Housing Production Plan Grant

We have been informed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that Barnstable is being awarded a $5,000 grant to assist with the outreach and promotion of our Housing Production Plan (HPP). The HPP was one of our Best Practices under our Community Compact with the State. Our other Best Practice, the Open Budget website, received a $5,000 grant which was applied to the cost of setting the program up.


Town Council Agenda Setting Meeting

The next Town Council meeting will include an ordinance to reduce the size of the Council on Aging; a Community Preservation recommendation to appropriate $85,000 for the preservation of the Olde Colonial Courthouse on Route 6A; an appropriation order for $15,000 for repairs to the boardwalk at Bismore Park; changes in Consumer Affairs fees; acceptance of a $24,850 grant for the design of a new dog park; and a Tax Incentive Finance (TIF) agreement with the Fairfield Inn and Suites, currently under construction on Route 132 in Hyannis. Town Council will meet on Thursday February 25, 2016.


Police Sergeant Promotion Interviews

This week I interviewed six candidates vying for five open Barnstable Police Sergeant positions. The quality of the men and women seeking to move into the important supervisory role of sergeant was very impressive. The pride and commitment to the Barnstable Police Department and our Town was evident in each of the candidates. The education, training, and variety of roles they have undertaken over the course of their careers is impressive. Outside of the Barnstable Police Department, each is an active member of the community. A staff full of well trained and committed superior officers bodes well for the future of the BPD.


Proposed Recreational Fields Study

As the Town works to improve recreational fields, it is important to ensure the programming of activities on the fields fits with the amenities offered at each field. On Monday, the Community Preservation Committee will continue discussion on a Letter of Intent from the Town Manager’s office and the Department of Public Works. Proposed is spending $137,528 to develop a scope of work and to engage a consultant for a comprehensive evaluation of recreation fields in Town. The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Monday at 5:30 PM in the second floor Hearing Room of Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.


MassDOT Improvements to Route 28 / Yarmouth Road Intersection

Thursday night, The Massachusetts Department of Transportation held a public meeting regarding planned improvements to the busy intersection of Route 28 and Yarmouth Road in Hyannis. Cited as one of the most dangerous intersections on Cape Cod, planned improvements include a widening of the roadway, ADA compliant sidewalks, a shared use path, and traffic pattern shifts. Click here to watch the presentation.


Planning Board: Hyannis Parking Overlay District Discussion to Continue

The Planning Board will meet on Monday and will continue discussion on a proposed zoning amendment to create a new district known as the Hyannis Parking Overlay District. The new district aims to clarify land use and create as-of-right permitting for land used as open parking lots, located south of Main Street in Hyannis. The goal is to protect the safety of users, ensure safe access to emergency responders, enhance and protect the visual quality of the Hyannis Harbor area, reduce congestion and contribute to traffic safety. The Planning Board is scheduled to meet Monday evening at 7:00 PM in the second floor Hearing Room at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.


Public Hearings: Proposed Fee and Regulation Changes

A pair of public hearings on changes to fees and regulations will be held at Town Hall on Tuesday February 23, 2016. The first begins at 10:00 AM and will focus on proposed changes to Hyannis Water System fees and rates and sewer rates. Click here for more information. The second hearing will begin at 10:30 AM and focus on several proposed changes to regulations at Sandy Neck Beach Park, including adjustments to the hours of operation, public beach campfire permit requirements. Click here to read the proposed changes. Both hearings will be held in the second floor Hearing Room at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street in Hyannis.




 Last week we asked: An “expert” Wednesday predicted “this” would double in summer of 2016: 1. The number of political yard signs; 2. Tourists visiting the Cape; 3. Sharks in Cape waters. We received a large number of responses in which our readers chose all three of the above choices.  The correct answer, per the local news, was: sharks!


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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

February 16-19, 2016


Tuesday February 16, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald joined us on Tuesday morning’s show with a warning about some black ice found in areas of town. Next, he discussed a meeting held with the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito regarding the ongoing homeless issue in downtown Hyannis.  Chief MacDonald mentioned news of organized shoplifting efforts taking place across the state, and recent incidents that occurred in Barnstable. Next, our Community Profile segment featured Mary Ann Mathews, director of the ESPRIT program, and ESPRIT club chair Christine Leonard. Director of Public Works Dan Santos reviewed information from snow and ice work done over the weekend, and previewed plans for spring road work.


Wednesday February 17, 2016


Our Business Barnstable segment led off Wednesday’s program. Barnstable County Register of Deeds Jack Meade discussed the January real estate statistics for January 2016.  Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado joined us for a discussion about the upcoming Youth Summit.  We headed inside the vault with Town Clerk Ann Quirk to learn more about the preservation efforts of 22 of the Town’s oldest record books.


Thursday February 18, 2016


Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Administrator Tom Cahir joined us on Thursday morning with an update on plans for the popular summer Cape Flyer train, and information about how the CCRTA is working with organizers of large events like Best Buddies, the Falmouth Road Race, Cape Cod Cares for our Troops and more.  2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal talked with us about the complexities of crafting legislation to ban synthetic marijuana or “spice”.  We continued our conversations with Barnstable Town Councilors with Precinct 3 Town Councilor Paul Hebert, who shared information about the demographics and geography of Precinct 3, and discussed issues of importance to his constituents and the Town as a whole.


Friday February 19, 2016


Our weekly Arts & Culture segment featured the new Scrimshaw exhibit at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado reminded us that registration for spring programs and the summer leisure program will begin on March 1, 2016. Patti also had information about the boatbuilding course, a new program for mothers and young children, and a discussion on the upcoming youth summit.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo talked to us about a number of hockey tournaments and events taking place at the HYCC. Animal Control Officer Charlie Lewis shared important information about coyotes and the rapidly approaching breeding season for turkeys. Charlie also had a reminder that dog owners need to keep their pets leashed when on the beach.