On Tuesday evening, August 6, 2013, the Friends of Fort Knox Board of Directors voted unanimously to reject signing a Memorandum of Agreement on a proposed fence project at the State Historic site. The fence project is being proposed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, with assistance by the Army Corps of Engineers and funded through a program for formerly used defense sites and in concurrence with the Maine State Preservation Office. The Bureau of Parks and Lands cites concerns of visitor safety and a need to meet State Occupational Safety and Health Administration concerns for State personnel who might work at the National Historic Landmark.
Recently, a public information meeting was held at Fort Knox where members of the community expressed concerns about the detrimental impact the fence project would have on the historic structure and diminished visitor experience at the site.
Below, is the formal motion that was presented at Tuesday’s, Friends’ of Fort Knox Board meeting:
“I make a motion, in response to the public’s concern over the significant adverse impact the fall prevention project will have on the historic landscape of Fort Knox, that the Friends of Fort Knox Board of Directors vote to not sign the Memorandum of Agreement.” (Moved by Amy McRae, seconded by Michael Celli, passed by unanimous vote)
Members of the FFK Board expressed concern about visitor safety during the meeting, but felt enhanced safety measures could be achieved without the installation of hundreds of feet of fence and the loss of visitor access to large areas of the Fort. The Friends of Fort Knox mission is to preserve Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine.