Important Updates

Legal Notice: Liquor License – Aug 18th

Notice is hereby given, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 138, as amended, that a Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:15 p.m. in the Michael J. Gianotis Meeting Room (No. 201) at the Maynard Town Building on the application for a New License on premise for All Alcohol as a Common Victualler license for 5 Maynard LLC d/b/a Battle Road Brew Pub, 5 Clock Tower Place Maynard, MA. Copy of application is on file in the Office of the Selectmen.

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DPW: Repaving of Concord Street (Between Summer Street & Vernon Street) – ON HOLD

Please be advised that the repaving of Concord Street that was scheduled for July 22, 2015 is now put on hold.  We decided to put the repaving on hold to give our sidewalks and ramps contractor time to complete the sidewalks and ramps improvement on Concord Street between RT 27 and Vernon Street.

DPW apologizes for any inconveniences and wants to thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. Should you have specific questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works at (978) 897-1317.

MPD/MFD Launching Joint Emergency Dispatch Center

Police Chief Mark W. Dubois and Fire Chief Anthony Stowers are pleased to announce that The Town of Maynard is in the final stages of combining police and fire dispatch into one joint, civilian emergency communications center.

The communications center is scheduled to open by July 27. It will be overseen by Chief Dubois and Chief Stowers and managed by Anne Camaro, who, along with representatives from both departments, has hired a set of full-time dispatchers trained in both fire and police dispatch procedures.

“It is our hope that the communications center will increase efficiency and decrease response time,” Chief Dubois said. “It will also allow more police officers and firefighters to be in the community serving residents and responding to calls for service.”

The Police and Fire Departments will have an auto attendant phone system for general business calls, where residents can reach specific police or fire officials or divisions. Emergency dispatchers are always available but should only be contacted during emergency situations.

Residents are asked not to call dispatch to schedule inspections, issue permits or to inquire about an emergency situation in progress. Fire department inspections and permits can still be arraigned through the fire department. If you need a permit signed or an inspection scheduled, call the Maynard Fire Department business line at 978-897-1014 and choose the correct option from the menu.

Many inspections and permits can also be obtained or scheduled using the town website.

With the new dispatch center opening in a different location, citizens may notice that if the fire trucks are out of the station on a call, the fire house may not be manned at all times.

The phone numbers for the department will remain the same, and there will be an option to talk with a dispatcher, but there may not be a firefighter in the building 24 hours a day, seven days a week to set up appointments or inspections, or to answer a code compliance questions. Anyone who arrives at the Fire Station with an emergency and cannot locate an official should immediately call 911.

“We are extremely excited about having this project come to fruition,” Chief Stowers said. “The dispatch center will increase efficiency by streamlining department communications and will also allow us to better serve the public.”

We urge members of the public to, as always, dial 911 in case of an emergency!

DPW: Repaving of Thompson Street and Nason Street

As part of the 2015 ROADS PAVING PROGRAM we will be repaving of Thompson Street and Nason Street (Between Acton Street and Summer Street)

The Town of Maynard, through its contractor Lazaro Paving Corp anticipates repaving the above streets beginning on Thompson Street this Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 7:00am.  The contractor 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 repaving 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 repaving or should you have specific questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-897-1317.

Maynard Receives Over $104,000 Grant for LED Light Initiatives

Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to announce that Maynard has received over $104,000 from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Division for LED initiatives.

DOER awarded the town $104,287 for two projects. The grant will fund the third phase of Maynard’s LED streetlight conversion plan and the interior LED lighting retrofit at the Fowler School.

This is the second Green Communities Competitive Grant Maynard has received in the last two years, with their total allocation reaching over $210,000.

“We are so excited to earn our second competitive grant from the DOER,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “We continuously strive to make our town and schools more energy efficient and this funding gives us the opportunity to pursue endeavors that may not have otherwise been possible.”

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Forum on Future Community Housing Plans – July 1st

Town Administrator Kevin Sweet would like to invite the community to attend a visioning meeting next month to determine the location and type of housing residents would like to see in the town going forward.

Join the Town of Maynard and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a public forum on Wednesday, July 1, at 7 p.m. in the lower level of Town Hall, 195 Main St.

You can participate by completing a brief online survey..

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Seeking New Member of the Board of Assessors

The Town of Maynard is seeking a qualified Maynard resident to serve as a member of the Maynard Board of Assessors.  The Board of Assessors consists of three members, each serving for a three year term.  They are responsible for working with the Town Assessors in carrying out the state’s mandate to establish the fair market value of each property for tax purposes.  The Board must follow state guidelines and must obtain state certification from the Department of Revenue for the purpose of voting authority.    The board meets when necessary which is usually monthly however during certain times of the year we could meet twice a month or not at all.  This is a volunteer position.   Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, detailing relevant qualifications and a resume to:  Board of Selectman, c/o Town Administrator Kevin Sweet, 195 Main St, Maynard MA 01754 or email at ksweet@townofmaynard.net

MPD: Beware of IRS Phone and Email Scams

Police Chief Mark Dubois would like to warn residents about an ongoing IRS scam in the community and advise them to never respond to threats.

The Maynard Police Department received multiple reports this morning from residents stating an “agent” from IRS called and informed them they owe money and must pay it immediately through a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The “agent” tells the victim that if they do not cooperate, they will be arrested, deported, or their business license or driver’s license would be suspended. The caller often intimidates the victim with hostility and insulting statements.

“These callers are professional scammers and will say anything to appear legitimate. Do not act under pressure. Instead, call police immediately after receiving a call to report the issue,” Chief Dubois said. “We do not want to see anyone become a victim of this fraudulence.”

If a victim gives away a pre-paid debit card number or makes a wire transfer, the money is gone and lost forever. There is usually no way to recover those funds.

“If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don’t pay immediately, it’s a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a statement on the issue. “The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business.”

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