On Monday morning’s “Barnstable This Morning”, I talked with host Sarah Colvin about our Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Improvements Plan. Last week I covered projects in our Enterprise Accounts. Enterprise accounts fund their operations and capital needs through a fee based structure. This week I covered the General Fund projects, including schools, which are funded with general tax revenues. There are 20 proposals totaling $15,163,760. There are four categories of funding: (1) Infrastructure improvements: 8 proposals for $5,223,700; (2) Municipal facility improvements: 3 proposals for $1,344,000; Water quality improvements: 2 proposals for $400,000; and (4) School facility improvements: 7 proposals for $8,196,700. Our roads and schools are the primary focus of our FY 2016 capital improvements General Fund projects.


Disability Commission Attends Joint Meeting

The Disability Commission attended our weekly joint meeting of school and Town leadership. The Commission offered assistance to the School Department with the construction of an age-appropriate playground at the Cobb Early Learning Center. The Center, scheduled to open this fall, is under construction at Hyannis West Elementary School. Town Council Vice President Ann Canedy, liaison to the Disability Commission, attended the meeting along with Disability Commission Chair Sheila Mulcahy and Commission member Rae Kaddy.


Gas Leak Repaired Outside Town Hall

On Monday, employees heading in to Town Hall noticed an odor of gas and a hissing sound near the rear of the building. Town Hall was evacuated as a precaution while Hyannis Fire and National Grid responded. A portion of South Street was closed for a brief time while crews investigated. Employees returned to work about a half-hour later, and crews remained on scene working to fix the leak.


Deputy Chief Interviews

Longtime Barnstable Police Deputy Chief Craig Tamash is retiring, and a search for his replacement is underway. On Wednesday, I participated in interviews of four candidates for the position. These individuals impressed me with their knowledge of and commitment to our Town and the public safety of our community. It is a tribute to Chief MacDonald that he has been able to attract, train, and promote such a talented team of professionals. I anticipate being able to make the appointment of the new Deputy Chief in the very near future.


Town Council Meeting: Fiscal 2016 CIP Presentation

At this week’s Town Council meeting, Finance Director Mark Milne, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells and I presented an overview of the Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Budget agenda items. There are forty-three items up for approval. We outlined the reasons for preparing a capital budget, separate from the operating budget, our planning and review process, a summary of the proposed plan for Fiscal 2016, an overview of how the budget book is structured, and the financing of enterprise and general fund projects. Councilors gave a first reading to all the appropriation orders. Departments will make a presentation on each item at the April 16th Town Council meeting. Councilors will then ask questions about each proposal and then vote to approve or disapprove the project.  Click here to view the FY2016 Capital Budget


Town Council Meeting: Recognitions & Presentations

Kris Clark, chair of the Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee (LAPC), made a presentation to Town Council at this week’s meeting. This presentation is part of a series featuring the various Chairs of our Town’s Boards, Committees and Commissions. Council regognized Barnstable High School senior Owen Murray, who in February was named MIAA Division 1 State Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, and Program Coordinator Michelle Davies, who was named the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association’s Therapeutic Professional of the Year.


Town Council Meeting: Barnstable Harbor Pile Replacement Funding

This winter’s cold, snowy and icy weather caused significant damage at Barnstable Harbor. Community Services Director Lynne Poyant, along with Marina Manager Eric Shufelt and Harbormaster Dan Horn outlined the damages to Councilors at Thursday night’s meeting. Town Council approved an appropriation and transfer order of $110,000 from the Marina Enterprise Surplus Account in order to make repairs. Marina Manager Eric Shufelt says work will begin soon, and is expected to be complete by the end of the month.



Town Council: A Gift of Public Art

 A new sculpture created by local artist Steven Kemp entitled “Tides” is coming to the HyArts Cultural District. Artist Kemp and engineer John Bologna collaborated on the piece, which is designed to withstand winds of up to 120 miles per hour. Thursday night, Town Council accepted the sculpture as a gift from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. The sculpture has a value of $15,000 and will be placed outdoors along Pearl Street in downtown Hyannis for all to enjoy. The sculpture is one of two Creative Placemaking pieces, funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Coastal Community Capital, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and the Orleans and Mid-Cape Cultural Council.





Trust Fund Advisory Committee: Looking Ahead

Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells and I met with the Chair of the Trust Fund Advisory Committee, Bo Murdock, and Town Treasurer Debra Blanchette, on their recommendations for the annual distribution of Kirkman Trust funds. Each year the Kirkman Trust is able to assist with projects at the seven libraries of the Town and our cemeteries. I took their recommendations under review and will give a more detailed report on the projects approved for funding in a future eNews. We received a very thorough update on the status of all our trust fund investments. This committee of professionals has done a wonderful job managing the Town of Barnstable’s Trust Funds and we thank them for their service.


Edward M. Kennedy Institute Opens with Fanfare

On Monday, Community Services Director Lynne Poyant, as part of a delegation from the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation, attended the Dedication of Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston.  Like Senator Kennedy often would, the program extended hands across the aisle with a slate of speakers including President of the United States Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain, Senator Trent Lott, and Governor Charlie Baker, just to name a few.  The mission of the EMK Institute is to “educate the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities."



New Bismore Gateway Greeter Seasonal Position

The Consumer Affairs division is seeking applicants for a new Bismore Gateway Greeter/Parking Attendant position. This new position will serve as a front-line representative of the Town of Barnstable at the park, one of the primary points of contact for the hundreds of visitors that arrive at Bismore Park on a daily basis during the peak visitation period. The new position is an enhancement of the parking attendant position.

Click here to view the position online.

Watch Consumer Affairs Supervisor Elizabeth Hartsgrove’s interview about the new position on “Barnstable This Morning”: Town Website   YouTube



Regional Transportation Plan Update

What’s your vision for Cape Cod? A third highway bridge over the Canal? Replacement of the bridges? More sidewalks? More multi-use paths? Better bus service? The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) sets the long-range vision for the transportation system on Cape Cod.  It is the primary means for allocation of federal and state funds for the Cape’s transportation needs.  The Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a collaboration of local, regional, state and federal transportation officials, is in the process of updating the RTP and is seeking public input. In Barnstable, two public meetings and one open house are scheduled. A public meeting will be held at Barnstable Town Hall at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 8, and at the Cape Cod Commission in Barnstable Village on Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 AM.  An open house information session is scheduled for Thursday, April 9 at the Hyannis Transportation Center from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.  Learn more at www.capecodcommission.org/rtp


Dinghy Regulation Hearing Rescheduled

Due to a public notice error, a hearing on the storage of vessels on public beaches and landings during the summer season that was planned for Friday, April 3rd has been postponed until April 17th at 10 AM. The hearing will be held in the Town Hall hearing room.


Autism Awareness Campaign

Barnstable is Lighting it Up Blue in honor of Autism Awareness Month, which began April 1st.  CapeAbilities Executive Director & President Rosalie Edes joined me and Director of Public Works Dan Santos in the Town Hall lobby last week to install two blue light bulbs that will be lit during the month of April in honor of National Autism Awareness month. CapeAbilities is an organization dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod by educating, counseling and providing residential, therapeutic, social and employment supports that empower them to achieve meaningful and valued roles in the community.


Last week’s trivia question: Last week, we asked: The Fiscal 2016 Capital Budget will be presented to Town Council next week. What is the difference between the capital budget and the operating budget? We are proud of our e-news readers this week, as several of you answered correctly and were able to make the distinction of the capital budget as a plan for one-time projects, and the operating budget is for annual expenses. We thank Debbie Lavoie, Nantucket Town Manager Libby Gibson, and Ron Pariseau for their responses! We love to hear from our e-news readers.


This week’s trivia question:  Town Manager Tom Lynch was interviewed by Jordan Rich, host of New England Weekend, of WBZ1030 News Radio this week about the Kennedy Legacy Trail. How many stops are on the Kennedy Legacy Trail?   Email your answer here



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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

March 30 – April 3, 2015


Monday, March 30, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch began our week, and continued our discussion on the Fiscal 2016 capital improvement plan. Next, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Czajkowski spoke with us about PARCC testing. The executive director of the Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing system joined us in-studio to discuss the benefits of that system.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross provided the update from the West Barnstable campus.



Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us on Tuesday about the recent arrest of an off-duty Barnstable Police officer. Our Community Profile segment this week featured Recreation Division Program Coordinator Mickie Davies, who was recently named the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association’s 2015 Therapeutic Professional of the Year. Our Elected Official segment featured 1st Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan. Director of Public Works Dan Santos talked with us about spring cleanup, roadwork, and the Barnstable Harbor bulkhead project. 



Wednesday, April 1, 2015


This week’s Business Barnstable segment featured Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross, who talked with us about the dedication of the new EMK Institute for the Senate, and previewed the upcoming Smarter Cape summit. Consumer Affairs Supervisor Elizabeth Hartsgrove came by to tell us all about the new Gateway Greeter seasonal position. Director of Veterans Services Ed Merigan made his monthly appearance for our Veterans segment, this month discussing the VA’s aid and attendance benefit. Director of Finance Mark Milne talked to us about the importance of effectively communicating the contents of the Capital Improvement Plan.


Thursday April 2, 2015


Our Thursday program was packed with information. We began with a special segment with folks from Cape Abilities regarding the Light it Up Blue campaign for autism awareness.  Next, Cape Cod Commission Technical Services Director Glenn Cannon talked to us about the Regional Transportation Plan.  Len Gobeil talked with Barnstable High School Athletic Director Scott Thomas about the proposed changes to BHS athletic fees. Cape Cod Commission Executive Director Paul Niedzwiecki provided an update on the 208 Water Quality plan. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti ran through the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday April 3, 2015


Fun Friday began with our Arts and Culture segment, in which Sara Mannal talked with Christine Frisbee of the Frisbee Foundation about the Art Bags for Kids program.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo spoke with us about upcoming spring activities and changes to the open gym schedule. Recreation Division Program Coordinator John Gleason previewed a fun baking competition and the Patriots Day run. Marina Manager Eric Shufelt joined us live in studio to discuss winter damage to Barnstable Harbor and plans to make repairs.