Category Archives: Public Health and Safety Updates

April 11 Recycle Center Drop Off Day Cancelled

Due to the Governors recent extension of social distancing for public health and safety, the department has decided to cancel the April 11th’s recycle center drop off day. All other dates are subject to change as the department deems necessary. Public works is an essential function to the day-to-day operations of the town, we do not want to put our residents or our staff at risk of infection which could compromise the necessary work that needs to continue to function through these unprecedented times. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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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Winter Storm Information

The Public Emergency Information Line is active.  You can call 978-897-1332 for information about town services during the storm.

A large winter storm has finally stopped in the Maynard area. Please continue to avoid parking on the streets so that the final snow plowing operations can proceed smoothly.

The Storm Updates page also provides information from a variety of sources regarding public safety during the storm.   Check the page for the latest updates.

Please check the Winter Storm Preparation and Cold Weather pages for valuable information to protect you and your property.

The Maynard Fire Department reminds everyone that seconds count when there is a fire.  Keeping hydrants shoveled out and clear can mean the difference between life and death should a fire break out near you.

Great Road Construction Activity

Starting on or around Monday 11/18/19, Detour Construction will be working on Great Road installing loam and seed adjacent to recently constructed sidewalks.

All roads will remain open, but at times may be subject to alternating one-way traffic. Temporary pedestrian detours may be employed in order to reconstruct the existing sidewalks. Police Details will be deployed.

We will make every effort to notify residents of any substantial schedule changes.  If you have any questions please contact the Maynard DPW at 978-897-1317 or dpw@townofmaynard.net.

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.

DPW: Town-wide Construction Projects Update

Sidewalk and Pedestrian Crossing Improvements

Work at Summer Street near Glendale Street and work at Summer/Main/Waltham Streets will be starting the week of 10/21/19, and continuing through mid-November 2019.

Glenwood Cemetery Paving Program

Work will be starting the week of 10/21/19, and was completed in mid-November 2019.

2019 Fall Paving Program (various streets)

Work will be starting the week of 10/21/19, and continuing through mid-November 2019.  Click here for details and updates.

Great Road Sidewalk Work

Work is partially complete and will continue into mid-November 2019 until complete. Please note that the area of Great Road in front of the Town schools is an active construction zone. Residents should do their best to stay out of the work areas as trip and fall hazards could exist within the work areas.

Mosquito Control Treatment Planned – EEE Risk

Update: 16-Sep-2019

Aerial Spraying was completed by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources in the Town of Maynard on September 14th. For more information on the aerial spraying, visit Mass.gov.

  • Treatment of Crowe Park, Reo Park and Rockland Avenue Field was completed on September 14th by East Middlesex Mosquito Control.
  • Treatment of all school fields will be  completed the evening of September 16th, 2019.
  • The pesticide that will be used is Mavrik Perimeter, with active ingredient tau-fluvalinate EPA# 2724-478.
  • The treatment will target large vegetation surrounding the fields. This product leaves a residue that can kill mosquitoes for multiple days as they land to rest. The product was applied to the perimeter, not the fields. No precautions need to be made.

EEE Risk

Based on recent Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) activity and/or positive mosquito detection in the area, Massachusetts Department of Public Health has raised the EEE risk in some towns.

Residents are encouraged to take personal protective actions to avoid mosquito bites (see details below).

Please refer to the mosquito results website to view risk levels.

The Town of Maynard is currently at a high risk threat level from the State of Massachusetts Department of Public Health for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

Although EEE virus has not been isolated in Maynard at this time, the virus has been found in several towns surrounding our community. As such, it is vital that residents take all steps necessary to avoid mosquito bites, whether at home or when visiting communities with elevated EEE risk. The threat is expected to remain elevated until the first hard frost of the year, which typically occurs in October. All residents are strongly urged to follow the recommendations listed below to protect themselves and their loved ones from illness caused by mosquitoes. The following recommendations are being made to reduce potential exposure:

  • Wear mosquito repellent: Products with 30% DEET, Permethrin, Picardin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are the most effective
  • Be aware of peak mosquito hours: Mosquitos are most active from dusk to dawn
  • Drain standing water on your property: Mosquitos lay eggs in standing or stagnant water
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants: Covering skin will limit potential exposure
  • Avoid outside areas with obvious mosquito activity

The East Middlesex Mosquito Control and Suffolk County Mosquito Control is a great resource, visit https://sudbury.ma.us/emmcp/

Click here for fact sheets related to EEE published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The Town of Maynard contracts with East Middlesex Mosquito Control for larval mosquito control through helicopter and ground applications, catch basin larval control, and adult mosquito surveillance.

MA announces aerial spraying for mosquitos (EEE Risk)

State Officials Announce Additional Aerial Spraying for EEE in Critical and High Risk Communities

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is scheduled to begin aerial spraying evening of Tuesday, September 10th and continue into next week in parts of Middlesex, Worcester, and Norfolk counties. While aerial spraying is weather and equipment dependent, above-average evening temperatures this week are likely to permit the application. The Town of Maynard is entirely within the spray zone.

MDAR Spray Map

For the latest spray updates, please refer to the MDAR Aerial Spray Map:  https://massnrc.org/spray-map/  

  • The map will display a polygon representing the areas to be sprayed. The map is searchable by address—residents can enter their address to determine if their address is in the spray zone.
  • The map will be updated each day to reflect the last evening’s spray area. Please note map preparation takes time and may result in some delays in posting.

Questions

Click here to read the full press release related to this action.

Also, please read our post providing more information about the EEE threat and how to protect yourself.

Further Information:

DPH contact: Ann Scales
Ann.Scales@state.ma.us
(617) 624-5006

MDAR contact: Peter Lorenz
Peter.Lorenz@mass.gov
(617) 626-1106

Heat Wave Warning

The Maynard Emergency Management team reminds everyone that hot temperatures combined with high humidity levels are expected to create dangerous heat conditions, with the most oppressive conditions expected Saturday.

Due to the extreme heat forecast for the weekend, the Police Station and the meeting rooms at both Powder Mill Circle and Concord Street Circle will be open 24/7 on Saturday and Sunday as cooling centers for those that need a place to cool off.

MEMA urges residents to take precautions during the upcoming extreme heat. Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle, stay hydrated, dress in loose-fitting clothing, stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially during peak midday hours, and watch for heat-related illnesses.

As always, check on your family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, to make sure they are safe during this extreme heat – thank you.

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