Town Seeks Volunteers for Capital Planning Committee

The Town Administrator’s Office is seeking volunteers to be considered for an appointment by the Board of Selectmen to the town’s official Capital Planning Committee.

The committee is meant to help the town assess its needs and fiscal capabilities regarding capital planning. Per Town By-Laws, the committee is composed of five (5) members. They would work closely with the Town Administrator’s Office, the Finance Director, and all town departments, and meet regularly to develop a capital improvement plan to submit as part of the overall town budget.

For more information on the tasks of the committee, please see the Town Charter’s Section 6-7.

For questions, please contact the Town Administrator’s Office: gjohnson@townofmaynard.net

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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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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Hydrant Flushing Program Begins for 2019

The Town of Maynard Department of Public Works will begin annual hydrant flushing starting the week of April 23, 2019. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection encourages all public water supplies to complete hydrant flushing as part the water distribution system maintenance program.

Click here to learn more about the program and what you need to do as a home or business owner when flushing is occurring in your area.

Roadway Construction Notices

Roadway construction began the week of October 15, 2018. Construction activities include excavation, sewer pipe installation, manhole repair and roadway paving. The Town of Maynard has contracted with N. Granese & Sons, Inc to complete the roadway and sewer construction services.

UPDATE: 22-Apr-2019: Please be advised, the 129 Parker Street Downstream Sewer Project is progressing and construction will conclude on Powder Mill Road by May 3rd. Project construction will begin on Waltham Street beginning on May 6th for three weeks. Powder Mill and Waltham Streets are scheduled to be repaved during the Summer of 2019.

If you have any questions please contact the Maynard DPW at 978-897-1317 or DPW@townofmaynard.net.

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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Disabled and Elderly Property Tax Relief Fund Committee Seeks Members

A new committee is forming to manage the Disabled and Elderly Property Tax Relief Fund.

The committee will be made up of the Chairperson of the Board of Assessors, the Town Treasurer, and three residents appointed by the Select Board.  The purpose of the Committee is to carry out the provisions of MGL c 60 s 3D to provide aid to elderly and disabled persons of low income to defray real estate taxes.

If you would like to serve on this committee please send a brief email stating your background and why you would be interested to: ckane@townofmaynard.net