Ossipee to host boat ramp and highway hearings


September 01, 2011
OSSIPEE — At their biweekly meeting this past Monday, Aug. 29, selectmen announced two public information sessions being held this month one to discuss proposed NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT) road and bridge improvement projects and the other to discuss a proposed public boat access project on the Pine River.

The boat access project will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will host an open house in the Ossipee Town Hall gym. The event is not a formal sit-down hearing but rather citizens are encouraged to attend any time during the specified hours to hear about the proposal, review the conceptual plan, and ask questions. The boat access proposal is to improve the functionality of the existing State-owned boat access facility on Route 25 East.

According to Jeff King, NH Fish and Game Statewide Boat Access Coordinator, the conceptual plan includes several improvements. The plan is to replace the deteriorating concrete slab boat ramp with two concrete log ramps and a floating dock between the two. The plan also includes redoing the parking area, creating designated parking spaces, and creating a separate canoe/kayak launching area.

Anyone who cannot attend either session of the open house but would like make comments or suggestions can do so by writing to NH Fish and Game Department, Facilities and Land Division, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. Letters regarding this project must be postmarked by Oct. 5.

Another meeting scheduled this month will give the public a chance to hear about proposed projects along Route 16 in Ossipee. During the Monday, Sept. 26, Ossipee selectmen's meeting at 4:15 p.m., representatives from NH Department of Transportation will give a short presentation that reviews scopes of work for three upcoming projects. According to an e-mail sent to selectmen, "the projects include NH 16/ NH 25 replace three "red" list bridges, NH 16/NH 25/NH 41 intersection improvements in West Ossipee and NH 16 pavement rehabilitation and intersection improvement with NH 28 north 3.36 miles. No further details about this hearing was available as of press time but is expected to be released prior to the hearings.

Computer tech needed

In an attempt to cut travel costs for a computer technician who travels to Ossipee to work on the town's computers and network, selectmen are looking for a local person or company that can be contracted to take on that job. Currently, there are at least 10 town-owned computers. Anyone qualified and interested in performing on-site routine maintenance, necessary repairs, software updates and keeping the network up and running properly is asked to contact the selectmen's office for more information at 539-4181.

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