Beacon Santa Applications Available

Since 1965, Beacon Santa has helped families provide holiday gifts for their children; the fund now helps families in Maynard and 13 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 now available in the Town Clerk’s office during regular Town Hall hours.

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Cultural Council seeks grant applications. Oct 15th deadline.

The Maynard Cultural Council announced its annual grants cycle last week, with $5,200 in total funding available for applicants who submit proposals by Oct. 15. Area residents who want to fund art, science, or humanities-focused projects will be considered.

“Maynard’s reputation as a cultural hub is growing, and we’re encouraging a wide range of projects to apply for this year’s funding,” said Council Chair Jeff Swanberg.

The funds will be divided among qualifying Massachusetts residents and organizations whose work seeks to enhance the culture of Maynard. Past projects include a music series; a children’s outdoor learning initiative; and a program to help high school students create handmade books on the subject of violence against women.

To apply by the Oct. 15 deadline, applicants should go to https://mcc.smartsimple.com/ex/ex_Apppage.jsp?token=HAwJSR8GbVheQxBa.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council awards the annual grants to local cultural councils, who disperse the money to projects of their choosing. Last year was a record year in Maynard, with 53 total applicants and 13 projects funded. The Council aims to continue the town’s strong arts tradition and bolster a broad array of culture in Maynard.

“Our job is to help talented residents promote Maynard’s diverse culture,” said Council member Brad Matthews. “So, what is Maynard’s culture to you?”

To learn more about the Cultural Council grants or to schedule an interview, e-mail Lisa Hanley at culturaldistrict@townofmaynard.net.

NOTICES: Blasting and West Nile detection

The Fire Department would like to inform residents and business owners that A-1 Drilling and Blasting out of Uxbridge, MA has been fully permitted and will be blasting at the 129 Parker Street site tomorrow, September 21st.  Fire Department personnel will be onsite from 7am until completion, with blasting estimated to occur between 1pm and 3pm.  Another blasting day is also being planned for next week and we will share the specifics with everyone as it becomes available.

The Board of Health has been notified by the state that one of the mosquitos in our samplings has tested positive for West Nile Virus. While there are no human cases confirmed in Maynard, we are urging residents to take all the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten.  Precautionary information can be found on our Public Health page.

RFP: Historic Properties Survey

The Town of Maynard (“Town”) is seeking proposals from qualified historic preservation consultants to complete a community-wide survey of historic properties (“Survey”) in the Town. This Request for Proposals (RFP) stipulates the procedures and requirements to be used by the Town in its selection of consulting services. The survey will be divided into three phases to be completed within one year of award.

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Maynard Parking Pilot to End September 4th

On September 4th, Maynard’s pilot program of allowing free parking at meters and testing a time-based enforcement model will end and regular use of meters will resume.  The pilot was triggered by the recent completion of a Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC) study of parking available to support businesses in Maynard’s Central Business District.  The study documents that the town has adequate parking spaces but needs to improve many elements of how they are utilized, including meter functionality, enforcement, signage, loading zones and use of remote municipal lots.

The pilot reaffirmed a number of points raised in the study, such as the need for clarity in parking instructions, improved signage reflecting additional parking options and the tendency of some local business employees to park on street all day, thereby using spaces which would otherwise be available to customers.  Additionally, the pilot confirmed that enforcement with meters is more cost effective than the labor-intensive process of recording which vehicles have been in specific spots beyond the time limit.

A subcommittee of Maynard’s Economic Development Committee, working with the Maynard Police Department, has begun a review process which is expected to result in recommendations to the Board of Selectmen for a comprehensive parking management program including not only metered locations, but all parking spaces available to support business in the Central Business District.  The program will also include assumptions about future development patterns based on the work of the Master Plan Steering Committee.

For additional information contact Town Planner Bill Nemser at 978-897-1302 or Bnemser@townofMaynard.net.