Eversource Utility Work Starting Monday, January 27th

Eversource will be starting gas utility work in the upcoming week. Starting Monday January 27th, Eversource will be updating and fixing their gas distribution system starting on Brooks Street, and continuing work on King Street, Lindberg Street, and Tremont Street.

Eversource will be excavating roadways to fix and replace the gas utility in these areas.

We ask that all residents be patient and plan accordingly.

New Emergency Notification Provider: Hyper-Reach

Telephone-based mass notifications systems are used by thousands of public safety agencies across the US to warn citizens about local emergencies, hazards and other information.  Now the Town of Maynard announces that they have selected Hyper-Reach to improve notification capability to the area.  Hyper-Reach is a state of the art mass emergency notification system and the service is now fully operational.

The new emergency alert system, replacing the previous Maynard Blackboard system, will provide rapid notification of hazardous and urgent situations using a mix of telephone calls, text and email messages, and even TTY/TDD service for the hearing impaired.  The system sends thousands of these messages to geographically targeted households in seconds, and can simultaneously deliver them to an even broader audience via social media, as well as sending broadcast messages to most current mobile telephones (made since 2011) in an affected area by providing access to FEMA’s Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.

“Our job is to protect the citizens of the Town of Maynard and keep them informed as effectively and cost-effectively as possible.” said Anthony Stowers, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director.  “We reviewed Hyper-Reach as a potential emergency notification service for Maynard, and their system gave us everything we needed at a competitive price.  We’re really excited about this improved system.”

The Town plans to use the service in the same way they utilized the previous system, primarily for alerts about weather and environmental hazards, public safety and missing persons.  Landline phone numbers are automatically enrolled for Community alerts, but Community and Weather alerts to mobile phones and email addresses as well as Weather alerts to landline phones and are only included when people enroll.    Residents and people who work in the Town of Maynard are encouraged to enroll now either by calling or texting “Alert” to (978) 307-8700 or by going to the Maynard Hyper-Reach signup page.

For more information visit our Maynard Hyper-Reach page.

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Trash Sticker Price Increase

Effective January 1, 2020 the Town of Maynard’s “Pay-As-You-Throw” program implemented changes to the sticker price and usage requirements for Town wide solid waste pickup to the following amounts:

Trash ItemCURRENT Price
Effective January 1, 2020
OLD Price
15-gallon bag sticker$2.00$1.00
32-gallon bag sticker$4.00$2.00
Bulk items that weigh less than 39 lbs. or up to three feet long$14.00$10.00

 Please visit the DPW’s Solid Waste and Recycling page for the details and background of this change.

Dog Licenses

The Town Clerk’s office reminds Maynard residents that all dogs, six months of age or older MUST be licensed by February 28, 2020.

Also note that any new dog to Town or recently acquired dog must be licensed within 30 days.

Please note that any dog licensed after February 28, 2020 will be subject to a $25.00 late fee.

Visit the Dog Licensing page for information on how to obtain the license for your dog.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

The Town once again is accepting Christmas  trees to be recycled at  the Boys and Girls Club (located at the intersection of Great Road and Parker Street)

Please bring them to the far left corner of the parking lot until January 30, 2020.

If you  have any questions, please call Department of Public Works at dpw@townofmaynard.net or at 978-897-1317.

 

Request for Volunteers: Fire Station Building Committee

The Board of Selectmen seek volunteers to work with the Maynard Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, Capital Planning Committee, and the community to explore and recommend an appropriate financing program for construction of a new Maynard Fire Station.

Click here for more information about this Committee.

For questions, please contact Town Administrator Greg Johnson at gjohnson@townofmaynard.net

To be considered for appointment, please submit a resume or short bio to Board of Selectmen Administrative Assistant Becky Mosca at bmosca@townofmaynard.net

Maynard Assessors Application Filing Deadlines for FY 2020

The Maynard Assessor’s office wishes to remind taxpayers of the following deadlines for Fiscal Year 2020:

The deadline for filing abatements on Real and Personal Property taxes is Monday, February 3, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.

Taxpayers that wish to apply for tax exemptions under Clause 17 Widowers/Elderly, Clause 22 Veterans, Clause 37 Blind, and Clause 41 Elderly have until Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. to file their applications. If you are filing for the first time, it is recommended that you contact the office in advance of the deadline so that all necessary documentation if filed with your application in a timely manner.

Charitable organizations are reminded to file their 3ABC Forms by Monday, March 2, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.

The deadline for filing the Form of List for Personal Property subject to taxation in the in the Town of Maynard is Monday, March 2, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.

All of the mentioned forms are available in the Assessor’s Office.  As always the Assessor’s office is available if you have any questions or need more information.  Please visit the Assessor’s Office page for related information.

Results of Maynard Drinking Water Source Sampling

This summer, the MA Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency sampled Maynard drinking water wells to test for per– and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals that include PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. The federal limit of these chemicals in drinking water is 70 Parts Per Trillion (PPT). The MA Department of Environmental Protection is considering decreasing the limit in Massachusetts to 20 PPT.

Results of the Maynard sampling ranged from 4.1 to 9.4 PPT, significantly below the federal limit, and the proposed state limit. Based on these results, the Town Administrator’s Office agrees with the town’s water engineering firm Stantec, that PFAS/PFOA at the current drinking water sources is not a concern at this time.

UPDATE: Regional Water Quality Sample Results (Nov 2019)

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued a Notice of Responsibility to the Department of Fire Services (DFS) on October 24th, 2019 citing levels of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) detected in water in White Pond and the DFS grounds.

PFAS is a common chemical, and specifically found in fire suppression materials, namely AFFF foam. DFS no longer uses materials containing PFAS in their fire training.

DFS hired GZA as a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) to investigate the origins of the contamination, the scope of the contamination, and the possible migration of the contamination.

White Pond is not a current water source for the Town of Maynard, however the Town does retain rights to utilize this source.

To obtain details on this investigation and findings:

  1. Click here to access the MassDEP website
  2. Under the Release Tracking Number (RTN), select “2” for the region and enter “0021045” for the tracking id
  3. Click on the Search button.