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.
Are you interested in how the Town operates and if it is spending it money wisely? If so, here is your opportunity to better understand our Maynard community. The Moderator is looking to fill an open position on the town’s Finance Committee.
No special education or experience is necessary other than being a resident of Maynard. If you can handle a budget at home where you balance income with expenditures, then you can be effective on the finance committee.
The committee meets once or twice a month year round and an additional meeting per month in the spring before town meeting. Here is your opportunity to have input on which priorities the town wishes to spend it money on by recommendations to the Town Meeting voters.
If you are interested, please contact Dick Downey, the town moderator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Town Moderator, Municipal Building, 195 Main St, Maynard, MA 01754.
In 2017, the Town received a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Disabilities to update its ADA Transition Plan. The rewrite has been drafted and it includes new provisions for enable citizens to ask for accommodations, appoints an employee as a point of contact, and outlines new physical and electronic access improvements to be implemented in the coming years.
Before submitting the plan to the Commonwealth for acceptance, public input is required. In addition, a committee must be re-established which will inform capital planning, make budget recommendations, and assist citizens and the town in determining and establishing proper accommodations in the future. The current committee is dormant.
Continuing a 72 year tradition of providing Maynard with free music performances the Maynard Community Band will be performing in Memorial Park on the following Wednesdays: June 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; and August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. The concerts start around 7pm and finish up around 8:30pm. Please take a break and enjoy an evening in the park with your friends and neighbors.
Public Works Director Aaron Miklosko announces that the Town of Maynard will have a mandatory outdoor water use restriction beginning Monday June 11th, 2018, and will remain in effect until further notice.
The water restriction is the result of an effort to preserve the town’s water supply following a recent mechanical failure in one of its water production wells.
Under this Water Conservation Restriction, all nonessential outdoor use of water is prohibited at all times. The conservation order will be strictly enforced by local officials.
The elevated conservation restriction will help ensure the town can provide an adequate supply of water for drinking and fire protection.
The Town of Maynard is preparing its Comprehensive Master Plan update! Join us for the first Public Meeting on June 21st at the Golf Course during which participants will discuss issues, opportunities, and a 15-20-year vision for Maynard.
The Town of Maynard Department of Public Works will begin annual hydrant flushing starting the week of April 30, 2018. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection encourages all public water supplies to complete hydrant flushing as part the water distribution system maintenance program.
The Assabet Village Cultural District (AVCD) is excited to announce it has been awarded $5,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for making facade and exterior improvements throughout the downtown area!
The AVCD will be accepting funding proposals from local businesses and building owners who wish to take advantage of this one-time grant opportunity.