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.

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.

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.

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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.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates

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Town Hall is open to the public.

As of August 12, 2021 Face Coverings are required in municipal buildings.

Click here to view the face covering policy.

Vaccine Information

Learn about vaccination locations, eligibility timeline, and see vaccination data here.

Need a ride? Those over 75 who wish to request a ride to a vaccination site may call Maynard Police Dispatch at 978-897-1011 or email Chief Noble at mnoble@maynardpolice.com, and are asked to give at least two days notice.   (Read more about this on the MPD website.)

To sign up for COVID-19 alerts in your preferred language please click here

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.