Category Archives: Public Health and Safety Updates

Public Meetings can be in person starting April 1st

Beginning April 1, 2022, public meetings held by town committees, boards and commissions may be held remotely, in-person, or via “hybrid” model (in-person and remote participation). The format for public meetings may be at the choosing by the individual public body, and may be limited by the availability of facilitating resources, such as room availability, audio-visual technical support, and/or capable staff and members. Please visit the town’s website for guidance on public meeting posting criteria and support: https://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/gov/open-meetings/

This direction is intended to be in accordance with House Bill 4345, “An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2022 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects,” signed by the Governor on February 12, 2022, in which Section 30A extends remote participation in public meetings until July 15, 2022.

Thank you for your cooperation in our efforts towards public health and safety.

Greg Johnson, Town Administrator

For more information regarding the town’s COVID-19 status and related information, please visit the town’s project webpage for COVID-19 Updates

Maynard Public Health Update

With Covid-19 cases on the rise in Massachusetts and across the country, Governor Baker issued an advisory that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in all indoor public spaces. Masks continue to be required in certain settings for all people (regardless of vaccination status) such as on public transportation, health care facilities and in Maynard Town Buildings.

The state Department of Public Health (DPH) particularly urges this mask recommendation for individuals who have a weakened immune system or are at increased risk for severe disease because of age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in their household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.

DPH also updated guidance to hospitals concerning nonessential, elective invasive procedures. To preserve health care personnel resources, effective 12:01AM on December 27th, all hospitals are directed to postpone or cancel all nonessential elective procedures likely to result in inpatient admission in order to maintain and increase inpatient capacity. Patients are reminded to still seek necessary care at their hospital or from their health care provider. To read the guidance, click here.

The Town of Maynard Public Health Division and Maynard Public Schools are pleased to announce that a second COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held on January 4th, 2022. Clinics are open to anyone age 5 and older who lives, works, or studies in Massachusetts. Vaccines are free. Click here for clinic details and registration information.

Please visit the Town’s COVID-19 Information page for up to date information. 

Maynard Fire Department Announces Precautionary Eversource Inspections in Town

Fire Chief Anthony Stowers and the Maynard Fire Department wish to announce that Eversource is conducting precautionary inspections in town.

Eversource crews are inspecting and testing supply lines throughout the town out of an abundance of caution. Utility and public safety officials do not believe that there is any immediate cause for concern. Testing will take place tonight and continue into next week.

“Residents who see Eversource in their neighborhood should not be alarmed. These inspections are purely a precautionary measure,” said Chief Stowers.

Assabet River Flood Warning

The National Weather Service in Norton has issued a Flood Warning for the Assabet River At Maynard  from late Thursday to early Sunday morning.

  • At 7:15 AM EDT Thursday the stage was 3.8 feet.
  • Flood stage is 5.0 feet.
  • Minor flooding is forecast.
  • Forecast... The river is expected to rise above flood stage just after midnight tonight to a crest of 5.6 feet tomorrow evening. It will then fall below flood stage Saturday evening.
  • Impact… At 6.0 feet, Flooding is likely in low lying sections along the river including portions of Maynard, Hudson and Concord. Water may approach homes along the river and may force several localized road closures.

Maynard Public Water Supply – 2020 Water Quality Report

Each year, the Town of Maynard provides its customers with an Annual Water Quality Report to share information on how our water quality compares to established federal and state drinking water standards. We encourage you to review this report as it provides details about the source and quality of the drinking water delivered to you in 2020.

In an effort to be more environmentally responsible, we are no longer mailing paper copies of the Water Quality Report, but have made them available on the Internet.   Click here to read the 2020 Water Quality Report.   For more information on the town’s water supply, please visit the DPW’s Water & Sewer Division page.

If you wish to have a paper copy, you can pick up a printed Water Quality Report at Maynard Town Hall or the Maynard Public Library.

Tips for Preventing EEE

Town Administrator Greg Johnson and the Maynard Public Health Staff would like to provide residents with safety tips to prevent the transmission of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus during the warmest summer months.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), since the virus was first identified in Massachusetts in 1938, just over 110 cases have occurred. Outbreaks of EEE usually occur in Massachusetts every 10-20 years and these outbreaks will typically last two to three years. The DPH reports that the most recent outbreak began in 2019 and 12 cases and six fatalities occurred during the year. The 2020 season is expected to be another high-risk year.

EEE is a rare but serious illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. While EEE can infect people of all ages, people under 15 or over 50 years of age are at the greatest risk for serious illness.

Although getting EEE is rare, if contracted, the effects can be dangerous or even deadly,” Johnson said. “To ensure safety this summer, take extra care and precaution during times when these pests are most prevalent, including dusk and dawn.

To learn more about EEE and how to protect yourself and your family, please visit our Preventing EEE Tips page.

MPD: Beware of Scams

The Maynard Police Department would like to remind our community to be vigilant of scams. Unfortunately, there has been an uptick in the area of a common scam where a fake attorney contacts a family member, often a senior citizen stating a child, or grandchild has been arrested or involved in an accident. These scammers will then request a large sum of money to bail, or secure release of this person.

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be an attorney or bail-bondsman please contact the Maynard Police Department, and we will assist you in sorting out the matter.

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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Results of Maynard Drinking Water Source Sampling

This summer, the MA Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency sampled Maynard drinking water wells to test for per– and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals that include PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. The federal limit of these chemicals in drinking water is 70 Parts Per Trillion (PPT). The MA Department of Environmental Protection is considering decreasing the limit in Massachusetts to 20 PPT.

Results of the Maynard sampling ranged from 4.1 to 9.4 PPT, significantly below the federal limit, and the proposed state limit. Based on these results, the Town Administrator’s Office agrees with the town’s water engineering firm Stantec, that PFAS/PFOA at the current drinking water sources is not a concern at this time.

UPDATE: Regional Water Quality Sample Results (Nov 2019)

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued a Notice of Responsibility to the Department of Fire Services (DFS) on October 24th, 2019 citing levels of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) detected in water in White Pond and the DFS grounds.

PFAS is a common chemical, and specifically found in fire suppression materials, namely AFFF foam. DFS no longer uses materials containing PFAS in their fire training.

DFS hired GZA as a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) to investigate the origins of the contamination, the scope of the contamination, and the possible migration of the contamination.

White Pond is not a current water source for the Town of Maynard, however the Town does retain rights to utilize this source.

To obtain details on this investigation and findings:

  1. Click here to access the MassDEP website
  2. Under the Release Tracking Number (RTN), select “2” for the region and enter “0021045” for the tracking id
  3. Click on the Search button.