Category Archives: Public Health and Safety Updates

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.

DPW: Stump Removal Notice (Brooks Street Area)

The Department of Public Works will be conducting stump removal processes on Wednesday, April 21st, from 8am until 3pm in the area surrounding Brooks Street (the section from Maple Street to the intersection of Mockingbird Lane). We are requesting no on street parking during the indicated hours of 8am – 3pm. We appreciate your cooperation as we prepare the street for our scheduled re-paving project.

Contact Tracing Update

The Board of Health would like to remind Maynard residents that the Community Tracing Collaborative is supporting our department with contact tracing for COVID-19. The program focuses on reaching out to people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and the contacts they have been close to, making sure they have the support they need to isolate or quarantine. When the MA COVID Team calls, you can do your part by answering the phone and providing helpful information that will help flatten and reduce the curve in Massachusetts.

Rabies Clinic – Sat. Apr 3rd

Maynard Pet Owners, the Maynard Animal Control Officer will be hosting a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, April 3 at the Department of Public Works Garage, 38 Winter Street, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The fee is $20.00. CASH ONLY! All dogs must be on leashes/cats in carriers. The Animal Control Officer will come out and take your pet to be vaccinated. The clinic will be run in conjunction with Apple Country Vet Clinic.

Parks, Fields and Playgrounds are OPEN

Updated July 10, 2020, all Town of Maynard public parks, including athletic courts, athletic fields and playground areas are opened for use with the following restrictions. All visitors must adhere to the following listed guidelines. The Town of Maynard or School Department may approve applications for the permitted-use of fields. Approved-permit holders will have exclusive use of the fields during their allotted times. Walk-on activities are not allowed at the same time as permitted-use.

Please continue reading for rules and regulations in place for this Phase 3 re-opening.

Continue reading Parks, Fields and Playgrounds are OPEN

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.

Aerial Application to Control Mosquito Larvae

Weather conditions have pushed this application from  April 21 – 29 to April 29 – May 8.

The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will be conducting a helicopter application of the biological larvicide, Bti, to control mosquito larvae over large wetland areas in Maynard.  Wetlands currently being evaluated for this application are located near George Rd., Old Marlboro Rd. and Rockland Ave.

The application will be conducted between April 29 and May 8. The Bti will be applied in a granular formulation by a helicopter flying low directly over the wetlands. Residents do not need to take any special precautions for this application.

The material to be applied Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis) is a natural bacterium found in soil. The EPA classifies Bti as a relatively non-toxic pesticide. Bti is considered a target selective and environmentally compatible pesticide that affects mosquito larvae and a few closely related aquatic insects in the fly family. Once applied Bti stays suspended in water for 24 to 48 hours and then biodegrades as it settles to the bottom. The product name of the Bti is VectoBac GS (EPA Reg. #73049-10).

For further information contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730.

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.