Category Archives: General Information

May 7th Town Election

The Town Clerk’s office reminds all voters that the Annual Town Election is being held on May 7, 2019, 7am-8pm. All four precincts.  The following offices are open on the election:

  • 1 Selectmen for a term of three years
  • 1 School Committee member for a term of three years
  • 1 School Committee member for a term of one year (to fill a vacancy)
  • 1 Regional Vocational School Committee member for a term of four years
  • 1 Trustee of Public Library for a term of three years

View the results of the Maynard Town Election held on May 7, 2019.

Hydrant Flushing Program Begins for 2019

The Town of Maynard Department of Public Works will begin annual hydrant flushing starting the week of April 23, 2019. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection encourages all public water supplies to complete hydrant flushing as part the water distribution system maintenance program.

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.

Town of Maynard Encourages Residents to do their Civic “Doody” by Scooping the Poop

Maynard officials are reminding residents of their civic “doody” to scoop the poop in public areas and in their yards.

“Pet waste is more than a smelly nuisance. It can make people sick and pollute our local waterways,” says Kaitlin Young, Maynard’s Conservation Agent and Assistant Town Planner. “That’s why we’re asking dog owners to not only pick up after their pets, but to place their pet waste bags in a trash can.”

Scooping up pet waste in public areas is important for keeping Maynard clean and inviting to both residents and visitors. But it’s just as important to properly dispose of your pet waste too. When you walk your dog, make sure to carry a plastic bag with you. That way, you can pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly by throwing it in a trash can.

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Disabled and Elderly Property Tax Relief Fund Committee Seeks Members

A new committee is forming to manage the Disabled and Elderly Property Tax Relief Fund.

The committee will be made up of the Chairperson of the Board of Assessors, the Town Treasurer, and three residents appointed by the Select Board.  The purpose of the Committee is to carry out the provisions of MGL c 60 s 3D to provide aid to elderly and disabled persons of low income to defray real estate taxes.

If you would like to serve on this committee please send a brief email stating your background and why you would be interested to: ckane@townofmaynard.net

Maynard Crossing “The Vue” – Affordable Housing Waitlist

For inquiries about affordable housing at “The Vue” (the rental multi-family housing at Maynard Crossing aka 129 Parker Street), the developer is now maintaining a database of interested households. These households will be notified when marketing begins and will receive an application and information packet. Ultimately there will be a lottery for the final awarding of the affordable units.

Please direct interested households to email the developer’s housing agent at info@sebhousing.com . In the email they should provide their full name, contact information, and make clear they are interested in the Maynard development.

For additional information, please contact Bill Nemser (Maynard Town Planner) at 978-897-1302 or bnemser@townofmaynard.net.

MFD Grilling Safety Tips

grilling-exampleFire Chief Anthony Stowers and the Maynard Fire Department would like to remind residents to follow the grilling safety tips outlined below as they begin cooking out this summer.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), Massachusetts fire departments responded to 431 fires involving grills, hibachis and barbecues between 2011 and 2015. These fires caused 20 civilian injuries, three firefighter injuries and $3.5 million in property damage.

“Residents should be cautious and aware when it comes to outdoor grilling this summer,” Chief Stowers said. “We want residents to enjoy themselves and have fun, but we are advising everyone to follow grilling safety guidelines while they do so.”

In order to prevent grilling fires and keep residents safe while cooking outdoors, Chief Stowers recommends the following tips provided by DFS:

Safety First

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Place grills away from the house, deck railings and out from under eaves of overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area. Children should never play near grills or propane cylinders.
  • Never leave a burning grill unattended.

Gas Grill Safety

  • Make sure the lid of a gas grill is open when you light it. Propane can build up inside and when ignited, the lid may blow off.
  • Check that all connections are tight before turning on the gas.
  • Clean the grease trap every time you grill.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, turn the grill off and move away from it. Call 911 from a safe location. Do not move the grill.
  • Store propane cylinders upright in an outdoor, shaded area. Cylinders should not be used, stored or transported where they can be exposed to high temperatures.

Charcoal Grill Safety

  • Use only charcoal starter fluid. Never used gasoline or kerosene to start a fire in a grill and never add lighter fluid to burning briquettes or hot coals.
  • Always use charcoal grills in a well-ventilated area. Charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
  • Properly dispose of grill ashes. Allow the coals to burn out completely and then cool for 48 hours before disposal. If you must dispose of ashes before they are completely cooled, thoroughly soak them in water before putting them in a metal container.

Anyone who has questions about grilling safety should contact the Maynard Fire Department at 978-897-1015.

Town dedicates new Wall of Honor on Veterans Day

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Rainy weather forced the Veterans Day observance indoors as the community came together to honor its veterans and dedicate the Wall of Honor now on display in the Town Hall.  The wall has the portraits of the 46 servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country.  This memorial wall had been on display at the American Legion hall, but with its closure it now is on permanent exhibit in the lower level of the town building.

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Announcing the BEEP program

Tdowntown-aerial-2013A-GPR-6353he Economic Development Committee and the Municipal Services Department are pleased to announce the Business Environment Enhancement Program (BEEP).

  • Does your business need a facelift?
  • Do you have a great idea for downtown Maynard?
  • Would you like to make a positive change in Maynard?

If so, check out BEEP, the Business Environment Enhancement Program.

Funds are available now for eligible projects.  BEEP provides funding for efforts conducive to enhancing Maynard’s business environment. Proposed projects/initiatives may include but are not limited to: aesthetic improvements, investment in infrastructure and promotional efforts. Recipients of funds may include business owners, boards/committees, community groups or property owners.

For more info about BEEP, contact Bill Nemser at Bnemser@townofmaynard.net or 978-897-1302.   You can also download this flyer and spread the word about BEEP.

MPD: Beware of IRS Phone and Email Scams

Police Chief Mark Dubois would like to warn residents about an ongoing IRS scam in the community and advise them to never respond to threats.

The Maynard Police Department received multiple reports this morning from residents stating an “agent” from IRS called and informed them they owe money and must pay it immediately through a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The “agent” tells the victim that if they do not cooperate, they will be arrested, deported, or their business license or driver’s license would be suspended. The caller often intimidates the victim with hostility and insulting statements.

“These callers are professional scammers and will say anything to appear legitimate. Do not act under pressure. Instead, call police immediately after receiving a call to report the issue,” Chief Dubois said. “We do not want to see anyone become a victim of this fraudulence.”

If a victim gives away a pre-paid debit card number or makes a wire transfer, the money is gone and lost forever. There is usually no way to recover those funds.

“If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don’t pay immediately, it’s a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a statement on the issue. “The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business.”

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MPD Receives Prestigious State Certification Status

mpd-certification-2015Police Chief Mark Dubois and Town Administrator Kevin Sweet are pleased to announce that the Maynard Police Department has achieved State Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) at an awards ceremony on Thursday, June 4 at the Connors Center in Dover.

Certification is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain the highest standards of law enforcement, and is considered the best measure of a police department against the established best practices around the country and region.

“Receiving Certification acknowledges the Maynard Police Department is in line with the highest possible standards of law enforcement,” Chief Dubois said. “I am incredibly proud of our entire department and all of the hard work that has gone into this process, we are now one step closer to receiving the Commission’s highest award of Accreditation.”

Chief Dubois also singled out Lt. Michael Noble, the department’s Accreditation Manager.

“Lt. Noble did an incredible job,” Dubois said. “I am very proud of him, and he should be very proud of the results we saw this week.”

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