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I applaud the Citizens for Harvard’s Future (CFHF) for challenging the legality of the Devens disposition decision process. As a Harvard citizen and taxpayer, I am appalled by the possibility that Harvard land could be taken to form a new town without a positive vote by the town of Harvard.

I recall, quite clearly, when Harvard, Ayer and Shirley town meetings voted to support the Devens Reuse Plan in 1994 and Chapter 498 was signed into law, how important it was that all three towns had to agree before the plan could be implemented, and that it would take a vote of all three towns to make any changes to the plan or to decide on disposition. I feel completely disenfranchised knowing that disposition can be decided without Harvard’s consent.

I have no problem with giving Devens residents a vote. They certainly have a stake in the outcome and should therefore have a vote. This process change, however, should be subject to the consent of all three towns as specified by the original legislation. Perhaps Chapter 498 could be amended in such a way as to give Devens residents a vote on disposition, but to eliminate the situation where they get to vote twice — once as Devens residents and once as Harvard residents.

Shame on Harvard’s elected representatives for having acquiesced to, and even promoted, a decision process that could go forward giving away Harvard’s land without Harvard’s consent.

Thank you, CFHF, for challenging this attempt to circumvent the law.

WORTH ROBBINS

Harvard

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