We had an unexpected surprise on Sandy Neck Beach Park on Monday, February 12th! Norman Smith, Director of Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum paid us a visit. We were supposed to take him out to show him our Snowy Owls on SNK. He brought us a gift of a beautiful Snowy Owl he had captured the night before at Logan Airport. Her name is Logan. Norman had captured her about 4 years ago and banded her, again at Logan Airport. Logan was fitted with a transmitter and was released on Beach Point. One of our resident Snowy Owls, Hope did not take kindly to the newcomer and went after Logan. Hopefully they will each find some space of their own on Sandy Neck and Norman is hoping to collect a lot of data from Logan’s transmitter. (Photo courtesy of Donna Bragg, Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Supervisor)

 

Town Council Meeting February 15th

Town Council President Eric Steinhilber took Old Business out of order to address the latest on the Growth Incentive Zone (GIZ) Renewal Application at last night’s meeting.   The reasons were twofold: 1) The Town received a letter from the hotel owner withdrawing the request to be part of the GIZ; and 2) They received word from the Cape Cod Commission that they are unsure when their new regulations will be passed and the GIZ renewal application was written alongside them.  In light of those two new pieces of information, the item was tabled and will be re-advertised for the March 1st Town Council meeting.  Town Manager Mark Ells’ Communications included:  an updated Budget Action Calendar; Fee Hearing was held on February 13th with a plan to approve by March 12th; the reaffirmation of our S&P AAA Bond Rating and the latest Bond Sale (see article below); our Annual Financial Statement Audit resulted in an unmodified (or clean) opinion; updates on work with Mass. Fish and Wildlife regarding water supply wells; and a summary of the hiring process for the Chief of Police.  Elizabeth Jenkins, Director of Planning & Development, was invited to speak to the Town Council regarding work relative to non-residential zoning districts.  The Town is looking to be as business friendly as possible.  Two areas are currently being looked at:  the commercial area on Route 28 in Centerville and the Route 132 regional commercial corridor.  President Steinhilber reported that the Town Council will be working with Town Manager Ells to extend his contract beyond 2019 and established a Committee of Councilors Jessica Rapp Grassetti, Jennifer Cullum and Paul Neary to work on the extension.  President Steinhilber has also added Town-owned assets and structures to the Asset Management Committee’s charge.  Mr. Ells  made a presentation on the Fiscal Year 2019 Comprehensive Water Management Plan.   Mr. Ells also provided an overview of the Restructuring Plan for FY2019.  The goals of the plan are to address: align with the strategic plan; customer service focus; points of exposure; inefficiencies and redundancies; work not being accomplished; better asset management; and succession planning.  Mr. Ells also provided the background for An Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $200,175 for the evaluation, design and permitting of the renovation of the Armory Building, located at 225 South Street, Hyannis that was referred to a Public Hearing on March 1st.  Last night’s Town Council meeting can be viewed on the Town’s website.   The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 PM.

 

The Town of Barnstable had a Very Successful Bond Sale

Barnstable, MA $9,875,000 General Obligation Bonds Net 2.73%; $2,575,770 Taxable Bond Anticipation Notes Net 2.0%
Town Treasurer Debra M. Blanchette announced that the Town of Barnstable received competitive bids from bond and note underwriters on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, for a $9,875,000, 20-year bond issue and a $2,575,770, 1-year taxable note issue. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC was the winning bidder on the Bonds with an average interest rate of 2.73%. Century Bank was the winning bidder on the Notes with a net interest cost of 2.0%. The Town received a total of 10 bids on the Bonds and 5 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.

 

Town Manager Fee Hearing held on Tuesday, February 13th

A public hearing on changes to various, permits and program fees that will take effect July 1, 2018 for FY2019 within the Town of Barnstable was held on February 13th, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the Town Hall Hearing Room. Proposed fee changes are for: GIS, Parking Program, Solid Waste, Water Service, Water User, and Water Pollution Control Division. Information is available on the Town website.   Town Manager Mark Ells has taken the information under advisement and plans on making a determination on the fees by March 12th.

 

Olympic Watch Continues:  BHS 2006 Graduate Mike Trapp
Mike Trapp is currently in Nagano, Japan training. He will return to PyeongChang today - Friday, February 16th. His wife Kelly and family will join him on Monday, February 19th.   Qualifying runs: OUR time – Wednesday, February 21st at 10:30 PM (which is actually Thursday, February 22nd at 12:30 PM PyeongChang time)!  Finals (If qualified):  OUR time – Friday, February 23rd at 10:15 PM (or Saturday, February 24th at 12:15 pm PyeongChang time).  We are hoping that Mike’s runs will get some screen time on television, but if not, you can view live streaming at: the Olympic channel or  http://www.nbcolympics.com/. Picture courtesy of Miha Matavz.

 

Town of Barnstable Staff Attend “The Role of Parks and Recreation in Substance Use Prevention”

On Tuesday, February 13th, Recreation Director Patti Machado, Assistant Recreation Director John Gleason, and Barnstable Police Officer Brian Morrison (also the HYCC Community Police Officer) attended a Massachusetts Recreation and Parks Professional Development presentation “The Role of Parks and Recreation in Substance Use Prevention.”  The presentation was given by Jennifer Rowe, Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney, Director of Education & Community Programs; Project Manager, Data Driven Opiate Overdose Prevention Unit.  The presentation discussed programs and services that are being offered in Norfolk County.  The program included how substance abuse data was being used for grant funding and development of programs based on the data.  The hope was that by sharing the various prevention programs that the Norfolk County DA, Town Police Departments, and Recreation were doing with other communities throughout the State, they could help with more prevention.   We are hoping that we will be able to implement some of the programs presented that have had 100% success rates.

 

2018 Open Space and Recreation Plan Draft for Public Comment

The Barnstable Planning and Development Department invites the community to comment on the Town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan at a public meeting on Thursday, March 8th at 6:00 PM in the Town Hall Selectmen’s Conference Room at 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  The department is holding a public meeting on the 2018 Barnstable Open Space and Recreation Plan, which comprehensively examines Barnstable’s open spaces and recreational facilities and outlines goals for land preservation, fostering agricultural activity, and enhancing active and passive recreation opportunities.  Any Barnstable residents with comments about the plan which explores trails, beaches, ball fields, play areas, skating rinks, golf courses and simply preserving the beauty of Barnstable for future generations, are encouraged to attend.  At the March 8th public meeting, a brief overview of the 2018 Open Space and Recreation Plan will be presented to the public starting at 6:00 PM.  Following the presentation, residents will have an opportunity to review the plan that covers the Town recreation, conservation and wildlife habitat areas and comment on what land preservation initiatives and recreation opportunities are important to them.  A copy of the 2018 Open Space and Recreation Plan is available for review on the Town Open Space and Recreation Plan website, found at www.townofbarnstable.us.  The Planning and Development Department will be taking public comments on the plan between Friday, February 16, 2018 and Tuesday, March 12, 2018 at noon.  Residents and community organizations are encouraged to review the plan and attend the public hearing with comments or questions.  If you have additional questions or would like to submit written comments, please contact Anna Brigham. Principal Planner, Planning and Development Department at 508-862-4682 or anna.brigham@town.barnstable.ma.us.

 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Notice of Fund Availability The Town of Barnstable Planning and Development Department (PDD) is accepting proposals for the 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program year (estimated July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).  CDBG is a federally funded program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide affordable housing, economic opportunities and a suitable living environment to low and moderate income residents.  Projects must address at least one of the goals of the 2015 – 2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan: creation or preservation of affordable housing units or economic opportunities; improvements to public facilities, infrastructure or other public improvements; or provision of services to low income and special needs populations including but not limited to homeless persons.  Proposed projects that address the goals in the Downtown Hyannis Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) defined in the consolidated plan may be given preference.   Estimated available total funding is $283,342 plus any carry over funds and program income.  This estimate is based on last year’s funding levels and will be adjusted when final amounts are known.  The amount available for Public Service activities is limited to 15% of the actual allocation estimating about $42,000.  To be considered, Letters of Interest must be received in the Planning and Development Department by 4:00 PM on February 28, 2018. Please follow the Letter of Interest Instructions on the Town website www.townofbarnstable.us/CDBG and refer to the CDBG Application Guidebook for more details on the process and eligibility requirements. Applicants are encouraged to submit by email: kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with “CDBG LOI” in subject line or mailed or delivered to the contact below.  Contact:  Kathleen Girouard, CED Coordinator, Phone: 508-862-4678, TDD# 508-790-9801, Email:  kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us, Planning and Development Department, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601 Monday – Thursday between 8:30am and 4:30pm This location is handicap accessible.  Interpreters available upon advance request.


Board of Health Public Hearing on Lifeguard Exemption Requirements
The Board of Health (BOH) of the Town of Barnstable Massachusetts in accordance with and under the authority granted by Section 31 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for the purpose of the protection of public health and safety, announces that there will be a public hearing to review and discuss lifeguard exemption requirements.  The public hearing will be held on Tuesday February 27, 2018 at or after 3:00 PM at the Town Hall, second floor Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.  The Board of Health previously voted in favor of removing the lifeguard and qualified swimmer requirements for only those low usage semi-public swimming pools associated with facilities containing 75 units or less that meet the criteria which can be found on the Town’s website.  The deregulation is proposed to continue to be in effect until such time alternative guidelines or regulations are provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) in this regard; but in no case shall this deregulation continue after December 31, 2022 without approval by the BOH.  

 

RFP:  Disposition of Property Via Sale – Various Parcels of Municipal Propertyy

The Director of Property and Risk Management for the Town of Barnstable on behalf of the Town Manager of the Town of Barnstable is selling various surplus parcels acquired through the foreclosure of Land through Land Court for the non-payment of taxes, Land of Low Value and gifts made in lieu of Foreclosure that are located throughout the Town of Barnstable.  This solicitation is being conducted in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30B, Section 16, and all sales must be strictly awarded in accordance with the requirements of the Request for Proposals regarding Real Property Transactions. A public session pre-response meeting will be held on February 28, 2018 at Barnstable Town Hall in the Hearing Room, 2nd. Floor at 2:00 PM to allow the public or any interested parties to ask questions about the process or the property.  More information including a list of parcels can be found on the Town’s website or contacting David Anthony, Director of Property and Risk Management, at 508-862-4652 or email at david.anthony@town.barnstable.ma.us.   

 

Town of Barnstable Villages Tourism Grant Applications Now Available

The Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce has issued a request for proposals on behalf of the Town of Barnstable for its FY2018 Tourism Grant Program.  The Tourism Grant Program is designed to aid villages in promoting new or existing events and festivals to draw visitors to the town.  All civic and nonprofit associations marketing village events to visitors or who are providing visitor services are eligible and encouraged to apply.  These grants are matching funds grants up to a maximum of $1,000. Applications must be submitted to the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce on or before March 9, 2018.  Grants will be awarded on or before March 31, 2018. Applications and complete rules & guidelines are available by emailing Todd Deluca at the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, todd@hyannis.com or calling 508-775-7778.

 

2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers

The Recreation Division 2018 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. 2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers will be available in person at the HYCC beginning May 7thh.  Operating hours will be Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sundays & Holidays 9:00 AM-Noon.

 

Barnstable Youth Commission Prepares for Second Ready, Set, Work! Job Fair

Seeking Businesses Looking to Hire Youth

 

Fiscal 2019 Budget Process:  Capital Improvement Plan Submission Revieww

Work continues on the Capital Improvement Plan submission review.  We will be holding meetings with various departments and divisions on their capital requests.  Each year through our Capital Trust Fund, Barnstable has been able to address a number of important capital programs.  This year, as we review more than 125 project submissions, we will be seeking to make decisions on projects which are the most needed and in the best financial interest of the Town. 

 

Exemption Applications Due in Assessor’s Office by April 2nd

FY2018 statutory exemption applications, including residential exemptions, are due in the Assessor’s office by Monday, April 2nd.  More information can be found on the Assessor’s page of the Town’s website.

 

Call to artists –a few spots remain for the 2018 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties
Bismore Park & Hyannis Harbor Overlook, corner of South and Ocean along the Walkway-to-the-Sea

Artist applications are accepted on a rolling basis for remaining spots for the 2018 season.  Spots are filled based on need and availability.  Applications can be downloaded from  www.ArtsBarnstable.com. 
Opening day for the artist shanties is Friday, May 4th, 2018.  Artist shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis and at the Harbor Overlook, along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, at the corner of South and Ocean Street, overlooking Aselton Park, Hyannis. 

 

Town of Barnstable Hyannis Main Street Vendor/Contractor Parking Permitt

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The Town of Barnstable recognizes vendors and contractors are a critical component to our community’s economy and quality of life. Therefore, starting January 1, 2018 daily parking permits will be available to qualifying vendors and contractors hired to service businesses and residents located on Main Street, Hyannis who need their vehicles in close proximity on the date of services rendered, parking beyond the 2-hour limitation on Main Street during the hours of 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday through Sunday.  Through an application process by the Parking Division, Vendor/Contractor parking permits are valid for one space per vehicle or trailer, for no more than five (5) calendar days per calendar month, and no more than three (3)  vendor/contractor parking permits per business or residency at any one time.  Applications must be submitted one business day prior to the date requested and payment of cash/check must be included with the application:

November 1st – March 31st                         $  5.00/day/space

April 1st – October 31st                                 $15.00/day/space

For more information about this new program and/or a copy of the application, please visit online at www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact:  Barnstable Parking Resources Division, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 or 508-862-4771. We are happy to help!

 

Friendly Reminder from the Marine & Environmental Affairs Office

 

Building Department Public Service Announcementt

Re: Article VII Sign Regulations § 240-61 (N) Temporary Signs on Public Property

The Town of Barnstable Building Department would like to advise its citizens of a recent policy change concerning the existing temporary signs on public property ordinance.  The Department has reviewed and updated our guidelines as a result of the public’s expressed desire to maintain the quiet dignity and decorum of our memorial sites as well as to address safety concerns regarding motor vehicle traffic line of sight.  The revised policy includes restrictions on the number and placement of temporary signs on public property and a prohibition of temporary signs on memorial sites and traffic islands.  This revision was carefully and purposefully crafted to balance the need of the community to publicize special non-profit events while preserving the integrity of the memorial sites and to ensure traffic safety in each of the seven villages of Barnstable.  As always, applicants seeking to install signs on public property will need to register their event with the Building Department prior to placement of signage.  Forms are available online here or they may be obtained at the Building Department located at the 200 Main Street building.  The Sign Ordinance online link may be found here.  Staff is available to answer questions or to assist applicants with the registration process and can be reached at 508-862-4038.

 

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 2018 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure has been updated. You can view the brochure here.

 

ROAD WORK UPDATES

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

National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main

National Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Their scheduled work along Peppercorn Lane, Cotuit and Route 6A between Allyn and Crocker Lanes in Barnstable Village will continue. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way Continues

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 between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday..

*NEW* Route 6 (Mid-Cape Highway) - Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will begin their roadway ‘Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs’ along Route 6 beginning February 20, 2018. This project is estimated to be completed by May 24, 2018. The work will consist of replacing the existing directional signs along Route 6 from Sandwich to Eastham. There are no proposed lane closures. All work will be performed on the highway’s shoulder accompanied by a police officer. The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday..

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Osterville Bay School Demolition

The contractor has completed demolition operation and is in the process of demobilizing and removing equipment from the site.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Work has slowed due to the freezing temperatures.  The contractor is installing underground drainage structures under the future parking areas.  The new press box has been installed.  The sidewalk path will be rough graded with stone dust as part of the sidewalk relocation. The public should be aware that there will be limited access and parking for the West Barnstable Community Building, as well as no access to Luke’s Love Playground, the ball field or the Old Selectmen’s Building for the duration of the project. The re-construction of the ball field, additional site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love are expected to be completed in the Spring/Summer of 2018.

 

Town of Barnstable Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The newly re-designed Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod. The Business Barnstable website (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’. For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us.

 

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.

 

Barnstable Public Schools on Facebook

Barnstable Public Schools has a Facebook page.  You can follow them here. You may also want to follow Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown on Twitter @meg_bps.  

 

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.

 

Notice of Town Office Closures for the Presidents Day Holiday

Town offices will be closed on Monday, February 19th for the observance of the Presidents Day Holiday.


Last Week’s Question:  With the Osterville Chocolate Festival and Valentine’s Day fast approaching, what is the most popular chocolate bar in the world?  We had fun with this one.  We had lots of guesses and Myla was hoping that it was Hershey’s because she worked there during college.  Bob of Hyannis was not only the first to respond, but he had the correct answer with Snickers.  Our answer came from Bloomberg’s.  The Top 5 chocolate bars in the world are:  5. Cadbury Dairy Milk ($2.5 billion); 4. Milka ($2.5 billion); 3. Galaxy/Dove ($2.6 billion); 2. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups ($2.7 billion); and 1. Snickers ($3.6 billion).

 

This Week’s Question:  Can you name the three types of Mills that existed in Marstons Mills?  Please email your answer here.


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