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Ossipee selectmen cut Main Street budget request

December 09, 2010
OSSIPEE —At their meeting last Monday evening, Dec. 6, selectmen finished up approval of 2011 budgets and will now send them on to the Budget Committee. That committee will meet several times and finalize the budget that will be presented to voters at the March town meeting.

The Ossipee Main Street Program budget received the most attention at this week's meeting. Selectman Harry Merrow recused himself from participating in the final vote as his son is the executive director of the program and Merrow felt it to be a conflict of interest. Selectmen Kathleen Maloney and Morton Leavitt met with Scott Merrow individually to discuss his budget increase from $6,500 in 2010 to $12,000 next year. Leavitt read from several pages of notes he took during his discussion with Merrow. He said Merrow has managed the program well, has ideas beneficial to the town, and has effectively cut costs to work within the program budget. Leavitt also said the Main Street Program has had substantial accomplishments, including the construction of the park in Center Ossipee Village and helping with fundraising for the 'Welcome to Ossipee" signs and for the skate park. "If not for the economy, I would be in favor of funding the whole request," said Leavitt. Maloney agreed with Leavitt's motion of $9,500 instead of $12,000.

Other business

Following a complaint from a Duncan Lake homeowner, selectmen agreed to rent a port-a-potty for public use at the boat launch.

According to the complaint, visitors to the launch at the end of Abbotts Lane are without toileting facilities and are using the homeowner's fence as a privacy shield and their property as a potty. Selectmen voted unanimously to relieve the homeowner of this nuisance and install the portable toilet in the spring.

The town will be returning $5,230 in overpaid taxes, to be divvied up among a long list of taxpayers. According to information from the Tax Collector, the taxpayers paid their 2010 second-half property tax bill in advance of receiving it this month, and based on their total due in 2009. With the recently updated property values, however, this caused some taxpayers to actually overpay their bills.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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