Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is excited to announce that the Office of Municipal Services (OMS) has launched an electronic permitting portal which will help residents, developers, and businesses apply for and receive permits more efficiently.
The Office of Municipal Services manages and operates the planning, economic development and regulatory service functions of the Town. With all of these responsibilities, efficiency, ease and organization are important, all of which improved with the electronic permitting portal.
At the September 16th Board of Selectmen meeting, the town recognized members of the Maynard Fire Department for their service and actions for the community, including firefighter Gerry Byrne, who has retired from the department after 39 years of service to Maynard. Chief Anthony Stowers awarded certificates and pins to individuals and teams in front of town officials, family members, State Rep. Kate Hogan, and Massachusetts State Fire Marshall Stephen Coan.
Fire Chief Anthony Stowers announces that the Maynard Fire Department is beginning to remove hard-wired street boxes in town, as part of its process of modernizing its fire notification system.
The venerable old street boxes were manufactured by The Gamewell Co. of Newton, and have been in service since the 1800s. They rely on a hard-wired telegraph system that sends a numerical code to the dispatch center, corresponding with its location, when someone pulls the handle.
The system requires extensive upkeep and costly repairs, and in today’s day and age of cell phones, the boxes are not being used as much as they were in years past.
The boxes will soon be replaced by radio boxes, which are less costly and require less maintenance. The radio boxes work much the same way cell phones operate, and they are able to relay more information, much quicker.
“The street boxes served our department well over many decades, but times have changed,” Chief Stowers said. “New technology will allow us to receive vital information quicker with much lower maintenance costs.”
Crews are starting at Mockingbird Lane and will continue through town until every box is removed and upgraded. The total upgrade process is expected to take up to two years.
Please be advised that the Board of Selectmen voted at a recent meeting to change the policy of pre-sale of burial lots at the Glenwood Cemetery. Effective immediately the sale of cremation, single lots and double lots are available to all Maynard Residents.
Any interested residents, please contact the Department of Public Works, Cemetery Division at 978-897-1317 or by e-mail email@example.com.
Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new online news portal for town government!
MaynardTownAdmin.org will provide news, information, downloadable resources and an events calendar for residents, visitors, and business owners in Maynard.
“I wanted to create a website and blog that will provide news and updates on what’s happening every day in Maynard and how town government is working to make life better, every day,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “I hope people will find it useful and informative.”
The easy-to-read website contains:
A news blog
Links to Maynard social media sites
Information and photos of town officials
A resources page that will feature downloadable forms and important documents
A place to sign up for the Town Administrator’s email newsletter
A visual, colorful events calendar, containing information about meetings, town-wide events, and fun things happening in Maynard.
The website was designed by John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC and was built using the popular Genesis Framework for the WordPress website platform. It features a modern, HTML 5 “Responsive Design” that works equally well on computer, tablet, and smartphone screens.
Do you own a home built before World War II? The Maynard Historical Commission wishes to remind Maynard residents of the town’s Historic House Plaque program which provides an opportunity to invest owners of historic or architecturally significant houses with pride, knowledge, and the ability to serve as conscious custodians of their house heritage.
Plaques enhance the appearance of older homes while promoting community awareness of our local history. For more information visit the MHC’s Historic House Plaque Program page.
As part of our continuing effort to meet our mission and reduce community risk, the Maynard Fire Department will be starting a new round of pre-fire planning and fire safety surveys in commercial occupancies here in Maynard.
What this involves is firefighters going into commercial occupancies and conducting a comprehensive pre-fire plan. This pre-fire plan will give us information vital to protecting that building and other buildings around it in the event a fire breaks out. The second part is to conduct a fire safety survey on each commercial property in the community. This purpose of this part of the project is to help the building owner or manager keep their property as safe as possible to reduce the risk of a fire occurring and lessening the chance the buildings occupants will be harmed in the event there is a fire.
We have scheduled these pre-plans and safety surveys to occur throughout the year. Each group of firefighters has been assigned specific buildings and a month in which to conduct pre-fire plans and safety surveys. We ask that you cooperate with our firefighters as our ultimate goal is to protect you, your business and its patrons and ultimately the residents and visitors of Maynard. If our firefighters have visited you at a bad time, we ask that you try and reschedule a more convenient time with them before they leave. Certain occupancies in the community are required to have a safety survey conducted more than once a year, specifically churches are required to be surveyed (2) annually and schools (4) times annually. These occupancies may need to have specific times and a date assigned to them to ensure a property representative is available to assist in the survey. This process is not meant to be, and should not be disruptive to your operation.
During this process our firefighters will be requesting certain information from you as the property representative. This request will be for up to date contact information so that in the event we need to contact a building representative after hours, we have the correct information. Part of this information will be a valid email address if you have one. The reason for this is to give us the ability to email you a copy of our inspection report when it is complete. Your insurance carrier may have an interest in seeing this report or the building owner may like a copy if that is not you. This is part of our effort keep costs down by using and storing less paper moving forward.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.
Sean Kiley, a veteran firefighter with the Maynard Fire Department, has been awarded the 2012 “Norman Knight Award” for Community Service.
This prestigious award is given for exemplary programs or actions in community service or public education. In addition to his regular firefighting duties and responsibilities Sean has coordinated the public education activities for the Maynard Fire Department for a number of years. [Read more on the award.]