Assessors Office 2018 Filing Deadlines

If you are planning to file for Real Estate or Personal Property Tax abatements, tax exemptions (such as Widowers/Elderly, Veterans, Blind, etc.), 3ABC Charitable organization or Personal Property tax listings, please visit the Assessors Office page for details on the filing deadlines, instructions and forms.

The Assessors Office page also has information on the Fiscal Year 2018 Property Assessments.

As always the Assessors office is available if you have any questions or need more information.

Legal Notice: Water and Sewer Rates Amended

The Maynard Board of Selectmen held a Public Hearing on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. in Room 201 of the Maynard Town Building for the purposes of amending the Town Water and Sewer Rates.  The new water and sewer rates are as follows:

IN TOWN
Water ConsumptionRateSewer UseRate
Base Charge **$20.00Base Charge **$50.00
0 – 500 CF$2.701 – 500 CF$5.50
501 – 1000 CF$6.84501 – 2500 CF$10.60
1001 – 2500 CF$7.35
Over 2500 CF$8.38Over 2500 CF$13.00
OUT OF TOWN
Water ConsumptionRateSewer UseRate
Base Charge **$30.00Base Charge **$73.75
0 – 500 CF$3.781 – 500 CF$7.70
501 – 1000 CF$9.58501 – 2500 CF$14.84
1001 – 2500 CF$10.29
Over 2500 CF$11.73Over 2500 CF$18.20

** Base Charge includes 0 CF (cubic feet)
NOTE: Terminology amended from original Legal Notice which used “Minimum Charge” (3-Jan-2018)

These rates shall become effective with the billing cycle of December 1, 2017.  For additional information please call the Maynard Department of Public Works at 978-897-1317.

DPW: Recycling Announcement

The Town of Maynard is announcing automated curbside collection of single stream recycling. Every residence will receive a 95-gallon cart the week of July 31st through August 5th. The entire Town’s recycling will be picked up the week of August 7th and every other week thereafter. Additional carts may be purchased by calling E.L. Harvey. 38-gallon carts are also available for those that need a smaller cart.

With “single stream” recycling no separation of material is needed, i.e. glass, paper and plastic. All material must be in the cart to be collected and the cart must be curbside away from trash, mailboxes, etc. Set bins out by 7am clearly separated from trash. Bins containing improper materials will be left behind.

Here is the calendar showing the transition between the current blue/gray bins and the newer single-stream schedule:

Click here for more information on solid waste and recycling in Maynard.

For questions regarding trash or recycling services please contact E.L. Harvey at 800-321-3002 or the Maynard DPW office at 978-897-1317.

Level 1 Water Restriction now in effect

The Board of Selectmen have declared a Level 1 Water Restriction to be in effect from May 1, 2017 through October 1, 2017.  (The Town was previously under a more stringent Level 3 Restriction.)

Details of the restrictions and more background on why this is needed can be found on the Water Restrictions page.  A summary of the Level 1 Water Use Restriction are: non-essential outdoor water use is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.  

Examples of nonessential outdoor water uses include but are not limited to:

  • Uses that are not required for health or safety reasons.
  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
  • Washing of vehicles other than by means of a commercial car wash, except as necessary for operator safety; and
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.

Examples of acceptable outdoor water uses include:

  • Irrigation to establish a new lawn during the months of May and September;
  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants via hand held hoses only; and
  • Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields before 9:00 AM and after 5:00 PM

 

MFD Grilling Safety Tips

grilling-exampleFire Chief Anthony Stowers and the Maynard Fire Department would like to remind residents to follow the grilling safety tips outlined below as they begin cooking out this summer.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), Massachusetts fire departments responded to 431 fires involving grills, hibachis and barbecues between 2011 and 2015. These fires caused 20 civilian injuries, three firefighter injuries and $3.5 million in property damage.

“Residents should be cautious and aware when it comes to outdoor grilling this summer,” Chief Stowers said. “We want residents to enjoy themselves and have fun, but we are advising everyone to follow grilling safety guidelines while they do so.”

In order to prevent grilling fires and keep residents safe while cooking outdoors, Chief Stowers recommends the following tips provided by DFS:

Safety First

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Place grills away from the house, deck railings and out from under eaves of overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area. Children should never play near grills or propane cylinders.
  • Never leave a burning grill unattended.

Gas Grill Safety

  • Make sure the lid of a gas grill is open when you light it. Propane can build up inside and when ignited, the lid may blow off.
  • Check that all connections are tight before turning on the gas.
  • Clean the grease trap every time you grill.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, turn the grill off and move away from it. Call 911 from a safe location. Do not move the grill.
  • Store propane cylinders upright in an outdoor, shaded area. Cylinders should not be used, stored or transported where they can be exposed to high temperatures.

Charcoal Grill Safety

  • Use only charcoal starter fluid. Never used gasoline or kerosene to start a fire in a grill and never add lighter fluid to burning briquettes or hot coals.
  • Always use charcoal grills in a well-ventilated area. Charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
  • Properly dispose of grill ashes. Allow the coals to burn out completely and then cool for 48 hours before disposal. If you must dispose of ashes before they are completely cooled, thoroughly soak them in water before putting them in a metal container.

Anyone who has questions about grilling safety should contact the Maynard Fire Department at 978-897-1015.