DPW Notice: Paving Parker St. (Rt. 27)

The Town of Maynard, through its contractor Lazaro Paving Corp anticipates paving the above street beginning this Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:00am.  The contract will post signs before the actual work is to commence on poles, cones or barrels to be stationed throughout the limits of the construction.  Following the notifications/sign posting, the work may begin as early as 7:00am.

If weather does not permit or if there is a problem with equipment or scheduling, the work will commence on the following work day.  Please remove all parked vehicles from street by 7:00am.  Any parked vehicles that interfere with construction will be towed at the owner’s expense.

During the paving access to and from residence may be restricted or delayed. We urge everyone to seek alternate route during this construction period, if possible.  Road will remain open to all emergency vehicles and school buses.

Should any damage to curbs or driveway aprons occur or if drainage problems evolve as a result of construction or should you have specific questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-897-1317.  The DPW wants to thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.

Special Town Election Scheduled for Nov 4th

The Board of Selectmen have called for a Special Town Election on November 4, 2014 to fill the two (2) vacant Selectman positions.

Timeline for Special Town Election:

  • Last day to obtain nomination papers – September 12, 2014 (Town Clerk’s Office open until 5pm)
  • Last day to submit nomination papers to registrars of voters – September 16, 2014 (Town Clerk’s Office open until 7pm)
  • Last day to object or withdraw – October 2, 2014
  • Last day to register to vote – October 15, 2014

Tax Classification Hearing – Nov 18

As required by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40, Section 56, the Maynard Board of Selectmen will hold their annual fiscal year 2015 Tax Classification Hearings on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Michael J. Gianotis meeting Room (No. 201) at the Maynard Town Building. The purpose of the hearing is to determine the percentages of the local tax levy to be borne by each class of real property. The Public is welcome to attend

Our Electronic Permitting Portal is open!

Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is excited to announce that the Office of Municipal Services (OMS) has launched an electronic permitting portal which will help residents, developers, and businesses apply for and receive permits more efficiently.

The Office of Municipal Services manages and operates the planning, economic development and regulatory service functions of the Town. With all of these responsibilities, efficiency, ease and organization are important, all of which improved with the electronic permitting portal.

Working with Full Circle Technologies, the hosted permit portal allows users to create an account which is a big time saver, especially for developers who create multiple permits each year.  Users can apply for most permits OMS issues – building, plumbing, electrical, etc.

“I am pleased that Maynard will now offer this intuitive, modern system for issuing permits in town,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “The Full Circle Technologies system will make town government work better while saving time and money for residents and contractors.”

By mid-fall, Health Permits will also be available through the site. By winter, the Town intends to offer a Citizen’s Request option as well where concerns can be reported and then directed to the correct Town department. This new system, encompassing all of these services will be important for residents, local builders and the community at large.

Stephanie Duggan, Administrative Assistant to the Town Administrator and OMS, led the project implementation.

“It has already helped us in reviewing our practices and policies, in streamlining approvals, and in managing our records better – and we are just getting started,” Duggan said.

Efficiency and convenience were two of the areas that this initiative was implemented to improve for the community. This online permitting solution is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In addition to making the application and review process more efficient, permits can also be paid for on-line through a secure transaction directly to the Town’s clearinghouse.  This ensures payments are received and properly credited, eliminates delays in depositing, potential bounced checks, and cash handling by employees. Users can use their checking accounts or their credit cards to pay for permit requests.

The Office of Municipal Services is pleased to be offering this automated service to the Town as part of an approach to simplify and improve interactions between the Town, its residents, and businesses. This service will significantly increase the permitting process through its ease of use, convenience and through a more efficient processing procedure than in the past.

The permitting portal is available in the sidebar to the right or you can visit the OMS Building & Inspections Division.

Regional Workshop on Demolition Delay By-Laws

Town Administrator Kevin Sweet announces that the Maynard Historical Commission will host a regional workshop on demolition delay by-laws in November, coinciding with the beginning of a two-month exhibit showcasing the evolution of historical structures in town.

This informative workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Roosevelt Room of the Maynard Library, 77 Nason St. The Historical Commission, members from other town boards, town employees and invited representatives from other local historical commissions will be on-hand. Christopher Skelly, Director of Local Government Programs at the Massachusetts Historical Commission will present material helpful for historical commission members who would like to understand how local demolition delay by-laws work. This program will show the reasons for implementing this by-law, which helps preserve and protect a community’s historical properties and resources.

Additionally, the Historical Commission, supported by a grant from the Maynard Cultural Council, is displaying a journey through Maynard’s history titled Maynard Then and Now. For the months of November and December, an exhibit showcasing changes in historic landmarks in town will be held in the Roosevelt Room of the Maynard Public Library. Photos of 16 Maynard streetscapes, churches, town-owned and commercial buildings contrasting views from the past and present will be on display. Erik Hansen’s photographs, combined with vintage postcard images of the locations, will allow visitors to the exhibit to journey through Maynard’s history.

“This exhibit and workshop are valuable to the community in showing the history of our town and informing people about the importance of demolition delay by-laws” Town Administrator Sweet said. “I encourage everyone to mark their calendars.”

The Friends of Maynard Public Library are hosting a reception to kick off the exhibit, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. This will be a chance for people to meet, enjoy the exhibit and gather prior to the workshop.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to learn of the town’s history, discover more about the demolition delay by-laws and how they are established and to meet others interested in these topics at the exhibit’s reception,” said Jack McKeen, Chairman of the Maynard Historical Commission

Please RSVP To the Demolition Delay By-Law Workshop, by emailing histcom@townofmaynard.net by November 1.

Maynard Fire Department Recognitions

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At the September 16th Board of Selectmen meeting, the town recognized members of the Maynard Fire Department for their service and actions for the community, including firefighter Gerry Byrne, who has retired from the department after 39 years of service to Maynard.  Chief Anthony Stowers awarded certificates and pins to individuals and teams in front of town officials, family members, State Rep. Kate Hogan, and Massachusetts State Fire Marshall Stephen Coan.

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School Committee Vacancy

Due to a vacancy on the Maynard School Committee, the Board of Selectmen and Maynard School Committee are required to jointly appoint a resident to serve as a member of the School Committee until the next Annual Town Election in May, 2015 at which time, there will be an election to fill this position for the remaining two (2) years of the term.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a statement of interest that includes the reason for applying and qualifications you can offer.  Please apply to the Superintendent’s Office,  12 Bancroft Street, Maynard, MA 01754 by September 26, 2014 with a joint appointment taking place at the Maynard Board of Selectmen/School Committee meeting on  October 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Maynard Town Hall.