The Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The committee, chaired by a new commissioner, will meet at 10 a.m. at the Newbury Town Offices, Route 103. Sarah Stewart will serve as the next commissioner of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR). Stewart replaces Jeffrey Rose, as of June 4.
New Hampshire Parks recently posted the meeting date and committee roster.
We anticipate the committee will review the Annual Operating Plan for 2018-2019 for Mount Sunapee Resort. Additionally, we expect the operator will provide a brief overview of last year activities.
NH DNCR and Mount Sunapee
The Mount Sunapee ski area operates on public land, more than 1,100 acres at Mount Sunapee State Park. The operator, Okemo/Mount Sunapee Resort submits an annual plan to DNCR.
Another corporate entity at Mount Sunapee is the leaseholder. In 2017, a hedge fund Och-Ziff purchased the ski area lease. OZ’s role in formulating the annual operating plan is unknown. The agreement between the leaseholder and operator is also private.
Read the 2018-2019 Annual Operating Plan here: MSR_AOP 2018-2019 (pdf 9MB).
A brief primer:
- The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is the agency that oversees N.H. Parks (after legislative reorganization in 2017 of the Department of Resources and Economic Development).
- The DNCR commissioner chairs the Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee.
- The committee consists of 11 members. See MSAC_Roster5-30-18
- MSAC meetings, such as that on June 19, are open to the public, according to RSA 91-A:2.
- “Open to the public” means that anyone may attend, take notes, record and photograph the meeting. However, the public has no guaranteed right to speak, as required at a “public hearing.”
Note, at most MSAC meetings the public is allowed to ask questions after review of the annual plan. We encourage people to attend MSAC meetings. Additionally, we ask that you share your questions and concerns with advisory committee members including the commissioner.
Please contact Friends of Mount Sunapee for more information.
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