Residents Encouraged to be Smart about Fertilizer Usage

As part of the Town’s stormwater public education initiative, Maynard officials are reminding residents of the harmful effects fertilizer can have on water quality.

It’s hard to imagine that a green, flourishing lawn could pose a threat to the environment, but the fertilizers you apply to your lawn are potential pollutants!  “If you use too much fertilizer in your lawn or garden, rain can wash it into our streams, wetlands, and even the Assabet River” says Kaitlin Young, Maynard’s Conservation Agent and Assistant Town Planner. “This can have a devastating effect on water quality and the overall ecosystem.”

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Water Quality: Don’t Blow It!

For the next part of the Town’s stormwater public education initiative, Maynard officials are reminding residents to avoid blowing yard waste like grass clippings and leaf litter into the streets, storm drains, wetlands, and other water bodies.

As the weather gets warmer and more people are working in their yards, it is important to understand the stormwater problems associated with yard work. “If you blow or sweep your grass clippings or leaf litter into the street, it eventually gets into our streams, wetlands, and even the Assabet River” says Kaitlin Young, Maynard’s Conservation Agent and Assistant Town Planner. “This can have a devastating effect on water quality and the overall ecosystem, and can even cause flooding issues.”

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Water & Sewer Rate Increase

The Department of Public Works has announced new water and sewer rates in Maynard effective July 1, 2020.

The planning process for reviewing the water and sewer rates began within the DPW in June 2019.   Following a public hearing on the rates the Board of Selectmen approved the adjusted rate structure on April 14, 4020.

Please visit the DPW Water & Sewer page for the new rates along with background information and frequently asked questions.

Conservation Commission Suspending Public Hearings

Update: As of 13-May the Planning Board has resumed public hearings.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chairs of the Conservation Commission and the Planning Board have determined all public hearings would be continued until the first scheduled Board/Committee meeting after the Governor’s State of Emergency, declared on March 10, 2020, is lifted. The Chairs have concluded that due to the inability to ensure members of the public would be able to participate in “virtually hosted” public hearings, continuances are warranted. This is consistent with the provisions of Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020 §17 and time periods applicable to applications will be tolled in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

If you have further questions please contact via email at bnemser@townofmaynard.net (Town Planner) or kyoung@townofmaynard.net (Conservation Agent/Assistant Planner) or leave a voicemail at 978-897-1302.

We appreciate your patience in this most unusual and ever evolving situation.

Level 1 Water Restrictions effective May 1, 2020 through Oct 1, 2020

As stated in Special Condition 8 of the Massachusetts Water Management Acts permit the Maynard Public Water Supply is required to implement and enforce a non-essential outdoor water use restriction starting May 1, 2020 through October 1, 2020.  (Approved by the Board of Selectmen on April 14, 2020.)

Under the Level 1 Water Use Restriction, non-essential outdoor water use is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.  

For more information (including restricted and acceptable outdoor water uses) please visit the DPW Water Restrictions page.

129 Parker Temporary Construction Hour Changes

There will be some dates where construction activities will extend beyond 6pm:

  • Concrete Activities: 14-Apr, 5-May, 9-Jun, 23-Jun, 21-Jul
  • Spray Foam Activities: 4-May through 22-May
  • Note: These dates may change.  Check back here for updates:
    • 22-Apr: The 6-May concrete pour moved up 1 day to 5-May

Read the Letter to Abutters regarding this temporary change in hours. (27-Mar-2020)

Please visit the 129 Parker project page for more information.

Town of Maynard Encourages Residents to do their Civic “Doody” by Scooping the Poop

Maynard officials are reminding residents of their civic “doody” to scoop the poop in public areas and in their yards.

“Pet waste is more than a smelly nuisance. It can make people sick and pollute our local waterways,” says Kaitlin Young, Maynard’s Conservation Agent and Assistant Town Planner. “That’s why we’re asking dog owners to not only pick up after their pets, but to place their pet waste bags in a trash can.”

Scooping up pet waste in public areas is important for keeping Maynard clean and inviting to both residents and visitors. But it’s just as important to properly dispose of your pet waste too. When you walk your dog, make sure to carry a plastic bag with you. That way, you can pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly by throwing it in a trash can.

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