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

 

Legal Notice: Water and Sewer Rates

The Maynard Board of Selectmen held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:55 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:

BLOCK #

1

2

3

4

Consumption (cf/quarter)

0-500

501-1000

1001-2500

>2501

WATER – in Town

 $4.54

 $5.85

$6.28

$7.16

SEWER – in Town

 $10.60

$10.60

 $10.60

$10.60

Water – non – resident

$6.35

$8.18

$8.80

$10.09

SEWER – non- resident

$14.75 

$14.75  

 $14.75 

 $14.75 

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

2017 Annual Town Census

All Maynard households will receive an annual town census form by mail in late December, 2016.

The census form will list all residents at your address; this includes children (children’s information is held as confidential). Please look it over and update if needed. Sign your census form and return it as soon as possible. The form must be returned even if there are no changes.

Three things you may not accomplish on your annual town census form:

  1. Register to vote
  2. Change your name
  3. Change your party affiliation

You must fill out the voter registration form in order to achieve any of these actions

Maintaining resident count is important. State and federal funding may be based on population count. If the town’s population count is low, certain funding may be lost.

At the bottom of the annual town census form you will find a 2017 dog license renewal/request form. Please complete this form if you are a dog owner and be sure to include the following:

  • Dog(s) license fee: $10 for for neutered/spade, $15 for intact
  • Please make checks payable to the Town of Maynard
  • Current rabies vaccination form

Remember to license your dog(s) by February 28, 2017 or a late fee of $25 dollars will be applied.

Census forms and dog license renewal/request form and maybe mailed, dropped off at the Town Clerk’s Office or at the Maynard Public Library in the silver bins labeled “Annual Town Census”.

If you have any questions regarding the 2017 annual town census, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-897-1300.

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.