Three towns, Devens may seek changes to Super Town Meeting
The Lowell Sun, Posted: 11/13/2014 09:52:14 PM EST
By: Jon Bishop
SHIRLEY — On Dec.18, the Joint Boards of Selectmen may live up to its name.
At its meeting Thursday, Harvard Board of Selectman Chairman Stuart Sklar, who sat in on the proceedings, suggested that the Ayer, Shirley, and Harvard Boards of Selectmen, as well as a representative from Devens, come to the Dec. 18 JBOS meeting to discuss proposed zoning amendments and also potential changes to Super Town Meeting requirements. Both have to do with Chapter 498, the governing statute for Devens.
JBOS Chairman Leo Blair of Harvard, Shirley Selectman David Swain, Ayer Selectman and JBOS Vice Chairman Gary Luca, and Elizabeth Witmer of the Devens Advisory Committee all gave their go-ahead.
As suggested by Blair, the Super Town Meeting changes would have Ayer, Shirley and Harvard meet within a certain window, rather than at the same time, and they would count the total votes cast in three towns, which would prevent one town from defeating articles.