The Town Administrator’s Office is seeking volunteers to be considered for an appointment by the Board of Selectmen to the town’s official Capital Planning Committee.
The committee is meant to help the town assess its needs and fiscal capabilities regarding capital planning. Per Town By-Laws, the committee is composed of five (5) members. They would work closely with the Town Administrator’s Office, the Finance Director, and all town departments, and meet regularly to develop a capital improvement plan to submit as part of the overall town budget.
For more information on the tasks of the committee, please see the Town Charter’s Section 6-7.
As required by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40, Section 56, the Maynard Board of Selectmen will hold their annual fiscal year 2020 Tax Classification Hearings on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:20 PM in the Michael J. Gianotis meeting room (#201) at the Maynard Town Building. The purpose of the hearing is to determine the percentages of the local tax levy to be borne by each class of real property. The public is welcome to attend.
Would an arts and culture grant help you or your organization? Consider applying for the Maynard Cultural Council Local Grant program. Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are being accepted from now through October 15.
These grants can support a variety of projects and activities in Maynard — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, performances, workshops, lectures, etc.
The Maynard Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.
This year, the Maynard Cultural Council will distribute a total of approximately $6,300 in grants, which will be divided into individual grants ranging from $50 to $1500, to support arts, humanities, and science programs benefiting the Maynard community. For more information on the Council and local guidance for this grant program, contact Jeff Swanberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms and more information about this Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org and at https://www.mass-culture.org/lcc public applicant guidelines.aspx.
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.
Notice that the Maynard Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:20 P.M. in the Michael J. Gianotis meeting Room (No. 201) at the Maynard Town Building. The purpose of the hearing is to determine the new fees for trash stickers. The public is welcome to attend.
A Public Meeting to Present Minimum Property Maintenance By-law to be considered at the October 28th Special Fall Town Meeting will be held on September 5th.
Maynard is planning its first “Minimum Property Maintenance” By-law for all commercial and industrial properties. Come for a presentation of the new By-law and offer your comments at a public meeting hosted by the Economic Development Committee on Thursday September 5th, at 6:30 PM in Town Hall.
The effort is part of a multi-year plan largely designed by the Economic Development Committee (EDC) to gradually improve the aesthetics of downtown. Town Planner Bill Nemser pointed out that the initiative started out in 2015 with the popular “Business Environment Enhancement Program”, or BEEP grant. “The Town has offered matching grants for a multitude of exterior improvements for our local business community. The idea was to help our businesses with improvements that would boost the curb appeal”, said Nemser. He noted that there are still BEEP funds available that can be applied for through Town Hall’s Office of Municipal Services.
“The proposed by-law was largely initiated by input from residents and businesses contacted through outreach, surveys and direct interaction with Town Hall. The net effect should improve the overall economic vitality of our community” continued Nemser.
The September 5th public meeting is to allow the community to know about the proposed by-law and how it will work. “The EDC has taken the gathering of input from a wide-range of sources very seriously and the resulting draft By-law reflects this”, said EDC Chair Jack MacKeen. “There has been a lot of effort and research invested in the creation of this by-law. The EDC wants to ensure that Maynard is -and looks like- a wise investment for the future”, continued MacKeen.
The meeting is open to all and the public is encouraged to attend.
For additional information contact Town Planner Bill Nemser at 978-897-1302 or Bnemser@townofmaynard.net.
The Town is completing its draft for the proposed Minimum Property Maintenance By-law to be considered by the Special Town Meeting of October 28th, 2019.
This proposed By-law, originated with the Maynard Economic Development Committee and was requested by various Town Boards, Committees, local businesses, property owners, residents, as well as Town staff. The intent is to provide the Town with tools to address the sub-standard physical condition of some commercial properties throughout Maynard.
The EDC is requesting public input on the proposed By-law. Also included for convenience is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which should be read before the draft text:
Please be advised that the Maynard Board of Selectmen, acting at their June 18, 2019 meeting voted: “To set the date and time of a Special Town Meeting (STM) as 7:00 PM on Monday, October 28, 2019, and to designate the Fowler School Auditorium at 3 Tiger Drive as the location for this Special Town Meeting.” Accordingly, the deadline for submittal of Citizens Petition Warrant Articles to the Board of Selectmen is 12:00 noon Friday, September 13, 2019.
Citizen’s petition must be submitted with the question presented at the top of each side of the signature page. They must be submitted to the Town Clerks Office and certified by the Town Clerk in order to be included on the warrant.