January 2015 Snowstorm

jan-2015-stormWith another large storm hammering the region, the Town of Maynard reminds you to prepare and stay informed.

We will be updating these pages before, during and after the storm to provide you with the best information and guidance possible.

Stay safe!

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Tax Filing Deadlines

The Assessor’s Office wishes to remind taxpayers of the following filing deadlines.

The deadline for filing abatements on Real and Personal Property for Fiscal Year 2015 is Monday, February 2, 2015 by 4:00 p.m.

Taxpayers that wish to apply for tax exemptions under Clause 17 Widowers/Elderly, Clause 22 Veterans, Clause 37 Blind, and Clause 41 Elderly have until Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. to file their applications. If you are filing for the first time, it is recommended that you contact the office in advance of the deadline so that all necessary documentation if filed with your application in a timely manner.

Charitable organizations are reminded to file their ABC Forms by Monday, March 2, 2015.

The deadline for filing the Form of List for Personal Property subject to taxation in the in the Town of Maynard is Monday, March 2, 2015.

All of the above mentioned forms are available at the Assessor’s Office.  If you have any questions or need more information please contact the Assessor’s Office.  You can also visit the Assessor’s Office webpage.

Date for Annual/Special Town Meeting Set – May 18th

To 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.”

Citizen’s petitions must be submitted with the question presented at the top of each side of the signature page.  They must be submitted to the Town Clerks Office and certified by the Town Clerk in order to be included on the warrant.

The deadline for submission of Citizens Petition Articles for the Annual Town Meeting is 12:00 noon Friday April 3, 2015 and for Special Town meeting Petition April 21, 2015 for Special Petition Articles (Per Charter, at least 45 days prior to the town meeting for annual town meeting and at least 30 days on special town meeting).

Please visit the Town Meeting page for more information.

Maynard Police Arrest Former High School Student in Connection with Plot to Harm Students

DSCN0484-600x450Police Chief Mark W. Dubois reports that the Maynard Police Department this afternoon arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him with threatening to kill students at Maynard High School.

JOSEPH L. BROOKS, AGE 19, OF MAYNARD, is a former Maynard High School student. The Maynard Police Department today became aware that he had informed current students of a plot to kill people at the springtime high school graduation ceremony or on the last day of school.

The police department acted immediately, arresting BROOKS, who is known to police.

BROOKS has an open Maynard Police Department case for assault and accessory before the fact out of Concord District Court. He was arrested without incident and is being held without bail pending his arraignment tomorrow in Concord.

BROOKS is charged under MGL 269 Section 14: Threatening to Use a Deadly Weapon at a School or Public Building.

Nomination Papers Available

(Updated 21-Jan) Nomination papers are now available for the Annual Town Election on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.  The last day to obtain papers is Friday, March 13, 2015.

The following offices are open on the Election:

  • 2 Selectmen for a term of three years
  • 1 Moderator for a term of one year
  • 2 School Committee member for a term of three years
  • 1 School Committee member for a term of two years
  • 1 Trustee of Public Library for a term of three years
  • 1 Regional Vocational School Committee member for a term of 4 years
  • 1 Housing Authority Member for a term of 5 years

43  valid Maynard voter signatures are required.

Nomination papers are at the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 195 Main Street.

If you have any questions, please call 978-897-1300

Notice for Veterans and Widows

uncle-samMaynard’s Veterans’ Services Officer would like you to know that if you are an unmarried veteran, or un-remarried widow or widower of a veteran there may be state services that apply to you.

You may be entitled to REIMBURSEMENT OF YOUR MEDICAL EXPENSES*

IF: You are an unmarried veteran, or un-remarried widow or widower of a veteran with an income of less than $1,951.00 per month and combined assets of less than $5000.00 (with no whole life insurance policy;)

OR: You are a married veteran, or are married to a veteran, and your combined household income is less than $2,585.00 per month, with combined household assets of less than $9800.00 (with no whole life insurance policy.)

You may also be entitled to FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE*

IF: You are an unmarried senior citizen veteran, or un-remarried widow or widower of a veteran, with a monthly income less than $1,632.00 and combined assets less than $5000.00 (with no whole life insurance policy;)

OR: You are a married senior citizen veteran with a combined household income of less than $2155.00 per month and combined household assets of less than $9800.00 (with no whole life insurance policy.)

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Winter Weather Tips for Residents

cold-147760_640Police Chief Mark W. Dubois, Fire Chief Anthony Stowers, and the men and women of the Maynard Police and Fire Departments are committed to the safety, security, and good health of all of its residents.

As extremely cold temperatures are upon us, the department would like to remind everyone to stay safe, while offering some useful tips for keeping your home and vehicle in good shape during the cold season.

“Our number one priority is the safety of our residents, and we are committed to community-oriented policing,” Chief Dubois said. “We are pleased to offer these guidelines, and we hope our residents and business owners will take them to heart.”

“Most importantly, we encourage everyone to look out for one another as well,” Chief Stowers said. “If temperatures drop, check on your elderly neighbors. Shovel their walkways. We can all do little things to help each other out over the next few months.”

Please visit our Cold Weather page for advice regarding cold weather, including  tips on heat, water pipes and elderly residents.

If you have any questions, feel free to call Maynard Police at 978-897-1011. If you fear that a neighbor or resident may be in danger, call the police department or dial 911.

Safety Alert: Ice is NOT Yet Safe to Walk on

Mill Pond and the Assabet River and Other Local Ponds and Waterways are Not Yet Frozen Enough for Walking or Skating

Police Chief Mark W. Dubois, Fire Chief Anthony Stowers, and the Maynard Police and Fire Departments report that waterways in town are NOT currently frozen to the point where they would be considered safe for walking, skating, or ice fishing. Residents are warned not to venture out at this time, and parents are strongly urged to discuss this with their children.

“Our primary focus is on public safety, and we want everyone to understand the risks of potentially venturing out on thin ice,” Chief Dubois said. “Parents, please remind your children about this vital issue.”

The Mill Pond and Assabet River have seen scattered icing, but public safety officials warn that the ice is certainly not thick enough to walk on at this time. Even as temperatures fall this week, residents are reminded that the high temperature today in Boston was 50 degrees at midnight!

“Our fire crews train on ice and winter water rescues constantly, but our goal is always to have zero rescues every year by properly and effectively educating the public on the dangers of thin ice,” Chief Stowers said. “Be safe, and be patient. Winters are usually long around here, so there will be plenty of time for fun on the ice, when it is safe.”

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Christmas Tree Dropoff

The Department of Public Works is please to announce the drop off location for Christmas trees. Drop off your trees at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, 212 Great Road, Maynard in the rear parking lot on the left. This program will run until January 31, 2014. If you have any concerns or questions please e-mail mmorando@townofmaynard.net or by calling the Public Works office at 978-897-1317.