Deer and Doe on Sandy Neck Beach Park

Photo courtesy of Donna Bragg, Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Manager

 

Cape Cod Transportation Projects Up For Review - February 7th at 2:00 PM

The Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a collaboration of local, regional, state, and federal transportation officials, is charged with updating the Regional Transportation Plan for the spring of 2019.  They are seeking public input for all Cape-wide traffic concerns, from major traffic areas like the roadways surrounding the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges, to smaller roadways located on the mid and outer Cape and Hyannis business districts. The first session will be held at Eastham Town Hall on Tuesday, February 5th at 5:00 PM. On February 6th, a second session will be held at Mashpee Library at 5:00 PM, followed by a third and final session on February 7th at the Hyannis Transportation Center, beginning at 2:00 PM. Each Listening Session will include a presentation and time for questions and comments. For those who are unable to attend a listening session, an online survey will be made available on Tuesday, February 5th. To learn more about upcoming meetings and participate in the online survey, visit www.capecodcommission.org.

 

Community Resiliency by Design Workshop February 11th at 5:30 PM

Community Resiliency by Design Workshop Hosted by Barnstable Planning Board

Monday, February 11TH 5:30 PM Town Hall Hearing Room 2nd floor

At this second CRBD workshop, results of the Visual Preference Survey and previous stakeholder feedback will be presented as well as model residential designs for the Hyannis study area developed by contractor Union Studios. For more information: www.capecodcommission.org/crbd or call Arden Cadrin, Housing Coordinator (508)862-4683

 

Fiscal Year Fee Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday, February 12th at 10:00 AM

A public hearing on changes to various, permits and program fees that will take effect July 1, 2019 for FY2020 within the Town of Barnstable will be held on February 12th, 2019 at 10:00 AM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.  Information is available on the Town website or in the Town Manager’s Office, located at the Town Hall, 2nd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

MassDOT Public Information Meeting for the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study

Massachusetts Department of Transportation scheduled fourth Public Informational Meeting for the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study, which will be held Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Admiral’s Hall on the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Campus in Buzzards Bay, Bourne. Directional signs will be posted. The Study Team will present a summary of the traffic analyses, cost estimates, and the draft study recommendations for a variety of multimodal improvements in the Cape Cod Canal study area, including improvements to vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities. This is the final meeting in a series of public meetings for the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study. 

 

Collaborative Local Media Documentary Takes 1st Place in Statewide Competition

Movers & Shuckers, a short documentary chronicling the oyster farming industry on Cape Cod wins MassAccess Creator Award

The Cape Cod Community Media Center and Barnstable Channel 18 created a series of documentary shorts, “Movers & Shuckers,” that include interviews with local oyster farmers, the Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance and the Aquaculture Research Corporation oyster hatchery. Channel 18’s Assistant Station Manager Paula Hersey (pictured right with Izzy Caplan of Cape Cod Community Media) served as a producer, videographer and sound engineer for the production.  The film crew spent an afternoon out on the commercial oyster flats of Barnstable Harbor with Natural Resource Officer Devon Harrington to interview Barnstable’s commercial farmers Donovan McElligatt ( ARC) and Jack Bacigalupo (Naked Oyster).  The community project was conceived by local business Cape Cod Beer to educate the public on the importance of the thriving industry of shell fishing during their first ever Mid Cape Oyster Festival Shuck this past October. “It started as a seed of an idea – like a tiny oyster – and grew into something that is now clearly award-winning”, explains Beth Marcus, co-owner of Cape Cod Beer.  “We solicited the help of our friends from public access TV (Cape Cod Community Media Center and Barnstable Channel 18) to help shine a light on the importance of the oyster farming community in the Mid-Cape region, and our inaugural oyster event “Shuck!,” and they responded in an amazing way!  Oysters from the Town of Barnstable don’t get nearly the recognition they deserve, based on both the taste and the economic impact.  We were thrilled to watch this all unfold, and that the film won an award is just the icing on the cake.” MassAccess created the Mass Creator Awards to recognize the best that the creative community in the Commonwealth has to offer. The second annual awards night was held on January 29th, 2019 at ICON Nightclub in Boston. 

 

 

HYCC Receives Gift to Help Fight Hunger Locally

On Tuesday, January 29th, the Hyannis Youth and Community Center received a donation from The First Baptist Church (FBC) on Main Street in Hyannis to help fight hunger locally.  Thank you to all who supported this mission!

Pictured from left to right:  Youth Center Manager Mark Boardley; FBC Treasurer Marianna Moseley; FBC Missions Board Libby Gagnon; Town of Barnstable Recreation Director Patti Machado; FBC Church Moderator Cheryl Harju; and Town of Barnstable Assistant Recreation Director John Gleason.

 

Healthy Aging Community Survey

We want to hear from you!  Barnstable County’s Healthy Aging-Cape Cod project, in conjunction with the Barnstable Senior Services Division, is conducting a survey to understand the ways in which planning for the older adult population can be best integrated with ensuring that Cape Cod is a supportive place for all ages to live and work.   Please take 15 minutes to complete this important survey, either online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Aging-CapeCod-Regional; or  through a paper survey available at the Barnstable Senior Center.  For more information, contact:   vharik@barnstablecounty.org  or phone (508) 375-6629.  Deadline for survey responses is Friday, March 1, 2019.

 

Town of Barnstable Bismore Welcome Center Brochure Program

Registrations are now being accepted for profit and non-profit cultural organizations, businesses and attractions to participate in the 2019 Bismore Park Welcome Center Brochure Program. Located at Hyannis Harbor and open 7 days/week from the last week of April to the first weekend of December, the Town of Barnstable Welcome Center is staffed by skillfully trained, customer oriented Gateway Greeters readily available to assist connecting guests to local services and experiences – creating customized, exemplary and enduring impressions to over 50,000 visitors each year. For more information about this opportunity please visit on-line or contact Liz Hartsgrove, Planning and Development Gateway Greeter Program, at 508- 862- 4068.

Important Date Reminders from Marine & Environmental Affairs

Marina Waiting List Renewals due: February 15th

Mooring Permit Waiting List Renewals due: February 15th

Mooring Permit Renewals due: February 28th

All must be in the Marine & Environmental Affairs office, 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville by 4:15 PM on the deadline date. Questions? Call 508-790-6273.

 

Update on Chapter 337 An Act Regulating and Insuring Short-Term Rentals

At the January 17th Town Council meeting, Town Manager Ells introduced Ryan Castle, CEO, Cape and Islands Association of Realtors (Property Owners’ Obligations); Mark Milne, Director of Finance (Summary of Key Points of Act Affecting Municipalities and Municipal Actions); and Elizabeth Jenkins, Director of Planning and Development: (Local Regulatory Considerations) to present information as it relates to Chapter 337 of the Acts of 2018-An Act Regulating and Insuring Short-Term Rentals which can be viewed here.   There have been many questions as it relates to this Act and its ramifications.  There are a lot of unknowns at this point in time.  Finance Director Mark Milne has prepared Cape Cod & Islands Water Protection Fund Frequently Asked Questions.  Health Director Tom McKean has also shared Short-term Rental Frequently Asked Questions.

Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable
At the January 3rd Town Council meeting, DPW Director Dan Santos presented an Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable.  Mr. Santos was joined by Assistant DPW Director Rob Steen, Interim Town Engineer Amanda Ruggiero, and Interim Assistant Town Engineer Griffin Beaudoin who have been working on the planning internally.  We thought we would share this important information again in this week’s eNews.  Mr. Santos’ presentation can be viewed here.

Please Return Your Town Census

The Town of Barnstable mailed out the Census/Voter/Street Listing forms.  By responding to the census, you are providing proof of your residency to protect your voting rights.  If all the information on your census is correct, simply sign the bottom of the census and send it back to the Town Clerk’s office.  Even if there are no changes you need to sign the form and send it back.  Also, if someone has moved out of your household and is a voter – please give us their address, email or phone number so that we may contact them to obtain verification.  We cannot remove a voter without their verification; thus many people stay on the census for four (4) years until we can, by law, remove them.  If anyone has been added to your household, just put their information down on one of the blank lines.  Make any and all corrections on the form.  You cannot register to vote on the census form.  If you have computer access you can go directly to the Secretary of State’s website and register on line at www.sec.state.ma.us.  Then click on “Elections and Voting” to register to vote; or come in to the Town Clerk’s office and spend a few minutes with us as we enter your voter registration into our computer.  We are always pleased to see and work with our residents.  For those residents who live part of the time here in Barnstable, and part of the time in a warmer climate, you fill out the census form using the following guidelines: 

ü  You are a Town of Barnstable resident if:

o   This is your permanent address

o   This is where are you registered to vote

o   On your Massachusetts driver’s license you have a Town of Barnstable address

As always, if you have any questions, please call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-862-4044. We will be happy to help you!

 

Text to 9-1-1 Is Available in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

Stay Informed during a Storm
In the event of a winter storm, the Town will re-activate the Storm Alert feature on our website.  The Department of Public Works will share actual road plowing activities.  Also available to residents is a storm information line that can be accessed by dialing 508-862-INFO (4636), which will be updated with the same information from the DPW.  Our Town’s social media site on Facebook and Twitter will also be updated during any storm event.  The 2019 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure has been updated. You can view the brochure here.

 

Town of Barnstable Launches OpenCounter Zoning Portal
The Barnstable Zoning Portal, provided by OpenCounter, is an interactive, web-based mapping tool designed to make local zoning and other regulations accessible to the public. Barnstable Zoning Portal shows lot-by-lot land use details, including all overlay districts, to help applicants to understand what uses are allowed where.  The Barnstable Zoning Portal helps businesses understand how the Town’s Zoning Ordinance will impact site selection and project requirements. This tool is for research purposes only, and those interested in a property or opening a business should consult with the Town of Barnstable staff early in the planning process.
Interpreting the Results
We strive to provide accurate results with this new tool, but there is no substitute for talking with one of Barnstable’s knowledgeable planners, who are available to answer all questions related to starting a business in our community.  Any results you receive from the Zoning Portal should be checked with a Town Planner prior to taking any action on a property. 
Contact Information
Anna Brigham, Principal Planner,
anna.brigham@town.barnstable.ma.us,  508-862-4682
Paul Wackrow, Principal Planner,
paul.wackrow@town.barnstable.ma.us,  508-862-4703
                                                           
ENTER THE BARNSTABLE ZONING PORTAL
This project is part of a one-year collaborative pilot program with the contiguous communities of Mashpee and Yarmouth, and the Cape Cod Commission.

 

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.

 

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 Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 2:30-5:00 PM at the HYCC. If you are looking to hire 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 Amy.Harwood@town.barnstable.ma.us if you are interested.

 

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* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains
12-41 Cockachoiset Lane Osterville.   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.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.
*NEW* Water Main Work on Route 149 at Post Office Drive in Marstons Mills
COMM Water Department is scheduled to perform water main improvements at this location during the week of February 4th, subject to weather and other factors. The work is expected to involve trenching and installing water line across Route 149 at the Post Office Drive (195 Route 149). COMM Water Dept. will notify affected water customers in advance of any outage. They may temporarily place steel plates over the trench while the work is in progress and upon completion they will backfill and pave the trench. This work will allow an older water main to be decommissioned, which in turn will facilitate drainage improvements planned in the Town’s roadway project on Route 149. During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes if possible to avoid construction work.

*CONTINUES* Road Work on Sea Street, Ocean Avenue, and South Street in Hyannis
Construction activities from January 25th through February 9th are scheduled to include installation of drainage systems in and along Sea Street from Lantern Lane to Keyes Memorial Beach, and possibly in Sea Street from Main Street to South Street; construction of a shared use path (wide sidewalk) along the east side of Sea Street including removing some trees, shrubs, fences, and other items where necessary, excavating, and placing gravel base; survey staking/marking for construction; and associated work. In addition to weekdays, construction will also occur on Saturdays unless prohibited due to holidays or community events. During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic. Traffic may be delayed during lane closures and shoulder work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.
*CONTINUES* Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, & River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction activities from January 25th through February 8th are scheduled to include survey staking/marking for construction, installing construction signage, installing tree protection, installing erosion controls, removing some trees where necessary, other selective clearing, saw cutting pavement, installing drainage structures, excavating some sidewalks, starting boardwalk construction at the pond, and other associated work. During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic. Traffic may be delayed during lane closures and shoulder work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.
*CONTINUES* Overhead Utility Line Relocations along Route 149 and Main Street in Marstons Mills
Verizon has installed 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. Eversource and Verizon will be relocating their overhead lines to the new poles, and when that is completed they will remove the old poles. This work is in conjunction with the Town project to improve these sections of roadway. The overhead utility relocations are not expected to interfere with traffic, although temporary lane closures with police details might be necessary in some locations.
*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* MassDOT District 5 – Roadway Work Notification
MassDOT District 5 will be performing vegetation, tree trimming and removal of hazardous tree operations in the median adjacent to the Route 6 westbound high speed lane between Exits 6 and 4 beginning on Monday, January 14, 2019. The work is anticipated to continue for approximately 15 days, and will be performed between the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Mondays through Friday. The roadway will be limited to one lane of travel to accommodate larger pieces of equipment needed for the work. Lane takings on Route 6 will be done in accordance with pre-approved traffic management plans. PLEASE NOTE ***Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays.
*CONTINUES* SNEP Grant Stormwater – Prince Avenue (next to Prince Cove Marina) in Marstons Mills  
Stormwater work continues in the sand filter area and the sediment forebay towards the parking lot. The work is expected to continue as weather permits and to be completed with plantings in the spring. Traffic may be delayed during shoulder work. PLEASE NOTE ***Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.
*CONTINUES* Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road and Putnam Avenue, Cotuit
Work to repair/retrofit the existing stormwater wetland pockets along the Old Shore Road shoulder, is in the process of pipe repair. Manhole covers will be opened and checked this week, with a jet-vac truck flush and vacuum the sediment though the pipes.  PLEASE NOTE ***Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.
*CONTINUES* SNEP Grant Stormwater - Cordwood Landing, Cotuit
Remaining work includes paving the area around the board drips which is expected to continue as weather permits. The plantings will be completed in the spring.  Area remains open to foot passage, except during paving. Once paving is completed the area will open to vehicles.
*CONTINUES* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains
21-369 South Main Street, Centerville.   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.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.


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.

 

e-News TRIVIA
Last Week’s Question: Who is the Lombard property named after (full name, please)?  The Lombard property is named after 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.”

 

This Week’s Question: What is the name of the Barnstable Senior Center’s Resident Transportation Program? Please email your answer here .