Town Council Meeting

Under old business at last night’s Town Council Meeting, the Town Council voted on two Appropriation and Transfer Orders for the Barnstable Municipal Airport.  One item was in the amount of $95,000 to fund the costs associated with the scope of work required in order to respond to the Notice of Responsibility (NOR) issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for immediate response actions at the Airport.  The second item was in the amount of $138,000 for the purpose of applying a Slurry Seal and to paint the Airport terminal aircraft parking apron (approximately 300,000 square feet).  Both items were approved.  Under new business the Town Council accepted a grant for the Growth Management Department in the amount of $5,000 from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance for a project that supports stakeholder engagement and community participation efforts as part of the Town’s Housing Production Planning Process and a gift of two parcels of land for open space purposes on Communication Way and South Flint Rock Road, Hyannis, Massachusetts from the Lorusso Foundation/Independence Park, Inc.  An Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $6,500,000 for the construction of a carbon treatment system at the Maher wellfield and pilot testing for 1, 4-dioxane treatment was referred to a Public Hearing at the March 2, 2017 Town Council Meeting.  An item Amending the Code of the Town of Barnstable, Part 1, General Ordinances, Chapter 240 Zoning by adding a Gateway Medical District was referred to the Planning Board.

 

Barnstable, MA $10,690,000 General Obligation Bonds Net 2.74%; $744,000 Bond Anticipation Notes Net 1.20%

Debra M. Blanchette, Town Treasurer, announced that the Town received competitive bids from bond and note underwriters on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, for a $10,690,000, 20-year bond issue and a $744,000, 105-day note issue. Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC was the winning bidder on the Bonds with an average interest rate of 2.74%. Century Bank was the winning bidder on the Notes with a net interest cost of 1.20%. The Town received a total of seven (7) bids on the Bonds and two (2) bids on the Notes.  Bond and Note proceeds will be used to finance various municipal purposes. 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.

 

Hyannis West Elementary School 2nd Grade Students at School Committee Meeting

Students from Ms. Duran’s second grade class at Hyannis West Elementary School kept Martin Luther King’s dream alive through their own words, as they shared their hopes and dreams.  Although these students are as young as seven years old, their wisdom is far beyond their years, and their words an inspiration to all  “grown-ups.”  To view their presentations at this week’s School Committee Meeting, click here.

 

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

I conducted 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.  Fees were presented for the Solid Waste Division, Hyannis Water Supply Division, Hyannis Youth & Community Center and Regulatory Services.  The proposed fees can be viewed on our website. I did take testimony from the public during the hearing, but the public is always welcomed to submit written comment as well. I have taken the fees under consideration and will make a determination soon. 

 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program 2017 Annual Action Plan Public Meeting
The Town of Barnstable’s Growth Management Department will conduct a public meeting:  Wednesday, March 1, 2017 3:00 pm in the Growth Management Conference Room, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. This location is accessible.  If you need reasonable accommodations including translation services, please contact the Growth Management Department at 508-862-4702, TDD# 508-790-9801 by February 23, 2017. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain the comments and views of citizens, public agencies, community organizations, and other interested parties on the Town of Barnstable’s housing and community development needs for the Annual Action Plan and recommended allocation levels for program activities.  The Action Plan serves as the planning document for the Community Development Block Grant program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Estimated 2017 Allocation for the CDBG Program is $274,347 plus any carryover funds. Information obtained from the meeting will be considered in the preparation of the Draft 2017 Annual Action Plan.  Anyone unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments or questions on before 2:30pm, March 1, 2016, to the Growth Management Dept., 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 ATTN:  Kathleen Girouard or by email to kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with “CDBG Comments” in the subject field please.  

 

Opportunity to Provide Input to Mass Moves

Mass Moves is embarking on a public engagement initiative to create a statewide transportation vision, and they need your input. As part of the State Senate’s 2017 Commonwealth Conversations tour, Mass Moves is facilitating nine public workshops across the state.  They want to hear your views on values, actions, and priorities for the Commonwealth’s transportation future. A report summarizing the results from the workshops will provide state, regional and local transportation decision makers with your views about the future direction of transportation in the Commonwealth.  All members of the public are invited to these workshops.  The meeting for the South Shore will be on Tuesday, February 28th and Southeast MA will be on Tuesday, March 7th. Locations for those events are not yet on their website however they are accepting reservations.

 

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.

 

Road Work Continues Route 28 (Falmouth Road) and Bearse’s Way

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues their roadway improvements for the ‘Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way’ as scheduled. While there are no detours currently scheduled, traffic during construction operations may be delayed and motorists are advised to use caution through the construction work area. The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 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.

 

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.

 

Friendly Reminders from the Marine & Environmental Affairs Office

The following deadline is fast approaching:

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.

 

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.
 

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:   What is thundersnow?  We enjoyed some of the responses we received to this question – especially the response “Scary!” The correct answer was received from Marstons Mills resident Oliver Cipollini:  Thundersnow is a thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. 

 

This Week’s Question:  This week is school vacation week and the Hyannis Youth and Community Center (HYCC) will be abuzz with activity.  The HYCC is how many square feet?  Email your answer here.