August 17th Town Council Meeting

Last night’s Barnstable Town Council meeting was extended to beyond midnight in order to cover all agenda items.  During Town Manager Communications, Recreation Director Patti Machado presented information about a pilot after school program that will begin this fall.  Two presentations were made prior to the Orders of the Day: 1)  Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Superintendent Robert Sanborn about the upcoming vote for a new high school building; and 2) Lindsey Counsell, Chair of the Water Resources Advisory Committee, and Department of Public Works Director Dan Santos, regarding the Wastewater Management Plan.   The Orders of the Day began with taking a number of items out of order.  In order to move on an appropriation order for the Airport, a rescission of Appropriation and Loan Orders Barnstable Municipal Airport had to be approved.  Airport Manager Bud Breault was on hand for both the rescission and an Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $2,077,481.00 for the purpose of providing additional funding for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of runway 15-33, replace runway 15-33 Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI), with a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI), re-align a portion of taxiways Bravo and Charlie, and to replace the emergency back-up generator in the airfield lighting vault at the Barnstable Municipal Airport which were both approved.  Sgt. Jennifer Ellis was on hand to provide the rationale for two grant acceptances for the Barnstable Police Department:  1) in the amount of $7,000 for Fiscal Year 2017 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grant and Research, Highway Safety Division; and 2) a grant renewal in the amount of $42,615 from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.   An item Authorizing the Town Manager to execute a Regulatory Agreement with the Town of Barnstable and Shoestring Properties, LP for the Dockside Residences at 110 School Street and 53 South Street, Hyannis will be referred to a Town Council President’s subcommittee.  An item Amending the Code of the Town of Barnstable, Part I General Ordinances, Chapter 240 Zoning, Article III Section 33, to allow for sports and recreation facilities; Section 35 Groundwater Protection Overlay Districts to create special site clearing and storm water requirements for sports and recreation facility uses; and Section 128 definitions to define sports and recreation facility was presented by Total Athletics passed; Appointments to Boards/Committees/Commissions for the Disability and Renewable Energy Commissions; and  Reappointments to Boards/Committees/ Commissions for the Hyannis Main Street Waterfront Historic District Commission; Library Committee; Planning Board; Water Resource Advisory Commission; and Zoning Board of Appeals.   An Appropriation Order in the amount of $163,000 Community Preservation Funds for hard and soft costs associated with restoration work to the Centerville Recreation Building located at 524 Main Street, Centerville passed.  The item Amending Chapter 240 of the Zoning Ordinance to limit land clearance within the Ground Mounted Solar Photovotlaic Overlay District also passed.  Three Community Preservation Fund items (Appropriation orders in the amount of $200,000.00 for Community Housing Support, $84,284.00 for restoration work to the Burgess House and Barn, 559 Route 149, Marstons Mills, and $78,024.00 for the Sturgis Library to preserve the historic Barnstable Patriot Newspaper) received a first reading.  A Petition submitted by voters of the Town of Barnstable requesting that the following Nonbinding Public Opinion Advisory question to be placed on the ballot for the town election to be held on November 7, 2017 was approved. The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 7th.


Barnstable Lifeguards Perform Rescue at Private Beach Near Covell’s Beach

On Monday, August 14th, the Town of Barnstable Covell's Beach Lifeguards were called into action from a private beach (three doors) down from Covell's.  A patron was sitting on the beach and noticed a woman face down in the water.  She had thought the woman was a buoy at first.  She alerted the lifeguard at about 4:55pm at Covell's.  Lifeguard Will Britton responded from the stand to perform a water rescue with a Rescue Tube. Head Guard Hayley Weik assisted in bringing the woman up on the beach.  Ms. Weik started CPR. By the time Ms. Weik was starting her third round of compressions, Lifeguard Kelly Alves had brought all the advanced equipment including AED down to that beach so they could continue providing CPR as a team.  Barnstable Police Officer Brendan Burchill was first on the scene and provided support and handled the crowd. Beach Supervisor Lauren Zent received the hand signal from Ms. Weik once the victim was assessed and called EMS and then provided direction to the scene for the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM) EMS.  COMM took over with Lifeguards assisting them as needed. Due to the swift action from a patron down the beach and our staff, we are hopeful for a positive outcome for the woman. 

Tis the Season for Reduction in Lifeguard Staff at Town Beaches
With fall sports, college and school quickly approaching, the beaches will begin to lose staff which means not all beaches will have lifeguard staff leading up to the Labor Day Weekend. Because of this, we strongly encourage the buddy system when going for a swim in case there is an emergency situation. Remember to be aware of your swimming abilities and observe the water for changes that may result in danger.  A big thank you to all Town of Barnstable Aquatic and Beach Staff for their vigilance and assistance in keeping our residents and visitors safe on the beaches this summer.

New Junior Rangers Celebrate Graduation at Sandy Neck
The 2017 Junior Ranger Program concluded at Sandy Neck today with festivities and a ceremony where Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman presented each Junior Ranger with a certificate of completion of the Junior Ranger Program. Naturalist Andréa Higgins teaches the class. Also on hand was Sandy Neck Natural Resource Officer Sean Kortis.


Barnstable Airport Commission Votes to Enter into Negotiations to Name Katie Servis Next Airport Manager
At Tuesday night’s Airport Commission meeting, the Commission voted unanimously to enter into negotiations to appoint Assistant Airport Manager Katie Servis as Airport Manager upon Bud Breault’s retirement on June 28, 2018. 


Longtime Airport Commissioner Bob O’Brien Steps Down
Longtime Airport Commissioner Bob O’Brien has announced his retirement from the Barnstable Airport Commission after having served on the board for more than 13 years. “I have led a very full and active life, and I now think it is time to scale back. I plan to spend time with my family as well as enjoy all that Cape Cod has to offer – both in season and off,” says Bob O’Brien. “I am deeply grateful to the Commission for honoring me with a position where I hope to have made a positive impact.” “Bob O'Brien has been a lynch pin in the Town, a mentor to many, a guiding light for the airport, and a friend,” says Bud Breault, Barnstable Airport Manager. “His regular presence will be sorely missed.” Up until recently, O’Brien had remained active on several community boards and groups including the Steamship Authority. He was first appointed to the Board as the first representative for the port community of Barnstable and remained on the board for 25 years. Prior to his life on Cape Cod, O’Brien had a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Coast Guard. O’Brien submitted his resignation from the Barnstable Airport Commission this past Tuesday and it will become effective on Friday, August 18. Eligible candidates are currently being considered for his seat on the Barnstable Airport Commission by the Town of Barnstable.



The Department of Public Works will be paving a short section of Mary Dunn Road in Barnstable beginning on Monday, August 21, 2017. The work will take place just south of the intersection with Independence Drive. Street sweeping will begin on Friday, August 18, 2017 and all work is expected to be completed by Wednesday, August 23, 2017, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during construction operations will be restricted to one lane.  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. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


“Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive at Barnstable Police Department Tuesday, August 22nd

The Barnstable Police Dept. is hosting Cape Cod Healthcare’s BATTLE OF THE BADGES Blood Drive as follows:

Please join BPD and the Dennis PD in a friendly competition to see who can collect the most blood at their blood drive” Tuesday, August 22nd from 10 AM to 4 PM in the Multipurpose Room at the Barnstable Police Department, 1200 Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis. Donors receive a complimentary movie pass!  Every pint of blood donated to us stays on Cape Cod to serve your community and saves the lives of friends, family and neighbors.

Home Beautiful Names Barnstable One of the Happiest Towns
Home Beautiful has just released its list of the happiest towns in the nation and the town of Barnstable made the cut. THEY SAY, “this beautiful seaside town has a lot to offer. The plentiful sea views, charming streets and spectacular seafood definitely make for a happy place to visit and live. In fact, a nationwide Gallup study named Barnstable Town the second-happiest place in America in terms of depression rates and wellbeing. The largest village in Barnstable is Hyannis, a bustling coastal hub of arts, entertainment and shopping. Though it’s the largest community on the Cape, Barnstable is still a small town compared to mainland Massachusetts standards. There are plenty of places to escape into nature and appreciate the beauty of this happy spot. While happiness is something that’s hard to measure on a scale, it’s easy to see why the town of Barnstable is one of the most pleasant spots in the state.”  We couldn’t agree more!

Help Name the Newest County Dredge
The County is purchasing a new dredge and you have the opportunity to name the new vessel.  Put your creative name thinking hats on and go to the County website here. The current dredge is named the “Codfish”.   The prize FOR NAMING THE DREDGE IS bragging rights!

Election Schedule for “Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School”

More information on “Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School” can be found on the Town’s web site here.

Barnstable Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy
Attention - Town of Barnstable residents, business owners and workforce! This is your last chance to get your applications in for the 30th session of the Barnstable Police Citizens Police Academy. Selections will be made in August for an academy start date sometime in mid to late September. For more information and for an application follow the link here to visit the Citizens Police Academy homepage.

Food Program “Food for Kids” at HYCC through August 25th
Barnstable Recreation is very excited to partner with a summer food service program called "Kids' Summer Meals" to provide those in need between the ages of 1 and 18 with a free lunch and snack during the summer! Join us Mondays through Fridays until August 25th at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis MA 02601. Lunch will be served 12:15 - 1:00 PM and Snacks will be served 3:00 - 3:30 PM each weekday! For more information, please contact Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 x116.

Discover Barnstable—Fun, Interactive Talks and Activities

This summer visitors to Bismore Park Welcome Center at Hyannis Harbor, can ‘Discover Barnstable’ with a new outreach program this July and August.  This outreach program is designed to share with residents and visitors the wide range of resources the Town of Barnstable provides year round. Bismore Park Welcome Center is located at 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis. The programs will take place near the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties in the grassy area.  The artist shanties are open May through October each year, and showcase local artists who work and sell their wares right from their ‘seaside’ studios. Programs are each week, free of charge, handicapped accessible and are scheduled for Mondays, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM and Thursdays, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM through August 24, 2017. The free program includes: activities about the natural wildlife in town where visitors will have time to hold stuffed skunks, owls and hawks, see live turtles and hear about the different species; step into a 31-foot custom built motorcoach to learn about Cape Cod’s coastal environment; turn a print of cyanobacteria into bracelets and bookmarks and identify which blooms are friends and foe;  practice putting with a golf pro; stay for library story time and crafts; and hula hoop for fun and fitness!


Art-FULL days around Town!
There are plenty of ways to have an art-FULL day in the Town of Barnstable's two state designated Cultural Districts, Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village and in all seven villages in Town!  Our ArtsBarnstable website feature all seven villages and links to the two cultural districts and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.   Find us on Facebook at ArtsBarnstable and @artsbarnstable on Instagram.  Of course, as you know, the amount of activities grows exponentially this time of year.  Some of the happenings In the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District are:

  • Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park, open seven days a week, 11:00 AM to at least 8:00 PM.  Artists change weekly.

·        More music-longer shows, more days!  Music abounds downtown:   Outdoor venues include:  Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Main Street and in Barnstable Village on the Courthouse Stage.

·        Music at the Bismore Park Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties:  Singer-Songwriter Sessions Thursdays and Saturdays, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM AND ‘Live Lunch’ Fridays, 11:30 AM -1:30 PM, now through end of August AND music at Aselton Park every Tuesday and Friday in July & August

·        Love Live Local, Love  Local Fest, Sunday, August 27th

·        Main Street, Hyannis has Melody Mondays with a Singer Songwriter series along the street each week and Thursday night jazz!

·        At the Hyannis HyArts Campus, corner of Pearl and South Street, Hyannis:  Studio 46 features six artists sharing work space for the summer; Gallery Artrio is hosting many artist receptions, as well as a special JFK exhibit, as a part of the birthday centennial celebrations around town; and New Classics Company, theater-in-residence at Guyer Barn, returns for another season with original plays and Improv.

·        Hyannis Village Green - Get your dose of healthy Green(s)!  Hyannis Main Street BID sponsors programs on the Town Green several days a week-from Tai-Chi and Yoga to Movies and Music. 
New to the line-up - Move and Groove Saturdays! Shake and Sparkle in the sun with cardio fit dance and last session is with hula hoops.

In the Barnstable Village Cultural District:

  • Annual vintage motorcycle show presented by the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, September 24th



Photographs of Alan Belanich on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through October 15th,  2017

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall. The works ofphotographer Alan Belanich are on display in the Selectmen’s Conference Room and the Town Hall Hearing Room now through October 15th, 2017.  Both meeting rooms are located on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall. Currently employed with the Barnstable Patriot, Alan Belanich is passionate about his work.   The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to display their work.  Visitors who use the meeting rooms will discover an inviting and attractive environment and have an opportunity to learn about some of the Cape’s local artists.  For more information on the program, email or call 508-862-4767.


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. 


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.


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


Last week’s question:  How many zip codes are there in the Town of Barnstable? Wow!  This was a fun one! We received guesses from 8 to 15.  We think it is 11 unique zip codes for the Town of Barnstable and they are as follows: Barnstable (02630); Centerville (02632); Cotuit (02635); Hyannis (02601); Marstons Mills (02648); Osterville (02655); West Barnstable (02668); Craigville (02636); Cummaquid (02637); Hyannis Port (02647); and West Hyannisport (02672).


This Week’s Question:  We decided to try something different this week.  Do YOU have a trivia question you would like us to ask?  Please email your Question AND Answer here. You may see your question in a future edition of the Town Manager’s eNewsletter.