A Sure Sign of Spring

The Welcome Center at Bismore Park has reopened for the season.

Pictured above:  Consumer Affairs Supervisor Liz Hartsgrove and Gateway Greeter Carol LaDuke

Town Council Meeting – April 26th

The Public Hearings for the FY2019 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) continued at last night’s Town Council meeting.  During Public Comment, Hyannis resident Charlie Hetzel offered his thanks to retiring Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald for his dedicated service and in particular the courtesies extended to his family.  In his closing, Mr. Hetzel offered, “thank you, God bless you and may he keep you safe.”   Prior to the CIP budget, Town Manager Mark Ells’ Town Manager Communications included updates on the FY2019 budget items including the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee’s report on the Capital Budget. The Town Council received the FY2019 Operating Budget book at last night’s meeting.  Mr. Ells and Finance Director Mark Milne will present a summary of the FY2019 Operating Budget at the May 3rd Town Council meeting which is when there will be a first reading of the Operating Budget appropriations.  The work with the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Wildlife, USGS, DEP Water Supply staff regarding future potential water supply wells continues and the Town is coordinating with DEP Water Supply and anticipates conducting water quality sampling in the next two weeks.  The hiring process for the position of Chief of Police continues.  Mr. Ells conducted an interview with the candidates with the assistance of a panel of staff and members of the public.  His next step is to meet with each candidate individually.  Additional updates included:   discussions continue with Vineyard Wind; the April 2018 Economic Development Report; the Cape Cod Commission approved the redesignation of the Downtown Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone; the Planning & Development Department will be submitting an application for the Massachusetts Housing Choice Initiative; a draft of the Town of Barnstable Special Events on Town Property Procedure guidebook; the Harbormaster’s office and Welcome Center at Bismore Park are officially opening April 27, 2018; and  Director of Property and Risk Management David Anthony provided an update on the Airport (Kmart) Plaza Request for Proposals and the recent Disposition of Property Via Sale.  Old Business began with moving item 2018-074 (Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel Dredge) to the May 3rd Town Council meeting.  Town Council President Eric Steinhilber took the two Airport items out of order: an Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $449,900 for the Fiscal Year 2018 Airport Capital Budget for the purpose of funding various Airport Capital Improvement Projects and an Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $167,600 for the Fiscal Year 2018 Airport Operating Budget were approved.  The acceptance of grants in the amount of $250 from the Barnstable Police Patrolman’s Union, $250 from MASSCOP Local 416 Barnstable Police Superior Officers’ Union and $150 from the Barnstable Municipal Employees’ Association to the Barnstable Youth Commission for the 7th Grade Youth Summit was also taken out of order and passed unanimously.  The remaining seven CIP budget items for the Department of Public Works passed unanimously.  An Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $4,000,000 was approved for transfer from General Reserves to the Capital Trust Fund. Appointments to a Board/Committee/Commission – the Disability Commission, Public Works Commission, Shellfish Committee, Water Quality Advisory Committee and Zoning Board of Appeals were approved. An Appropriation and Transfer Order of $60,000 for the Fiscal Year 2018 Department of Public Works Operating Capital Budget was also approved.  New Business included a first reading for Appointments to a Board/Committee/Commission – Licensing Authority and an Appropriation and Loan Order for $40,000 pursuant to Temporary Repair to Private Roads Program regarding Locust Lane in Barnstable was referred to a Public Hearing on May 17th.  The Town Council voted to go into Executive Session under M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(2) to conduct a strategy session in prepartion for negotiations with a nonunion employee, Mark S. Ells. The next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting is Thursday, May 3, 2018.


Friendly Reminder: 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 starting on Monday, May 7th for the sale of parking permits (aka beach stickers).


Royden Richardson Recognized for Years of Service as Town of Barnstable’s Representative to the Cape Cod Commission
At their April 19th meeting, the Cape Cod Commission recognized Royden Richardson for his dedicated service as the Town of Barnstable’s representative from April 25, 2006 through April 24, 2018.  Mr. Richardson has been a constant in Barnstable Town government for many decades.  This includes his role with the Town Council and his terms as Town Council President.  He expanded his reach to Barnstable County by representing the Town on the Cape Cod Commission.  There are many initiatives that have Mr. Richardson’s fingerprints including the mini-grant program to non-profits in the Seven Villages through the Tourism Grant and the Town of Barnstable’s Flag.  Mr. Richardson’s roles with countless health and human service agencies such as the CHIPs House, Salvation Army and the Community Action Committee are also to be commended.  Thank you for your service, Royden Richardson!

Town Clerk Ann M. Quirk Earns Master Municipal Clerk Designation
Congratulations to Town Clerk Ann M. Quirk!  Ann has earned the designation of Master Municipal Clerk (MMC), which is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), Inc.  IIMC grants the MMC designation only to those municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements; and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state. The International Institute of Municipal Clerks, founded in 1947, has 14,000 members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries, and the mission of this global non-profit corporation is to enhance the education opportunities and professional development of its diverse membership.  In light of the speed and drastic nature of change these days, lifelong learning is not only desirable, it is necessary for all in local government to keep pace with growing demands and changing needs of the citizens we serve. Barnstable can take immense pride in Ann’s educational accomplishments and achievement of this milestone.  Congratulations again, Ann!  We are proud of your achievement!

Barnstable Senior Center Honors Volunteers

The sun came out last Friday as the Barnstable Senior Center celebrated their dedicated team of volunteers at their annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, held during National Volunteer Week. Volunteers feasted on a delicious lunch, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging, and were treated to a delectable array of desserts provided by Laurentide at Mashpee Commons, all while being entertained by the smooth sounds of the Swing Easy Jazz Band. The event was attended by Town Councilors Debra Dagwan, John Flores and Paul Hebert who expressed gratitude for the dedicated service of the 165 Senior Center volunteers who provide over 7,000 hours of services each year, valued at over $140,000. To the Senior Center staff, their contributions are priceless and Senior Services staff is grateful to have the opportunity to work side by side with volunteers each day to deliver important programs and services to older persons in our community.


Picture from left to right:  Standing: Council on Aging President John Jope, Precinct 3 Town Councilor Paul Hebert and Precinct 1 Town Councilor John Flores; Seated:  Christine Cumming and Council on Aging Board members
Greg and Loni Monahan.


Cape Cod Commission Approves Re-designation of Downtown Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone
The Town of Barnstable’s application was approved under new, streamlined regional regulations that were approved by the Assembly of Delegates earlier this month.  The renewed Growth Incentive Zone (GIZ) designation has no end date, instead requiring the Town to report to the Cape Cod Commission on progress towards strategic planning goals every five years.  The GIZ provides an incentive for growth and investment in downtown Hyannis by waiving requirements for Cape Cod Commission review of large development projects.


Barnstable Recreation Receives the Red Cross Award of Appreciation

Monday night, April 23rd, the Town of Barnstable Recreation Division was recognized at the New England Authorized Provider Meeting for our commitment to safety, training, drowning prevention, and certification of more than 200 people with lifesaving skills during the past year in Massachusetts.  As a seasonal operation we are one of 10 that train this many in New England. 


Marstons Mills Streetscape Project

Over 50 Marstons Mills Village residents and business owners turned out on Wednesday, April 25th to learn more about the Marstons Mills Streetscape project, scheduled to begin construction in the Fall of 2018.  Liberty Hall was standing room only, as Town Councilors Paula Schnepp (Precinct 12) and Matthew Levesque (Precinct 10) greeted the crowd, and introduced Rob Steen, Assistant DPW Director.  Town Engineer Paul Graves and Elizabeth Jenkins, Director of Planning & Development, were in attendance to take notes of residents’ concerns and suggestions. A slide deck of the improvements showed the improvement proposed for the village center.  Some of the safety concerns addressed included the configuration of the Route 149/River Road/Main Street intersection, raised sidewalks and narrowed streets to calm traffic, improved and additional sidewalks for Route 149, River Road and Main Street, enhanced lighting, landscaping and parking, and even a boardwalk down to the herring run at the Mill Pond. The construction schedule was reviewed and audience members had ample time for questions and answers. Trade-offs between traffic calming, noise, improving traffic congestion and helping the village center become safer for pedestrians and vehicles were weighed.  After the presentation, residents and village businesses had the opportunity to study the streetscape plans with engineers and landscape architects from McMahon Associates and Horsley Witten Group and have their questions answered.

Art Visits Nature–spend time in a living museum! Next Trip – May 6th

Sandy Neck Beach Park House at the Halfway Point - 2018 Artist Excursion Dates

Artists invited to be inspired by nature’s canvas: 

Sunset trips 2:00 PM-after sunset: 
May 6th, September 7th, September 23, October 5, October 21st

The Town of Barnstable in partnership with the Cape Cod Art Center is offering late afternoon/sunset excursions to the House at the Halfway Point at Sandy Neck Beach.  Applications are available online at www.Arts Barnstable.com and at www.CapeCodArtCenter.org    Artists in all disciplines invited to apply.  A Beach Ranger provides the 3.5 mile transport through the dunes out to the halfway point.  In some of the excursions a naturalist is on hand to share knowledge and expertise.  Trips are scheduled for several dates in May, September and October.   Costs are $70.00 day/$95.00 for members and non-members, Proceeds benefit the SNB house at the Halfway Point program. Prior participants say time at the halfway house is, “a unique opportunity to see a beautiful and remote part of the Cape.” The house at the Halfway Point is a rustic cottage set in the middle of the dunes, marsh and water at Sandy Neck Beach.  Excursions to this special locale provide artists with the opportunity to "unplug" and enjoy the solitude and scenic landscapes as sources for inspiration. This program is designed for the plein air painter, photographer, musician, writer and other artists who crave the time to create without everyday interruptions.  The program is sponsored by the Town of Barnstable's two cultural districts: Hyannis "HyArts" Cultural District and the Barnstable Village Cultural District, the Cape Cod Art Center  and Sandy Neck Beach Park. Contact Kate Walls at Cape Cod Art Center:  kate@capecodartcenter.org   508-362-2909 for application and fee information OR Melissa Hersh: melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us   www.ArtsBarnstable.com.


Art on Loan Program Features Artwork by Anne Tochka

Anne Tochka is a visual artist living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Anne earned her BFA in Communications Design with a focus in Illustration and a minor in Art History from Pratt Institute in 2007.  Since then, she has had a career in a variety of art and design fields including visual merchandising, product design, illustration, as well as pursuing her personal painting and sculpture.  Anne has shown in galleries in New York City, Boston, and internationally. She has also completed artist residencies with Dacia Gallery in Sibiu, Romania and with Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico.  Anne has been an artist her entire life, and will likely continue with this pursuit until someone is able to pry the paintbrush out of her cold metallic cyborg claw centuries from now.  When she is not in the studio you can find her ambling through the dunes with her dog Sneaky Pete or beach combing up and down the Cape.
About the exhibit:

Off-Season Cape Cod (Hearing Room)
Anne’s Comments:  After completing an artist residency in Romania with a focus on plein air painting, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to move to the Cape.   The timing was perfection, as I fell in love with the incredible light and explored the beaches, dunes, bogs, and forests to my heart’s content. While Summer is king on Cape Cod for good reason, the other seasons have delighted and surprised me into studying them more fully.  My ambles about the Cape are often a solitary adventure but in this series of landscapes I want to share the paradox of feeling completely alone in the world and at the same time deeply grounded and connected to every other living plant and animal.  Presented here are moments where I have had this experience along with all my private emotions told through paint on canvas.
En Plein Air in Transylvania (Selectmens Conference Room)  In the summer of 2015 I spent a month in the medieval city of Sibiu, Romania as an artist in residence with Dacia Gallery.  The winding cobblestone streets, red shingled roofs, fields of wildflowers and incredible mountain backdrops spurred me to redefine my approach to landscape painting in order to do these breathtaking scenes justice.  This magical time allowed me the space to refine my en plein air painting and the opportunity to elevate my entire practice to a higher level.

Barnstable Recreation Director Presents Substance Abuse Prevention Program with Barnstable County Substance Abuse Prevention Council

Town of Barnstable Recreation Director Patti Machado and the Barnstable County Substance Abuse Prevention Council’s (SAPC) Program Specialist Kim Slade teamed up to present a program to the International Rainbow for Girls Cape Cod Chapter at the Masonic Lodge in Centerville on Saturday, April 21st.  The group of parents, board members and members discussed what youth in middle school and high school are encountering.  This group of youth were very open in sharing.  They did some role playing on different scenarios to help them come up with ways to put them in the best situation possible for their future. The My Choice Matters program was also highlighted.  Most of the adults learned what our youth is challenged with today.


News from Marine & Environmental Affairs:

·       All Town-owned marinas will be open and staffed the first week of May. 

·       Seasonal Parking Passes for The Marina at Prince Cove are now available at the Harbormaster’s Office at: 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville, MA  02632. 

·       As a reminder, no motorized vessel, no vessel greater than 12 feet in length overall and no vessel greater than 5 feet in beam may be placed on any Town Way to Water.  Any vessel must include owner contact information.  More details may be found here


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 Senior Center to Host AARP Shredding Event on Friday, May 11th
Join us for a free shredding event on Friday, May 11th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis!  Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen.  Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is a good way to protect yourself, and the AARP Fraud Watch Network wants to help!  Bring up to five (5) boxes (15” X 12” X 10”) of confidential documents to the Shred event, and we will shred them free on-site.  It only takes a few minutes and can save you lots of headaches later on.  Call 508-862-4750 to RSVP.  Shredding is provided by Shred King.  The shredder can handle staples, paper and binder clips, no need to remove them.  Absolutely no Hard Drives, glass, metal or plastics.  We ask that everyone takes their boxes and bags with them.


Friendly Reminder from Animal Control:
Pursuant to the Town Manager’s Dog Control Regulations, “no person owning or having the care, custody or control of any dog shall allow said dog on any Town Beach or Recreation area from May 15 to September 15 without the written authorization of the Town Manager or official in control of said Beach or Recreation area.”  Please note:  Dogs are not allowed in your car in the parking lot.  Any questions, please call 508-790-6274.


Notice of Public Information Meeting -Barnstable Village Streetscape Project

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works invites interested individuals to attend a public information meeting regarding planned improvements in Barnstable Village along Main Street (Route 6A) from west of Rendezvous Lane to Millway, and along Millway from Main Street to Barnstable Harbor Marina.  The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in the Harbor View Conference Room at the Barnstable County Complex, 3195 Main Street (Route 6A), Barnstable Village.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide residents an opportunity to review the proposed improvements and to learn about the projected timeframe for construction.  The project objectives are to improve pedestrian access and overall traffic safety, rehabilitate aging infrastructure, and enhance the streetscape.  The project scope will include new/improved sidewalks, landscaping, decorative street lighting in the village center, new/resurfaced pavement, new/improved crosswalks, median islands, and traffic signal 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.


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 introduced a newly created complimentary 15-minute waiting area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor on April 20th. 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!


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 photo 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.

Sandy Neck APP
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.



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

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.

Anchor Lane, Mariner Circle and 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.

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 for Sagamore Bridge

Repair work on the Sagamore Bridge continues ahead of schedule.  The contractor began phase three of the repair work on Sunday, 22 April 2018.   During this phase, sidewalk access to cross the bridge is closed for safety reasons.  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 two weeks during this third and final phase of the work.  We thank the traveling public for their understanding and patience during the execution of these necessary repair activities.  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.

*UPDATED* 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 and Santuit Road in Cotuit 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. 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 Emerson Way, Centerville next week. 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.



Barnstable Dog Park

The contractor is working on a revised construction schedule.  Fill material is being brought to the site.  Work is expected to be completed this summer.

Osterville Bay School Demolition

Demolition of the building is complete. 

Osterville Bay

Tennis court construction will begin the week of May 1st.   The tennis courts are scheduled to be complete by the end of June.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Work on parking lot areas has slowed due to wet conditions.  The contractor is continuing work on the ball field, and press box.  Installation of top soil and irrigation system has begun.  Rough grading of the new playground has been completed.  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

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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 1st – 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 commissionn

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: 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?  Jean Regazio was the first to respond it’s the quality of our public water supply! This includes well water, ponds, rivers, bays, and beaches. (Air quality is also an acceptable answer.)


This Week’s Question:  Who is Kalmus Beach named after? Please email your answer here.

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