HARVARD -- Selectman Ron Ricci drafted a letter the board agreed Tuesday night to send to MassDevelopment's George Ramirez, formally requesting a copy of a state police audit report they've been pursuing for some time and re-stating Harvard's continued interest in bidding for the Devens police contract.
The report, which at a previous meeting the selectmen said they would seek via the public records law if necessary, is expected to provide details on the services provided by the Massachusetts State Police at Devens under a contract with MassDevelopment.
According to the selectmen, the opportunity for neighboring communities to bid for the job is clearly stated in Devens' governing legislation, Chapter 498, and the Devens Reuse Plan.
"We thought we were making progress last fall, but it turned out otherwise," Selectman Tim Clark said.
The selectmen pressed the question during the Vicksburg Square redevelopment effort, which ultimately failed. But at that time, the agency's Marty Jones said that de-constructing the state police setup at Devens would be a "complex" process.
The upshot was that there would be a two-year waiting period before the Devens police contract came up.
When Clark more recently cornered Ramirez and asked about the audit report, he said it was a "secret" until the pending contract was signed, Clark said.
But the selectmen still want a crack at the Devens police contract next time around and reviewing the
"On our third request," they'll keep trying, Marie Sobalvarro said.