Town Council Meeting

Before the Orders of the Day at last night’s Town Council meeting, the Town Council heard from Natural Resource Officer Amy Croteau about the Town’s Shellfish/Aquaculture Program Overview.  You can view Ms. Croteau’s presentation here.  They also received a presentation from Town Manager Mark Ells on the Non-Residential Zoning District Review and Update.  You can view Mr. Ells presentation here.  Old Business saw the approval of appointments to a Board/Committee/Commission. New Business started with Barnstable Police Department Director of Support Services providing the rationale for the acceptance of Federal Year 2016 Emergency Management Performance Grant in the amount of $14,460 from The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for the upgrade of five portable radios and high capacity radio batteries.  Two items (#2017-058 and #2017-059) for Barnstable Municipal Airport received a first reading and were referred to Public Hearings on February 16, 2017.  The Rescission of Appropriation Order #2014-030 for $500,000 from Community Preservation Funds authorizing acquisition of interests of land off Long Beach Road identified as Map 185, Parcel 29, Lot A in Centerville was approved by a vote of 10-2. Resolve to approve the appointment of the Assistant Town Manager Michael Andrew Clyburn was unanimously approved.  The Town Council offered their thanks to Town Manager Mark Ells for his efforts over the past eight months and a warm welcome to Andy for his new position.  An Order supplementing prior loan orders of the Town to allow for the application of premium received to project costs was unanimously approved.


Assistant Town Manager

Michael Andrew “Andy” Clyburn was appointed Assistant Town Manager at last night’s Town Council meeting.  Mr. Clyburn is a Captain in the U.S. Coast Guard and is currently serving as commanding officer of Coast Guard Base Cape Cod, part of Joint Base Cape Cod.  We look forward to welcoming Andy to the Town of Barnstable and will be sharing more information about Andy and his role in the coming weeks.


Super Bowl Fun at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center

The Hyannis Youth & Community Center will host a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm.  Come watch the first half with us!  All HYCC Members are invited to enjoy pizza, snacks, drinks and prizes. Just bring yourself and your Pats Gear!  GO PATS!

Town Census Mailed This Week
Town Census forms were mailed this week. When you receive your census form please look it over, make any changes necessary and send it back to this office.  You can mail it or drop it off in the Town Clerk’s office.  Even if there are no changes you need to sign the form and send it back.  This will make your voting easier this year and keep you up-to-date in the Voter Registration System.  The census form must be completed by all residents (not just citizens or voters) residing in the Town of Barnstable.  This is in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  You cannot register to vote on the form.  If you wish to register to vote or make any other changes to your voter status, you can register on-line at, or pick up a mail-in form at any of our local libraries or at the Town Clerk’s Office.  You will receive a confirmation letter once the change in voter status is complete.


Inside Barnstable Town Government’s 24th Session Begins

I was pleased to join Town Council President Eric Steinhilber in welcoming the latest group of participants on Tuesday evening.  We are sure these citizens will learn much about the Town and we hope that they will continue active participants in ‘Town government in the future.


North Bay Seasonal Aquaculture Nursery Public Hearing

On January 5th we opened a hearing for the addition of six seasonal aquaculture nursery grants located with North Bay.  We opened the hearing, accepted testimony and continued the hearing to Friday, February 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM to allow for additional review and public comment.  The Public Hearing was closed today and the Town Manager has taken the information received under advisement.  He will issue a determination shortly.


Barnstable Falmouth Hockey Game

On Monday, January 30th Barnstable welcomed Falmouth to the Hyannis Youth & Community Center for their first game of the season.  Falmouth Clippers Hockey posted this to their Facebook page:  Twenty-five bags with this note on it was awaiting us in the locker room after last night’s game.  Thank you to the Barnstable Community for your support!!



Road Work Continues - Route 28 (Falmouth Road) and Bearse’s Way

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has begun their roadway improvements for the ‘Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way’ as scheduled. The work began January 30th and is expected to be complete by February 17th in the eastbound lane of Route 28 between 267 & 307 Falmouth Road.

The eastbound lane of Route 28 will be detoured at the intersection of Route 28 and Bearse’s Way.  Traffic will be directed south on Bearse’s Way, then directed northeast up Walton Avenue. The end of the detour will occur as traffic migrates back to Route 28. Traffic to local businesses will be allowed access. Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 4:00 PM. 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.


Hyannis Project Stakeholder Meetings February 6 and February 15

Hyannis residents will have two opportunities at upcoming public meetings to hear details about and provide comment on the Cape Cod Commission’s Hyannis Project.  Both meetings will be held at the Barnstable Senior Center on Monday, February 6th from 4 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, February 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.  Working with the Town of Barnstable Growth Management Department, the Commission is looking at Downtown Hyannis, the Route 132 retail plazas and the neighborhoods that surround and connect these important economic centers.  Along with an overview of the project goals, there will be discussions touching on housing, economic sustainability, land use and community design.  Hyannis residents, as well as those with an interest in Hyannis, are encouraged to attend and become stakeholders to follow and participate in this planning process.


Hyannis West Elementary School Recognized as a Commendation School

On Wednesday, February 1st, Hyannis West Elementary School was recognized as a Commendation School. Kathi Amato and Michele Keating received the commemorative certificate on behalf of the Hyannis West community at the Grand Staircase at the State House.  Hyannis West is one of only 51 schools (out of 1,800) in the Commonwealth to receive this honor.  Hyannis West achieved this recognition for "high progress" which identifies schools for accelerated student learning. This recognition indicates progress is valued as much as performance. Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown asks that you join her in congratulating Hyannis West staff, students, and families for their commitment to progress, excellence, and high expectations!





BHS and JFK:  Artistically Honoring Our Past

On Tuesday, February 7th, at 5:00 PM in the main lobby of Barnstable High School, Abby Fay’s Fine Arts III students will host an art reception displaying artwork inspired by a recent visit to the JFK Museum on Main Street in Hyannis.  Museum Education Director Jennifer Pappalardo and Executive Director John Allen took the class on a behind the scenes tour of the museum where students not only learned about the life and times of the Kennedy family but also saw firsthand what it took to curate and exhibit a successful and cohesive show. Students then took what they gleaned from that day to create an original artwork based on any aspect of the personal and political life of President John F. Kennedy or his family members to which the students were personally connected.  This exhibit is completely curated by the students; they made choices about the artwork, text, artifacts, and photographs from the JFK Museum displayed in the show.


Town of Barnstable Marina Regulations 2017

The Town Manager, at the request of the Marine and Environmental Affairs Division's Harbor staff, recently signed the Town of Barnstable Marina Regulations 2017 to reflect the approval of fee increases for 2017, which were adopted December 2, 2016.  There were no changes to the regulations, which have been in effect since March 4, 2013.  The document also reflects the change in Town Manager from Mr. Lynch to Mr. Ells.   The link to the signed document can be found here


Barnstable Public Schools partners with Five Star Transportation Inc.

At the January 4, 2017 Barnstable Public School District, School Committee Meeting the Committee awarded Five Star Transportation Incorporated  a contract for regular and extra-curricular transportation services for an initial period beginning July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2022. The current contract held by First Student expires June 30, 2017. A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued November 2, 2016 for which three responses were received.  An RFP evaluation committee reviewed technical proposals, interviewed respondents, verified references and evaluated pricing proposals. After the review the evaluation committee recommended the award of the contract to Five Star Transportation. School District officials believe Five Stars commitment to student safety, a proven track record in the transportation industry and a strong business plan to transition into Barnstable will assist in the district’s goal of providing the best educational opportunities to Barnstable’s youngest residents.


Friendly Reminders from the Marine & Environmental Affairs Office

The following deadlines are fast approaching:

Marina waiting list renewals due: February 15th

Mooring Permit Waiting List due: February 15th

Mooring Permit Renewals due: February 28th

Renew early to avoid missing the deadlines.  Any questions see our webpage or call our office at (508) 790-6273.


2017 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers

The Recreation Division 2017 Parking Permits are now available through our mail-in process.  For those of you that supplied Barnstable Recreation with your e-mail address, you should be receiving your application via e-mail.  If you do not receive it, or did not supply an e-mail address, applications may be downloaded from our website.  In order to reduce our postage costs, we will not be sending out applications via the postal system.  If you do not have access to a printer and need an application mailed to you, please feel free to submit your request in writing (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can mail the application to you) to: Town of Barnstable – Parking Permits, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA  02601.


Looking for a Job?  The Town of Barnstable is a Great Place to Work.

You can now apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the “Apply” link.  If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will 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.  To see what positions are currently available, click 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

If you are a caregiver in need of respite, or a senior who may benefit from the Adult Supportive Day (ASD) Program, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we may meet your needs.  ASD offers the following:  assists elders in maintaining their independence and remain active while aging in place in the community; offers structured and stimulating activities in a safe environment, with a focus on socialization, cognitive skills and physical well-being; provides respite and peace of mind for caregivers and families; caregiver supports/referrals are available; and professional, caring and experienced staff.  For more information, call 508-862-4765 to schedule a tour and a Free Trial Day.


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.


Stay Informed During a Storm
The Town of Barnstable has numerous ways we communicate with residents during a storm event.  The Storm Alert feature our website will be activated and the DPW will share actual road plowing activities through FleetSphere.  Also available to residents is a storm information line, accessed by dialing 508-862-INFO (4636). The phone line is updated with the same information provided by the DPW.  Our Town’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter are also updated during a storm event.  The 2017 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure is out. You can view the brochure here.


News Programming Changes on Channel 18

Channel 18 is working to make it even easier to get your local news. To do that the government access station is streamlining news content into one half hour news program Barnstable Today. Barnstable Today will feature news about board, committee and commission meetings, interviews with town leaders and will include arts and culture segments as well. For your convenience there are six times you can view Barnstable Today. The program will air weekdays at 8:00 am, 8:30 am, 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 11:00 pm, and 11:30 pm.


Last week’s question:  What year did Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds (OBF) Golf Course open?  OBF opened for play on April 1, 1992.




This Week’s Question:  On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted there would be six more weeks of winter.  Cape Cod has its own prognosticator for days of summer.  Can you name him?  Email your answer here.