Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) Drinking Water Update

This message was approved by the state for distribution to the public. A paper copy is being mailed to all residents and businesses.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

TO ALL CUSTOMERS OF THE MAYNARD PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM
Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) Drinking Water Update

This is an important notice – please translate it for anyone who does not understand English.

The Maynard Department of Public Works and Town Administrator Kevin Sweet seek to update residents and business owners in the Town of Maynard regarding elevated levels of Total Trihalomenthanes (TTHMs) in the town’s drinking water supply.

The town’s water supply is safe to drink and use.  No boil water order has been issued.

Under the revised state Disinfection By-Product Rule Stage 2 requirements, the Town of Maynard’s public water system is required to monitor the drinking water for TTHMs levels on a quarterly basis at four approved locations. A four-quarter running annual average at any location above the standard or maximum contaminant level (MCL) for TTHMs of more than 80 ppb is considered out of compliance.

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Invitation for Bids: Cupola Restoration

Invitation for Bids

Cupola Restoration at the Town’s ArtSpace Building
ArtSpace Building
61 Summer St.
Maynard, Massachusetts 01754

This is an Invitation for Bids notification for the restoration and painting of an existing cupola atop a Town of Maynard owned building located at 61 Summer St. in Maynard, MA.

Bids will be accepted at the Department of Public Works, 195 Main Street, Maynard, MA 01754, until 10:00AM, Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at which time they will be publicly opened and read.

Bid packets including required forms and specifications are available at the Department of Public Works, Monday through Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm and Fridays from 8:00am-12:00pm or by email to amiklosko@townofmaynard.net.

Bids should be submitted in a sealed envelope containing one printed copy and one electronic version on a USB drive. The envelope should be clearly labeled as “Cupola Restoration at the Town’s ArtSpace Building IFB.”

Bidders are required to tour the project site on Wednesday July 20th at 10:00AM.

The Town reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, wholly or in part and to award a bid deemed in the best interest of the Town of Maynard.

(Printable RFP)

MFD Grilling Safety Tips

grilling-exampleFire Chief Anthony Stowers and the Maynard Fire Department would like to remind residents to follow the grilling safety tips outlined below as they begin cooking out this summer.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), Massachusetts fire departments responded to 431 fires involving grills, hibachis and barbecues between 2011 and 2015. These fires caused 20 civilian injuries, three firefighter injuries and $3.5 million in property damage.

“Residents should be cautious and aware when it comes to outdoor grilling this summer,” Chief Stowers said. “We want residents to enjoy themselves and have fun, but we are advising everyone to follow grilling safety guidelines while they do so.”

In order to prevent grilling fires and keep residents safe while cooking outdoors, Chief Stowers recommends the following tips provided by DFS:

Safety First

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Place grills away from the house, deck railings and out from under eaves of overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area. Children should never play near grills or propane cylinders.
  • Never leave a burning grill unattended.

Gas Grill Safety

  • Make sure the lid of a gas grill is open when you light it. Propane can build up inside and when ignited, the lid may blow off.
  • Check that all connections are tight before turning on the gas.
  • Clean the grease trap every time you grill.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, turn the grill off and move away from it. Call 911 from a safe location. Do not move the grill.
  • Store propane cylinders upright in an outdoor, shaded area. Cylinders should not be used, stored or transported where they can be exposed to high temperatures.

Charcoal Grill Safety

  • Use only charcoal starter fluid. Never used gasoline or kerosene to start a fire in a grill and never add lighter fluid to burning briquettes or hot coals.
  • Always use charcoal grills in a well-ventilated area. Charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
  • Properly dispose of grill ashes. Allow the coals to burn out completely and then cool for 48 hours before disposal. If you must dispose of ashes before they are completely cooled, thoroughly soak them in water before putting them in a metal container.

Anyone who has questions about grilling safety should contact the Maynard Fire Department at 978-897-1015.

Historical Commission Public Hearing – Demolition Delay Bylaw – Jun 23

Maynard Historical Commission Seeks to Preserve Historically Significant Buildings.
Plans to Propose Demolition Delay By-law at Fall Town Meeting.

The Commission will hold several public meetings to present and ask for feedback on the proposed draft bylaw.  Residents and property owners are invited on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 7 PM in the Roosevelt Room of the Maynard Public Library on Nason Street to hear presentation and discussion of a proposal to protect historically significant properties by adopting a Demolition Delay By-law.

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Legal Notice: Taking Hearing – Aug 2nd

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:15 PM, in the Michael J. Gianotis room 201, the Maynard Board of Selectmen will hold a Taking Hearing with respect to Cutting Drive, Dettling Road, and Vose Hill Road, as all are shown on a plan entitled “Definitive Subdivision Plan of Vose Hill Farms – Maynard, Mass”, prepared by Colburn Engineering, Inc., dated June 3, 1985, recorded with the Middlesex Registry of Deeds as Plan 188 of 1986. The purpose of the Hearing will be to vote on the issuance of Orders of Taking for Cutting Drive, Dettling Road, and Vose Hill Road for the purpose of accepting them as public ways.

Board of Health Public Hearing: Tobacco Regulations – June 28th

The Maynard Board of Health (MBOH) is holding a hearing at Maynard Town Hall, 195 Main St., Maynard, MA to amend Regulations Restricting the Sale of Tobacco & Nicotine Delivery Products on June 28, 2016, 6:30 pm. Revisions include, but are not limited to, restricting flavored tobacco products to adult only tobacco retail stores, sales near schools restrictions, raise the purchase age to 21 & updated wording. The MBOH will accept written comment until June 28, 2016.  Copies are available at the MBOH office, 195 Main St, Maynard, MA.

Legal Notice: Water and Sewer Rates

The Maynard Board of Selectmen held a Public Hearing on Tuesday June 7, 2016 at 7:15 P.M. in Room 201 of the Maynard Town Building for the purposes of amending the Town Water and Sewer Rates. No change for Water Rates. The sewer rate for In-Town use will now be $10.13 per cubic foot used and $14.10 per cubic foot used for Out- of -Town sewer use. These rates shall become effective July 1, 2016. For additional information please call the Maynard Department of Public Works at 978-897-1317.

RFP: WWTP Fire Alarm System Installation and Upgrades

The Town of Maynard is soliciting Bids for the purchase and installation of a new and upgraded Fire Alarm System at the CoMag building and other facility buildings at the Town of Maynard Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) at 38 Pine Hill Road, Maynard, Massachusetts.

Sealed bids will be received at the administrative office of Public Works Department, 195 Main Street, Maynard, MA 01754 until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

Bid instructions and bid documents will be sent to interested parties via e-mail.   If you are interested in bidding on this project, please contact the administrative office of the Department of Public Works, by e-mail to dpw@townofmaynard.net or by calling the office at 978-897-1317.

Updated: 14-Jun-2016: Additional details/clarifications follows…

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