Tips for Preventing EEE

Town Administrator Greg Johnson and the Maynard Public Health Staff would like to provide residents with safety tips to prevent the transmission of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus during the warmest summer months.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), since the virus was first identified in Massachusetts in 1938, just over 110 cases have occurred. Outbreaks of EEE usually occur in Massachusetts every 10-20 years and these outbreaks will typically last two to three years. The DPH reports that the most recent outbreak began in 2019 and 12 cases and six fatalities occurred during the year. The 2020 season is expected to be another high-risk year.

EEE is a rare but serious illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. While EEE can infect people of all ages, people under 15 or over 50 years of age are at the greatest risk for serious illness.

Although getting EEE is rare, if contracted, the effects can be dangerous or even deadly,” Johnson said. “To ensure safety this summer, take extra care and precaution during times when these pests are most prevalent, including dusk and dawn.

To learn more about EEE and how to protect yourself and your family, please visit our Preventing EEE Tips page.

Recreation Commission Seeks Volunteers

The Board of Selectmen seek volunteers interested in being considered for an appointment to the town’s Recreation Commission.

If interested, please submit a letter of interest (and résumé if available/desired) to the Board of Selectmen’s Office: BMosca@TownofMaynard.net

Submissions to the Board of Selectmen’s office will be forwarded to the Recreation Commission for their consideration to endorse a candidate’s appointment.

For information on the Recreation Commission, please visit their webpage.

Legal Notice: Planning Board Public Hearing – Coolidge School, July 14

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 40A s.5, the Maynard Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom, to hear all persons interested in the Petition filed by Civico Development, 199 Main Street, Milford, MA 01757, to grant a Special Permit and Site Plan approval with waivers, for the Coolidge School located at 12 Bancroft Street.

Read the full legal notice (includes background information and meeting participation instructions).

2019 Water Quality Report

The Maynard Water Department is committed to providing our customers with water that meets or surpasses all state and federal drinking water standards. The Maynard water system is a registered public water supply with ID#2174000. To ensure that we continue to deliver this quality product, the Water Division continues to make investments in water quality monitoring, water source protection, water mains, and the water treatment plants. We are pleased to report the results of our 2019 water testing to inform you about your drinking water.

Download the 2019 Water Quality Report or visit the DPW Water and Sewer page for more information.

Parks, Fields and Playgrounds are OPEN

Effective June 8, 2020, all Town of Maynard public parks, including athletic courts, athletic fields and playground areas are opened for use with the following restrictions. All visitors must adhere to the following listed guidelines. The Town of Maynard or School Department may approve applications for the permitted-use of fields. Approved-permit holders will have exclusive use of the fields during their allotted times. Walk-on activities are not allowed at the same time as permitted-use.

Please continue reading for rules and regulations in place for this opening.

Continue reading Parks, Fields and Playgrounds are OPEN

Hydrant Flushing – Great Road Area

The Department of Public Works through their Water and Sewer Division will be conducting our annual hydrant main flushing of the water distribution system in the areas surrounding Great Road, this process will be conducted in the evening hours, and will continue for the next several weeks. This process typically causes low water pressure.

We thank you for patience as we conduct regular maintenance of your utility.

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.

Bulk Item Pickup is back … in phases

Update – Effective June 1st E.L Harvey will commence Bulk / Large Item pick-up in a two phased process. June 1st all item that weigh less than 39 pounds or up to three feet long will be collected only if $14 worth of sticker tags is attached, with the exception of mattresses and couches. Pickup for those items will commence on June 15th. For more information, please contact E.L Harvey at 800-321-3002.

Please visit the DPW’s Solid Waste and Recycling page for more information.

MPD: Beware of Scams

The Maynard Police Department would like to remind our community to be vigilant of scams. Unfortunately, there has been an uptick in the area of a common scam where a fake attorney contacts a family member, often a senior citizen stating a child, or grandchild has been arrested or involved in an accident. These scammers will then request a large sum of money to bail, or secure release of this person.

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be an attorney or bail-bondsman please contact the Maynard Police Department, and we will assist you in sorting out the matter.

Planning Board to Resume Public Hearings on May 26, 2020

The Planning Board Chair has determined public hearings will resume remotely. All previously continued public hearings are hereby scheduled for the May 26, 2020 meeting. If desired, applicants may request an additional continuance to a future date at the May 26 meeting.

On April 28, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s restriction on public gatherings, the Planning Board suspended and continued all public hearings. The Chair and board were concerned that adequate public participation was not possible utilizing remote technology.

After several adjustments and the successful implementation of remote video and audio, the Chair believes the Planning Board can ensure adequate public participation.

Please visit the Planning Division page for details on how Planning Board hearings will be held remotely.

2020 Annual Town Election

The Board of Selectmen have voted to change the date of the Annual Election from Tuesday, May 5, 2020 to Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  It was also voted that for the Annual Town Election ONLY that all Maynard voters will vote at the Fowler Middle School, 3 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754.  The polling hours will be 7:00AM until 8:00PM.

The Massachusetts Senate has voted that for an election held on or before June 30, 2020 any person taking precaution related to COVID-19 in response to a declared state of emergency or from guidance from a medical professional, local or state health official, are able to vote by Early Ballot.  Click here to obtain an early ballot application. (Allow ample time for the application and receipt of the ballot.)

18-Jun: Just a friendly reminder that all Early Voted/Absentee Ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by 8:00PM on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 in order to be counted.  You may either mail them or put them in the drop box outside of the Town Hall.

The Senate has also voted that the voter registration deadline will be 10 days prior to the election which was Friday, June 12, 2020.

Please visit the Town Election page for additional information on elections in Maynard.