Devens citizens panel: We are independent from towns
Lowell Sun Online, Posted: 02/10/2014 10:53:10 PM EST
By Amelia Pak-Harvey
DEVENS — The Devens Citizens Advisory Committee again brought up the issue of jurisdiction Tuesday night, voting to hold off the controversial poll that caused heated debate at the last Joint Boards of Selectmen meeting.
At issue is whether the towns should poll residents to see what they think of overlay governance, which would give the three towns of Ayer, Harvard and Shirley control over the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone.
But the main argument at the meeting in January began when the boards discussed whether they should poll Devens residents before putting the poll on Town Meeting agendas. Harvard Selectman Leo Blair maintained polling Devens residents would only “super-enfranchise” them.