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New Fire Station – Special Election – Dec 16th

A New Fire Station

To complete the final phase of a multiyear endeavor to replace the Maynard Fire Station, please Support a NEW FIRE STATION by voting in the Special Election on DECEMBER 16, 2020.

Why a New Fire Station?

The 1954 constructed existing building is recognized as a severely space-constrained, aging structure, which does not provide for the adequate housing of equipment, training purposes, berthing accommodations, and maximum safety measures.

Location

The town has purchased land on Sudbury Street for the sole purpose of the construction of a new fire station.

The design of the station at this location was appropriated for at the 2018 Annual Town Meeting.

Funding and Tax Impact

Borrowing rates are reportedly at their lowest in recent history, and construction costs are likewise reportedly stable. However, for every year this project’s construction is delayed, approximately $500,000.00 is added to its cost. The town’s already-procured Owner’s Project Manager (OPM), in consultation with the town’s contracted design firm, provided the conservatively estimated construction costs. Maintenance costs expected for a new facility are minimal, especially in comparison to the existing facility.

The Debt Exclusion funding scheme proposed for this project requires two measures, and this election follows what was already approved at the Special Town Meeting on October 3, 2020.

The additional tax levy proposed for this debt exclusion is approximately $75.00 for the average single-family household in Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21). In FY22 through the proposed 30-year bond, an additional $150.00 would be levied for the average single- family household.

Click here for more information regarding the existing and proposed Maynard Fire Station.

Affordable Housing Forum – Dec 9th

Are you concerned about a lack of affordable housing options in Maynard? Are you struggling to stay in your home or having trouble finding a new home that meets your needs? Do you have older children that would love to raise their kids in town? Do you wonder where your parent’s next move will be? Have your own housing needs or goals changed since the pandemic? We want to hear what you think about these important questions and how they can be addressed in the update to the Maynard Housing Production Plan.

Join MAPC, Town staff, members of the Board of Selectman, Planning Board, and the Affordable Housing Trust for the first forum on Wednesday, December 9, from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Due to public health safety concerns, we will be having this meeting on Zoom. However, the format of the meeting will be interactive and there will be several ways for you to offer your input.

Visit the Housing Production Plan page for more information on this program and instructions on how to attend the meeting.

Notice: Conscom Public Hearing: 6 Mill Street – Dec 8th

The Maynard Conservation Commission will hold a remote Zoom meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:30PM, relative to the filing of a Request for Determination of Applicability under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Maynard Wetlands Administration Bylaw and Regulations filed by Demetra Tseckares, 6 Mill Street, Maynard, MA, for the construction of a deck within the 200 foot Riverfront Area and the 100 foot Bordering Wetland Buffer Area at 6 Mill Street.

Continue reading Notice: Conscom Public Hearing: 6 Mill Street – Dec 8th

DPW: Emergency Water Service Repair Underway on Main Street – Nov 18

The Department of Public Works will be conducting an emergency repair to a failed primary gate valve control on Main Street today between Mill street and Sudbury Street. This repair process will last until later this evening. Several areas will be effected with loss of water services, including the area of Main Street between Sudbury Street and Mill Street, Riverbank Street, Martin Street, Harriman Court, Spring Lane, and Pine Street. Please be patient as our crew works diligently to fix the failure.

Winter Municipal Permit Parking Program

The 2020-2021 Parking Permits are available for purchase for $60 in the Office of Municipal Services. This program is designed for residents that rely on on-street parking for their vehicle. From December 1st 2020 – March 15th 2021 overnight on-street parking is not permitted, pending approval of the winter parking policy at the 11/17 BOS meeting.  A follow up notice will be distributed with the final 2020-2021 winter parking policy.

Click here to learn more about this program and apply for a permit.

Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP)

The Town of Maynard is pleased to announce a Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) is now available to help residents financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, funded by the CARES Act.

The Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) is a collaborative effort with the Regional Housing Services Office (RHSO), who will provide administrative support for the program.

The program will provide up to $3,000 in a one-time grant for mortgage relief to eligible Maynard residents. The payments from this program will be paid directly to the lender on behalf of the mortgage holder, and be used for past-due payments or those due in December or January 2021. The applicant will be responsible for any remaining payment including any escrowed taxes or insurance.

Maynard residents will be eligible to apply if they are up-to-date with their property taxes and water/sewer fees, and have no outstanding violations to the town. Eligible applicants will also need to demonstrate financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have an annual income at or below 100% of the area median income, which is $119,000 for a family or four.

Eligible properties are restricted to single family homes or condominiums that are owner occupied. Other housing costs, such as condo fees, escrowed insurance or taxes, lines of credit, or second mortgages are excluded from this program.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis up until Friday. Dec. 18.

To access the application, click here. Note: Please download the application to fill out writable PDF.

For additional information or to request application assistance, please contact the Regional Housing Services Office at INFO@RHSOhousing.org

DPW: Hydrant Flushing

The Department of Public works through our Water and Sewer Division will be conducting town wide hydrant main flushing of the water distribution system, this process will be conducted during the departments regular work schedule and in the evening hours. This process will be conducted over the next several weeks, or until weather permits. This process typically causes low water pressure. We thank you for patience as we conduct regular maintenance of your utility.

New History Book: Celebrate Maynard’s 150th Anniversary

The Maynard 150th Committee wrote a book about the history of Maynard! To commemorate the Town’s 150th anniversary in 2021, “Maynard Massachusetts: A Brief History” has just been published, and is available for sale just in time for the holidays.

As we approach the Town’s 150th birthday, it’s worth asking: How much history can be written about one small town? This book summarizes the first one hundred years, plunges into in-depth content about what has happened in the following fifty years, and includes a crystal ball peek at what might happen in the next fifty. Together, the text and images provide a frame of reference for the people of Maynard to understand where we are now and how we got there.

Cost: $22 (All proceeds go to the Maynard Sesquicentennial Committee in support of the celebration of Maynard’s 150th anniversary in 2021)

The book will be available for sale at the Maynard Library on November 21 from 10am to noon. If you can’t make that date, email Lindsayhm@gmail.com to arrange another option. Pay on site by cash, check or in advance on Venmo: (send $22 to @Maynard150 and include your name and “Maynard 150th book” in the note).  Make checks out to “Town of Maynard” and on the memo line
put “150th Book”.  (Sorry, no credit cards yet.)

Questions? Email Lindsayhm@gmail.com