Inside Barnstable Town Government Graduates 26th Session

Congratulations and Thank You
for taking the time out of your busy schedules to learn about your Town!

On Thursday, April 11th, Inside Barnstable Town Government, a Citizens Leadership Academy, graduated its 26th class of participants.  The academy is an 11-week commitment with the goal of educating the citizens of Barnstable about the operations of town government, while also obtaining valuable feedback and participation from those citizens participating in the Academy. The program is designed to advance understanding of and participation in civic affairs as well as to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government. Inside Barnstable Town Government began in 2003. To date, over 800 Barnstable residents and employees have participated in the program. Town Council President James Crocker, Town Councilor Matthew Levesque, and Town Manager Mark Ells joined program facilitators Sue French and Arthur Caiado in offering their congratulations.

This year’s graduates are:  Melissa Alden, Marti Baker, Liz Bassett, John Boyle, Richard Brochu, Deb Brunelle, Joyce Condon, Andrea Falzone, Richard Falzone, Patricia Farinha, Larry Flattes, Elizabeth Fort, Brenda Frey, Blaithin Guina, Barbara Hayes, Matthew Lehman, Sharon Minehart, Jeanne Morrison, William O’Dwyer, Patricia Regan, Jason Ricciardi, Charles Snyder, Ed Stanford, Ashley Symington, John Thomas, Leigh Townes, John Townes, Virginia Turner, and Kari Wagner.

 

DPW Flag Added to First Responders Bridge at Exit 5

On Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 15, 2019, the Department of Public Works flag was added to the First Responders Bridge at Exit 5 in West Barnstable. Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos was joined by State Representatives Randy Hunt and Will Crocker for a special ceremony at the West Barnstable Fire Station.  Dennis DPW Director David Johansen quoted the Natick DPW Superintendent in saying, “Public Works is the silent arm of public safety.”

 

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2019

The Barnstable Police Department would like to recognize the tireless and dedicated work of our telecommunicators.  As we approach the completion of our first year with our new staff, we look back at how far we have come in just a short time.  In 2018 our crew achieved the following:

·        Completely revamped our program as we expanded our staff from two (2) telecommunicators to 14.

·        Promotion of veteran telecommunicator Ross Lloyd to our lead supervisor for the unit.  Supervisor Lloyd takes great pride in developing and supervising our new staff.

·        Worked through a 6-week complete renovation of our center in a less than ideal temporary room.

·        Became a wireless direct answering point by being the first place to pick up the phone when you call 911 on your cell phone in the Town of Barnstable.  This saves time and confusion by eliminating transfers from an off-Cape call center to us.

·        Several of our dispatchers received awards and recognition for a job well done.

·        Development and implementation of a Training program currently being used to train new hires with our own qualified staff.

·        Finally, probably the largest undertaking of all, was the successful collaboration with the Hyannis Fire Department as we began complete dispatch services for them last summer.

You may find it hard to thank them in person as they work around the clock, tucked away within the walls of the Barnstable Police Department.  Lt. Mark Cabral, on behalf of all of the sworn officers of the BPD, thanks the telecommunicators for their hard work, exceptional customer service and professionalism.

Update on Water Quality Resource Management Efforts in Barnstable
Barnstable’s Channel 18 has prepared a YouTube playlist of pieces they have done on Water Quality Resource Efforts in the Town of Barnstable.  The pieces include Town Manager Mark Ells talking about Water Quality Planning, Herring Run 2019, Cotuit Bay Dredging, Barnstable at Work – Hyannis Water Supply Division, Water Quality Testing in the Three Bays and more.  At the January 3, 2019 Town Council meeting, DPW Director Dan Santos presented an Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable.  Mr. Santos was joined by Assistant DPW Director Rob Steen, Interim Town Engineer Amanda Ruggiero, and Interim Assistant Town Engineer Griffin Beaudoin who have been working on the planning internally.  We thought we would share this important information again in this week’s eNews.  Mr. Santos’ presentation can be viewed here. Additional updates have been provided at the February 28, 2019 Town Council Meeting and March 21, 2019 Town Council Meeting.

Advanced Notice:  The HYCC will be CLOSED from April 29th – May 5th

The Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) will be closed from Sunday, April 29th through Sunday, May 5th for required maintenance.  Access will be restricted from the entire building, except for the Main Lobby , where Barnstable Recreation will be open for business during regular hours, Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:00 PM.  Starting on Monday, May 6th parking permits (beach stickers) will be available for sale.

 

 

Barnstable Libraries’ Corner

There’s lots going on at the Village Libraries of Barnstable

Visit a Town of Barnstable Library today! 

Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village
www.sturgislibrary.org

 

Centerville Public Library

www.centervillelibrary.org

 

Cotuit Library

www.cotuitlibrary.org

 

Hyannis Public Library

www.hyannislibrary.org

 

 Marstons Mills Public Library

www.mmpl.org

 

Osterville Village Library

www.ostervillevillagelibrary.org

 

Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable

www.wheldenlibrary.org

  

 

NEW Small Vessel Storage Permits

Required for all small vessels stored on Town owned land!  This decal enables better tracking of all vessels stored on Town owned land as well as an added resource for emergency contact should a vessel go adrift.

Permit decals are available for purchase Monday through Friday 8:30 AM-4:15 PM at the Marine and Environmental Affairs Department located at 1189 Phinney's Lane, Centerville. Any questions please contact the Harbormaster’s Office at: 508-790-6273 Fee:$25.00 for mooring permit holders; $50.00 for non-mooring permit holders.

 

Complimentary 6-hr parking at Red Cross Lot, Hyannis

The Town of Barnstable is pleased to announce complimentary 6-hour parking at the Red Cross Lot located at 299 South Street, Hyannis.  Located in central downtown Hyannis, the Red Cross lot provides a convenient location for everyone to #ParkHappyBarnstable with year-round easy access to local businesses on Main Street, the HyArts Cultural District, Hyannis Village Green, the Hyannis Harbor Overlook, the Hyannis Harbor as well as the various transportation options nearby.  For information about parking permits and the many other programs we offer, please feel free to contact us or visit our website.
Barnstable Parking Management Program


www.townofbarnstable.us/parkingdivision 
@parkhappybarnstable 
508-862-4771
200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
We are happy to help!

 

Barnstable Transfer Station Now Accepting Credit Cards

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division will now be accepting credit and debit cards as a form of payment for all services, including annual stickers.  American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards are accepted.  Cash or checks, will also continue to be acceptable forms of payment at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center. For questions about this project, call P.J. Kelliher at 508-420-2258 or refer to the Town’s website.

 

Barnstable Public Schools Kindergarten Registration Is Open!

To enroll your child in kindergarten for September 2019 please visit our district website to begin the online registration process!  PRE-REGISTER AT www.barnstable.k12.ma.us.

Requirements for Enrollment:

·        Students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019.

·        You must be a full-time resident of Barnstable.

·        If you are in the process of moving to Barnstable, you may begin the pre-registration process. Registration will be completed once you are residing in Barnstable and provide the required documentation.

·        After you complete the online process use the online scheduler to make an appointment with the school your child will be attending.

·        At your appointment, please bring all required documents and a valid photo ID.  Registration appointments completed by May 1st will be entered into a drawing to win a book gift basket for your kindergartener.

·        If your child currently attends Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center, they are already registered for Kindergarten. 

Prescreening Dates:

 (After you register your child he/she will be screened at their school on the following date):

Barnstable West Barnstable: May 10, 2019

West Villages: May 17, 2019

HyWest: May 20, 2019

Centerville: May 22, 2019

Barnstable Innovation School: May 28, 2019

 

ROAD WORK UPDATES
As always please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*NEW* Water Department Work at Several Route 6A (Main Street) Intersections in Barnstable Village

Barnstable Fire District’s Water Department, with their contractor, is scheduled to replace water valves in the following intersections:

·        Monday, April 22: Route 6A @ Bragg’s Lane

·        Tuesday, April 23-Friday, April 26 and Sunday, April 28: Route 6A @ Railroad Avenue

·        Tuesday, April 30-Friday, May 3 and Monday, May 13-Wednesday, May 15: Route 6A @ Commerce Road

·        Monday, May 6-Friday, May 10: Route 6A @ Millway

·        Thursday, May 16-Friday, May 17: Route 6A @ Mary Dunn Road

Scheduled work hours will be 7:00 AM-3:30 PM, except on Sunday, April 28th the scheduled hours of work will be 8:00 PM-4:00 AM (night work).  Through traffic will be maintained on these roads throughout construction.  During active construction in the roadway, there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.

*NEW* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains – Hyannis

97 Main Street, Hyannis.   The work will include marking underground utilities, excavating utility trenches, installing new gas mains, backfilling the trenches and repaving.  As part of this project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Construction is expected to occur within the dates listed above, weather permitting. National Grid has committed to complete this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit ngrid.com/mainline to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process. A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at ngrid.com/service line. National Grid will distribute written notifications to all affected constituents. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.
*NEW* Bourne Bridge work to shift to next phase on or about April 17; motorists to see change to travel patterns; Sidewalk to be closed for about 2 ½ weeks
Repair work on the Bourne Bridge, spanning the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Mass., is proceeding on schedule, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District officials. The contractor anticipates began the next phase of the repair work on or about the afternoon of Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  During this phase, sidewalk access to cross the bridge will be closed for safety reasons as the contractor will be repairing the walking surface. Pedestrians and bicyclists who intend to use the bridge sidewalk for crossings are advised to seek alternate routes or use alternate means of crossing such as public transportation, ride share, or vehicle for hire services until this phase of rehabilitation work is completed. Barring unforeseen complications, the sidewalk will remain closed for approximately 2 ½ weeks. During this time, travel lanes are reduced to ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC IN EACH DIRECTION AND NO WIDE LOADS are permitted to cross the bridge. State and local police will be on duty at all times work is being performed to assist the motoring public.  This bridge work is critical to maintaining the structural integrity of the bridges, which are a vital component to the transportation system of Cape Cod, the Islands and southeastern Massachusetts.  Traffic signs, message boards and bridge work alert emails are used to help inform motorists about pending lane restrictions and bridge work. To sign up for bridge work alert emails send an email to CapeCodCanalBridges@usace.army.mil with the subject title "Bridge Work Alerts."  An email alert is sent when there is a major change to the bridge work status or schedule.  Additionally, updates are available from the Corps' New England District on Facebook; on Twitter; and Instagram. Or visit the District website.

*UPDATED*Crosswalk Improvements on Main Street, School Street, High Street & Ocean View Avenue in Cotuit

Crosswalk improvements in Cotuit are ongoing.  Remaining activities include new paved crosswalk surfaces; installation of signage; restoration of disturbed areas and installation of a new 3-way stop traffic pattern at the intersection of Main Street and Ocean View Avenue.  Normal work hours will be between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Construction is scheduled to continue through until May 23, 2019.  

Through traffic will be maintained on these roads throughout construction.  During active construction in the roadway, there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. 

*UPDATED* Road Work on Sea Street, South Street, and Ocean Avenue in Hyannis

Construction activities during April 19-26 are scheduled to include pavement reconstruction in the intersection of Sea Street & South Street and extending up to 400 feet north, east, and west of the intersection, and also extending south to Nautical Road. After each section of road pavement is reconstructed, the contractor will install curbs and sidewalks along these areas. In addition, the contractor will continue installing curbs and sidewalks along Ocean Avenue and Sea Street between Keyes Memorial Beach and Nautical Road. The contractor will also adjust catch basins and manholes in these areas, install underground electrical conduit for street lighting, and perform other associated work. Businesses and residences along the work zones will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work. During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic. Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.

*UPDATED* Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction activities during April 19-26 are scheduled to include installing curbs and sidewalks, constructing off-road stormwater treatment systems that will be landscaped later in the project, constructing a retaining wall on the east side of Route 149 opposite the gas station, and other associated work.  Businesses and residences along the work zones will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work. During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic. Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.

*CONTINUES* Overhead Utility Line Relocations Route 149 & Main Street Marstons Mills

Verizon has installed new utility poles in some locations along Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell’s Lane, as well as on Main Street between Route 149 and the former elementary school. Eversource and Verizon will be relocating their overhead lines to the new poles, and when that is completed they will remove the old poles. This work is in conjunction with the Town project to improve these sections of roadway. During active work on these lines there will be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic. Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.

*CONTINUES*Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will continue their roadway improvements for the “Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way.” The project includes traffic signal and pedestrian improvements, constructing retaining walls and medians, and road widening.  Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Specific traffic detours will be communicated as the work progresses and as updated information becomes available. The work hours will be 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

*CONTINUES*SNEP Grant Stormwater, Prince Avenue (next to Prince Cove Marina) in Marstons Mills 
The sand filter is completed and will be planted in the spring. The area is open to traffic.
*CONTINUES*Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Project Section (River Road, Marstons Mills and Putnam Avenue, Cotuit)
Work continues at new sites for future green stormwater control infrastructure placement.  Field work can include but is not limited to site visits, survey, soil borings, pulling manhole covers and wetland delineation. This work will continue through 2019.
*CONTINUES*Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road, Cotuit

Work on the retrofit stormwater system located in front of the sea wall will run to June 29th. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

*CONTINUES*SNEP Grant Stormwater - Cordwood Landing, Cotuit
Remaining work includes the plantings to be completed in the spring.  Area is open to vehicles. This is a “No Plow” area.
*CONTINUES*National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains - Centerville
21 to 369 South Main Street, Centerville.   The work will include marking underground utilities, excavating utility trenches, installing new gas mains, backfilling the trenches and repaving.  As part of this project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Construction is expected to occur within the dates listed above, weather permitting. National Grid has committed to complete this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit
ngrid.com/mainline to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process. A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at ngrid.com/service line. National Grid will distribute written notifications to all affected constituents. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.
*CONTINUES*Road Work on Main Street and School Street in Cotuit
The DPW began crosswalk modifications on Main Street and School Street in Cotuit Village on April 1, 2019. The modifications include removing, resetting and installing new granite curb; improving handicap accessibility; installing new stamped-asphalt crosswalks; installing a raised crosswalk across School Street in front of the US Post Office; creating a new three-way stop traffic pattern at the intersection of Main Street and Ocean View Avenue; repaving of disturbed sidewalk areas; and restoring any disturbed areas as needed. Work is currently scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend, 2019. During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic. Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction areas.

*UPDATED*Spring Road Work Program (Cedar Street, West Barnstable)
Paving improvements are planned for Cedar Street, W. Barnstable.  Work began on April 16thand will continue through until June 14, 2019. Traffic during construction operations may be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Specific traffic detours will be communicated as the work progresses and as updated information becomes available. The work hours will be 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
*UPDATED*Vineyard Wind Upland Route Survey

Feldman Land Surveyors (Feldman) as surveyors for Vineyard Wind’s power duct bank project in Barnstable, will have a survey crew (using a Feldman truck with yellow flashing lights) on the streets of Barnstable next week for 3-4 days, to establish right of way lines and to obtain supplement mapping. The duct bank route includes Craigville Beach Road, Strawberry Hill Road, Route 28 (crossing), Wequaquet Lane, Phinney’s Lane, Route 132 (crossing), Attucks Lane and Independence Drive.
*CONTINUES* Pavement Improvements on Various Public Roadways in the Town of Barnstable

Pavement improvements began during the week of April 15, 2019 on various public roads in the Town of Barnstable. The list of roads includes the following:

Cotuit:                                Abbey Gate
                                             Buckingham Way

Oxford Drive

Queen Anne Lane

Marstons Mills:                Cinderella Terrace

High View Circle

West Barnstable:             Bursley Path

Cedar Street

Locust Avenue

Lothrups Lane

The Town’s contractor for this project is MCE Dirtworks.  The construction activities include clearing of overgrowth along the road sides, street sweeping, pavement milling, placement of new pavement surfaces and restoration of disturbed areas.  Normal work hours will be between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Construction is scheduled to continue through until June 14, 2019.   Through traffic will be maintained on these roads throughout construction.  Any lane closures will be supported with police details to direct traffic.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.


Recycling Notice

The Solid Waste Division is continuing to adjust its recycling operations to be the most efficient and fiscally responsible for its sticker holders. On February 4, 2019, the Transfer Station & Recycling Center began accepting source separated NEWSPAPER in a designated container in the Recycle Area. Source separated newspaper currently holds a higher value in the recycling market when separated from Mixed Paper. By separating Newspaper, we intend to lower the cost of disposal for Mixed Paper while increasing the return of value for Newspaper.  Source Separated Recyclables will now be separated into six categories. These categories will be:

  • Corrugated Cardboard (corrugated cardboard similar to shipping and Amazon boxes. Some items not accepted are soiled boxes or greasy pizza boxes)
  • Plastics (clean plastic jars, tubs, jugs and bottles. Some items not included are 5-gallon buckets, large kids toys, Styrofoam, plastic bags)
  • Mixed paper (paperboard, mail, magazines, office paper)
  • Newspaper (clean newspaper only, free of excessive ink, non-paper material and other mixed paper, no inserts)
  • Metal cans (clean aluminum, tin and steel food and beverage cans)
  • Glass (clean clear and colored glass bottles and jars. Some items not included are Pyrex, window and automotive glass).

Sticker holders will be responsible for separating their recyclable items and disposing of them into the respective containers. The largest concern with recyclables is contamination. Please clean and/or rinse any residue from all recyclables.  We will be installing updated signs and personnel in the Recycle Center will help with any questions and concerns. Please visit MassDEP’s Recyclopedia at https://recyclesmartma.org/ for more information on what recyclable items are widely acceptable.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and assistance.


Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. This system was used during the recent winter storms.  Make sure you are on our list. Sign up here today. What is CodeRED and why is it important to me? CodeRED is an emergency notification service by which town officials can notify Barnstable residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about time‐sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire town.  Only authorized officials are allowed access to use the system.  Frequently asked questions can be reviewed here.  Be sure to take a moment to learn more about this important notification system.

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 consists of five Town Councilors who interview applicants and make recommendations to the Town Council.  All Councilors then vote to appoint members at the Town Council 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 web page 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.

 

Looking for a Job?  The Town of Barnstable is a Great Place to Work.
To see what positions are currently available, click here.   Apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and click the “Apply” link.  If this is the first time you are applying using the online job application, you 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. 

 

Are you interested in the Bids and Request for Proposals (RFPs) the Town of Barnstable puts out?
Find all the Invitations for Bid and RFPs for the Town that are currently available to the public here.

 

e-News TRIVIA
Last Week’s Question: Which two states celebrate Patriots’ Day? Brian Gilson knew that Massachusetts and Maine are the two states that celebrate Patriots’ Day.

 

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