Storm Alert: Winter Storm Communications

We are experiencing some winter weather today. Our Department of Public Works crews are at the ready, and our communications team is ready to keep you informed. If necessary, the Storm Alert feature on our website will be activated. Watch the red box at the upper left hand corner for updates on DPW plow activity. You can also stay informed by following the Town of Barnstable on Facebook and Twitter. Our Storm Information Line, 508-862-INFO (4636) is also updated with the latest DPW information. 


Barnstable This Morning

I joined “Barnstable This Morning” host Sarah Colvin on Monday February 1, 2016. We began our interview with a discussion of the movie and book, “The Finest Hours”, co-written by Hyannis native Casey Sherman.  The movie was very good and the book is an interesting read. I also mentioned the start of the 23rd Inside Barnstable Town Government winter session. We discussed the ongoing Capital Improvement Program review process. I reminded viewers of how easy it is to sign up for a mobile app to report issues to the Department of Public Works. Sign up for the app at www.SeeClickFix.comView this week’s interview:  Town Website  YouTube


Fiscal 2017 Budget Process

Work on the Fiscal 2017 budget is underway.  I continue to meet with various departments on proposed capital projects for Fiscal Year 2017. In some cases, the projects involve more than one department, and in those cases I meet with the departments together to ensure all the aspects of the proposed project are properly vetted. Departments have submitted Decision Packages for the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget. Work on both the capital and operating budgets will be ongoing this winter and spring.


Town Council Agenda Setting Meeting

This week, we set the agenda for the February 11, 2016 Town Council meeting. Several police department grant acceptances appear on the agenda, along with a grant acceptance for the Youth Commission for funding for the Youth Summit planned for this March.  Cape Cod Technical High School Superintendent Robert Sanborn will be making a presentation to the Council on the Fiscal 2017 budget and capital improvements planned at the school.


Visit with Representative Mannal

State Representative Brian Mannal (2nd Barnstable District) stopped in this week to discuss pending legislative matters. Rep. Mannal mentioned that the House of Representatives is in budget preparation mode.  Political leaders are predicting a tight budget, and Rep. Mannal asked if Barnstable needed assistance on any financial issues.

I told him the recent local aid numbers proposed by Governor Charlie Baker show an increase, and that maintaining or increasing his local aid package would benefit the Town of Barnstable.


Barnstable Harbor Dredging Complete

The dredging of the outer channel of Barnstable Harbor concluded on Sunday. 8,500 cubic yards of material was dredged and is being transported by truck to Sandy Neck. The county dredge “Codfish” spent about two weeks in the harbor channel performing the work. The use of dredged sand to nourish Sandy Neck translates into more than $50,000 in savings for the Town.


Craigville Beach Bathhouse Work

The Craigville Beach bathhouse has a brand new roof. Work was completed this week. Other renovations to the building continue, including new fixtures and service systems such as plumbing and electrical work. Many of the needs and improvements are safety related. Work is expected to be completed by Memorial Day.


Cape Light Compact Report

The Cape Light Compact received approval from the State Department of Public Utilities for its next three-year energy efficiency plan.  Barnstable’s Cape Light Compact representative, our Director of Property and Risk Management David Anthony, reports that $128 million in state mandated funds collected from ratepayers will be returned in the form of energy efficiency upgrades, programs and advocacy efforts to benefit Cape Cod residents, businesses and local government. For every dollar invested into these programs, consumers can expect triple the return in energy savings over the lifetime of the improvements and products. For more information about Cape Light Compact, visit them online:


School Budget Presentation

On Wednesday night, Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler and Deputy Finance Director Gareth Markwell presented the preliminary Fiscal 2017 budget for the School Department to the School Committee. The preliminary figure is $66,050,000, up about $1.8 million from the current budget. Several hearings and presentations are to be held in the coming months, and incoming Superintendent of Schools Meg Mayo Brown will participate in the process.


LIVE: Open Budget Website

Last week, Barnstable Director of Finance Mark Milne demonstrated the Town’s new Open Budget Website to Town Council. This effort was one of our Best Practices selected under the Community Compact agreement that we signed with the Commonwealth. The site, which allows users to closely examine the Town’s revenues and expenditures, is now live. Click here to view the Open Budget website. A link to the site is available at the Town’s website, Home page (see icon in upper right hand corner).



Hyannis Fire Hydrant Project

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Water Supply Division has started a fire hydrant marking project that will clearly label the fire flow capacity at each hydrant in the Hyannis Water System. All of the fire hydrants in the Hyannis Water System will be marked as part of this effort. Project completion is anticipated in the spring of 2016.  This project was initiated by a change in insurance regulations governing the rate setting structure for property insurance. The Hyannis Water System is striving to achieve the maximum credit so that the community will get the best property insurance rates. For questions relative to this project, call Water System Supervisor Hans Keijser at (508) 775-0063.




Last week, we asked: The Finest Hours”, a movie based on a Coast Guard rescue story that happened off the coast of Cape Cod, made its film debut last week. We wanted to know the date of the wreck of the Pendleton, and how many crew members were rescued. Many of you knew the rescue happened in February 1952 and 32 men were rescued off the Pendelton.


This week’s question: Former Barnstable and Cape resident and West Point hockey coach legend Jack Riley passed away this week. What Olympic hockey team did he coach to victory? Email your answer here.  


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

February 1-5, 2016


Monday February 1, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio Monday morning to discuss the new film “The Finest Hours”, about a dramatic Coast Guard rescue that took place off the shores of Cape Cod. Tom also discussed the start of the latest Inside Barnstable Town Government course, ongoing work on the Capital Improvement Plan, and the See Click Fix app.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler previewed the February 3, 2016 School Committee meeting and the District Leadership Council meeting that precedes it.  We headed to the Centerville Library to meet with new Youth Services Director Lori Botolino. Finally, Cape Cod Community College President Dr. John Cox joined us live in studio for a discussion about improved enrollment numbers, partnerships to improve the four-year path for students, and the start of the College’s new aviation program.

Tuesday February 2, 2016


Barnstable Police Deputy Chief Matthew Sonnabend made his debut appearance on “Barnstable This Morning” this week. The Deputy Chief discussed the recent bomb threat at Barnstable High, the successful hockey tournament fundraiser at the HYCC, held to benefit BPD Patrol Officer Dennis Stampfl, who is suffering from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.  Our Community Profile segment featured Bryan Blair, Clinical Director of CapeAbilities and Mike Dorsey, Professor of Behavioral Studies of Endicott College, who talked with us about a new higher education program partnership between Endicott and CapeAbilities.  Town Clerk Ann Quirk provided information on the upcoming primary election. Director of Public Works Dan Santos provided an update on the Barnstable Harbor dredge project.

Wednesday February 3, 2016


Wednesday’s Business Barnstable segment featured Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District Executive Director Elizabeth Wurbain. Next, we heard an update from Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich. Precinct 13 Town Councilor Jen Cullum talked with us about the new Town Council subcommittee working on the issue of homelessness. Deputy Finance Director Gareth Markwell reviewed the proposed Fiscal 2017 budget for the schools.


Thursday February 4 2016

Our Board Committee and Commission segment led off Thursday’s show. This week, we visited with Economic Development Commission Chair Chris KehoeCape Cod Commission Technical Services Director Glenn Cannon joined us live in studio to review Mass Department of Transportation’s plans for improvement at the busy intersection of Yarmouth Road and Route 28. State Representative Brian Mannal joined us for this week’s Elected Official segment. We continued our conversations with Barnstable Town Councilors, this week welcoming Precinct 2 Town Councilor Eric Steinhilber to the program.