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Public Hearing: Florida Road Bridge – Feb 13th

A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed bridge replacement project for the Florida Road Bridge over the Assabet River in Maynard, Massachusetts.

The hearing will take place on Thursday, February 13th, 2020 at 6:00 PM at the Maynard Town Building, Michael J. Gianotis Meeting Room; Room 201 (195 Main Street, Maynard, MA 01754)

The purpose of this hearing is to inform the public of the proposed bridge replacement project and to provide an opportunity for public question and comment.  All questions and comments raised at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent practicable.

The proposed project consists of the replacement of the Florida Road Bridge over the Assabet River in the Town of Maynard. The bridge will be constructed in the same footprint as the existing span with slight deviations to allow for improvements to the roadway horizontal and vertical alignment. The width of the bridge will be increased for the new alignment, to provide wider shoulders, and to maintain two sidewalks.  There will be a full road closure with a detour for traffic, bicyclists, and pedestrians during construction.

PZRR is back on the air!

Who said planning and zoning has to be bureaucratic, monochromatic, asthmatic, systematic, autocratic or dull? Well it isn’t … at least for one hour!

Join Maynard Town Planner Bill Nemser as he fills you in on all the latest planning related news, discusses place-making trends in the Metrowest Region and presents an assortment of exciting guests all the while weaving it all into an eclectic musical tapestry of hits, misses and classics from all genres! And best of all, the infamous “Think You Know Maynard?” trivia game!

Season SIX of “Planning, Zoning, Rock and Rolling”

Tuesday February 4, 2020 at 4PM!
Listen live on WAVM 97.1 or online at

PZRR takes on the New Year with an exciting and in-depth introduction to Maynard ArtSpace’s new Executive Director: Jerry Beck!

Taking over the helm of ArtSpace after an already highly-successful career in the arts, Jerry is ready for a new adventure! Tune in to hear about the plans for ArtSpace, engaging the community and public art in Maynard!

Another “do not miss” episode for anyone interested in Maynard’s dynamic efforts at sustainable community planning, economic development and environmental stewardship!

For PZRR archives visit:

The Planning Zoning Rock and Rolling Radio Hour was awarded the 2016 Media Award by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association for excellence in comprehensive coverage of a planning or development issue.

2020 Maynard Public Tree Survey

Between February and March, staff from Davey Tree will be conducting a survey of the Town’s public trees! In 2019, Maynard was awarded an Urban Forestry Grant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation to conduct a tree survey and produce a tree management plan.

The survey will include trees along public roads and streets, as well as trees on Town-owned property, including the schools and parks. Moriah Day, an Inventory Arborist Technician at Davey Tree with vast experience conducting tree inventories for municipalities, will be spending the next month collecting data on Town trees. Collection will occur Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. She will be collecting important information, such as location, size, species, condition, and risk level, which Davey Tree will use to create a database and Management Plan. The Management Plan will help the Town manage tree maintenance, identify and remove hazardous trees, and locate appropriate spots for new trees!

Interested in learning more? There will be an informative presentation by Davey Tree on February 11th, from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the Soup Campbell Room at Maynard Town Hall.

If you have any questions, feel free to Conservation Agent/Assistant Town Planner Kaitlin Young at or 978-897-1360.

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 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

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