2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 9 Feb 2005 20:54:06 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Ft. Devens disposition
Benefits of Devens ownership debated in forum

By Nathan Lamb  
Shirley Oracle (MA)
February 09, 2005 

AYER -- It may be too early to speculate on the future disposition of
Devens. But there is consensus that it is time for stakeholders to
analyze all possible scenarios and determine what it would take to make
each an acceptable outcome for the respective communities.

The Devens Disposition Executive Board (DDEB) is calling that
"acceptance criteria." It was the central topic of a public forum held
at Ayer Town Hall. 

The meeting was hosted by town administrator Anita Scheipers. She said
the purpose of the forum was to solicit input from the public on what
the community's priorities are, heading into the disposition negotiations.

"It's meant to give local input and provide some criteria to be used by
the disposition subcommittees," she said.

The preliminary criteria presented at the meeting were based on several
distinct themes that have already been identified. These themes revolved
around issues stemming from financial, environmental, educational and
infrastructure concerns.

For purposes of the discussion, the possible scenarios included Ayer
taking none of Devens, taking all of Devens, taking the parts of Devens
within its historic borders, or Ayer only taking a more limited area,
such as North Post.


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Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
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