RUTLAND - On May 11, Rutland City voters said "no"-loud and clear-regarding the $3.9 million bond to construct a new recreation center downtown. Supporters of the defeated bond had hoped voters would support a plan to renovate the Giorgetti Recreation Center.
The bond vote failed 1,789 to 1,592. More opponents appeared to cast votes since the Town meeting Day support vote.
Bond opponent John Mattison who helped organize the bond revote said, "We did what other people said we couldn't accomplish."
In response to the bond defeat, Mayor Christopher Louras (D) said the parks and recreation department will now have to relocate from its current Dana Center headquarters-however, the new location has yet to be determined.
Currently, the Rutland School District has been leasing Dana to the city since 1995. An earlier facility on Center Street was closed. Dana was always intended to be a temporary site for the department offices.
It has been suggested that the Army Reserve armory could be used, but Louras opposes the idea.
Several city and school district officials have said that the Dana building should be demolished and the site developed.