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Parsons resigns from Ossipee Conservation Commission

April 20, 2017
OSSIPEE — At the Selectman Sam Martin's urging, Bruce Parsons has resigned from the town's conservation commission. Hoping to finally put "this whole issue to rest", the board of selectmen voted April 17 to accept that resignation.

At last week's selectmen's meeting, Martin read what she said was a transcript of the Nov. 9, 2016 conservation commission meeting. In her reading, she accused Parsons of imitating planning board chairman Conrad "Connie" Billings, making fun of his difficulty speaking due to Billings' cancer battle. Listening to the full audio, however, it is not clear who Parsons is talking about.

"It is abundantly clear your pleasure is my resignation from the conservation commission. Consider this as such," read Parson's letter to selectmen. Parsons also took the opportunity to defend himself. "To set the record straight I never criticized Mr. Billings' voice or made fun of his disability from his bout with cancer," wrote Parsons who went on to say that during the Nov. 9 meeting he was actually doing "a rather good imitation of" planning board member Roy Barron. Selectman Richard Morgan added that he listened to the audio tape and concurs it was not Parsons making fun of Billings but declined to give his opinion about who it was.

Selectmen are asking that anyone interested in serving as an alternate to the conservation commission to submit a letter. After appointing three new members and two alternates last week, selectmen learned that state law prohibits more than one planning board member also serving on the commission. With that knowledge, they voted April 17 to rescind Barron's appointment as an alternate. Tim Otterbach is already on the commission, despite Martin also urging him to resign, and serves along with Barron on the planning board.

As of April 17, it appears the commission has its membership in place. Ron Adams and Donna Gridley saw their terms expire and were not reappointed. Otterbach, Ron Larrivee and Ralph Buchanan are now joined by newly-appointed Joe Deighan, Marie McConarty, Julie Rosiak, and Lorey Pendarvis. Two alternates are now being sought who can attend commission meetings and fill in when regular members are absent.

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