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 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“I want to help shift society’s perspectives on people with disabilities, and I figured an old, outdated icon that people look at every day was a good place to start,” Kayla said.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)

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.