Love is in the Air at the Barnstable Senior Center!

Love, kindness and the power of intergenerational connection were in the arir yesteday at the Barnstable Senior Center’s Valentine Tea. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging, guests were treated to a selection of delectable desserts and were serenaded by the incredible vocal talent of Liz Saunders. As a special surprise, students from Mr. Ferreira’s 7th Grade class at Barnstable Intermediate School visited the Senior Center to present members of the audience with kindness rocks that they had made as a special project. Some of the best days at the Senior Center happen when we have to opportunity to bring our older and younger generations together and yesterday was no exception. A highlight of the event was when Liz had the students perform alongside her as the entire audience spelled out the word “love” with their arms as she sang the Natalie Cole song “L-O-V-E.”

 

Notice of Town Office Closure for the Presidents’ Day Holiday

Town offices will be closed on Monday, February 18th for the observance of the Presidents’ Day Holiday.   

 

Today’s the Deadline for Marina Waiting List Renewals and Mooring Permit Waiting List Renewals

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.      

School Vacation Fun at the HYCC

 

 

EPA Announces First-Ever Comprehensive Nation Wide PFAS Action Plan

On Thursday, February 14, 2019, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) Assistant Administrator – and former EPA New England Regional Administrator – Alexandra Dunn unveiled the Agency's Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan.

EPA's Action Plan will move forward with the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) process outlined in the Safe Drinking Water Act for PFOA and PFOS—two of the most well-known and prevalent PFAS chemicals, continue their enforcement actions and clarify their clean up strategies, expand monitoring of PFAS in the environment, and enhance their research and scientific foundation for addressing PFAS by developing new analytical methods and tools.

 

Barnstable Senior Services Assistant Director Donna-Marie Burns Receives Skip Warren Community Service Award

At their annual Gayla Ball this past Saturday, the LGBTQ Welcoming Committee of the First Parish Church in Brewster presented Donna-Marie Burns, Barnstable Senior Services Assistant Director, with the Skip Warren Community Service Award in recognition of her work to “intentionally welcome members of the LGBTQ community by developing programs and services to meet their needs.” Donna’s efforts have helped educate staff, volunteers and the public about the need to be more inclusive and accessible to LGBTQ older people and ensured that LGBTQ older adults know that they are always welcome at the Barnstable Senior Center. Our LGBTQ events draw people from all over the Cape and beyond. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit our LGBTQ program. Donna has worked tirelessly and put her heart and soul into every LGBTQ event.  Madeline Noonan, Senior Services Director, says, “I am so proud that the LGBTQ community on Cape Cod has honored Donna with this important award. I am so proud of Donna for this tremendous and well-deserved achievement.”


Town of Barnstable Wiring Inspector Featured on Cover of Prime Time Magazine
Building Commissioner Brian Florence and Zoning Enforcement Officer Robin Anderson were proud to share with us information about their co-worker part-time wiring inspector Gene Fournier.  The article “Gene Fournier ‘frees’ sculpture from discarded wood” Gene is a wood turner whose finely turned bowls are highly sought after for area fundraisers.  Gene has worked for the Town of Barnstable for five years. You can find out more about Gene’s handiwork in the Winter 2019 issue of Prime Time Magazine.

 

Did You Know? Barnstable has a Meteorite Named After It
Our own DPW (Structures & Grounds Division) employee Steven Amara found the crusty rock in a blueberry bush back in August of 2018.  It is only the second named meteorite documented in Massachusetts!  Search for Barnstable in the Meteoritical Bulletin Database online for more information on the properties and location of where it was found.  Well done, Steve!

 

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

 

Fiscal Year Fee Hearing Held Tuesday, February 12th

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 was held on February 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.  The hearing was televised on Channel 18 and is available through the Town’s Video on Demand feature.  Those who were unable to 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.  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.

 

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.

Regional Transportation Plan survey, mapping tool available
To help prepare the 2020 Cape Cod Regional Transportation Plan, the Cape Cod Commission launched an online survey to collect public input. Input is sought on the plan’s goals and potential projects. In addition to the survey, an online-mapping tool is available for respondents to indicate specific problem locations and potential solutions. The survey will be available through early March. To learn more about the Regional Transportation Plan and to take the survey, please visit:www.capecodcommission.org/rtp Anyone interested in the current Cape Cod Canal planning efforts may also want to check out the latest developments at: www.capecodcommission.org/canal.  Deadline for survey responses is March 6, 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.

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.

 

Kara Maloy (Class of 2002)
Kourtney McNamara (Class of 2006)
John Moreshead (Class of 1991)
James “Jimmy” Sherman (Class of 1967)
Todd Snell (Class of 1986)
Milton D. Speid (Class of 1998)
Bryan Sweeney (Class of 2003)
Christopher Uhlman (Class of 1986)
Lorraine Dunnett - Varsity Head Coach: Volleyball/Basketball

Kara Maloy (Class of 2002)
Kourtney McNamara (Class of 2006)
John Moreshead (Class of 1991)
James “Jimmy” Sherman (Class of 1967)
Todd Snell (Class of 1986)
Milton D. Speid (Class of 1998)
Bryan Sweeney (Class of 2003)
Christopher Uhlman (Class of 1986)
Lorraine Dunnett - Varsity Head Coach: Volleyball/Basketball
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.

*NEW* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains
1520 Iyannough Road Hyannis.   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.
*UPDATED*Road Work on Sea Street, Ocean Avenue, and South Street in Hyannis
Construction activities from February 15-22 are scheduled to include installation of drainage systems in the intersection of Sea Street & South 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. The roadway will be cleared and swept in advance of the Hyannis Marathon and other events scheduled on these streets during the weekend of Feb. 23-24. 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, and River Road in Marstons Mills
Construction activities from February 15-22 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.
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 are 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
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.
*Starts Again on 02/19/19* 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.
*Starts Again on 02/19/19* 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.

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: On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow and predicted an early spring.  Cape Cod has its own prognosticator for days of summer.  Can you name him? Jeanne Kinney was quick to respond with the correct answer – Doug the Quahog!

 

This Week’s Question: As we approach the Presidents’ Day Weekend, can you identify the United States Presidents with ties to Cape Cod? Please email your answer here.