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

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)

Special Town Meeting scheduled for Oct 27th

Please be advised that the Maynard Board of Selectmen, acting at the August 19, 2014 meeting voted: “To set the date and time of a Special Town Meeting as 7:00 PM. on Monday, October 27, 2014 as the date for Special Town Meeting and to designate the Fowler School Auditorium as the location for this Special Town Meeting.” Accordingly, the deadline for the receipt of citizens’ petition warrant articles by the Board of Selectmen is Friday, September 26, 2014.  The warrant will be available at Town Hall on October 9, 2014, and also on the Town Web site.

Please visit the Town Meeting page for more information.

Nomination Papers Available

Nomination papers are now available for the Special Town Election to be held  on November 4, 2014. The last day to obtain town nomination papers is September 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

The following town offices are open on the election:

  • 1 Selectman (remainder of the 2012 term)
  • 1 Selectman (remainder of the 2013 term)

45 valid Maynard voter signatures are required.

Nomination papers are at the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 195 Main Street. Please call the Town Clerk at 978-897-1300 if you have any questions.

Economic Development Committee Holds First Meeting

Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to announce that the Maynard Economic Development Committee (EDC), formed recently by the Board of Selectmen, held its inaugural meeting at Town Hall yesterday morning.

“The EDC is intended to provide input and advice on the town’s economic development opportunities such as ways to support existing businesses, creation of new employment opportunities and the attraction of new investment,” Town Administrator Sweet said.

The EDC includes members of the Revitalize Maynard Collaborative, Maynard Business Alliance, Clocktower Place, Town officials, as well as at-large residents and business owners. Also on the Committee is Representative Kate Hogan who was in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting.

Tuesday’s meeting began with a presentation by Town Administrator Sweet that included a basic outline of objectives and strategies developed by the Town for discussion and feedback. Initial discussions also included ways to enrich the Maynard business climate, the role of public space, community life, further development of Maynard as a cultural entertainment destination and the need for successful branding to attract new residents, businesses and capture outside dollars.

Virtually all of the members agreed that the committee must meet regularly and stay consistent to shared goals and objectives to be successful. An ambitious schedule to maintain momentum begins with the next meeting scheduled for August 19. The upcoming meeting is expected to further solidify goals and objectives in part based on a model presented by the Town “Maynard 2020 – An Economic Action Plan.” The blue print identifies six areas for initial “areas of concentration”:

  1. Business Environment
  2. Downtown Development
  3. Community and Living
  4. Gateways
  5. Recreation/Leisure/Culture
  6. Branding

The Town framework suggests utilizing “core” strategies to start moving the effort forward:

  • Identify Maynard’s strategic investment opportunities
  • Utilize and protect all our existing assets
  • Proactively address our weaknesses
  • Target key land acquisitions
  • Communicate the Maynard message
  • Evaluate and adjust our regulatory tool box

Meetings are open to the public with the next scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on August 19 at Town Hall in the MJG meeting room.

Water Main Break – Summer Street

Please be advised that we had a water main break on August 12th in the area of Summer Street between Durant and Howard. Due to this break we have shut down the water main. Therefore, the areas of Summer Street between Durant Road and Howard, Dix Road between Summer and Reo, and Nancy Circle will be out of water temporary until we repair the break.

DPW crews are at the location accessing the damage and to begin repairs.

Dog Park Grand Opening – Aug 9th

Town Administrator Kevin Sweet and MayDOG, the Maynard Dog Owners Group, are pleased to announce that the Town of Maynard will open its first official Off-Leash Dog Park on Saturday, August 9.

“A proper, off-leash park for Maynard’s canine family members to run free and play together is a tremendous resource for our town, and I am proud to join MayDOG in celebrating this wonderful new park,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “The park will serve as a friendly, free source of recreation for dogs in our area.”

To commemorate the park’s opening, there will be a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. All are invited!

The opening of the new park is more than six years in the making. MayDOG has been park-pic2-Aug-2014-600x450working with the Town since 2008 to bring a safe, free off-leash recreation area to this community. With the support of the public and town government, this area’s only fenced dog park will now be available for use by residents of Maynard and the surrounding area, free of charge. The park will be open during daylight hours from spring through late fall.

Those wishing to attend the opening ceremony are asked to RSVP to MayDOG@MayDOG.org. On-site parking will be limited, so for those who live close by, it may be prudent to walk.

Dogs are, of course, welcome to come with their owners. For those planning to bring a dog, we ask that you review the park rules posted at www.maydog.org/rules.html. Also, please note that the park area is wooded and currently has a forest floor/wood chip type of surface; you will want to be sure that your dog is up to date on flea and tick protection.

MayDOG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to building community through responsible dog ownership. MayDOG operates and maintains the Maynard Off-Leash Dog Park through an agreement with the Town of Maynard, for the benefit of local residents. More information about the park and MayDOG is available at www.MayDOG.org.

Park photographs are courtesy of MayDOG.