Sen. Gobi advocates for preservation initiatives in budget debate

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Published: 7/22/2021 1:36:58 PM
Modified: 7/22/2021 1:37:06 PM

BOSTON — Sen. Anne M. Gobi (D-Spencer) saw several amendments she submitted during the state’s FY22 budget process be agreed upon recently as the House and Senate adopted the legislative conference committee report, including those aimed at preserving both manmade and natural habitats in central Massachusetts. Among the 22 amendments submitted by the Senator were those addressing preservation of the prison camp structures and maintaining the historic Wood House in the town of Rutland, and addressing agricultural maintenance in the town of Spencer.

Gobi had this to say on the local projects being included in the conference committee report, “It is important to preserve historic structures that are a benefit to the entire state, telling the tale of our past while remaining open for enjoyment to those in the future. I am thankful that these local projects have been approved, and I will continue to advocate for items that maintain our local landmarks for consecutive generations.”

The first amendment submitted by the Senator allocates $50,000 for the preservation, protection, signage and maintenance of the prison camp structures located in the town of Rutland. Built in 1903 on 914 acres of land, the camp held prisoners serving sentences for drunkenness and other minor offenses, and included a working farm until 1934, when it was abandoned due to its location atop a drainage area of water supply for the region. The area is a popular location for hiking, biking, hunting and other outdoor activities and the structures themselves remain popular features at the location.

A second amendment submitted by the Senator allots $25,000 for repairs to the roof of the Wood House. The Wood House was built in 1915 and has been the home of the Rutland Historical Society for 28 years, which shared the space until 2002 with the Rutland Police Department.

In addition to these, Gobi advocated favorably for the addition of two items geared towards cleaning up natural space in the town of Spencer. Included in the conference committee version of the budget are $150,000 for the purchase of a new highway department truck for the town, and $50,000 to the Spencer Agricultural Association for the construction of a new building on their grounds to house animals.

For more information on these amendments or the budget process, please contact Sen. Gobi’s office by email at Anne.Gobi@MASenate.gov.


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