Town Council Meeting (12/1)

At last evening’s Town Council meeting, Rose Evans, Associate Director for the Division of Housing Stabilization at the Department of Housing and Community Development and Arlene McNamee, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Social Services, provided an update on the transition of operations from the Noah Shelter to St. Joseph’s House.  They are currently at capacity and anticipate another month of transition while preparing for the challenges that winter brings.  A number of residents have moved to permanent housing.  Precinct 8 Town Councilor Dr. Debra Dagwan and Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti recognized brothers Jesse and Andre Barboza and the “People of Action” for their vision and efforts with this summer’s Unity Day event.  Quoting from Dr. Dagwan’s comments:  Together during a period when it seemed our nation was becoming unhinged, unsafe, unwholesome and divided by race, socially, economically, by status and gender and in so many other ways including in our common core values; these men sought to remind us all that we live in these United States and the town where he (Jesse Barboza-Penn) grew up would not begin to emulate that which was happening in other cities and towns across the nation.  Those recognized were:  Jesse Barboza-Penn, Andre Barboza-Penn, Barnstable Police Officer Brian Morrison, Jonathan (J.T.) Thompson, Timothy Lus, Kyle Richardson, William (Willie) Ford, David Adams, William Suarez, Steven Perry, Jason Gourdine, Lounel Joseph and Barnstable Police Officer Maxwell Morrow.



During the Orders of the Day, the Town Council approved the acquisition of a temporary easement (3 years) over a parcel of land located along Strawberry Hill Road in Centerville as well as two water line easements.


Town Council Leadership Vote at next Meeting (12/15)

The leadership of the Barnstable Town Council will change with a vote at the next Town Council meeting.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti nominated current Vice President Eric Steinhilber for the position of president and Town Councilor Fred Chirigotis nominated Jennifer Cullum.  Only one nomination for vice president was made when Fred Chirigotis nominated James Crocker Jr.  The vote will take place on Thursday, December 15th.


Hyannis Parking Open House: Report

Nelson Nygaard and the Growth Management Department held an open house for the downtown Hyannis Parking project on Wednesday November 30th at Barnstable Town Hall. Nelson Nygaard, the firm contracted for the project, has completed a comprehensive examination and analysis of parking in the downtown Hyannis area and developed recommendations based on their findings which they presented at the open house.  About 45 business owners and local residents took the time to select their preferred management solutions and participate with the consultants in a wide ranging question and answer period following the presentation.  The presentation and a video of the open house event is available on the project web page.

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What Do You Think About Hyannis?

The Town of Barnstable and the Cape Cod Commission have partnered on a planning project focused on Downtown Hyannis, the Route 132 regional retail corridor, and the surrounding residential areas.  The goals of the project are to encourage and guide development and redevelopment in Hyannis, promote economic and housing opportunities, modernize and clarify development regulations, and strengthen the connection between land use and infrastructure planning – all based on the community’s collective vision for the Hyannis area.  To kick off the project, the Cape Cod Commission has prepared a survey to help better understand the issues and opportunities facing Hyannis.  Click here to take the survey!


Chick-Fil-A Grand Opening

On Thursday, December 1st Precinct 8 Town Councilor Debra Dagwan was joined by Town Councilor and State Representative Elect Will Crocker to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Chick-fil-A owned by Annemarie Reissner.  Store No. 2102 is the sixth Chick-fil-A in Massachusetts and it boasts the largest footprint.  Staff from the Cape Cod and Greater Hyannis Chambers of Commerce were on hand to partake of the festivities.



Barnstable Sports Receive Boston TV Nod



National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main in Hyannis

Work will cause roadway disruption

National Grid and NEUCO have begun a 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. 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.


Civic Engagement: Citizens Leadership Academy Enrolling Now

Learn More about How Your Town Government Works!

The twenty-fourth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The academy is an 11-week commitment with the goal of educating the citizens of Barnstable about the operations of town government, while also obtaining valuable feedback and participation from those citizens participating in the Academy. The program is designed to advance understanding of and participation in civic affairs as well as to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government. The classes will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm and will be held in various locations throughout the Town. The Academy also includes a bus tour of the seven villages. The classes will be conducted by Town staff and provide interactive learning experiences, group discussions, and site tours. The program is free of charge and open to anyone who resides or works in the Town of Barnstable. Class size is limited. Please register early to avoid the waiting list.

Applications are available at the Town Manager’s Office, 367 Main Street, Hyannis or online here.  To receive an application by mail or fax, please call 508-862-4610.




Hyannis Village Christmas Stroll

Saturday, December 3, 2016

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Main Street, Hyannis

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Christmas in Cotuit

Saturday, December 3, 2016

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Celebrate Christmas with events throughout the village of Cotuit, culminating with Santa’s arrival at the Town Dock (3:45 PM) and the Tree Lighting at the Cotuit Village Green (4:00 PM) Click Here for More Information

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Centerville Village Stroll

Sunday, December 4 2016

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Main Street, Centerville

Enjoy delicious snacks while celebrating the season with friends and neighbors and enjoying the entertainment and special events along Main Street. Donations given during the Christmas Stroll help to fund the Centerville Civic Association Families in Need Program.  Click Here for More Information

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West Barnstable Tree Lighting & Carol Sing

Sunday, December 4, 2016

5:00 PM

1717 Meetinghouse

2049 Meetinghouse Way (route 149) West Barnstable, MA

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Marstons Mills Christmas Celebration and Carols

Sunday December 4, 2016

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Marstons Mills Community Church

2135 Main Street, Marstons Mills, MA

Begin at the Marstons Mills Community Church and then stroll down to local businesses. Stroll the Village for Christmas greetings and gifts. Enjoy your free hot chocolate and hot dogs. Care and share at the Giving Tree. Vote for the best Christmas decorations on Main Street. Gather around the Village Christmas Tree for lighting and Carols. Click Here for More Information

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Barnstable Village Stroll

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Main Street, Barnstable Village

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Osterville Village Stroll

Friday, December 9, 2016

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Main Street, Osterville Village

Come stroll and enjoy our beautifully decorated and festive village. Events include: live music, a visit from Santa, Mrs. Clause and one of Santa's elves, Corn Hole, tree lighting at the library and lots of good food and refreshments.   Click Here for More Information

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Two weeks ago, we asked: A checkerboard pattern is being painted on top of the Mary Dunn 2 water tower. Why are checkerboard patterns required for certain water towers?  We received a number of correct answers, but we wanted to share Bob Frazee’s explanation:  This is a thing that comes up whenever there is a permitting request for a new, tall structure within a certain distance of an airport.  A recent example from a few years ago was a proposed wind turbine in Marstons Mills that required review because it was within a short distance from Cape Cod Airfield.  The checkerboard markings are required on certain water towers, referred to as “obstructions”, to promote safe air navigation by making the obstruction highly visible in daylight.  There are additional requirements for lighting to increase night visibility. Marking and lighting are especially important with structures of certain altitude near an airport, meaning that low-flying aircraft are likely in the vicinity.  Marking and lighting of obstructions is required by the FAA — see these requirements in detail on page 3-2, section 3.4.2 “Checkerboard Pattern” in FAA document AC 70/7460-1L.  

This Week’s Question: Email your answer here.  Which Village Stroll is the oldest stroll in the Town of Barnstable?

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