Town Council Meeting

Last night I informed the Town Council that Growth Management Department Director Jo Anne Miller Buntich will be leaving on January 3rd.  I have appointed Elizabeth Jenkins as Interim Director and will work with the chairs of the Planning and Zoning Boards on a permanent replacement.  We are grateful to Jo Anne for her dedicated years of service to the Town of Barnstable and wish her well in the future.  The Town Council started their business with a Consent Agenda to ratify the actions of the December 1st Town Council Meeting.  The Council voted to approve an Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $15,300 from the General Fund Reserve to the FY2017 Police Operating Budget as well as the acceptance of a Traffic Enforcement Grant in the amount of $9,000 from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division, and a gift of six Doorway Metal Detectors from Hy-Line Cruises to the Barnstable Police Department.  Following a Town Manager Hearing on Shellfish Regulations this past Tuesday, the Town Council voted to waive the 30-day waiting period for a change in Shellfish Regulations that would allow for the commercial harvest of razor clams in certain areas (mid-section) of Barnstable Harbor from December 16, 2016 through December 30, 2017.  Shellfish Technician Liz Lewis was on hand to answer Councilor questions as it related to this particular industry. 


Town Council Leadership Change

The Town Council also voted in new leadership for 2017.  Former Town Council Vice President Eric Steinhilber is now the Council President and Councilor James Crocker, Jr. is the Vice President.  Outgoing President Jessica Rapp Grassetti was thanked for her leadership.



Town Council Treated to the Sounds of the Season by BHS Chamber Choir

In what has become an annual tradition, the Barnstable High School Chamber Choir, under the direction of Marcia Wytrwal, Choral Director, sang a couple of seasonal selections during the Town Council’s last meeting of 2016.



Congratulations, Jesse Schechtman!

Jesse Schechtman, PGA Professional at Hyannis Golf Course, has received the 2016 Cape Cod Chapter of the PGA's Gary Philbrick Golf Professional of the Year award! 200 of his peers voted to recognize Jesse for his outstanding work as a Golf Professional, his dedicated work at Hyannis Golf Course and his contributions to the Cape Chapter. Please join me in congratulating Jesse on receiving this prestigious award.


MEMA Encourages Residents to Stay Safe During Extreme Cold Weather

Bitter cold temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills are forecast for later this week. Forecasts from the National Weather Service for late Thursday night and early Friday morning include low temperatures between 10° and -5° and wind chill values expected to be cold as -15° to -25° across the interior and -5° to -15° near the coast. While temperatures are expected to warm up by the weekend, extreme cold temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous.“MEMA urges residents to take precautions during the upcoming extreme cold weather. If you must go outside, dress for the conditions by covering up as much as possible and wear warm layers.” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “Please check on your family, friends, or neighbors to make sure they are safe during the extreme cold.”

     Prolonged exposure to the cold can lead to serious health issues including frostbite and in extreme cases, hypothermia. Therefore, MEMA urges residents to minimize outside activities during the extreme cold and to follow these safety tips: 

·        Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves), and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.


·        Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.


o   Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.

o   The warning signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.  Get the victim to a warm location. If the person’s temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care.


·        Have a well-stocked home Emergency Kit that includes a flashlight, sleeping bag or blanket, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable food. Add seasonal supplies to your emergency kit such as extra winter clothing and blankets.


·        Make sure your car is properly winterized.  Keep the gas tank at least half-full.  Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit including blankets, extra clothing, a flashlight with spare batteries, a can, waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope, and jumper cables in the trunk.


·        Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, and those who may need additional assistance.

·        Limit outdoor time for your pets. Freezing temperatures are dangerous to animals as well as humans. 


·        Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers covered with plastic to keep them from freezing. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past.  This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze.  If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold.  A hair dryer, used with caution, works well to thaw pipes.


·        Although temperatures may be cold, bodies of water covered in ice are likely unsafe given recent temperature fluctuations. Residents are urged to stay off frozen bodies of water until ice is at least 4” thick.


Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as alternate emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity. When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as an emergency generator, your fireplace, wood stove, or space heater, take necessary safety precautions:


·        Keep a fire extinguisher handy and ensure everyone knows how to use it properly.


·        Never heat your home with a gas stove or oven or charcoal barbecue grill.


·        Make sure all heating devices are properly ventilated and always operate a generator outdoors and away from your home. Improper heating devices can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Make sure you test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause flulike illness or death. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911 immediately, get the victim to fresh air, and open windows.


·        Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from space heaters. See more winter heating safety tips from the Department of Fire Services.


If you need information on the location of open warming centers or shelters check with local authorities or call 2-1-1.  For additional information about MEMA and Extreme Cold Safety Tips, visit


Security and First Aid Training at Town Hall
On Thursday, December 15th, the first round of security and first aid training was held for Barnstable Town Hall Employees.  Barnstable Police Sgt. Michael Damery and COMM Lt. Jason Davern provided the training which reviewed security protocols for our municipal buildings.  Employees were also given an overview of basic first aid and use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED).  This is only the beginning of training and infrastructure improvements which will occur over the next two years.


DPW’s 2017 Snow & Ice Brochure
The 2017 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure is out. You can view the brochure here.


Do You Have an Uncashed Town of Barnstable Check?

The Treasurer of the Town of Barnstable has issued a list of Owners of Checks previously issued by the Town which have not been cashed. This list along with information on how to claim these funds can be found on the Town of Barnstable Website at on the Homepage under the Notifications Section or by calling the Town of Barnstable Treasurer’s Office at 508.862.4653


Adult Supportive Day Program at the Barnstable Senior Center


What Do You Think About Hyanniss

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!!


National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main in Hyannis

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 Noww

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.


Notice of Town Office Closures for the Holidays

Town offices close at noon next Friday December 23rd for Christmas Eve. Offices will be closed Monday December 26th for the observance of Christmas Day and Monday January 2nd


This Week’s Question:  Did you know that there is more than one Hyannis?  In which state was the Town of Hyannis founded in 1887?  Email your answer here

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