Town Council Meeting

The Barnstable Town Council had a very busy meeting last night.  Ralph Krau of the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) Subcommittee presented their findings on the FY2018-FY2022 CIP Budget.  The Orders of the Day started by taking some New Business out of order with Appointments being made to the Airport Commission, Council on Aging, Cultural Council, and Recreation Commission.  The Town Council unanimously approved an appropriation and transfer order in the amount of $54,100 Community Preservation Funds for the Federated Church of Hyannis Burial Ground.  The real work of the evening was in the approval of the CIP budget comprised of three Airport Enterprise Fund items ($895,500), eighteen General Fund items (Infrastructure – four items totaling $3,579,000 (the Osterville Recreation Building Design and Construction Project was deferred to April 27th); Municipal Facilities – six items totaling $2,484,000; Water Quality – one item at a cost of $82,000; and seven Barnstable Public Schools items totaling $5,880,363), four Water Pollution Control Enterprise Fund items ($382,000), six Water Supply Enterprise Fund items ($2,169,000), and one Golf Course Enterprise Fund item ($325,000).  A First Reading was held on an appropriation and transfer order in the amount of $3,478,443 of Excess Overlay in the General Fund to the Capital Trust Fund.  The next Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

 

 

 

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Tasks Continue

We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2018.  In accordance with Section 6-5 of the Town Charter, we have submitted the Town’s FY 2018 Capital Budget and FY 2018 – FY 2022 Capital Improvements Project to the Town Council and posted said documents on the Town website home page.   We have submitted the orders for the capital budget for the first reading this evening.  I would be remiss in not mentioning the work that went into its development by my department heads, their staff and in particular, the members of the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee who spent many hours reviewing and commenting on the numerous projects submitted. We are actively reviewing the proposed FY 2018 operating budget with departments with anticipated submittal to Town Council on or before May 4.  For information on our fiscal year budgets, please view the town’s Open Budget website.

 

Barnstable’s Best Dog Contest

Now is the time to send in your photos of your family dog in order to enter Barnstable's Best Dog Contest for 2017! Starting on April 1st, send in your dog's photo (put your name and address on the back) along with a check for your license. Don't forget to come in and vote too! The contest ends on May 1st. Once the contest is over, we will return the photo and the new dog tag to you. Maybe your dog will win the #1 tag! The actual dog licenses will not be issued until May 5th. Barnstable's Best Dog contest: Send the photo (with your name and address on the back); a self-addressed stamped envelope; Include a check for $7.00 for a spayed or neutered animal; Or $10.00 for a male or female dog; A copy of the current rabies certificate; and mail all of the above to: Town Clerk, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.  The winner of Barnstable's Best Dog will receive the #1 tag and his/her photo will be on the Barnstable website for the coming year. We will accept photos until noon on the 1st of May. The winner will be announced on May 2nd. So remember to come in and vote during that time for your favorite dog. All dog owners have until July 1, 2017 to get their 2017 license. Order early so you won't forget.

 

BackOffice Associates Relocates to Hyannis

BackOffice Associates LLC (BOA), a worldwide leader in data management software has recently relocated its Operations Headquarters to Perseverance Way in Hyannis.  The company which was founded on Cape Cod in 1996 by former owners Tom & Trish Kennedy, has grown to 700 employees worldwide with a 50 person staff situated at their new Hyannis office.  BOA’s strategic partners have included:  SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, and Google. 

 



2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule
Household hazardous waste (HHW) collections protect what we love about Cape Cod, especially our precious local drinking water.  Most chemicals are too toxic to throw away in regular trash or dump down the drain, so FREE collections are being held to take that waste off your hands and keep it out of our water supply.   This year’s collections are scheduled for:  April 8th, June 24th, August 26th and September 23rd. All collections are from 9 AM to NOON at the Barnstable Transfer Station, 45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills. Free disposal of: Marine Materials; Fertilizers and Pesticides; Household Cleaners and Disinfectants; Arts and Crafts Chemicals and Paints; Auto and Boat Fluids; Pool Chemicals; and Paints, Polishes, and Stains (No Latex).  HHW Collections are funded by the Town of Barnstable and Barnstable County’s Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. Town of Barnstable Recycle Sticker required for entry.  Call 508-420-2258 for more information.

Barnstable Youth Commission to Host Job Fair

Employers looking for help still have time to be a part of the Barnstable Youth Commission’s upcoming Job Fair. The Job Fair will be held Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Youth 18 and under will have free admission. This will be a great opportunity for kids to learn how to prepare for an interview, to learn about the importance of a resume and how to write one, as well as how to complete a job application. To learn more, contact Amy Harwood at the HYCC.

 

Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness

For the fourth year in a row, the Town of Barnstable is partnering with CapeAbilities and Light It Up Blue™ to celebrate Autism Awareness Month throughout April. Light It Up Blue™ shows support for those affected by autism spectrum disorder and brings awareness to the valuable role these exceptional individuals play in our community.  Blue lights have been installed in several municipal buildings throughout the Town of Barnstable, including Town Hall, to show support for this cause.

 

Community Development Block Grant Program 2017 Action Plan
The Town of Barnstable is preparing the One Year Action Plan for CDBG program year (July 1, 2017– June 30, 2018) and has updated the Citizens Participation Plan.  Drafts of the plans will be available on April 12, 2017 on the Town’s website and in the Growth Management Office, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. These plans serve as the planning and strategic documents for the Town’s CDBG Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Estimated funding for this program year is $274,347, plus any carryover. The Town is seeking public input on the draft Action Plan, which outlines funding priorities for the upcoming program year.  Funding levels are estimated and subject to change. Comments on these documents may be submitted in writing to: Kathleen Girouard, Growth Management Department, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601 or by email: kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with “CDBG Comments” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted through May 12, 2017 and included in the final plans submitted to HUD. 

 

Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year: Nominations Open

The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year is a woman who has made significant contributions to the arts, business, education, and/or is deeply involved in the community.  Last year’s recipient was Ann Williams of Osterville.  Past recipients include Judy Walden Scarafile, Susan French, Dorothy Savarese, and Lynne Poyant.  Nominations for the 2017 application are now being accepted.  Application forms are available across Cape Cod at local town halls, libraries, community centers, and online at www.barnstablecounty.org.  Nominations are due on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 17, 2017.

 

Rabies Vaccine Distribution
The Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccination Program will again distribute rabies/vaccine bait packets in an effort to reduce rabies in wildlife. If you find a vaccine/bait packet, use a towel or gloves to pick it up and throw it into the woods where children and pets will not find it. If no suitable place is available, you can dispose of the bait in the trash. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the vaccine/bait package. If your pet has eaten or had contact with a bait, it is not harmful to them, but please report the contact to the Cape Cod Rabies Program Coordinator Brian Bjorklund at (508) 476-2956. Staff will use that information to educate those distributing baits that their baits may not have made it to their target destination. Rabies is present in wildlife in all areas of Southeastern Massachusetts. Do not handle wildlife. Also, make sure your cats, dogs and other pets have received their rabies vaccinations. For more information on the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccination program, call (508) 476-2956 or visit the project website.

 

ROAD WORK: West Main Street (between the West End Rotary and Pitcher’s Way)

Hyannis Water Department continues their water main improvements for the ‘West Main Cleaning and Lining’ project as scheduled. The next phase of work will begin April 3rd and ends April 28th in the westbound lane of West Main Street between the West End Rotary and Pitcher’s Way.  Starting April 3, 2017, the westbound lane of West Main Street, Hyannis will be detoured at the West End Rotary.  Traffic will be directed southwest on Scudder Avenue, then directed north up Pitcher’s Way. The end of the detour will occur as traffic migrates back to West Main Street. Traffic to local businesses will be allowed access.  Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

 

Barnstable Residents – become involved in your town’s government, apply for a position on a board, committee or commission

 The Town of Barnstable has over 40 boards, committees, and commissions with approximately 291 seats. Our citizen participation is exemplary and the Town Council appreciates each and every member who serves. If you are a resident of Barnstable and are interested, please consider submitting an application. The appointments committee, made up of five Town Councilors, will interview applicants and make recommendations to the Town Council, who vote to appoint members at their regular meetings.  If you are a resident and registered to vote in the Town of Barnstable and are interested in serving on a board or committee,  please visit our webpage linked from the town website and fill out the application. For a more detailed description and responsibilities of the committees listed, please contact the Town Council office: 
council@town.barnstable.ma.us  or phone 508-862-4738. 

 

Prince Cove Marina Reconstruction Project Continues

Work has begun on the reconstruction of the Prince Cove Marina bulkhead. The area closed on March 13th, 2017 and will remain closed until approximately May 1st, 2017. The bulkhead will be reconstructed with sheet pilings, concrete and other facilities. No access to the bulkhead will be available during construction. The boat ramp and associated parking will remain open during construction. Residents should avoid the bulkhead construction area. Questions regarding marine activities in the area should be directed to the Marine and Environmental Affairs Division at 508-790-6273. Project related questions should be directed to Roger D. Parsons, P.E., Town Engineer at 508-790-6302.

 

 

 

Road Work Continues Route 28 (Falmouth Road) and Bearse’s Way

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues their roadway improvements for the ‘Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way’ as scheduled. The next phase of work will begin March 20th and end March 31st in the eastbound lane of Route 28 between 267 & 307 Falmouth Road.

Starting March 20, 2017, the eastbound lane of Route 28 will be detoured at the intersection of Route 28 and Bearse’s Way.  Traffic will be directed south on Bearse’s Way, then directed northeast up Walton Avenue. The end of the detour will occur as traffic migrates back to Route 28. Traffic to local businesses will be allowed access.  Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

 

Friendly Reminder to Return the Town Census

Town Census forms were mailed earlier this year. When you receive your census form, please look it over, make any changes necessary. You can mail it or drop it off in the Town Clerk’s office.  Even if there are no changes, you need to sign the form and send it back.  This will make your voting easier this year and keep you up-to-date in the Voter Registration System.  The census form must be completed by all residents (not just citizens or voters) residing in the Town of Barnstable.  This is in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  You cannot register to vote on the form.  If you wish to register to vote or make any other changes to your voter status, you can register on-line at www.sec.state.ma.us, or pick up a mail-in form at any of our local libraries or at the Town Clerk’s Office.  You will receive a confirmation letter once the change in voter status is complete.

 

2017 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers

The Recreation Division 2017 Parking Permits are now available through our mail-in process.  For those of you that supplied Barnstable Recreation with your e-mail address, you should be receiving your application via e-mail.  If you do not receive it, or did not supply an e-mail address, applications may be downloaded from our website.  In order to reduce our postage costs, we will not be sending out applications via the postal system.  If you do not have access to a printer and need an application mailed to you, please feel free to submit your request in writing (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can mail the application to you) to: Town of Barnstable – Parking Permits, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA  02601

 

Looking for a Job?  The Town of Barnstable is a Great Place to Work.

You can now apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the “Apply” link.  If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to create an account and select a username and password.  After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the “Build Job Application” link.  This application can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening.  To see what positions are currently available, click here.

 

National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main in Hyannis

Work will cause roadway disruption

National Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project in downtown Hyannis. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Gas main infrastructure upgrade work will occur in the area of 93-420 South Street; 70-110 High School Road; 10-50 Ocean Street; 500 Old Colony Road, Hyannis. They have completed work on Route 149, and are moving to Main Street Cotuit and Salten Point Road. Work began on November 30 and is expected to continue through June, 2017. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Saturday.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the construction areas and follow posted safety signs.

 


Last week’s question:  Our eNews frequently provides important budget updates.  What period of time covers the Town of Barnstable’s Fiscal Year? Alan Hidenfelter was very quick to respond that the fiscal year for the Town begins July 1 and ends on June 30.

 

This Week’s Question:  Since we are in budget season here at Town Hall, we will stay with another budget question.  How many Enterprise Funds does the Town of Barnstable have?  Extra points if you can name them! Email your answer here. 

    

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