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Tips for Preventing EEE

Town Administrator Greg Johnson and the Maynard Public Health Staff would like to provide residents with safety tips to prevent the transmission of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus during the warmest summer months.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), since the virus was first identified in Massachusetts in 1938, just over 110 cases have occurred. Outbreaks of EEE usually occur in Massachusetts every 10-20 years and these outbreaks will typically last two to three years. The DPH reports that the most recent outbreak began in 2019 and 12 cases and six fatalities occurred during the year. The 2020 season is expected to be another high-risk year.

EEE is a rare but serious illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. While EEE can infect people of all ages, people under 15 or over 50 years of age are at the greatest risk for serious illness.

Although getting EEE is rare, if contracted, the effects can be dangerous or even deadly,” Johnson said. “To ensure safety this summer, take extra care and precaution during times when these pests are most prevalent, including dusk and dawn.

To learn more about EEE and how to protect yourself and your family, please visit our Preventing EEE Tips page.

Recreation Commission Seeks Volunteers

The Board of Selectmen seek volunteers interested in being considered for an appointment to the town’s Recreation Commission.

If interested, please submit a letter of interest (and résumé if available/desired) to the Board of Selectmen’s Office:

Submissions to the Board of Selectmen’s office will be forwarded to the Recreation Commission for their consideration to endorse a candidate’s appointment.

For information on the Recreation Commission, please visit their webpage.

Legal Notice: Planning Board Public Hearing – Coolidge School, July 14

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 40A s.5, the Maynard Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom, to hear all persons interested in the Petition filed by Civico Development, 199 Main Street, Milford, MA 01757, to grant a Special Permit and Site Plan approval with waivers, for the Coolidge School located at 12 Bancroft Street.

Read the full legal notice (includes background information and meeting participation instructions).

2019 Water Quality Report

The Maynard Water Department is committed to providing our customers with water that meets or surpasses all state and federal drinking water standards. The Maynard water system is a registered public water supply with ID#2174000. To ensure that we continue to deliver this quality product, the Water Division continues to make investments in water quality monitoring, water source protection, water mains, and the water treatment plants. We are pleased to report the results of our 2019 water testing to inform you about your drinking water.

Download the 2019 Water Quality Report or visit the DPW Water and Sewer page for more information.

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Listening Session – June 22

The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects.

In 2019, Maynard applied for a Planning Grant under the MVP program and was selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to complete the Community Resilience Building (CRB) Workshop to assess potential climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and to prioritize actions for enhanced short and long term community sustainability and resilience.

June 22nd at 6:00PM is the Maynard Municipal Vulnerability Listening Session, which will be held virtually on zoom and live streamed on the Town’s Facebook page.

The meeting will be a presentation of the Summary of Findings Report and offer the community a chance for two-way communication with the Town’s MVP Core Team. Continue reading Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Listening Session – June 22

Parks, Fields and Playgrounds are OPEN

Effective June 8, 2020, all Town of Maynard public parks, including athletic courts, athletic fields and playground areas are opened for use with the following restrictions. All visitors must adhere to the following listed guidelines. The Town of Maynard or School Department may approve applications for the permitted-use of fields. Approved-permit holders will have exclusive use of the fields during their allotted times. Walk-on activities are not allowed at the same time as permitted-use.

Please continue reading for rules and regulations in place for this opening.

Continue reading Parks, Fields and Playgrounds are OPEN

Hydrant Flushing – Great Road Area

The Department of Public Works through their Water and Sewer Division will be conducting our annual hydrant main flushing of the water distribution system in the areas surrounding Great Road, this process will be conducted in the evening hours, and will continue for the next several weeks. This process typically causes low water pressure.

We thank you for patience as we conduct regular maintenance of your utility.

Click here to learn more about the program and what you need to do as a home or business owner when flushing is occurring in your area.

Application for Outdoor Extension of Premises

Application for Outdoor Extension of Premises: Curbside and Parklets

June 15 – November 1, 2020

The Town of Maynard would like to assist businesses in increasing activity and revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the Reopening Massachusetts plan the Town of Maynard is allowing businesses to apply to use public right of way (town parking spaces or sidewalks), private property or parking lots to temporarily extend their premises.

The deadline for the first round of public right of way applications is Tuesday, June 9th at 4:00 PM. If equipment and space permits, there may be a future round of applications accepted at a later date.

Please send all applications and questions to

Voter Registration Deadline for the Town Election is June 12th

REMINDER from the Town Clerk
The Voter Registration Deadline for the June 23, 2020 Annual Town Election
is Friday, June 12, 2020. 

In order to register to vote online, you must have a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

If you currently have a Massachusetts driver’s license or state ID card, you may use the online voter registration application to register, update your address, or change your party affiliation.

Voter registration forms submitted online must be submitted by midnight on the date of the voter registration deadline.

If you would prefer to register by mail, you may download the voter registration form by using the following link

Lastly, if you would prefer to register in person, you may stop by the Police Department at 197 Main Street, to complete a voter registration form.

For more information visit the Town Elections page.

DPW: Recycling Center OPEN on June 13

The DPW’s June 13th Recycling Center, located at the Highway Dept. Garage on 38 Winter Street, will be open to residents. June 13th will include wood chipping, which is an addition not found on the previous released flyers.

The opening of our Recycling Center will come with strictly enforced guidelines that follow CDC recommended safety protocols for both staff and residents. All residents who participate in the Recycling Center services must only have one resident per vehicle, wear masks or face coverings, and use social distancing measures when unloading vehicles.

Public Works staff will guide and assist as needed in this process.

Please visit the Recycling Drop Off Center page for more information.

Thank you for your patience with our previous Recycling Center closings.

2020 Annual Town Meeting Changes – June 13th

Updated 26-May: To assure sufficient and safe space for attendees and workers, the June 13th Annual Town Meeting has been moved to the Mill & Main Parking lot off of Sudbury Street at 1:30pm.

The June 13th Town Meeting will be conducted “Drive-In Style“.   Please click here to review how the meeting will be conducted and how you will register, how you will hear the articles and discussions, and how votes will be take.

For more information please visit the Town Meeting page.