Ayer residents this week overwhelmingly rejected a proposal for the town to reclaim jurisdiction over its portion of the former Fort Devens military base after several people said the plan lacked details. The action was taken in a voice vote at a Special Town Meeting on Monday night. Devens, a community that is not recognized as a city or town, is now home to about 1,800 residents and 80 businesses, and geographically lies within Ayer, Shirley, and Harvard.
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