Town Employees Contribute to Toys for Tots
The Barnstable Municipal Employee Association (BMEA) and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3003 collected 642 toys (last year they collected 356 toys)

for Cape Cod children in need.

Thank You to the Toys for Tots Committee – Erin Logan, Bobby Lovell and Theresa Santos.

Thank You to the toy counters - Kevin O’Neil, Dom Minghella and Roger Santos
– and our delivery driver Mike Perry


‘Tis the Season for Giving

On Sunday, December 9th, the EJ and Terry Jaxtimer Family donated Christmas 22 trees through the Hyannis Youth & Community Center for any family who may need a tree this season.  We are grateful to the Jaxtimer Family for their generosity during this holiday season.


Barnstable Public Health Division Flu Clinic – Thursday, December 20th
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division is pleased to announce that there will be one more influenza vaccination clinic open to Barnstable residents as follows:
               Thursday, December 20, 2018, 3:00-5:00 PM
at Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane Hyannis, in the front lobby.
Consent forms will be available at the Public Health Division Office and at the Senior Center. 
The fee is $3.00.


WS Development Selected as the Developer for the Commercial Property

Cape Town Plaza (aka Kmart Plaza) as the Most Highly Advantageous Firm by Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission

On December 11th, the Chief Procurement Officer for the Town of Barnstable, on behalf of the RFP Evaluation Committee, submitted the recommendation for the award for the commercial property Cape Town Plaza (aka Kmart Plaza) under the Barnstable Municipal Airport to WS Development as the most highly advantageous firm and highest and best use for this project.   The award is contingent upon acceptable terms of the Agreement, Lease and Town Council Approval of the lease term.  The award is for a long term lease of the Cape Town Plaza property, also known as the Kmart Plaza. The property is a 26-acre town-owned parcel under the custody and control of the Barnstable Airport Commission, located in Hyannis, the region’s commercial center. The property was leased and commercially developed in 1968. In anticipation of the 2024 expiration of the long term lease, a Request for Development Proposals (RFP) was issued on April 26, 2018. After an extensive evaluation process and discussions by the seven (7) member Evaluation Committee and supporting town staff with both developers, the Evaluation Committee found that although both firms were determined to be fully qualified, proven and experienced, the Committee unanimously agreed that WS Development was the most highly advantageous proposing developer based on the strength of their proposal and a substantially higher financial offering for the long term lease that was is in alignment with the assessed value of the property.


Town of Barnstable receives Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 18th Year in a Row!

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts has received the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018. The award represents a significant achievement by the entity.   It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.   In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.   These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as: a policy document; a financial plan; an operations guide; and a communication device. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. The Certificate of Recognition for Budget Achievement was presented to Town Manager Mark Ells.  Finance Director Mark Milne is also recognized for his efforts.


Follow-up to East End Hyannis Planning Meeting

The Community by Design project is a joint initiative to develop compact model housing designs that are appropriate for the distinct characteristics of the neighborhood while also serving the housing needs of the community.  The design team of Union Studios will be gathering community input on preferences for building forms, scale, height and styles at this workshop which will guide development of local implementation tools. Please take the survey to share your thoughts on creating housing solutions the community needs and supports.


Don’t Be Left Out!  Only a Few Seats Remain for the Next Session of Inside Barnstable Town Government Winter Classes

The twenty-sixth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 29, 2019. 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. Inside Barnstable Town Government began in 2003. To date, over 700 Barnstable residents and employees have participated in the program.  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 of the Town of Barnstable.  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.  For specific information, you may call Academy facilitators Susan French at 508-362-2864 or Arthur Caiado at 508-221-0412.


DPW’s 2019 Snow & Ice Brochure
The 2019 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure is out. You can view the brochure here.


Kara Maloy (Class of 2002)
Kourtney McNamara (Class of 2006)
John Moreshead (Class of 1991)
James “Jimmy” Sherman (Class of 1967)
Todd Snell (Class of 1986)
Milton D. Speid (Class of 1998)
Bryan Sweeney (Class of 2003)
Christopher Uhlman (Class of 1986)
Lorraine Dunnett - Varsity Head Coach: Volleyball/Basketball

Kara Maloy (Class of 2002)
Kourtney McNamara (Class of 2006)
John Moreshead (Class of 1991)
James “Jimmy” Sherman (Class of 1967)
Todd Snell (Class of 1986)
Milton D. Speid (Class of 1998)
Bryan Sweeney (Class of 2003)
Christopher Uhlman (Class of 1986)
Lorraine Dunnett - Varsity Head Coach: Volleyball/Basketball
5-Year Financial Forecast
A copy of the 5 Year Financial Forecast is now available on the Town’s website for public viewing. This report is submitted annually to town council and the public. The purpose of this financial forecast is to identify factors that may impact the financial condition of the Town such as, revenue and expenditure trends and any long- or short-term actions that may be taken into account.


Recycling Notice

Over the past year, there have been significant changes to the global recycling market. The major outlets for U.S. recyclables have overhauled their regulations and increased their enforcement, with some outlets shutting down. This has created stricter standards in the acceptance of recyclables. Due to these changes, the Solid Waste Division has adjusted its operation on how recyclables are accepted at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center.  Beginning December 1, 2018, all recyclables disposed of at the Recycling Center need to be separated into designated containers for:

  • Corrugated Cardboard (corrugated cardboard similar to shipping and Amazon boxes. Some items not accepted are soiled boxes or greasy pizza boxes)
  • Plastics (clean plastic jars, tubs, jugs and bottles. Some items not included are 5-gallon buckets, large kids toys, Styrofoam, plastic bags)
  • Mixed paper (paperboard, newspaper, mail, magazines, office paper)
  • Metal cans (clean aluminum, tin and steel food and beverage cans)
  • Glass (clean clear and colored glass bottles and jars. Some items not included are Pyrex, window and automotive glass).

Sticker holders will be responsible for separating their recyclable items and disposing of them into the respective containers. The largest concern with recyclables is contamination. Please clean and/or rinse any residue from all recyclables.  We have installed updated signs and increased personnel in the Recycle Center to help with any questions and concerns.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and assistance. If sticker holders have questions on recycling they can visit our webpage and follow links or visit and use the "Recyclopedia: Can I Recycle This?" search box.


Time to Renew Your Burglar Alarm Registration with the Barnstable Police Dept.
All burglar alarm registrations within the Town of Barnstable will expire on December 31, 2018.   If you are an Alarm User, commercial or residential, monitored or non-monitored, you need to renew your Alarm Registration and get your 2019/2020 decal.  Please complete a 2019/2020 Alarm Registration renewal form and submit with a $25.00 registration fee.  Renewal forms are available at the Barnstable Police Department or online at  Please renew by the expiration date (12/31/2018) to avoid costly late fees and unregistered alarm fines.  If you have any questions regarding the renewal please call 508-778-3824.  Please familiarize yourself with the regulations by visiting our website.  Thank you for your continued assistance and diligence in reducing false alarms in our Town!  

The Barnstable Youth Commission is hosting its 3rd Annual Youth Job Fair!

The Ready, Set, Work! Youth Job Fair is back again this coming year on March 6th, 2019 from 2:30-5:00 PM at the HYCC. If you are looking to hire summer employees between the ages of 14 and 18, we welcome you to come join the fair this coming year. Please contact Amy Harwood at 508-862-4638 or if you are interested.


As always please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.

*NEW* Road Work on Sea Street in Hyannis

Construction for the Sea Street Improvements project is scheduled to commence on December 13.  The Town’s contractor for this project is Robert B. Our Company.  The initial construction activities this month are planned to include installing construction signs and erosion controls, deploying a construction field office trailer in the parking lot at Keyes Memorial Beach, and establishing survey controls for drainage improvements, subject to weather and other factors. Construction is scheduled to continue through mid-May 2019, then cease for the summer, and then resume after Labor Day through December 2019.  The Department of Public Works will provide weekly updates in the Barnstable eWeekly newsletter available online at . Traffic will be maintained on Sea Street throughout construction.  During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic.  During lane closures and shoulder work traffic may be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area. 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.

*CONTINUES * SNEP Grant Stormwater – Three Bays Area in Cotuit, Marstons Mills and Osterville  

Ongoing site assessments at a variety of sites in the Three Bays Area will include the following locations; Bridge Street and South County Road in Osterville; South County Road in Marstons Mills; Putnam Ave./Captain Isiah’s Road in Cotuit. The project includes wetlands flagging, soil borings and survey work for possible green stormwater control infrastructure in the future. The work is expected to be completed by the end of December.

*CONTINUES * SNEP Grant Stormwater - Cordwood Landing, Cotuit

SumCo continues their construction at Cordwood Landing (Cordwood Road) site in Cotuit. The project includes upgrading and additional green stormwater control infrastructure on site. Construction at Cordwood is expected to be completed by the end of December.

*CONTINUES* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

The Department of Public Utilities has shut down all National Grid projects until further notice.  We will update as information becomes available.

*CONTINUES* Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way
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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

*CONTINUES* Utility Pole Relocations along Route 149 in Marstons Mills

During Fall 2018, Verizon will be installing new utility poles in some locations along Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell’s Lane, as well as on Main Street between Route 149 and the former elementary school.  After the new poles are installed, Eversource and Verizon will relocate their overhead lines to the new poles and remove the old poles.  This work is in preparation for the Town project to improve these sections of roadway.  DPW will announce the road construction start date when it is determined.  The utility pole relocations are not expected to interfere with traffic, although temporary lane closures with police details might be necessary in some locations.

*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements – Craigville Village, Centerville  

The Department of Public Works is currently making pavement repairs in Craigville Village in Centerville. Remaining work includes overlaying the existing roadways with new asphalt pavement. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, December 21, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during this work may be restricted to one lane at times.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways.



Dredging of Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel and Western Tip of Sampson's Island

The Department of Public Works, in collaboration with Three Bays Preservation, Massachusetts Audubon, and Barnstable County, began operations for the dredging of the Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel and the western tip of Sampson's Island on the week of November 5, 2018. This phase of the project will widen the existing channel by approximately 130' and the dredged material will be utilized for beach nourishment purposes on the southern side of the eastern end of the island (Dead Neck Beach) and for a habitat enhancement areaWeather pending, dredging operations will be on-going, Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM until completion of this phase of the project. Dredging operations will be completed by January 15, 2019.  Boaters should use caution while navigating the waters around the dredging operation.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Playground fencing and landscaping has been installed.  The site contractor is working with the landscaper to install trees. The top layer of asphalt was installed on the sidewalks and parking lot last week.  Work to complete the ball field is underway.  The stone dust track along the outside edge of the ball field has been installed.  The contractor is working to install the infield material and outfield fence.   The new entrance off of Meetinghouse Way is open to traffic.  The ballfield, site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love playground are expected to be completed in 2018.


Friendly Reminder from Animal Control

Dogs must be on a leash at all times.  The leash must be in the hand of the person with the dog.  Officers may ask to see the dog’s license tag which by law must be on the dog’s collar.  Violators may receive a written citation.  We hope you and your dog enjoy your visit but please be considerate of others during your stay.  And don’t forget that you must pick up and properly dispose of any waste left by your dog.


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.


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: 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: Hockey season has started at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center.  Can you name Barnstable High School’s head hockey coach who led the team from the 1970’s until the early 1990’s? Wow!  This question was easier than we thought as we had quite a few correct responses.  Stephen Tenaglia was the first to say it Peter Melchiono.


This Week’s Question: Since Santa and his elves are hard at work making toys, we thought this would be a fun question to ask. Which famous toy manufacturer is also the world’s largest tire manufacturer by units produced?  Please email your answer here .



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