PROTECT THE RUTLAND PRISON CAMPS

PROTECT THE RUTLAND PRISON CAMPS

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James Benoit started this petition to Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

As of right now, the Massachusetts DCR has abruptly, without warning, slated three of the four structures at the Rutland Prison camp site, a historical and cultural landmark, to be slated for demolition by this summer. They are citing the reason as quote “public nuisance” and risk of injury and liability. This spot is one of, if not the only attraction Rutland has-it is a universally loved and revered place, and the assertion that it is a public nuisance is inherently false, in addition to there having been no serious injuries on the property. 
In Late February of 2020, the DCR initially attempted to hold an open public forum on the plans, which were abruptly canceled upon seeing the sheer amount of people who had shown up to the venue; plans were made to move the forum to a larger venue scheduled a month later. Those plans, too, were abruptly canceled as a result of the pandemic and thus all of these decisions have been made without public knowledge and consent. The DCR, when questioned by the town historical committee (per T&G and Jeff Stillings) claimed the demolition process is a “done deal”— however with enough public backlash we can change that and protect the site for the future. 

WE ARE DEMANDING THAT:

- the DCR hold an open, publicly accessible forum, in person, for community input on the plans

- that the local municipal government, as well as the state legislature, be given the ability to intervene on the plans for the time being to allow alternative plans for the site to be drafted, as opposed for demolition

-that the DCR actually take public input into account, as opposed to going with the plans of a slim few board members

- that ACCESS TO THE SITE REMAINS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND THE PRISON CAMP BUILDINGS BE PROTECTED.

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