The Board of Selectmen seek volunteers to work with the Maynard Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, Capital Planning Committee, and the community to explore and recommend an appropriate financing program for construction of a new Maynard Fire Station.
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:
The Town of Maynard in partnership with Acton, recently received a $39,000 grant from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) for planning assistance. The grant will be used for technical assistance to develop a planning strategy for the Powder Mill Road corridor. This supplements the $40,000 award the Town’s received from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for the study.
The Town Administrator’s Office is seeking volunteers to be considered for an appointment by the Board of Selectmen to the town’s official Capital Planning Committee.
The committee is meant to help the town assess its needs and fiscal capabilities regarding capital planning. Per Town By-Laws, the committee is composed of five (5) members. They would work closely with the Town Administrator’s Office, the Finance Director, and all town departments, and meet regularly to develop a capital improvement plan to submit as part of the overall town budget.
For more information on the tasks of the committee, please see the Town Charter’s Section 6-7.
Market Basket Supermarket executed the lease for Maynard Crossing on Aug. 12, according to Robert Depietri, vice president of development for Capital Group Properties. Additional lease commitments will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Town of Maynard has created this Business Guide to help navigate municipal procedures – including permitting, licensing and zoning – in a simple, straight-forward format. It is part of a larger effort to simplify municipal processes and maintain a customer friendly environment within Town Hall.
The guide provides contact information and will help commercial customers, prospective businesses, and residents save time and money when interacting with Town Hall. Most information can also be found on the Town website. Additionally, Maynard’s Office of Municipal Services staff is available to answer any questions you may have and help you get started.
We understand the permitting process can appear cumbersome, but in addition to ensuring both regulatory compliance and the health and safety of the public, local permitting creates a healthy business environment. If you succeed, Maynard succeeds and the Town wants to do everything it can to ensure your business is a success!
Please be advised that the Maynard Board of Selectmen, acting at their June 18, 2019 meeting voted: “To set the date and time of a Special Town Meeting (STM) as 7:00 PM on Monday, October 28, 2019, and to designate the Fowler School Auditorium at 3 Tiger Drive as the location for this Special Town Meeting.” Accordingly, the deadline for submittal of Citizens Petition Warrant Articles to the Board of Selectmen is 12:00 noon Friday, September 13, 2019.
Citizen’s petition must be submitted with the question presented at the top of each side of the signature page. They must be submitted to the Town Clerks Office and certified by the Town Clerk in order to be included on the warrant.
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.”
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.”
Purchase Online by Thurs May 30th & Pick Up in Maynard the Evening of Thurs. June 6th
The Maynard Community Gardeners is partnering with The Great American Rain Barrel Co (TGARB) based in Hyde Park, MA to promote and distribute re-purposed, BPA-free, food grade plastic resin barrels that are modified to be used as rain barrels. Click here for more information.