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

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.

DPW Notice: Paving of Summer Street and Acton Street

The Town of Maynard, through its contractor Lazaro Paving Corp anticipates paving the above streets beginning this Thursday, September 11, 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 streets 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. 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.

MFD Retiring Hard-Wired Street Pull Stations

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Fire Chief Anthony Stowers announces that the Maynard Fire Department is beginning to remove hard-wired street boxes in town, as part of its process of modernizing its fire notification system.

The venerable old street boxes were manufactured by The Gamewell Co. of Newton, and have been in service since the 1800s. They rely on a hard-wired telegraph system that sends a numerical code to the dispatch center, corresponding with its location, when someone pulls the handle.

The system requires extensive upkeep and costly repairs, and in today’s day and age of cell phones, the boxes are not being used as much as they were in years past.

The boxes will soon be replaced by radio boxes, which are less costly and require less maintenance. The radio boxes work much the same way cell phones operate, and they are able to relay more information, much quicker.

“The street boxes served our department well over many decades, but times have changed,” Chief Stowers said. “New technology will allow us to receive vital information quicker with much lower maintenance costs.”

Crews are starting at Mockingbird Lane and will continue through town until every box is removed and upgraded. The total upgrade process is expected to take up to two years.

Updates from the DPW

Fall Drop Off Center is scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014 and Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Fall leave curbside pickup with be held the week of October 13-17 and the week of November 10-14. Please place leaves, grass, wood chips and all other easily raked materials in paper yard waste bags, Please have them curbside on your regular trash day before 7:00 a.m. Also note that Monday, October 13 is a Holiday and all trash, recycle and yard waste will be a day late.

The Department of Public Works has contracted with Prowler Water Conservation Company to conduct a leak detection survey in town that is mandated by the DEP. Prowler should be finished with this survey in three weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Water/Sewer division at 978-897-1317.

Maynard Student Inspires New Handicapped Parking Space Signage

Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to announce all 15 municipal handicapped parking spaces in town have been converted to a new, unique logo called “The Accessible Icon Project.”

New Accessible Icon
New Accessible Icon

Recently graduated Maynard High School senior Kayla O’Mahony helped bring the Accessible Icon Project to Maynard. She learned about the project and then presented her idea to the Maynard Board of Selectmen at their May 7 meeting.

“I want to help shift society’s perspectives on people with disabilities, and I figured an old, outdated icon that people look at every day was a good place to start,” Kayla said. “The Accessible Icon Project portrays people with disabilities in an active, empowered way, and I’m glad to see it in my hometown!”

The original International Symbol of Access (the official name for the old blue icon portraying a person in a wheelchair) got its makeover in 2009 by artist Sara Hendren, a mother of three including a son with Down syndrome; and Brian Glenney, Ph.D, an assistant professor of Philosophy at Gordon College. The new icon focuses more on the person, not the chair, showing movement and action. It is ADA compliant as it still displays a wheelchair, and it also represents accessibility.

Old Symbol
Old Symbol

Town Administrator, Kevin Sweet recalls how quickly the town was to get started with this project. “Once we heard Kayla’s proposal, we wanted to help her with her project while also making our town more aware and educated about this important topic. This icon on our municipal parking spaces is a start,” he said. Interested towns and businesses can get involved by requesting stencils or stickers for sign replacements through the Accessible Icon Project.

Kayla, 18, humbly acknowledged that she had a lot of help in accomplishing her goal of getting the Accessible Icon Project in town. She thanks Jean LaBelle, her Senior Project Adviser at Maynard High School, who helped set Kayla up with the right contacts and constantly provided moral support. Also, Alan Rogers, owner of Tint-a-Glass in Maynard, for printing the icon on a large piece of paper and Wally Manion, owner of WJM Carpentry in town for cutting out the stencils once Kayla traced them onto plywood.

Kayla is just beginning her freshman year at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Penn.

The Accessible Icon Project is based in Malden, and the concept has grown to include partners like New York State, hospitals around the world including University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi, India and Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts.

Four cities in Massachusetts have embraced the project, but it is believed that Maynard is the first town in Massachusetts to adopt the Accessible Icon Project in municipal parking spaces.

The town immediately accepted Kayla’s proposal and town officials were inspired by both her intuition and the positive goals of the Project.

“Once we heard Kayla’s proposal, we knew we wanted to get involved with The Accessible Icon Project,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “Municipal parking spaces are a great place to start, but we also hope to make the rest of our town and our vibrant business community aware of the project.”

You can learn more about the Accessible Icon Project or request signs, stencils, and stickers at accessibleicon.org.

Glenwood Cemetery Burial Lots Policy Change

Please be advised that the Board of Selectmen voted at a recent meeting to change the policy of pre-sale of burial lots at the Glenwood Cemetery. Effective immediately the sale of cremation, single lots and double lots are available to all Maynard Residents.

Any interested residents, please contact the Department of Public Works, Cemetery Division at 978-897-1317 or by e-mail mmorando@townofmaynard.net.

Youth Public Safety Academy Graduates Students

Police Chief Mark W. Dubois, Fire Chief Anthony Stowers, and Town Administrator Kevin Sweet wish to convey their gratitude to Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and his office for putting together last week’s highly-successful Youth Public Safety Academy.

Police and fire crews from the towns, as well as the Sheriff’s office, worked with 163 cadets to introduce them to public safety. There were trucks and police cars, K-9 demonstrations, SWAT Team presentations, and fire department and emergency medical demonstrations throughout the week.

“Events like this are a wonderful way to introduce young people to their public safety agencies,” Chief Dubois said. “It helps build safe, trusting relationships between public safety groups and our community members, and we are grateful for the chance to be a part of the Youth Public Safety Academy.”

“The Maynard Fire Department looks forward to this event every year because it gives us an opportunity to help deliver an important message of safety to kids in our area,” Chief Stowers said.

Sheriff Koutoujian recognized each cadet on Friday at a special graduation ceremony.

“This Academy provides us the opportunity to introduce children, their parents and guardians to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “It also allows the cadets to get to know their local public safety officials and learn valuable safety and life lessons in a fun environment.”

As a special surprise during this last week of the Academy, cadets also had a visit from WCVB-TV meteorologist Danielle Vollmar who spoke with them about hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather-related issues.

This is the 15th year of the YPSA program for children from across the county. Over the course of six weeks, in various communities, approximately 1,000 cadets participated in the program this summer.

Chief Dubois would also like to recognize the hard work of Detective William Duggan, who works extensively on youth programs in town, and Chief Stowers would like to recognize Captain Sean Kiley for his hard work last week.

A special thank you also goes out to the Maynard Boys and Girls Club for supporting the event and the Maynard McDonalds for donating 300 cheeseburgers and french fries!

Click here for the full press release with additional photographs.

Left to right: Maynard Town Administrator Kevin Sweet, Police Chief Mark Dubois, Donny Wright (Mcdonalds owner) Wendy Allegrone-Leslie (boys club director) and Fire Chief Anthony Stowers. (Maynard Police Courtesy Photo)
Left to right: Maynard Town Administrator Kevin Sweet, Police Chief Mark Dubois, Donny Wright (Mcdonalds owner) Wendy Allegrone-Leslie (boys club director) and Fire Chief Anthony Stowers. (Maynard Police Courtesy Photo)