The following is a letter dated May 24 from the Ayer Board of Selectmen’s office and addressed to William Marshall, chairman of the Devens Enterprise Commission, in advance of the commission’s May 25 public hearing regarding a proposed Devens Fire and Police complex to be constructed at 279 Barnum Road.
Copies were also sent to the selectmen from Harvard, Shirley, Lancaster and DEC representative Marty Poutry of Ayer.
Dear Chairman Marshall:
The Town of Ayer Board of Selectmen want to express their concern about the proposed construction of a new public safety complex at Devens.
We understand that the proposed public safety building is estimated to cost eight million dollars to construct. Given the current momentum and spirit of more regional cooperation at all levels of local government, the Board does not believe that the proposed project is consistent with the goals of the Commonwealth to facilitate the consolidation of local government services wherever and whenever possible.
Therefore, given the scope and projected expense of the proposed project, its close proximity to existing public safety facilities in Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Lancaster, the Ayer Board of Selectmen do not feel that an expense of this size is appropriate.
J. JEFFREY RITTER
Interim Town Administrator