DPW Tree Resource Management Plan

The Department of Public Works has released its Tree Resource Management Plan and it is available for download on the DPW Parks Division page or right here.

The Town of Maynard Tree Resource Management Plan, written by Davey Resource Group Inc. “DRG”, focuses on quantifying the benefits provided by the inventoried tree resource and addressing its maintenance needs. DRG completed a tree inventory for the Town of Maynard in February 2020. DRG analyzed this inventory data to understand the structure of Maynard’s inventoried tree resource and to recommend a prioritized maintenance schedule for future tree care. DRG also estimated the economic values of the various environmental benefits provided by Maynard’s inventoried tree resource by analyzing inventory data with i-Tree Eco.

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.

Recreation Commission Seeks Volunteers

The Board of Selectmen seek volunteers interested in being considered for an appointment to the town’s Recreation Commission.

If interested, please submit a letter of interest (and résumé if available/desired) to the Board of Selectmen’s Office: BMosca@TownofMaynard.net

Submissions to the Board of Selectmen’s office will be forwarded to the Recreation Commission for their consideration to endorse a candidate’s appointment.

For information on the Recreation Commission, please visit their webpage.

2019 Water Quality Report

The Maynard Water Department is committed to providing our customers with water that meets or surpasses all state and federal drinking water standards. The Maynard water system is a registered public water supply with ID#2174000. To ensure that we continue to deliver this quality product, the Water Division continues to make investments in water quality monitoring, water source protection, water mains, and the water treatment plants. We are pleased to report the results of our 2019 water testing to inform you about your drinking water.

Download the 2019 Water Quality Report or visit the DPW Water and Sewer page for more information.

Hydrant Flushing – Great Road Area

The Department of Public Works through their Water and Sewer Division will be conducting our annual hydrant main flushing of the water distribution system in the areas surrounding Great Road, this process will be conducted in the evening hours, and will continue for the next several weeks. This process typically causes low water pressure.

We thank you for patience as we conduct regular maintenance of your utility.

Click here to learn more about the program and what you need to do as a home or business owner when flushing is occurring in your area.

Bulk Item Pickup is back … in phases

Update – Effective June 1st E.L Harvey will commence Bulk / Large Item pick-up in a two phased process. June 1st all item that weigh less than 39 pounds or up to three feet long will be collected only if $14 worth of sticker tags is attached, with the exception of mattresses and couches. Pickup for those items will commence on June 15th. For more information, please contact E.L Harvey at 800-321-3002.

Please visit the DPW’s Solid Waste and Recycling page for more information.

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.

Residents Encouraged to be Smart about Fertilizer Usage

As part of the Town’s stormwater public education initiative, Maynard officials are reminding residents of the harmful effects fertilizer can have on water quality.

It’s hard to imagine that a green, flourishing lawn could pose a threat to the environment, but the fertilizers you apply to your lawn are potential pollutants!  “If you use too much fertilizer in your lawn or garden, rain can wash it into our streams, wetlands, and even the Assabet River” says Kaitlin Young, Maynard’s Conservation Agent and Assistant Town Planner. “This can have a devastating effect on water quality and the overall ecosystem.”

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Water Quality: Don’t Blow It!

For the next part of the Town’s stormwater public education initiative, Maynard officials are reminding residents to avoid blowing yard waste like grass clippings and leaf litter into the streets, storm drains, wetlands, and other water bodies.

As the weather gets warmer and more people are working in their yards, it is important to understand the stormwater problems associated with yard work. “If you blow or sweep your grass clippings or leaf litter into the street, it eventually gets into our streams, wetlands, and even the Assabet River” says Kaitlin Young, Maynard’s Conservation Agent and Assistant Town Planner. “This can have a devastating effect on water quality and the overall ecosystem, and can even cause flooding issues.”

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Water & Sewer Rate Increase

The Department of Public Works has announced new water and sewer rates in Maynard effective July 1, 2020.

The planning process for reviewing the water and sewer rates began within the DPW in June 2019.   Following a public hearing on the rates the Board of Selectmen approved the adjusted rate structure on April 14, 4020.

Please visit the DPW Water & Sewer page for the new rates along with background information and frequently asked questions.