Important Updates

Legal Notice: Public Hearing – June 16

Notice is hereby given, in accordance with Mass. General Law Chapter 166 that a Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 7:15 PM in the Michael J. Gianotis meeting Room (No. 201) at the Maynard Town Building. The petition and plan is being presented by the NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy and Verizon for the purpose of obtaining a Grant of Location to install one (1) new 28/9A on Elmwood Street, Maynard. The Public is welcome to attend. A copy is filed with Town Clerk and Board of Selectmen.

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Police Chief Appointed to Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence

mark-duboisPolice Chief Mark W. Dubois has been appointed a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s new Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

Governor Baker reestablished the committee last month, which will work to implement legislation and review programs aimed at reducing sexual assault and domestic violence in the state.

“Our charge is to improve prevention, enhance support and demand accountability for perpetrators to ensure they can no longer hurt others,” Governor Baker said in a statement.

The group consists of up to 30 representatives from areas like the Attorney General’s Office, law enforcement, the courts, higher education, advocates and health care.

Members will set recommendations for programs and funding sources to implement best practices for the response, prevention and treatment of domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

“I am honored to serve on this council and I’m committed to making a positive change in Massachusetts for those affected by sexual assault or domestic violence,” Chief Dubois said. “I looked forward to working with the Baker administration and other members on the council throughout the year.”

The Surgeon General declared domestic violence the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 to 44. In Massachusetts, 13 percent of all families entering the Emergency Assistance system cited domestic violence as the reason for homelessness.

Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program

The Town of Maynard Public Safety Communications Department (Police and Fire Dispatch) has initiated a new program to assist seniors living in the Town of Maynard.  Having seniors in our community that do not have family or friends checking up on them regularly has led the public safety department to develop a “Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program”.

This program allows the public safety communications department to document in a computer database the names of senior citizens, where they reside, and important contact information. In addition, information concerning current medications and potential special needs during an unusual inclement weather event or natural disaster will be on file.

Visit the Maynard Police Department website to learn more about (and sign up for) this program.

Memorial Day Observances – May 25th

memorial-day-2001-472-3328The Maynard Veterans Council is holding the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25, 2015.

The parade will form at the Clock Tower Main Street parking lot at 10 AM and step off at 10:30 AM.  The parade will proceed to the Main Street Bridge to remember our sea service veterans. From there, continue down Main Street, then left onto Summer Street and proceed to Memorial Park for the main exercise.   After the observances in Memorial Park the parade will reform and proceed up Summer Street to the American Legion Vietnam Memorial for the closing ceremonies.

After the parade dismissal, all marchers are invited for refreshments at the American Legion Patriot Hall.

The Maynard Veterans Council sincerely hopes that everyone will be able to join us.

Annual/Special Town Meeting – May 18th

town-meeting-20145-032-4382To All Citizens of the Town of Maynard and Other Interested Parties:

Please be advised that the Maynard Board of Selectmen, acting at their January 20, 2015 Board of Selectmen’s meeting voted five to zero:  “To set the date and time of the Annual and Special Town Meetings as 7:00 PM. on Monday, May 18, 2015 respectively and to designate the Fowler School Auditorium on Tiger Drive as the location for the Annual and Special Town Meetings.”

Please visit the Town Meeting page for more information.    The Town Meeting page has been updated with both the Annual and Special Town Meeting Warrant and other documents.

The Finance Committee held a public hearing on Monday, May 11th at 7pm in Town Hall.  Questions regarding Finance Committee recommendations on any Annual or Special Town Meeting article can be raised.   Citizens are encouraged to use this public hearing to get those questions answered in the public hearing instead of at Town Meeting so the Town Meeting can run more efficiently.

The Finance Committee recommendations for both meetings can be found on the Fincom page or the Town Meeting page.  (updated 11-May)

Unofficial results of the meeting are also available on the Town Meeting page.

Level 1 Water Restriction is in effect

Level 1 Water Restrictions
effective May 1, 2015 through Oct 1, 2015

As stated in the Special Condition 8 of the Massachusetts Water Management Acts permits (MGL C 21G) we are required to implement a Non-essential Outdoor Water Use and enforce the required restrictions starting May 1, 2015 through October 1, 2015.  Therefore the Town is implementing Level 1 Water Use Restrictions.  Under Level 1 Water Use Restrictions, non-essential outdoor water use is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.  The hourly restriction is to promote smart water use and to be in complainant with our drinking water withdrawal permit.  Also to lessen the loss of water evaporated from irrigation systems. The hourly restriction also benefits the Town’s water system that is trying to meet peak demand. Water use, much like electricity, has peak days and hours.  Watering in the early morning or at night will ease this concern.

Examples of nonessential outdoor water uses include but not limited to:

  • Uses that are not required for health and safety reasons.
  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
  • Washing of vehicles other than by means of a commercial car wash, except as necessary for operator safety; and
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.

Examples of acceptable outdoor water uses include:

  • Irrigation to establish a new lawn during the months of May and September;
  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants via hand held hoses only; and
  • Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields before 9 am and after 5 pm.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call DPW Office at 978-897-1317.    For more information please visit the DPW’s Water Restrictions page.

DPW: Reconstruction of Thompson Street Sidewalks and Ramps

2015 SIDEWALKS AND RAMPS RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
Reconstruction of Thompson Street Sidewalks and Ramps

The Town of Maynard, through its contractor Allied Paving Corp anticipates reconstructing the above street sidewalks and ramps beginning Monday, May 4, 2015 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 (work area) by 7:00am.  Any parked vehicles that interfere with construction will be towed at the owner’s expense.

During the reconstruction period access to and from residence may be restricted or delayed. Road will remain open to all emergency vehicles and school buses.

The DPW wants to thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience. If problems evolve as a result of reconstruction or should you have specific questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-897-1317.

Maynard Police Participate in Legal Updates Training

Committed to staying informed about changes to laws and updates in current criminal procedures, the Maynard Police Department recently dispatched an officer to complete Law Enforcement Liability In-service Training, held on April 16 at the Acton Police Department.

The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), Maynard’s property and casualty insurance provider, conducted the full-day training session free of charge for a total of 44 officers from 15 different municipalities. The training served not to only educate the participating officers, but also to help minimize potential liability issues and save money on municipal insurance premiums.

“Laws constantly change, and it is extremely important that our officers have the most current information available to them as they go about their duties,” Maynard Police Chief Mark W. Dubois said. “Training like this, provided at no cost, is invaluable, and the Maynard Police Department is very grateful for it!”

The interactive course covered the latest developments in motor vehicle and criminal law and helped clarify the often complicated jurisdictional procedures faced by officers in their day-to-day jobs. Participants learned how to best address vehicle stops and Operating under the Influence (OUI), and handle exit orders and frisks. They discussed developments related to firearms regulations and medical marijuana, as well as cell phones and recording police. Participants examined procedural updates for domestic violence, children requiring assistance, and field interrogation. All attendees received a reference manual covering a range of issues, including the topics covered during the in-person training and more.

“The Town of Maynard and the Maynard Police Department strive to provide our residents and business owners with a modern, efficient system of government, and it today’s ever-changing legal landscape, it always pays to keep current,” said Kevin Sweet, Maynard Town
Administrator. “I am grateful to the MIIA for making this valuable resource available at no cost to taxpayers.”

John Scheft – founder of Law Enforcement Dimensions, LLC and author of widely-used manuals on motor vehicle law, criminal law and juvenile issues – conducted the training. Upon completion of this and other MIIA risk- and loss-prevention programs, participating municipalities are eligible to receive insurance premium credits through the MIIA Rewards Programs, reducing costs of property and casualty insurance.

About MIIA:
MIIA is the non-profit, member-based insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) insuring nearly 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in the state. In fiscal year 2014, MIIA awarded over $2.3 million of premium credit collectively to the membership through its Rewards program for a 12-year total of $22.1 million. For more information please visit www.emiia.org and www.mma.org.

Glenwood Cemetery Spring Cleanup

The Cemetery Division of Public Works will be starting spring cleanup at the Glenwood Cemetery. We are asking all to help with this cleanup by removing all old flowers and decorations from the grave site and place them at the end of the row for pickup by April 30, 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works office during normal business hours at 978-8997-1317 or by e-mail to mmorando@townofmaynard.net.