Sandy Neck Beach Park at Sunrise
Photo courtesy of Donna Bragg, Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Supervisor

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection – Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division in collaboration with Barnstable County is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Transfer Station located at 45 Flint Street Marstons Mills.  Hazardous Waste Collections are FREE to Barnstable Residents. Participants must have either a paid household trash sticker or free recycling sticker to participate.  Stickers are available during normal business hours at the transfer station, including on the collection day.  The hours of the hazardous waste collection are 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. For questions about this project, call P.J. Kelliher at 508-420-2258, or refer to the Town’s website or to the County’s website for Household Hazardous Waste at www.loveyourlocalwater.org

 

Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year from Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown

Barnstable Public Schools begins the 2018-19 school year by welcoming the return of educators and support staff on August 27, 2018. This year we are pleased to welcome 40 new teachers from the Cape and beyond, who will either begin or continue their teaching career with us. We are also excited to see the return of our 5,200 students on Wednesday, August 29!

               The 2018-19 school year promises to be a year of learning for all ages. While our educators and support staff are dedicated to providing excellent instruction from preschool to grade 12, our culture of learning extends to all adults who work in Barnstable Public Schools. Whether learning about new school safety protocols, social emotional learning, or academic content, BPS is committed to the growth of our staff, as well as our students. While some may think that teachers have “the summer off,” we want to share that our BPS educators have been very busy this summer. This summer we’ve seen our educators participate in professional development, write curriculum, take graduate level classes, run summer learning programs for students, and plan for new ways to engage learners.

               The new school year brings new opportunities for our students to learn in all sorts of ways. At Barnstable High School, students will experience a new schedule with a wider range of course options. Moreover, since we have doubled our high school senior internship program, more BHS students will experience career settings as they intern throughout our community in business, public safety, and non-profits. We are excited that BHS and BIS students will have opportunities to learn in an outdoor Living Lab Wetland due to the efforts of the BHS Environmental Club. And, in kindergarten through grade 7, more Barnstable schools are building Makerspaces, where students can create, invent, and innovate.  Finally, we cannot forget about the investment the School Committee has made in increasing technology in all schools, to enhance teaching and learning from preschool to grade 12.

               In closing, we are incredibly proud of our BPS vision and Core Values adopted by the Barnstable School Committee. The BPS vision and core values are the foundation of our work with all students.

Vision Statement:

The Barnstable Public Schools educates the whole child by creating a student-centered school culture that addresses students' physical, social, emotional, and academic needs by creating a safe and healthy learning environment in which students are challenged, supported, and engaged.

Core Values:

In Barnstable Public Schools, we value commitment, collaboration, and community.

o   Commitment: We are dedicated to the continuous learning and growth of all.

o   Collaboration: We work together while keeping student needs at the center of all decision making.

o   Community: We build strong, respectful partnerships that support student success.

We are looking forward to a great 2018-19 school year!

Meg Mayo-Brown, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Barnstable Public Schools’ New Teachers

 

Important Voter Information from Town Clerk Ann Quirk
Absentee Ballots for September 4th Primary Election Now Available

Town Clerk Ann Quirk has let us know that the Absentee Ballots are now available for the September 4th Primary Election.  If you or someone you know, like a student going off to school, won’t be around for the September 4th election, there is an opportunity to take out an Absentee Ballot.  The Town Clerk’s office on the first floor of Town Hall (367 Main Street, Hyannis) would be happy to help you.  Or call 508-862-4044.

Attention Voters in Precincts 1, 10 and 12

The Town Clerk wants to notify all the voters in Precincts 1, 10 and 12 of their new voting locations.  Precinct 1 will be at the Zion Union Church at 805 Attucks Lane in Hyannis; Precincts 10 and 12 will now vote at the Seventh Day Adventist’s Community Building located at 2736 Falmouth Road (Route 28) in Marstons Mills.  We are very excited to have these new voting locations to meet the needs of our voters!

Poll Workers, Wardens, and Assistant Clerks Needed

Town Clerk Ann Quirk is looking for people who are willing and able to work during the upcoming elections.  The available positions are poll workers, wardens and assistant clerks. Training is provided. If you think this might be of interest to you, call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-862-4044.

From the Assessing Division:  Filing Your 38D Income & Expense Property Tax Return
Owners and lessees of income-generating properties file these income and expense forms (38D requests) with the Assessing Division on an annual basis. The Town uses the returns to arrive at the fair cash value of these properties. The first mailing request was mailed out to all income-generating properties in APRIL of this year. For those owners who have not filed their return yet, a copy of the blank forms are available on the Town Website on the Assessing Division page under INCOME and EXPENSE FORMS. These need to be returned to the Assessing Division as soon as possible no later than Sept 7, 2018. If you fail to comply with this second request, it may be grounds for dismissal of a filing at the Appellate Tax Board. You may also face a fine of $50 for residential properties, or $250 for commercial or industrial properties that will be added to the tax bill. Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 59, § 38D has more information.  If you should have questions please call the Assessing Division @ 508.862.4022

ADVANCED NOTICE FOR SEPTEMBER 5, 2018
Full Scale Disaster Drill Thoroughly Tests Public Safety Procedures at Barnstable  Municipal Airport & Lewis Bay

Mock disaster event planned for September 5 calls for heavy public safety presence

Barnstable Municipal Airport will conduct a in-depth exercise involving safety protocols via a full-scale emergency drill on Wednesday, September 5 at 5:00 PM at two separate locations: airport grounds and Lewis Bay in Hyannis. The exercise will simulate a completely mock scenario of an aircraft accident. Actual aircraft will not be used in the drill, yet fire departments will be setting training fires and using other simulations to test the airport’s emergency response plan. Police, Fire, Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals, US Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, Massachusetts Department of Transportation-Aeronautics Division, Airlines, American Red Cross, Emergency Management, and other Cape Cod towns will all play a role in the exercise.  Volunteers will also be on hand to play the roles of accident victims. As part of the drill, these volunteers will be transported to Cape Cod Hospital for simulated medical care. “The Federal Aviation Administration requires us to stage a full drill every three years,” said Airport Manager Katie Servis. “The ultimate goal of the exercise is to identify improvements to be made to our emergency response should a real disaster ever happen at the airport. Both strengths and weaknesses of the response will be noted and an evaluation team on hand to monitor and critique the exercise.”  Additionally, the exercise will consist of a maritime component simulating the rescue of victims from an aircraft in Lewis Bay. The maritime exercise will test the Cape Cod Marine Mutual Aid System, which is comprised of local Fire Departments, harbormasters, and the United States Coast Guard. “The Tri-Annual Airport exercise provides an opportunity for first responders to test response plans with a wide range of stake-holders and ensure that we are prepared should those plans need to be enacted. An enormous amount of work goes into the planning and preparing for an exercise of this magnitude, we are grateful for the planning teams’ efforts” said Hyannis Fire Chief Peter Burke. 

While the drill takes place in two locations at the Airport (off Mary Dunn Way) and Lewis Bay, please be advised that there will be active police, fire and helicopter activity in the vicinity of the Airport Rotary and Lewis Bay.  The Airport will remain open to scheduled and charter operations during this exercise. The ferry lanes will not be impacted.

 

News from Marine & Environmental Affairs:

·        Blish Point Boat Ramp Barnstable, MA

Price:  $8.00      Weekdays           $10.00    Weekends/Holiday          $100.00 Season Pass

Hours of Operation:  5:00 AM-4:00 PM (hours may vary)

·        Call the Harbormaster’s Office at 508-790-6273 if you have any questions.

·        The Barnstable Pumpout Boats are in service for the boating season through Columbus Day.  The boats are running seven days a week and can be easily identified.  Both boats are white center console vessels with the lettering “HARBORMASTER” on both sides.  The Pumpout boats monitor VHF Channels 16 and 09 during operating hours.  Please continue to schedule pumpouts by sending an email to Pumpout@town.barnstable.ma.us or call the Harbormaster’s office at 508-790-6273.  It is helpful to schedule pumpouts in advance.  The shore-side pumpout is available in Hyannis Harbor as well as Barnstable Harbor through October.

·        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

·        Transient dockage is available at Town Owned Marinas.  Contact the Dockmasters:  Barnstable Harbor Marina 508-326-1836; Bismore Park Marina 508-790-6327; Gateway Marina 508-790-6327; The Marina at Prince Cove 508-420-3267; Harbormaster Office 508-790-6273.

 

Barnstable Town Band Alumnus Invited to Guest Conduct
On Wednesday night, Dan Anthony was invited to guest conduct the Barnstable Town Band. Dan used to play trombone in the Town Band when he was at Barnstable High School (Class of 2010). Dan went to UMASS Amherst. He was invited back to conduct the entire show this week.  He is now band director working for Nauset Regional High School.  Hyannis Fire Chief Peter Burke was the Master of Ceremonies.  Next Wednesday, August 29th will be the Barnstable Town Band’s last performance for the season.  Bring your chairs and blankets.  We hope to see you there.

 

Arts & Culture in the Town of Barnstable

Summer time fun is here! Events/ highlights for the 2018 music, theater, festivals and on-going programs scheduled for the next several months in both the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District and some of the many activities in Barnstable Village Cultural District are now available.  Events and programs are added throughout the season so updates will follow, on-line at www.ArtsBarnstable.com and on Facebook and Instagram @artsbarnstable as well.
ASELTON PARK
At the corner of South & Ocean, overlooking Hyannis Harbor:

FREE CONCERTS:

Hyannis Harbor free concert series, Tuesdays and Fridays, in August
Bring your blankets, beach chairs and dancing shoes.    *performers subject to change.  No rain dates

All concerts:  6:00-7:30PM: 

TUESDAYS IN AUGUST:                             
August 28:          Fred Clayton and the Blues All Stars

FRIDAYS IN AUGUST:
August 24:          Schulyer Grant  

HYANNIS HYARTS ARTIST SHANTIES  - TWO LOCATIONS:
180 Ocean Street/Bismore Park  AND  Hyannis Harbor Overlook, across from Ocean & South
Through October 8, 2018, Columbus Day, then Fall/winter weekends Oct-December

Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and artists change weekly. Frequently artists open early and stay late. 
HOURS:

SEVEN DAYS A WEEK:
Through Oct 8th:  11:00 AM–at least 8:00 PM*
                                 * until Labor Day, then hours are until at least 6:00 PM through Columbus Day
EXTENDED HOURS at Harbor Overlook Shanties:
WEEKENDS, October 12 through December 24, 2018  10:00 AM-3:00 PM*  hours & dates subject to
change

LIVE MUSIC at the HyArts Artist Shanties – Every Monday * Thursday * Friday* Saturday:
*performers subject to change. No rain dates except for the Live Lunch series
MONDAYS: LIVE LUNCH at the Shanties:

HYANNIS HARBOR OVERLOOK, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM   Now through August 27, 2018; *rain date, Thursdays

FRIDAYS:  LIVE LUNCH at the Shanties:
BISMORE PARK, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM Now through August 24, 2018     *rain date, Thursdays
Aug 24:   Kathleen Healy
Aug 31:   Bert Jackson              

SATURDAYS: LOVE LISTEN LOCAL:  Singer Songwriter Spotlight Series                                  

BISMORE PARK,   6:00-7:30 PM    Through August 26, 2018

August 25:  Catherine King

HYANNIS VILLAGE GREEN BANDSTAND AND MAIN STREET
FREE ACTIVITIES - EACH WEEK:

Hyannis Public Library Talks and Tunes at the Hyannis Public Library: 6:00-7:00 PM 
Through September 5, 2018:  speakers featured right at Hyannis Public Library pre-band concert.
Barnstable Town Band - Town Green Bandstand: 7:00-8:30 PM
Hometown music charm at its best!   Now through August 29, 2018, regular time, 7:00-8:30 PM
AROUND DOWNTOWN:

Summer Trolley on Main Street Hyannis
Runs daily 10:30 AM-7:00 PM, approximately every 30 minutes with a large loop and stops along Main Street, harbor front, Kennedy Memorial, end of June through Labor Day. 
You don’t have to be at a stop—just flag it down and hop on. 

Kennedy  Legacy Walking Trail   Daily. Free. Year Round
This is a self-guided 10 stop walking tour of sites in downtown Hyannis significant to the Kennedy family.    The entire walking trail is 1.6 miles long and may be visited in any order.  Brochures with a map of the sites can be downloaded at http://www.kennedylegacytrail.com, www.artsbarnstable.com and are also available at the JFK Hyannis Museum at 397 Main Street, Hyannis.

HYANNIS HYARTS CAMPUS: Where art is ‘cultured’ -On the corner of Pearl and South Street
Community Art Space-Guyer Barn; artist work studios @ 46 & 50; Gallery Artrio
Open YEAR ROUND, hours vary

·        46 Pearl Street-STUDIO 46:  Artist in Resident Mellissa Morris    

·        Pottery Studio-BASS RIVER POTTERY:  Meet Potter Jean-Marie O’Clair who works from her campus studio creating a variety of fun and functional wares and tiles.  www.BassRiverPottery.com

·        50 Pearl Street -GALLERY ARTRIO www.GalleryArtrio.com:
Original fine art by award-winning and nationally recognized artists, as well as emerging artists. Oil, pastel, encaustics, hand-blown glass and hand wrought jewelry. 
Gallery special events:

o   September Soiree:  Saturday, September 8, 5:00-7:00 PM

o   Artist Reception:  Italy, Saturday, October 6, 5:00-7:00 PM

o   Holiday Taste of Port Celebration:  Saturday, December 1, 5:00-7:00 PM

·        GUYER BARN -250 South Street Hyannis, MA  02601  
This restored 1865 barn showcases artists in a variety of genres.  It serves as a community art space with year round exhibits, performing arts, art classes/workshops. 

o   ARTIST IN RESIDENCE-THEATER at Guyer Barn:

August   *New Classics Theater Company    www.newclassicscompany.org

A summer of original theater and weekly Improv Comedy Shows. 

NEW CLASSICS COMPANY SUMMER SEASON 2018

EVERY FRIDAY at 9:00 PM:                                                             Friday Night Improv

Every Sunday afternoon: time TBA on website:                         Summer Workshop Series
2018  Barnstable Village Cultural District fun filled events
Find on Facebook at Barnstable Village Cultural District and on www.ArtsBarnstable.com

 

Art on Loan in Barnstable Town Hall Features Artwork by Mara Araujo

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.   Paintings and photographs by Mara Araujo are on display in Barnstable Town Hall, now through end of September in Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room.  The exhibition is open to the public.  Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (except State and Federal holidays) and frequently opens during evening hours for scheduled meetings.  Town Hall is located at 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  ABOUT THE ARTIST: Mara Araujo is a painter, graphic designer, and photographer who was born in a little town in Minas Gerais, Brazil. It was there that her love for the visual arts began via the stick figures she would scribble in her mother’s recipe books. Now her work spans many different subjects and settings, although her passion is still portraiture. Her work is as varied as her travels highlighting the grandeur and beauty of both the urban and the suburban, the expected and the unexpected. Common elements of her work include portraiture, architecture, and nature. Her mediums are similarly varied ranging from graphite, to acrylics, to digital paint, to digital film. She has exhibited in both the Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. She has also designed and/or painted two murals for the town of Barnstable. “What’s Your Story?” is located in Barnstable High School and “Welcome” is found at the Hyannis Bismore Park.  Mara is a fierce proponent of time travel—to travel through extraordinary places, narratives, and perspectives—all while looking at a single still image.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: The exhibition is open to the public and on display now through end of September, in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room. 

Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (except State and Federal holidays) and frequently opens during evening hours for scheduled meetings.  For more information on this program email melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us or call 508-862-4767   Program information available at: www.ArtsBarnstable.com                                                                                       

 

Safety Tips to Prevent West Nile Virus
Since numerous Cape Cod towns including Barnstable have had confirmation of West Nile virus (WNV) found in mosquitoes, we thought we would share these important safety tips:

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.  The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.  By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Avoid Mosquito Bites:

·             Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.

·             Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

·             Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.  Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin. 

Mosquito-Proof Your Home:

·             Drain Standing Water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. 

·             Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will continue to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies.  Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at: www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.

 

200 Main Street Public Parking Pilot Program

In continued efforts towards identifying opportunities within public parking areas to creatively improve quality of life for our residents and guests while supporting the economic vitality of our community, the Town of Barnstable Parking Management Program is proud to announce starting July 1, 2018 the revised public parking weekend rates and times at the 200 Main Street Lot in Hyannis.

Located directly on the east end of Hyannis Main Street, the 37 space lot provides a convenient location for the public to Park Happy with easy access to local businesses on Main Street, the Hyannis Harbor as well as various transportation options nearby during the weekends.  In order to ensure parking is available for town employees and office patrons during office hours, the Parking Management team will continue to actively monitor and manage the area.  Vehicles remaining parked in the 200 Main Street lot after 10:00 PM on Sunday evening will be towed at owners’ expense.  For more information about this and the many other programs we offer, 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!

 

State of Water Supply Conservation

The Hyannis Water Board, at their May 15, 2018 regularly scheduled Public Meeting, has determined that a potential for a water shortage exists due to the limited availability of water production wells and the need to purchase water from adjacent water systems.  The declaration of a State of Water Supply Conservation by the Hyannis Water Board is appropriate to ensure an adequate supply of water for drinking and fire protection is available, and to ensure compliance with the Water Management Act. The following restrictions limiting nonessential outdoor water use by water users are necessary to control the volume of water pumped each day:

1.       Odd / Even Day Outdoor Watering (including automatic lawn sprinklers):

Outdoor watering by water users with odd numbered addresses is restricted to odd numbered days. Outdoor watering by water users with even numbered addresses is restricted to even numbered days. Commercial, condominium and other multiple properties held under common ownership or management may, by written request of the property owner, be assigned an odd or even designation by the Water Supply Division.

2.       Outdoor Watering Hours (including automatic lawn sprinklers):

Outdoor watering is permitted only from 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

3.       Filling swimming pools:

Filling of swimming pools is prohibited

  • Please be aware of advance weather forecasts, and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
  • Install rain shutoff devices on automatic irrigation systems.
  • Water conservation kits are available at no charge. 

The Hyannis Water Board will terminate the water use restrictions on nonessential outdoor water use when the condition requiring the State of Water Supply Conservation no longer exists. Please call the Hyannis Water System at (508) 775-0063 with any questions.

 

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.

 

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 are 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!


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* Water Works Construction on Main Street in Hyannis

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works’ Water Supply Division will be starting a water works construction project immediately after Labor Day that will improve the water quality and fire flows for customers of the Hyannis Water System in the Main Street area.  This project will clean and line approximately 1,700 feet of 12-inch water main on Main Street from the Barnstable Road intersection to School Street. Included in the project are the replacement of valves, fire hydrants and customer water services up to the property line. A temporary water bypass system will be installed to maintain a continuous supply of water during this project. The major work is anticipated to be done this fall and final paving to be completed in the spring of 2019. For questions relative to this project call Michael Gorenstein, Project Manager, at (508) 775-0063.

National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

15-60 Charles Street, 123-135 Barnstable Road and 40 Washington Avenue Ext., Hyannis (through September 30, 2018)  112 Redwood Lane, Hyannis (through September 30, 2018) 151-161 3rd Avenue and 91-112 Ocean Street, Hyannis (through September 30, 2018) 160-190 Pine Lane and 11-23 South Street, Osterville (through September 30, 2018) The work will include marking underground utilities, excavating utility trenches, installing new gas mains, backfilling the trenches and repaving.  As part of this project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Construction is expected to occur within the dates listed above, weather permitting. National Grid has committed to complete this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit ngrid.com/mainline to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process.  A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at ngrid.com/service line. National Grid will distribute written notifications to all affected constituents. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.
*Updated* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

National Grid will be replacing natural gas mains Neuco crews will be working on Charles Street, Hyannis and Moniz Street, Marstons Mills.
*Updated* 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 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM, Monday through Thursday through the Labor Day holiday weekend. Beginning on September 5th, 2018 work hours will return to 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
* Updated* Town of Barnstable DPW- Drainage Improvements
The Department of Public Works continues drainage improvements on Old Stage Road in Centerville are expected to be completed by August 24, 2018.  Crews will then move to Poponessett Road in Cotuit for the week of August 27th.  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

Barnstable Dog Park

Concrete sidewalks are being installed this week.  Rice stone to be delivered within a week.
Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Playground installation continuesThe 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 playground are expected to be completed in 2018.

 

Sandy Neck APP
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  

Town Manager Approves Use of Town Property Guidebook

The Town of Barnstable welcomes and celebrates events that promote Barnstable’s quality of life and unique character of the seven villages of the Town. Town properties and facilities within the seven villages are available for use with an event permit that offers unique opportunities to complement and enhance your event.  Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells has adopted a Special Event on Town Property Guidebook containing procedures to assist with navigating through the permitting process. In addition, beer and wine is now permissible for special events through an enhanced permit application for the Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Harbor Overlook and the HyArts Campus buildings. Whether a small family gathering or a large production, our team is committed to working with our resident and visitor event organizers to ensure a streamlined process providing a positive experience from start to finish. To obtain your copy of the guidebook please visit our website at www.townofbarnstable.us/TownManager.  Planning an event on Town Property? Need assistance in understanding the special event permitting process, timeframes, etc.? Please contact Assistant Director of Planning & Development Liz Hartsgrove via email at Elizabeth.Hartsgrove@town.barnstable.ma.us or call, 508-862-4670.

 

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.

 

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’.
The
Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly tool for assisting small businesses looking to locate in the Town of Barnstable through the permitting, licensing and zoning process.
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

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.


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.

 


Last Week’s Question: This weekend celebrates West Barnstable Village Day.  Can you name two famous West Barnstable residents from the 1700 or 1800’s? Numerous West Barnstable residents could be the answer from the members of the patriotic Otis Family (James Otis Sr., Mercy Otis Warren, Samuel Allyne Otis, James Otis Jr.); Parker Lombard, the Parker Lombard Trust is the second oldest trust in the United States and is dedicated to “serving the needs of the poor in the Town of Barnstable;” Lemuel Shaw, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; and Captain “Mad Jack” Percival, who captained the U.S.S. Constitution also known as Old Ironsides.

 

This Week’s Question:  With students returning to Barnstable Public Schools next week, we thought we would ask something school related. Since what year has Barnstable High School been fully public? Please email your answer here.