The Patriots Victory Sunrise

Congratulations to the New England Patriots on their 6th Super Bowl title!
Photo courtesy of Donna Bragg, Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Manager

 

Town Council Meeting – February 7th
Town Council President James Crocker opened last night’s Town Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence which was followed by Public Comment. A presentation was made on the Main Street Clean Team Collaboration by Dionne Dupuis, Assistant Director of Baybridge;  Elizabeth Wurfbain, Executive Director of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District; Baybridge Board member Sue Rohrbach; Kristi Joyce, Director of Vin Fen / Baybridge; and Baybridge Club member Robert Young.  Town Manager Mark Ells provided updates on the following items for the period of January 18-February 7, 2019 during Town Manager Communications:

1.      We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2020 as scheduled (attached).  We have scheduled the public hearing for proposed fiscal year 2020 fee changes on February 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM in the Town Council hearing room.  The hearing will be televised on Channel 18 and those who cannot attend are encouraged to submit their comment during the 30-day period following the hearing.  Approval of proposed for FY 2020 fee changes is planned to occur on March 19, 2019.  For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the Town’s Open Budget website at http://budget.townofbarnstable.us.

2.      Following our progress meeting on January 7, 2019 with Mass Fish & Wildlife to discuss the future potential to siting water supply wells on the 250-acre parcel owned by the Commonwealth that directly abuts the Hyannis public water supply.  The Town desires to continue working with Mass Fish & Wildlife to finalize an agreement that would enable the Town to install public water supply wells on the 250-acre Hyannis Ponds Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  We submitted our recommended proposed public water supply well locations and associated withdrawal information on January 18, 2019.  Mass Fish & Wildlife responded on February 7, 2019 as a result of the government shutdown USGS was delayed in proceeding with the review of the most recent information from Barnstable.  Once a response to the most recently proposed scenarios is received from USGS, Mass Fish & Wildlife anticipates moving forward with their review. 

3.      Mr. Ells reported last meeting that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection had scheduled a meeting on January 16, 2019 in response to a petition from the Conservation Law Foundation and Toxics Action Center.  DPW Director Santos gave oral testimony at a DEP hearing in Boston on a petition by the Conservation Law Foundation requesting the DEP establish drinking water standards for PFAS’s and to immediately adopt a Health Advisory level for PFAS’s at 20 parts per trillion.  The current advisory level is 70 parts per trillion.  Adopting a 20 parts per trillion standard would have a significant impact on the Hyannis Water Systems.  Director Santos testified that the State should proceed under their current system of evaluating new maximum contaminant levels on the basis of public health studies, cost/benefits, available treatment technologies, and sampling protocols.  He further pointed out that DEP needs consistent policies and procedures regarding how sources of contamination are regulated and enforced to support its review of PFAS drinking water standards. https://www.mass.gov/lists/petition-for-rulemaking-to-establish-a-treatment-technique-drinking-water-standard-for-pfas.  Testimony was taken under advisement by DEP.  Since that meeting we have heard informally that DEP is considering adopting a Health Advisory level for PFAS’s at 20 parts per trillion during the summer of 2019.  We have expressed our concerns as to the timing for compliance with the proposed standard.  We expect further discussion in the coming weeks regarding this matter.  We are planning accordingly for potential change and will keep you advised as more information becomes available.

4.      On January 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM, Mr. Ells attended the Board of Health (BOH) to further discuss the proposal to eliminate or modify Chapter 360 Article XV. Protection of Saltwater Estuaries Interim regulations.  The hearing was continued to June 25, 2019. 

5.      Representative Will Crocker has shared information on Housing and Economic Development priorities as well as a summary of information related to funding broadband in Downtown Hyannis.  The broadband information was provided to Senator Julian Cyr for his recent discussion on the matter.

6.      On February 1, 2019, Mr. Ells attended a meeting of legislators, state agency and municipal officials to discuss the implementation of the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Funds.  As previously discussed at the last Town Council meeting Chapter 337 of the Acts of 2018 an Act Regulating and Insuring Short-term Rentals.  Our specific discussion focused on the Act’s establishment of a Management Board and its duties relevant to Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Funds.  After much discussion on the intent of this section in the Act, Mr. Ells has requested through our Finance Director that our Bond Counsel provide an opinion on the duties on the Management Board, specifically does the Board simply review funds deposited from each municipality against equitable redistribution of said funds to the communities from which the funds were generated or does the Board have greater discretionary authority to redistribute said funding. 

7.      On January 23, 2019 Mr. Ells sent a letter to the Department of Revenue (DOR) regarding meeting Chapter 337 of the Acts of 2018 an Act Regulating and Insuring Short-term Rentals was approved on December 28, 2018.  The letter requests that DOR establish a reporting system that identifies the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund excise tax raised in each community as it will be critical in order for the Management Board to carry out its responsibility.  We will keep you advised as additional information becomes available relevant to this matter.

8.      On February 6, 2019 Town of Barnstable issued General Obligation bonds.  Finance Director Mark Milne provided the Town Council with an update on the bond issue. Mr. Milne credited Town Treasurer Debra Blanchette for her efforts. More information appears below in eNews.

The Orders of the Day began with Agenda Item 2019-075 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $250,000.00 for Community Housing Creation By Friends Or Relatives With Autism Related Disabilities, Inc. (FORWARD) at 131 Hokum Rock Road, Dennis, MA which passed unanimously as did Agenda Item 2019-083

Appropriation order in the amount of $147,725.00 Community Preservation Funds for preservation and
restoration of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, 3055 Main Street (Route 6A), Barnstable, MA.  Agenda items were taken in the following order:  Harbormaster Division Supervisor Derek Lawson presented Agenda Item 2019-089 Acceptance of a gift in the form of a davit (valued at $500.00) from Mr. James Hurley, President of New England Maritime Inc. for use as needed for Harbormaster Duties was approved. Natural Resource Officer/Shellfish Constable Amy Croteau presented Agenda Item 2019-090 Acceptance of a gift in the amount of $2,000 from the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance and Aquacultural Research Corporation (ARC) for use as needed by the Town of Barnstable Shellfish Propagation Program which was approved.  Agenda Item 2019-092 Amendment to the Zoning Map of the Town of Barnstable Massachusetts to AMEND and expand the Residence C District to include the entirety of parcel 116/014 was referred to the Planning Board. Agenda Items 2019-088 Authorizing the Town Manager to execute a Regulatory Agreement between the Town of Barnstable and 720 Main Residences, LLC, for property located at 720 Main Street, Hyannis, MA to redevelop 720 Main Street, Hyannis with 40 units of Workforce Housing and 2019-087 Supplemental Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $765,000 for the Fiscal Year 2019 Airport Enterprise Fund Operating Budget were referred to Public Hearings on February 28, 2019.  Community Services Director Lynne Poyant presented Agenda Item 2019-086 Acceptance of grant in the amount of $1,000 from the Kiwanis Club of Hyannis to the Barnstable Youth Commission for the Annual Seventh Grade Youth Summit which was approved.  Agenda Item 2019-080 Authorization for the Airport Commission to enter into a Forty-Nine year lease for the property identified as Map 311, Parcel 092 and addressed as 790 Iyannough Road/Route 132, Hyannis, MA was moved to the March 21, 2019 Town Council Meeting.  DPW Director Dan Santos presented three Agenda Items which were approved: 
2019-068 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $250,000 for a Feasibility Study and preliminary investigations of the Wastewater Treatment Facility at Joint Base Cape Cod; 2019-069 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $835,000 for the design of roadway and utility work; and 2019-071 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $250,000 for Conceptual Planning and Design of Sewer Expansion in Cotuit.  Conservation Agent Darcy Karle presented Agenda Item 2019-091 Transfer Order in the amount of $30,000 for Treating the Invasive Species Fanwort in Bearse Pond, Centerville which was approved.  Also approved were Agenda Item 2019-084A Appointments to a Board/Committee/Commission: Zoning Board of Appeals and Agenda Item 2019-085 Reappointments to a Board/Committee/Commission: Steamship Authority Port Council.  Town Council President James Crocker recused himself for Agenda Item 2019-042 Amending Chapter 240, Article III, of the Zoning Ordinances to expand the Highway Business District.  Town Council Vice President John Flores assumed control of the meeting.  As the hour was getting late, a motion was made to go past 11:00 PM which did not pass.  Agenda item 2019-042 was continued to the next Town Council meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.

 

Barnstable, MA $10,540,000 General Obligation Bonds Net 2.52%; $2,052,950 Taxable Bond Anticipation Notes Net 3.05%

Debra Blanchette, Town Treasurer, announced that the Town received competitive bids from bond and note underwriters on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, for a $10,540,000, 20-year bond issue and a $2,052,950,
1-year taxable note issue. Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC was the winning bidder on the Bonds with an average interest rate of 2.52%. Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. was the winning bidder on the Notes with a net interest cost of 3.05%. The Town received a total of 9 bids on the Bonds and 3 bids on the Notes.  Bond and Note proceeds will be used to finance various capital projects.   Prior to the sale, S&P Global Ratings, a municipal bond credit rating agency, affirmed the Town’s ‘AAA’ bond rating, the highest rating attainable. The rating agency cited the Town’s very strong economy, very strong management with strong financial policies and practices, strong budgetary performance, very strong budgetary flexibility, very strong liquidity, strong debt and contingent liability profile, and strong institutional framework as positive credit factors.  The bids for the Bonds and Notes were accepted at the offices of the Town’s Financial Advisor, Hilltop Securities Inc., at 54 Canal Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Barnstable Public Health Division Flu Shots – Call Anytime for Appointment
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division Nurse is available for flu shots.  The fee is $3.00. Call anytime for an appointment (508) 862-4648 or (508) 862-4644. Location:  Town Offices, 200 Main Street , Hyannis, MA. Consent forms will be available at the site.  For More Information: Call the Town of Barnstable Public Health Division at (508) 862-4644.

 

Barnstable Public Schools Kindergarten Registration Is Open!

To enroll your child in kindergarten for September 2019 please visit our district website to begin the online registration process!  PRE-REGISTER AT www.barnstable.k12.ma.us.

Requirements for Enrollment:

·        Students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019.

·        You must be a full-time resident of Barnstable.

·        If you are in the process of moving to Barnstable, you may begin the pre-registration process. Registration will be completed once you are residing in Barnstable and provide the required documentation.

·        After you complete the online process use the online scheduler to make an appointment with the school your child will be attending.

·        At your appointment, please bring all required documents and a valid photo ID.  Registration appointments completed by May 1st will be entered into a drawing to win a book gift basket for your kindergartener.

·        If your child currently attends Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center, they are already registered for Kindergarten. 

Prescreening Dates:

 (After you register your child he/she will be screened at their school on the following date):

Barnstable West Barnstable: May 10, 2019

West Villages: May 17, 2019

HyWest: May 20, 2019

Centerville: May 22, 2019

Barnstable Innovation School: May 28, 2019

 

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 12, 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.

 

Vineyard Wind BOEM Public Comment Period Reopened February 13th at 5:00 PM
Vineyard Wind has announced that public meetings for Vineyard Wind’s
Draft Environmental Impact Statement have been rescheduled for the date below. The period for public comment has been extended as well, so individuals can submit comment online by going to https://www.regulations.gov/. In the search box, enter BOEM-2018-0069, and then click "search." Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this notice. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Double Tree Hotel, Cape Cod Room, 287 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA.  Open House 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Presentation and Q&A 6:00 PM. Public input is a crucial part of the permitting of  the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind facility, and we hope that you will participate in the dialogue.   

 

Precinct One Meeting February 13th at 7:00 PM

Presented by John G. Flores, Vice President of the Town Council and Councilor Precinct 1

Wednesday February 13, 2019

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Harborview Room

Old Jail Complex, 3195 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630

AGENDA

Precinct 1 overview on issues of concern

·                  Intro: John G. Flores, Vice President Town Council

·                  James H. Crocker Jr. President, Town Council

·                  Representative Timothy Whelan

·                  Mark S. Ells, Town Manager

·                  Matthew Sonnabend, Barnstable Police Chief

·                  Frank Pulsifer, Chief, Barnstable Fire Department

·                  Daniel Santos, P.E. Director, Barnstable Department of Public Works

Questions & Answers

 

MassDOT Public Information Meeting for the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study

Massachusetts Department of Transportation has scheduled a 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. 


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.

 

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.

 

Barnstable Youth Commission’s 3rd Annual Ready, Set, Work Job Fair March 6th


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.

 

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.

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.

 

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

*UPDATED* Road Work on Sea Street, Ocean Avenue, and South Street in Hyannis
Construction activities from February 8-22 are scheduled to include installation of drainage systems in the intersection of Sea Street & South Street, and in South Street within 200 feet west of Sea Street, and in the Town property at 109 Sea Street, and in the embankment between Sea Street and the parking lot at Keyes Memorial Beach, and in various locations along Sea Street and Ocean Avenue where catch basins will connect to previously installed trunk lines; installing underground electrical conduit at various road crossings; pavement patching and cleanup; continued preparation of the base for the shared use path (wide sidewalk) along the east side of Sea Street; 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.

*UPDATED* Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, & River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction activities from February 8-22 are scheduled to include survey staking/marking for construction, installing construction signage, installing erosion controls, removing some trees where necessary, other selective clearing, saw cutting pavement, installing drainage structures, pavement patching, excavating for sidewalk improvements, 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 
 
Paving the edge of the sediment forebay to be completed as weather allows and planting to be completed 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, and a jet-vac truck will be used to flush and vacuum the sediment though the system.  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.
*FYI* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

No crews out next week due to federal training.


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: What is the name of the Barnstable Senior Center’s Resident Transportation Program? The answer is the “Silver Express.”  We have both handicapped accessible vans (two vans) provided to us through the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority and a Toyota Camry.  The lease for the Camry has been paid through the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging.

 

This Week’s Question: On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see 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? 

Please email your answer here .