Town Hall Phone System Issues

The phone system at Town Hall is experiencing some issues and the estimated repair time is later this week.

The Police, Fire, Library, Council on Aging and School departments are not affected, call those direct lines as you normally would.

To reach departments within the Town Building, please call the following working numbers.  These are fax machines, so if calling after hours, do not be surprised if you hear a fax signal.  During business hours, the calls will be answered or you will hear a busy signal if the line is in use.

  • For Accounting, Treasury, and Assessors, call 978-897-1013
  • For the Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator, and Town Clerk, call 978-897-8457
  • For Public Works, call 978-897-7290
  • For Municipal Services, including Building Permits, Planning, Conservation, and Health Depts., call 978-897-8489
  • The Town Clerk Fax machine is still functioning as a direct fax.  If someone is having trouble receiving a fax, try 978-897-8553

Veterans’ Memorial Park Redesign – Request for Quotation

The Office of the Municipal Services has issued this RFQ notification for the redesign of Veterans’ Memorial Park. The Veterans’ Memorial Park is comprised of 3.1 acres of property in the downtown area. The overall goal of this effort is development of a design that improves the pedestrian connection between the park and the surrounding downtown area.

Design proposals will be received at the Office of Municipal Services, 195 Main Street, Maynard, MA 01754 until September 17th, 2015 at 10:00am.

RFQ packets including required forms and specifications are available at the Office of Municipal Services, Monday through Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm and Fridays from 9:00am-12:00pm or by email to Bnemser@townofmaynard.net .

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.

All bids must be clearly marked “Veterans’ Memorial Park Design’” in a sealed envelope.

Winter Town Meeting – Jan 11, 2016

Please be advised that the Maynard Board of Selectmen, acting at their August 18, 2015 meeting voted:  “To set the date and time of a Special Town Meeting (STM) as 7:00 PM on Monday, January 11, 2016, and a snow/ weather postponement date and time of 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, if needed, and to designate the Fowler School Auditorium at 3 Tiger Drive as the location for this Special Town Meeting.”  Accordingly, the deadline for submittal of Citizens Petition Warrant Articles to the Board of Selectmen is Tuesday, November 24th, 2015.

STM Warrant will be available at Town Hall on December 17, 2015, as well as on the Town Web site.

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

The Town of Maynard, through its contractor Lazaro Paving Corp anticipates repaving the above street on Monday, August 24, 2015 beginning 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 the street (work area) by 7:00am.  Any parked vehicles that interfere with construction will be towed at the owner’s expense.

During the repaving,  access to and from residence may be restricted or delayed. We urge everyone to seek alternate route during this construction period, if possible.  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.

MFD Receives Grant for New Breathing Apparatus

Old air units (right) will be replaced with new apparatus (left)
Old air units (right) will be replaced with new apparatus (left)

Chief Anthony Stowers is pleased to announce that Maynard Fire Department received more than $168,000 in the form of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The money will be used to purchase up-to-date self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). This new equipment will replace the department’s entire cache of aging units with the latest version of National Fire Protection Association compliant devices.

FEMA will fund 95 percent of the cost of the endeavor, totaling over $168,000, with the Town of Maynard contributing the remaining 5 percent.

“This grant allows us to ensure our firefighters are protected with the best possible protective equipment as they work to serve the community,” Chief Stowers said. “We are excited to move forward with updating our apparatus and are grateful to FEMA for the contribution.”

The goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants is to meet the needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, the grants have helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

School Bus Safety Tips

Town Administrator Kevin Sweet and Police Chief Mark W. Dubois would like to advise the community about several safety practices surrounding school buses.

school-bus-kidsSchool begins on September 3 this year.

“We are excited to start a new school year and look forward to seeing children beginning or continuing in the district,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “As parents guide their children onto the bus, we ask that they have conversations with them about how to remain safe when they’re getting in and out of the vehicle.”

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) reports that approximately 400,000 students in the state are transported to school by buses every year.

School buses are a relatively safe form of transportation. DPH reports that the majority of related injuries occur to pedestrians who are boarding or exiting a bus and are hit by passing traffic or while in one of the bus driver’s blind spots. Children ages 4 to 7 are at the highest risk of injury.

Town Administrator Sweet and Chief Dubois suggest parents follow the safety procedures outlined by DPH to prevent accidents this school season:

  • Educate children on safe bus riding and walking behaviors when getting on and off the bus.
  • Teach young children to take five giant steps (10 feet) in front of the bus and to wait for the driver’s signal before crossing.
  • Develop appropriate bus pick-up/drop-off policies.
  • Closely supervise children under age 10 who must cross the street after exiting the bus.

“Drivers, please be cognizant of school buses and remember to always remain a safe distance behind the vehicles and always stop when pick-up and drop-off occurs,” Chief Dubois said. “It is against the law to pass a school bus when its stop sign is out.”

The fine for illegally passing a school bus is a maximum of $200. Repeat offenders may have their licenses suspended.

Backflow Prevention Device Inspections starting Aug 3rd.

In accordance with State regulations the town has contracted with Cross Connection to start their annual inspections of backflow prevention devices on the residences that have them. They will be in town starting the week of August 3, 2015. Please be aware that they will be in and out of your yard. If you have concerns, please call the Public Works Department at 978-897-1317.