Town Council Meeting

Town Councilor Jennifer Cullum, Chair of the Charter Review Committee, and Town Attorney Ruth Weil made a presentation about their work at last night’s Town Council meeting.  The orders of the day began with the approval of the last Capital Improvements Plan item – the Osterville Recreation Building Design and Construction Project.  Two zoning issues (Gateway Medical District and Moratorium on Recreational Marijuana Establishments and Marijuana Retailers) passed.  After Council discussion, a third zoning issue (Marine Business A-1 District) was postponed until June 1st in order for staff to answer questions that were posed .  Appropriation and transfer order in the amount of $3,478,443 of Excess Overlay in the General Fund to the Capital Trust Fund.  A first reading was held for the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget Appropriation Orders with Public Hearings being scheduled for May 18th.  First readings were also held for a General Ordinance Amendment establishing an enterprise fund for the Public, Education and Government (PEG) Access Channels; Appointments to Boards, Committees, and Commissions; an Order proposing that the Town Council petition the General Court for Special Legislation providing for certain Charter Amendments relating to the filing of vacancies, term limits, Charter objections, appointment of the Town Collector, the ten year forecast, and the elimination of preliminary elections and the definition of measure; Amendments of the Administrative Code relating to the Community Services Department, the Regulatory Services Department and the Growth Management Department; Administrative Code Amendment – Cable Television Advisory Committee; and Amendments to the Code of the Town of Barnstable to reflect the change of the department name from the Growth Management Department to the Planning and Development Department.  These items will be taken up at the May 4, 2017 meeting.


Town of Barnstable Receives Electric Vehicle Recognition from Baker-Polito Administration

The Town of Barnstable was recognized as one of 13 southeast communities for its "leadership in promoting the use of electric vehicles and supporting the Commonwealth's greenhouse gas reduction and clean air goals."  The Town has been able to lease four all-battery electric and one plug-in hybrid vehicles, along with six electric vehicle charging stations, resulting in thousands of dollars in savings for the Town, as well as a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.


Unveiling of Lowell Park Woodlands Sign

A new sign marking the 19 acres of land around Lowell Park in Cotuit was unveiled on Friday, April 21st.  The land surrounding the Town of Barnstable’s Lowell Park, the home of the Cotuit Kettleers, could have been developed into a housing complex in 2015.  The Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) collected over 1,600 donations from the community and bought the land for $1.8 million.  The town of Barnstable purchased three of the acres from the Trust using funds from the Community Preservation Act and General Fund.  Those in attendance included BLT Executive Director Janet Milkman, BLT Board Chair Joe Hawley, Precinct 7 Town Councilor Jessica Rapp Grassetti, Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts Executive Director Mark Robinson, Cotuit-Santuit Civic Association President Jim Dannhauser and the Town of Barnstable’s Community Preservation Committee Chair Lindsey Counsell.



Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Tasks Continue

We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY2018. The Town Council had a first reading of the Operating Budget last night and will begin their Public Hearings on May 18th. For information on our fiscal year budgets, please view the town’s Open Budget website.  The FY2018 Budget document may be viewed here.


Barnstable’s Best Dog Contest – Last Day for Submissions is May 1st

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


2017 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers on Sale in Person Starting May 1st

The Recreation Division 2017 Parking Permits are now available through walk-in process starting May 1st at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  A friendly reminder, that you will need your vehicle registration at the time of purchase.


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


Town of Barnstable begins new Food Waste Collection/Composting Program

at Marstons Mills Transfer Station and Recycling Center

The Office of the Town Manager and the Department of Public Works is pleased to announce the start of a new Food Waste Collection/Composting program at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center, 45 Flint St., Marstons Mills.  The goal of the program is to reduce the amount of food waste that gets thrown away with the trash, thereby reducing trash disposal costs for Transfer Station customers. According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), as much as 25% of household trash is food waste that could be diverted from landfills and incinerators, and composted. Residents with a current Trash Disposal or Recycling Only sticker may now drop off their household kitchen scraps and food waste for composting at no additional cost. The collection barrels are located in one of the sheds used to contain recycled materials. The Town is partnering with Watts Family Farms, located in Forestdale, which will pick up the kitchen waste on a weekly basis, transporting it to their facility, where it will be turned into high quality compost.  Residents are advised that while most kitchen scraps may be composted, including meat and bones, and paper towels and napkins, such items as kitty litter, plastics, cardboard, and Styrofoam are excluded, and may not be disposed of for composting. The Barnstable Food Waste Composting program is, in part, being funding through a grant from MassDEP.


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


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

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


Prince Cove Marina Reconstruction Project Continues

Work continues on the reconstruction of the Prince Cove Marina bulkhead and we hope that it will reopen on Tuesday, May 2nd. The bulkhead will be reconstructed with sheet pilings, concrete and other facilities. No access to the bulkhead will be available during construction. The boat ramp and associated parking will remain open during construction. Residents should avoid the bulkhead construction area. Questions regarding marine activities in the area should be directed to the Marine and Environmental Affairs Division at 508-790-6273. Project related questions should be directed to Amanda Ruggiero, Assistant Town Engineer at 508-790-6400.


ROAD WORK: National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main in Hyannis

Work will cause roadway disruption

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


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

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


ROAD WORK: Continues Route 28 (Falmouth Road) and Bearse’s Way

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

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


Friendly Reminder to Return the Town Census

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


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

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


Last week’s question:  We recently had a public meeting for the restoration plans for the John F. Kennedy Memorial on Ocean Street in Hyannis.  When did the John F. Kennedy Memorial open to the public?  The John F. Kennedy Memorial opened on July 8, 1966.  2017 marks what would have been JFK’s 100th birthday.


This Week’s Question: The Cash Market in Marstons Mills starred as “Wiggins Market” in what 1986 movie? Email your answer here.