Winter Storm Niko Makes Presence Known

Barnstable Public Schools experienced their first snow days of the season when Winter Storm Niko came to town on Thursday.  Unlike the January storm, the storm started out with rain and was followed by heavy wet snow causing whiteout conditions and power outages.  Our DPW responded well by pretreating roads and were out plowing for almost 24 hours.  The Storm Alert feature on the Town’s website was activated as was our Storm Line. We also used our social media to keep residents updated.  If you are still without power, please contact Eversource at 1-800-592-2000 or www.eversource.com.

 

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.

 

Town Manager’s Office Fee Hearing for Fiscal Year 2018 Changes

The Town Manager’s Office will conduct a fee hearing on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Hearing Room of Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis for fiscal year 2018 fee changes that would take effect July 1st, 2017.  The proposed fees can be viewed on our website.

 

Road Work Continues through February 17th - 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.

 

Fiscal year 2018 Budget Tasks Continue

We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY2018.  We have completed the proposed Capital Improvements Plan Projects for FY2018 and will submit to the Town Council by March 15, 2017.  We are actively reviewing the proposed Fy2018 operating budget with departments with an anticipated submittal to the Town Council by May 4, 2017.  For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the Town’s Open Budget website.

 

Friendly Reminder to Return the Town Census

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 www.sec.state.ma.us, 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.

 

Next Hyannis Project Stakeholder Meeting February 15

Over 50 people attended the first Hyannis Project Stakeholders Meeting on Monday, February 6th.  Hyannis residents still have an opportunity hear details about and provide comment on the Cape Cod Commission’s Hyannis Project.  The meeting will be held at the Barnstable Senior Center on Wednesday, February 15th 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 


Last 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?      The correct answer is Doug the Quahog!  We thought you would enjoy the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce’s lyric video for Doug the Quahog.            

 

This Week’s Question:  What is thundersnow?  Email your answer here.