Barnstable This Morning

On Barnstable This Morning, host Sarah Colvin and I discussed recently adopted drone regulations at Barnstable bathing beaches, the new columbarium fees at Mosswood Cemetery, and the distribution of Kirkman Trust funds. I also indicated I had finished my FY 2017 Operating budget statement and that the budget would go to the printer this week.

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Arbor Day

Arbor Day is today, Friday, April 29, 2016. The mission statement of the Arbor Day Foundation is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and to celebrate trees.  To mark the occasion, Barnstable Tree Warden Charlie Genatossio, along with many others, dedicated two newly planted trees in the Cobb Astro Park at Barnstable High School.  Barnstable High School Principal Patrick Clark and Centerville Beautification Committee Chair Judie Sirch made opening remarks. The group heard a description and an historical account of the two trees, an Okame Cherry and a Sourwood, selected by Charlie Genatossio. We also heard a poetry reading by Sidney Crook. I was proud to read the Arbor Day Proclamation. Thank you to BHS teacher Mike Gyra for helping to organize this annual event.


Fiscal 2017 Capital Improvement Plan

The Town Council has approved all but two of the proposed Fiscal 2017 capital projects. The two remaining projects are dependent on approval of Community Preservation funding. On April 25th the Community Preservation Committee approved $750,000 to support the restoration of Lombard Field and playground improvements. They also funded $137,000 for replacement of windows at the West Barnstable Community Building. These items go to the Town Council for final approval.  We anticipate that the FY17 Capital Improvement Plan will be completed during the May 5, 2016 Town Council meeting.


Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget

The Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget has been sent to the printer. The first copies will be delivered to the Town Council and Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee on May 5th, 2016. The first reading of the budget will take place at the May 19th meeting. Debate begins on June 2, 2016. Work on the budget is a year-round process. Preparation begins in the summer months and concludes the following June, while tracking of revenue and expenses for the current budget occurs on as weekly basis.


Town Manager Finalists Announced

The four finalist candidates for the position of Town Manager were announced during the April 21, 2016 Town Council meeting. The candidates are former Sandusky, Ohio City Manager Nicole Ard; Hanover, MA Town Manager Troy Clarkson; Westport, MA Town Manager Timothy King; and Barnstable Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells. The finalists will be interviewed in a public session to be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The interviews begin at 10:00 AM in the Town Hall hearing room. The interviews will be televised on Channel 18.


Senior Managers Meeting

At this week’s Senior Manager Meeting, we discussed the upcoming Operating Budget schedule. During Department Updates, Regulatory Services mentioned they were gearing up to publicize and work with merchants on the Town’s new ban on certain plastic bags. That ban will go into effect this fall. Growth Management announced upcoming public meetings on parking and housing that will take place in May, and the Police Department mentioned a “train wreck training exercise” to be held on Saturday, May 12th at the Barnstable County Complex in Barnstable Village. The BPD will be working to notify citizens about this training exercise.


Volunteer Luncheon at the Senior Center

On Wednesday afternoon, we celebrated our exceptional Barnstable Senior Center volunteers. Town Councilor Paul Hebert, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells and I participated in this special event.  In my remarks, I let them know how special and valued they are, not just to the Senior Center, but to the entire Barnstable community. Every day we are blessed to benefit from their collective wisdom and knowledge, and we know that the Barnstable Senior Center is a better place because of their dedication and hard work. Many volunteers stressed that civic engagement and volunteerism is an important part of their lives. A thank you also goes to the Senior Services staff for the incredible job they did in making the event such a success. Great teamwork, great food, and terrific entertainment.



Coleman Paintings

Last week, we reported that during renovations at the former Mayflower restaurant building at 334 Main Street in Hyannis, crews revealed a series of murals, painted by prolific local artist Vernon Coleman.  Barnstable Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato tells us that thanks to the coordinated efforts of local architect Mary-Ann Agresti and local business owner Dave Colombo, KKatie’s owner Keith Steiding and building owner Arthur J. Pappas have agreed to work together to save the murals. Four of the murals will be restored in place at the restaurant. The others will be removed and stored by Mr. Pappas.  KKatie’s Burger Bar is expected to open for business at the end of May.




Downtown Hyannis Parking Project: Open House Monday, May 16, 2016

The Growth Management Department is leading a study of parking in downtown Hyannis. The study, being done in cooperation with consultants Nelson\Nygaard, will produce a comprehensive approach to parking management, supply, and management in the downtown area. Residents, business owners, employees and all interested are invited to attend an open house to engage with Town and consultant staff members. The open house will take place at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, in the Town Hall hearing room on the second floor. The open house will take place from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a formal presentation and introduction to the parking effort at 6pm. Please participate and provide feedback about parking opportunities and challenges in Hyannis and share your thoughts on potential recommendations and solutions.

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Sandy Neck Long Term Coastal Resiliency Alternatives

Sandy Neck Beach Park is the largest barrier beach system in Massachusetts, outside of the National Seashore. It is imperative to ensure the protection of our delicate ecosystem and to preserve a natural resource for all to enjoy.  The results of a study into long-term coastal resiliency options for the barrier beach were presented to the Sandy Neck Board and the public on Monday night. The study was funded with a State Coastal Zone Management Grant and conducted by CLE Engineering.  Three types of options were presented: conventional (hard) shoreline protection in the form of a cantilever bulkhead or stone revetment; engineered (soft) shoreline protection of sand-filled coir bags and beach nourishment; and managed site reconfiguration. The public will have many opportunities to learn more and to comment before a final alternative is selected.

Read More: Click here to view CLE’s PowerPoint presentation.

Watch: Click here to view a video of the presentation.





Last week, we asked: When was the first Earth Day? We received lots of right answers. Some were a decade off picking the 1980’s. But Bob G. had the answer right and remembered the date because it falls on the same day as his birthday, which is April 22. Sarah N. knew the date was April 22, 1970, chosen because it fell between Spring Break and final exams. The idea came from Gaylord Nelson then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin.


This week’s question: Today is Arbor Day. In what state was Arbor Day first celebrated? Email your answer here.  



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Week in Review



Monday, April 25, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio on Monday morning with a review of recent approvals for the FY17 Capital Improvement Plan, and a review of new drone regulations and columbarium fees.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler discussed the recent National Honor Society induction, the successful student fashion show, and the upcoming CFAC review of the operating budget for the schools.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick shared solar panel performance statistics and talked about increased recycling efforts at the Transfer Station.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross discussed the possibility of arming the College’s police force. Gross also discussed the new Commonwealth Commitment that will provide tuition savings to students.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Deputy Chief Matthew Sonnabend talked with us on Tuesday morning about plans for the summer season. Our Board Committee and Commission Roundup reviewed the recent Town Council, Barnstable Historic Commission, Main Street Waterfront Historic District Commission meetings and a hearing on changes to Barnstable beach regulations.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos reviewed approvals on the Fiscal 2017 Capital Improvement Plan.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


We welcomed Barnstable Town Councilor Jen Cullum to the studio to discuss the work of the Committee to Assess Homelessness in Hyannis that she chairs. Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich talked with us about a parking study open house and the ongoing housing production plan. Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan reviewed this week’s Volunteer Luncheon.  Director of Finance Mark Milne outlined the Governor’s proposed Act to Modernize Municipal Finance.


Thursday, April 28, 2016


Our Community Profile segment featured Amanda Converse, the editor of Cape Cod’s only fashion magazine, The Current Quarterly and Randy Hoel, Executive Director of the Centerville Historical Museum. The piece focused on a historical display of wedding gowns at the Historical Museum, and the upcoming Style Makers Month in May.  Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells outlined the work of the Committee to Assess Homelessness in HyannisState Representative Brian Mannal shared highlights from this week’s review of the House version of the State budget.  Len Gobeil interviewed Bruce Murphy of the Cotuit Kettleers on the recent passing of Arnold Mycock.


Friday, April 29, 2016


This week’s Arts and Culture Segment featured Cape Cod Art Association Executive Director Roberta Miller with information about the upcoming Mastering Your Mark conference.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado discussed summer programs and beach stickers. Assistant Harbormaster and Marina Manager Eric Shufelt discussed marina slip renewal deadlines and shared tips and information about cold water boating.  Our MSPCA Adoptable Pet Friday featured MSPCA Cape Cod Director Mary-Sarah Fairweather and a parade of pets up for adoption: Lop, the mini-lop rabbit; a bearded dragon; and Marbles, the Maltese mix puppy – all are awaiting new homes!