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Complimentary 15-Minute Waiting Area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor

In continued efforts towards balancing public safety with enhancing quality of life, the Town of Barnstable Parking Management Program is proud to announce starting on April 20th,, 2018 a newly created complimentary 15-minute waiting area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor. This designated area aims to alleviate congestion of personal vehicles, taxis, shuttle services and transportation network company (TNC) vehicles picking up or dropping off passengers at the ferry terminal.  Designated spaces closest to the ferry terminal will be signed appropriately to assist guests in properly identifying the area eligible for the complimentary 15 minute spaces.

 

In order to ensure the 15 minute waiting area is successful, the Parking Management team will monitor and manage the area including any vehicle obstructing the waiting area stalls. Therefore, it is highly recommended any vehicle needing to park for longer than 15 minutes, including taxis and TNC, pay for parking or find an alternative, compliant parking area.  For more information about this new program please visit www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program,

508-862-4771, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. We are happy to help!

 

Sandy Neck Spring Beach Clean-Up. Saturday, April 21st, 9:00 AM to Noon
Join the Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association for this yearly event. Activities include trash pick-up and dune fence installation. Meet at the lower lot and spend the morning giving back to your favorite beach. For more information call the Sandy Neck Gatehouse at 508 362 8300.

 

Community Conversation on Cape Cod about the Opioid Crisis with Senator Elizabeth Warren – Saturday, April 21st at 12:00 PM

On Saturday, April 21st, Senator Elizabeth Warren will host a community conversation about the opioid crisis.  She will take questions from the audience and discuss her plan to tackle the opioid crisis with a panel of experts.  The event will be held at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, 351 Pleasant Lake Road, Harwich, MA  02645.  Doors open at 11:30 AM and the program will begin at 12:00 PM.  Admission is first come, first served.  Signs/posters will not be permitted inside the event.  More information can be found on Senator Warren’s Facebook Page.

 

Rabies Clinic - Sunday, April 22nd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Cape Cod Rabies Task Force has provided information about upcoming rabies clinics sponsored by Cape Cod Veterinary Offices and the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force.  Barnstable Animal Hospital (157 Airport Road, Hyannis, MA) will host the Barnstable Clinic on Sunday, April 22nd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  One-year rabies vaccinations are $10 CASH ONLY (some other clinics are $12*).  With official proof of current vaccination, a three-year booster will be available.  Dogs need to be on leashes and cats and ferrets must be in carriers.  A complete list of all clinics is available on the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force Facebook page.

 

First Open Streets of 2018 – Sunday, April 22nd
from NOON to 5 PM on Main Street, Hyannis

Hyannis Open Streets will feature FREE music, entertainment, and activities for all ages!  Come out and enjoy local food, shops, and culture.  Take a stroll, jog, or bike ride.  From 12:00-5:00 PM Main Street will be closed to traffic (Barnstable Road to Sea Street) so that you can safely play in the street.

 

Renewable Energy Commission to Host Seth Pickering of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on April 23rd

Energy Facilities Siting Board to Conduct Public Comment Hearing on Vineyard Wind – Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 PM
The Energy Facilities Siting Board (“Siting Board”) will conduct a public comment hearing on the Petitions of Vineyard Wind LLC (“Vineyard Wind”) for approval (1) to install a total of approximately 27 miles of new onshore and offshore 220-kilowatt (“kV”) electric transmission line, which would come ashore in Barnstable or Yarmouth, and then travel underground to a new electric substation in Barnstable; (2) to construct the proposed new substation in Barnstable; and (3) to install a 0.1 mile underground 115 kV transmission line connecting the new substation to the existing Barnstable Substation in Barnstable, Massachusetts (the “Transmission Project”).  The Siting Board will conduct its public comment hearing on the proposed Transmission Project on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, beginning at 7:00 PM, at the Barnstable High School Knight Auditorium, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA  02601.  The Siting Board invites your attendance at and participation in the public comment hearing.  Additionally, the Siting Board welcomes written comments on the proposed Project, which are due by 5:00 PM on May 8, 2018, and can be sent by email or email attachment to: (1) dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and (2) Kathryn.Sedor@state.ma.us.  Alternatively, written comments may be sent by U.S. mail to

                                                            M. Kathryn Sedor, Esq., Presiding Officer
                                                            MA Energy Facilities Siting Board

                                                            One South Station
                                                            Boston, MA  02110

                                                                                                                       

Notice of Public Information Meeting - Marstons Mills Streetscape Project
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works invites interested individuals to attend a public information meeting regarding planned improvements along Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell's Lane in Marstons MillsThe meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Liberty Hall, 2150 Main Street, Marstons MillsThe purpose of this meeting is to provide residents an opportunity to review the proposed improvements and to learn about the projected timeframe for constructionIn addition to Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell's Lane, this state-funded project will include portions of Main Street and River Road near Route 149.  The project objectives are to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and overall traffic safety, rehabilitate aging infrastructure, and enhance the streetscape.  The project scope will include new/improved sidewalks, landscaping, decorative street lighting, new or resurfaced pavement, improved crosswalks, a boardwalk along Mill Pond, additional parking, and drainage improvements.  Construction is planned to start in the fall of 2018 and is anticipated to continue through 2019, with construction breaks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and over the winter.  The project limits, scope, and schedule are contingent on available funding and other factors.

 

Advance Notice – the HYCC will be Closed from April 29th-May 13th

The Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) will be closed from Sunday, April 29th through Sunday, May 13th for required maintenance.  The lobby will be open on Monday, May 7th for the sale of parking permits (aka beach stickers).

 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
2018 Action Plan and Citizens Participation Plan Document Availability
The Town of Barnstable is preparing the One Year Action Plan for the 2018 CDBG program year (July 1, 2018– June 30, 2019) and has updated the Citizens Participation Plan.  Drafts of the plans are now available on the Town website:  www.townofbarnstable.us/CDBG and in the Planning and Development Department, 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 $285,000 plus any carryover.  PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  The Town is seeking public input on the draft Action Plan, which outlines funding priorities for the upcoming program year; and the Citizen Participation Plan that describes the public process.  Funding levels are estimates and subject to change.  Comments on these documents may be submitted in writing to: Kathleen Girouard, Planning and Development 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 7, 2018 and included in the final plans submitted to HUD.  CONTACT INFORMATION: Kathleen Girouard, Planning and Development Department. 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. Phone: 508-862-4678, TDD#508-790-9801, kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with questions about the CDBG program.


Barnstable Public Schools Last School Day for 2018

Assistant Superintendent Kristen Harmon reported that the last day of school for 2018 is Wednesday, June 20th with the exception of Centerville Elementary School which will have Thursday, June 21st as its last day.  Both June 20th and June 21st will be half days.

 

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 2018!  Send your dog’s photo (with your name and address on the back); a stamped self-address envelope; Include a check for $7 for a spayed or neutered animal or $10 for a male or female dog; a copy of the current rabies certificate (if it has been updated recently); and mail all of the above to:  Town Clerk, 367 Main St., 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.  We will return the photo and new dog tag when the contest is over.  The winner will be announced on May 4th.  So remember to come in and vote during that time for your favorite dog. All dog owners have until July 1, 2018 to get their 2018 license. Order early so you won’t forget.

Caregiver Walking Program with Respite
The Barnstable Senior Center and the Hyannis Youth and Community Center are working together to provide a free special program for caregivers.  The program began on March 6th, every Tuesday from 11:00 AM until Noon, family caregivers are invited to join us at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center Indoor Walking Track. Bring your walking shoes, wear comfortable clothes and enjoy an hour to yourself so that you can unwind and get some exercise! Can’t leave the person you care for alone? Respite care is available for adults only and pre-screening is required. Please call Donna Burns @ 508-862-4753 to register. So, lace up those shoes and join us – it is time to take care of YOU!!

First Tee at Hyannis Golf Course
The First Tee program of Massachusetts continues its offerings at the Hyannis Golf Course.  The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.  Through golf and core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:  making proper introductions; managing emotions; resolving conflicts; setting up step-by-step goals; planning for the future; and appreciating diversity.  On-line registration information can be found here.

A Sure Sign of Spring…

 

Sandy Neck APP has arrived!

The Sandy Neck APP has arrived! In order to keep the public informed of important changes at the beach, we have created an APP that can be downloaded to your smart phones. This new APP will give the public real time information regarding the status of Sandy Neck Beach Park. Easy to download, simple to navigate, it is a welcome addition to the ongoing efforts of everyone here at Sandy Neck to keep you informed! Please go to our website for instructions. www.sandyneckbeachpark.com. You can download the APP on Google Play. If you don’t have a Google Play account, it is easy to set up and it is free. Please email Donna with any questions at donna.bragg@town.barnstable.ma.us  

 

2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers

The Recreation Division 2018 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, applications are no longer sent via mail.  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. 2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers will be available in person at the HYCC beginning May 7th.  Operating hours will be Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sundays & Holidays 9:00 AM-Noon.

 

ROAD WORK UPDATES

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

*NEW* ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS

BARNSTABLE:    BRENTWOOD LANE

CENTERVILLE:    BAYBERRY LANE, CROSBY CIRCLE, GLENWOOD AVENUE, HIGHLAND STREET

The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Brentwood Lane in Barnstable and Bayberry Lane, Crosby Circle, Glenwood Avenue and Highland Street in Centerville beginning on Monday, April 23, 2018. Improvements include clearing back of brush, adjusting drainage structure castings, sweeping the existing pavement and overlaying new asphalt pavement road surfaces. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, May 18, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during construction operations will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways.

*NEW* ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS
ANCHOR LANE, MARINER CIRCLE & MOORING DRIVE, COTUIT

The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Anchor Lane, Mariner Circle and Mooring Drive in Cotuit beginning on Monday, April 23, 2018. Improvements include road reclamation, fine grading and compacting, drainage structure adjustments and new asphalt pavement road surfaces. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, May 18, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during construction operations will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways.

SIDEWALK REPAIRS
Main Street, Pearl Street, South Street and Ocean Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works is performing sidewalk repairs on Main Street, Pearl Street, South Street and Ocean Street in Hyannis which began on Monday, April 2, 2018 and will continue through May 17, 2018. The work is limited to the following sections of these streets:

Main Street:  Main Street at the intersection with Pine Avenue

Pearl Street: from Main Street to South Street

South Street: from Pearl Street to Ocean Street

Ocean Street: from South Street to Nantucket Street

The work includes repair of failed curb and sidewalk sections, correction of tripping hazards in existing sidewalk areas, repair of broken tree grates, complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and improving aesthetics. Motorists and pedestrians may be redirected around the construction operations when necessary. Both motorists and pedestrians are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Construction operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM.

*Updated* Travel lane restrictions scheduled for Sagamore Bridge

Work on the Sagamore Bridge is proceeding on schedule.  Repair work has shifted to the center lanes of the bridge. The traveling public is reminded to be aware of changing travel patterns and be alert to construction equipment entering and exiting the work zone.  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 via Facebook and Twitter: on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CorpsNewEngland; on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CorpsNewEngland. Or visit the District website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil.

National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main

National Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Their scheduled work along Route 6A in Barnstable Village, Communication Way and Sea Street Extension in Hyannis Village will continue. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way Continues

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. Southbound lane of Bearse’s Way south of Route 28 will be detoured only Tuesday, April 24th.  The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Route 6 (Mid-Cape Highway) - Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs                                                                                                         

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has begun their roadway ‘Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs’ along Route 6. This project is estimated to be completed by May 24, 2018. The work will consist of replacing the existing directional signs along Route 6 from Sandwich to Eastham. There are no proposed lane closures. All work will be performed on the highway’s shoulder accompanied by a police officer. The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

*UPDATED* Town of Barnstable DPW- Drainage Improvements
The Department of Public Works is performing drainage improvements on Mariner Circle, Cotuit and Emerson Way, Centerville. All spring work began on Monday, April 9, 2018 and will continue through the end of May.  Motorists and pedestrians may be redirected around the construction operations when necessary. Both motorists and pedestrians are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Construction operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Osterville Bay School Demolition

Demolition of the building is complete.  Tennis court construction bids were receive on March 29th and a contractor selected.  Work is expected to begin shortly.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Work on parking lot areas has slowed due to wet conditions.  The contractor will be continuing work on the ball field, and press box.  Installation of top soil and irrigation system will begin next week.  The scoreboard has been installed.  The public should be aware that there will be limited access and parking for the West Barnstable Community Building, as well as no access to Luke’s Love Playground, the ball field or the Old Selectmen’s Building for the duration of the project. The re-construction of the ball field, additional site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love are expected to be completed in the Spring/Summer of 2018.

 

Building Department Public Service Announcement

Re: Article VII Sign Regulations § 240-61 (N) Temporary Signs on Public Property

The Town of Barnstable Building Department would like to advise its citizens of a recent policy change concerning the existing temporary signs on public property ordinance.  The Department has reviewed and updated our guidelines as a result of the public’s expressed desire to maintain the quiet dignity and decorum of our memorial sites as well as to address safety concerns regarding motor vehicle traffic line of sight.  The revised policy includes restrictions on the number and placement of temporary signs on public property and a prohibition of temporary signs on memorial sites and traffic islands.  This revision was carefully and purposefully crafted to balance the need of the community to publicize special non-profit events while preserving the integrity of the memorial sites and to ensure traffic safety in each of the seven villages of Barnstable.  As always, applicants seeking to install signs on public property will need to register their event with the Building Department prior to placement of signage.  Forms are available online here or they may be obtained at the Building Department located at the 200 Main Street building.  The Sign Ordinance online link may be found here.  Staff is available to answer questions or to assist applicants with the registration process and can be reached at 508-862-4038.

 

Town of Barnstable Hyannis Main Street Vendor/Contractor Parking Permit

The Town of Barnstable recognizes vendors and contractors are a critical component to our community’s economy and quality of life. Therefore, starting January 1, 2018 daily parking permits are available to qualifying vendors and contractors hired to service businesses and residents located on Main Street, Hyannis who need their vehicles in close proximity on the date of services rendered, parking beyond the 2-hour limitation on Main Street during the hours of 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday through Sunday.  Through an application process by the Parking Division, Vendor/Contractor parking permits are valid for one space per vehicle or trailer, for no more than five (5) calendar days per calendar month, and no more than three (3)  vendor/contractor parking permits per business or residency at any one time.  Applications must be submitted one business day prior to the date requested and payment of cash/check must be included with the application:

November 11st – March 31st                           $  5.00/day/space

April 1st – October 31st                                  $15.00/day/space

For more information about this new program and/or a copy of the application, please visit online at www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact:  Barnstable Parking Resources Division, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 or 508-862-4771. We are happy to help!

 

Town of Barnstable Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The newly re-designed Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod. The Business Barnstable website (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’. For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us.

Adult Supportive Day Program at the Barnstable Senior Center

If you are a caregiver in need of respite, or a senior who may benefit from the Adult Supportive Day (ASD) Program, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we may meet your needs.  ASD offers the following:  assists elders in maintaining their independence and remain active while aging in place in the community; offers structured and stimulating activities in a safe environment, with a focus on socialization, cognitive skills and physical well-being; provides respite and peace of mind for caregivers and families; caregiver supports/referrals are available; and professional, caring and experienced staff.  For more information, call 508-862-4765 to schedule a tour and a Free Trial Day.
 

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.

 

Barnstable Public Schools on Facebook

Barnstable Public Schools has a Facebook page.  You can follow them here. You may also want to follow Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown on Twitter @meg_bps.  

 

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.

 


Last Week’s Question:  As we observe Patriots’ Day Weekend, can you name four famous West Barnstable residents known for their patriotism?  We had a couple of technically correct answers (all the members of the Otis Family), however, William Taylor had the answer we were looking for: James Otis Jr.; Mercy Otis Warren; "Mad Jack" Percival; and Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw.

 

This Week’s Question:  In honor of Earth Day, Conservation Agent Martin Wunderly offers this trivia question - The Town of Barnstable Conservation Commission protects the values of open space conservation area lands. These values are related to the preservation of biological and ecological diversity, aesthetics and recreation, and community character. What other very important public resource is protected by way of preserving our Conservation lands? Please email your answer here.

 

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