, penny sales, and a golf tournament.

Neither current nor former committee members would agree to go on record to give the reason why so many members resigned at once.

Selectmen's news

Though the Old Home Week Committee is a separate non-profit not under the direction of the selectmen, their Sept. 5 meeting date was announced at Monday night selectmen's meeting.

In other selectmen's meeting news, Eric Senecal from Green Mountain Conservation Group (GMCG) presented selectmen with water testing findings for water bodies that feed into Ossipee Lake, noting specifically the chloride and phosphorus levels found. The findings will be added to the natural resource planning guide housed at Ossipee Town Hall. GMCG's next big public event is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Runnells Hall in Chocorua where UNH scientists will present GMCG's tributary and lake water quality data based on the group's 10 years of data and in anticipation of the full report expected in early 2013 that will include what has been done and what should be done in the future to balance growth and the protection of the Ossipee Watershed.

Brad Harriman, Ossipee Public Works Director, reported that necessary documents have been forwarded to the town's attorney, who will be trying to finalize an agreement between the Town and the property owners whose property abuts the abandoned Harris Road, located off Thurley Road in Center Ossipee. Selectmen are hoping to get permission from those landowners to allow the town's highway department to bring Harris Road back up to passable condition temporarily. If an agreement is worked out, traffic can be re-routed over Harris Road while the bridge that crosses Dan Hole River is being rebuilt on Thurley Road. Though the exact amount of the cost savings to taxpayers won't be known until the project is complete, Harriman and the selectmen decided to pursue the agreement with abutters to save thousands of dollars it would cost to construct a temporary bridge while the Thurley Road Bridge work was being done. The construction of a temporary bridge, Harriman explained previously, would have also required additional costs and construction delays due to additional state permitting requirements that would have to be met.

Harriman reported on the status of several other ongoing projects throughout town. He said that the Freight House renovation project in Center Ossipee Village is moving along on schedule. An updated agreement between the engineer and the contractor who was awarded the repair job for the Whittier Covered Bridge has been given to the town attorney for approval. Harriman also said bids for the replacement of the roof on the main building at the transfer station will be advertised soon.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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Varney Smith
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