DPW: Hydrant Flushing and Maintenance Notification

The Town of Maynard Department of Public Works will begin fall hydrant flushing starting the week of October 16, 2017.   Hydrant flushing is done to remove sediment from the pipes to order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution system. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection encourages all public water supplies to complete hydrant flushing.

Hydrant flushing is part of the water system’s preventative maintenance program. Flushing helps to remove sediment from the distribution system which assists in maintaining water quality and clarity. Flushing also allows the Department of Public Works to test the hydrants for adequate flow and pressure, identify leaks in the distribution system and inspect gate valves.

While flushing hydrants in your neighborhood you may experience temporary discoloration of water in your home. High velocity flows during flushing scour sediment from inside the water mains and distribution system. While most of the sediment is flushed from the pipes, a small amount will remain suspended in the water and my cause the temporary discoloration.

Once hydrant flushing is done in your area, please make sure that both your hot and cold water are running clear. The Department of Public Works recommends running the hot and cold water faucets in your home for five to ten minutes after flushing is completed in your area. It is also recommended to change the water filter if you have a whole house filtration system installed in your home. Please note that discolored water may stain light colored laundry. There are a number of products available that can be added to your laundry to prevent stains.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding hydrant flushing, please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-897-1317 or by e-mail at dpw@townofmaynard.net.

Legal Notice: Tax Classification Hearing – Nov 21st

As required by by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 56, the Maynard Board of Selectmen will hold their annual fiscal year 2018 Tax Classification Hearings on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:20 PM in the Michael J. Gianotis meeting room (No. 201) at the Maynard Town Building. The purpose of the hearing is to determine the percentages of the local tax levy to be borne by each class of real property. The Public is welcome to attend.

2017 Beacon Santa Dates Announced

Since 1965, Beacon Santa has helped families provide holiday gifts for their children; the fund now helps families in Maynard and 14 other communities. The Beacon Santa Fund is a nonprofit organization administered by GateHouse Media New England, the parent company for 12 weekly papers in 15 communities.

Applications are available at the Maynard Town Clerk’s Office.

Important Dates for the 2017 Season are:

OCTOBER 31st – Deadline for applicant forms and letters to be returned to the Beacon Santa office
NOVEMBER 27th thru DECEMBER 1st – Recipient vouchers mailed
DECEMBER 1st – First day to utilize Beacon Santa vouchers
DECEMBER 31st – Last day to utilize Beacon Santa vouchers

Donations pay for vouchers for food, clothing and toys at area supermarkets and department stores during the holidays.

How can someone donate?

By mail: Beacon Santa Fund, c/o Middlesex Savings Bank, P.O. Box 645,    Maynard, MA 01754

In person: 150 Baker Ave. Extension, Suite 101, Concord; 9 Meriaam St., Lexington;or at the Middlesex Savings Bank branch on Nason Street in Maynard.

Online: Through PayPal at the Beacon Santa website, bedford.wickedlocal.com/topics/beacon-santa

 

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.

Property Inspections by Assessing Department are Underway

The Assessing Department wishes to notify Maynard residents that beginning in May 2017 and running through September 2017, inspections will be conducted throughout the town. These inspections will be conducted Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. by Angela Marrama your Chief Assessor and staff from Patriot Property Inc.

Any property owner who has pulled a building permit in the last year and anyone who did not finish work on previous permits can expect a visit from the Assessing Department.  Cyclical Inspections will also be conducted as mandated by the Department of Revenue to ensure accuracy of assessing records.

If any property owner receives an assessor’s card on their door indicating a visit, please call and set up an appointment as soon as possible. The Assessing Department would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation with this very important matter.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Assessors’ Office at 978-897-1304 or by email at amarrama@townofmaynard.net or mharrold@townofmaynard.net