Barnstable Shooting Range Study Results

This week, we received results of the the Barnstable Shooting Range Initial Assessment prepared by firing range service provider MT2 and forwarded the information to Town Councilors. Funding for the study was approved by Town Council. The results will assist in determining the future of the West Barnstable shooting range. The report provides information on the distribution of lead at the site and options for management. These management options include cost estimates for remediation of the lead and for the development of a modern range. Environmental assessor Dick Peddicord is scheduled to attend the Town Council’s February 26th meeting to review the report and findings of the initial assessment.

     

Winter Snow Forces Cancellation of Hyannis Marathon

The annual Hyannis Marathon, scheduled for Saturday February 21st, 2015 has been cancelled due to unsafe road conditions. After consultation with the Barnstable Police Department, the organizers of the Hyannis Marathon decided to cancel this year’s race. The issue of public safety on the roads was the overriding factor in their decision. This popular race has been an economic boost during the winter months for local businesses.

Town Council Agenda Setting Meeting

The agenda for the Feburary 26th Town Council meeting is set. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti and Council Vice–President Ann Canedy planned the agenda for the meeting. In addition to the discussion on the assessment report on the West Barnstable shooting range, Councilors will hear presentations from Mid Cape Cultural Council Chair Rebecca Lawrence, and Precinct 13 Councilor Jen Cullum, Chair of the Town Manager Review Committee. Land purchases in Cotuit and an appropriation for the Sandy Neck Dune Nourishment Program are up for approval.

Housing Assistance Corporation: Development Projects

Rick Presbrey, Executive Director of the Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), met with me this week to discuss future housing development projects in Barnstable. HAC runs many programs assisting working families with their housing needs. The agency also partners with developers to promote additional workforce housing. The Town appreciates the work of HAC, the Barnstable Housing Authority and other non-profits working to meet the diverse housing needs of our residents.

Snow Removal

Thursday evening the Department of Public Works removed snow from the Main Streets of Barnstable Village, Osterville and Hyannis. These are slower times for local businesses and having parking spaces and sidewalks clear sends the message they are open for business despite the challenging weather conditions. We encourage our eNews readers to head out and support our local businesses during this slow and cold time of the year.

Cotuit Civic Association Update

Cotuit-Santuit Civic Association President Rich Boden and Vice President Phyllis Miller, along with Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti met with Town staff this week to review concerns in Cotuit. Vessel storage at Ropes Beach, dredging, trash, roadway and drainage improvements, public safety issues such as crosswalks and speeding, and trimming vegetation along roadways and near boat ramps all came up during our discussion. Meetings like these with our civic associations help us gain perspective on the concerns that residents in each of our villages discuss on a regular basis.

Assistant Airport Manager Retires

On February 19th 2015, the Barnstable Airport Commission celebrated Frank Sanchez’s last day as Assistant Airport Manager with a retirement party at Alberto’s Ristorante. Frank had a distinguished twenty year career at the Barnstable Municipal Airport. Family, friends, co-workers, state and federal airport officials, and airport commissioners all gathered to congratulate Frank on a job well done. Airport Manager Bud Breault praised Frank for his professionalism and dedication to his profession. Katie Servis, picture below with Frank, has been hired as the new Assistant Airport Manager, and began work on January 19th.

Winter Storm Neptune Impacts Sandy Neck

Winter Storm Neptune, brought another foot of snow to the shores of Sandy Neck Beach. Off Road Vehicle access is closed for safety reasons. The access trail is snowed in, and it will take some time to get everything back to normal. The lower Bodfish parking lot suffered damage on the front dune. Emergency sand was placed on the beach this week to reinforce the dune. Sandy Neck officials ask you to please be careful if you are walking the front beach or marsh trail. Snow on the front beach hides debris that could be dangerous, and snow drifts on the marsh trail make walking treacherous. Stay up to date with the latest from Sandy Neck at the new blog: http://www.townofbarnstable.us/sandyneckblog/

Osterville Bay Fields Meeting

The Town of Barnstable in collaboration with the Osterville Village Association is working to rehabilitate the former Osterville Bay School property. On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, the public is invited to a discussion regarding land planning and design at the site. John Jennings of the design firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc, will be in attendance to present and answer questions. Following extensive study, it was determined that the best course of action is demolition of the existing building. The March 3rd discussion will be held at the Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Avenue, in Osterville.

OneCape Summit

The Cape Cod Commission is hosting its One Cape: Designing Solutions for Clean Water summit next week at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. The summit will bring together town officials and stakeholders from across Cape Cod to provide information and discussion on the Section 208 Water Quality plan. The event begins on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 with a discussion session hosted by the Cape Cod Selectmen and Councilors Association. On Thursday, February 26, sessions on wastewater management, implementation, monitoring, and non-nitrogen issues are scheduled.

Drug Prevention Youth Summit scheduled in March

The “Seventh Grade Youth Summit” will take place at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on March 19th and 20th, 2015. The Barnstable Youth Commission, a group of Barnstable High School students, have created an exciting drug prevention forum, intended to help seventh graders adjust to the adult culture of high school and establish judgment free lines of communication with students and faculty. The event will begin with an introduction for the public and for parents, including a discussion on how to talk to your teenager about drugs, and a conference style meeting with groups that are working on the issue in Barnstable. Friday, March 20 is designed specifically for the 7th graders, and will include peer mentoring, breakout sessions, and a screening of a local documentary on substance abuse. Town Councilor Jen Cullum, who serves as liaison to the Barnstable Youth Commission, has been working hard with the group and is excited to have our community leaders involved with the Summit.

Cold Weather Safety Precautions

Snow, ice, and cold weather can cause some issues in and around your home. According to the Hyannis Fire Department, the number of calls regarding frozen and burst pipes have increased in recent days. Channel 18 caught up with Deputy Chief Dean Melanson, who shares information on how you can protect your home. Melanson also suggests that residents ensure that all walkways and entrance ways are clear, heating and dryer vents are properly cleaned off, and asks for assistance in clearing fire hydrants around town. In and around the city of Boston, the snow is causing a large amount of roof and building collapses. Residents are reminded to check their roofs and gutters, even though concern of collapse is not as great on the Cape as it is in the greater Boston area.

Watch our Channel 18 interview with Bulding Commissioner Tom Perry here:

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Watch our Channel 18 interview with Deputy Chief Melanson here:

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Women’s Hockey East Returns to Hyannis

The exciting Women’s Hockey East tournament will return to Barnstable in March. The top teams in the Women’s Hockey East conference will battle it out for the championship on the ice at our very own Hyannis Youth and Community Center. The semi-finals will take place on March 7, and the championship game will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015. Tickets for this exciting weekend are available now, at a price of $10 per day. Groups of ten or more will receive a 50% discount if tickets are purchased before February 23. Contact Joe Izzo at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center for more.

Connect Online: See Click Fix

Did you know that if you notice a streetlight out, have concerns about a pothole, missing sign, or other Public Works related concern or issue, that reporting it to our Department of Public Works is as simple as See, Click, Fix? Connect online or download the free app, and send pictures, report problems, and receive answers. Issues reported go directly to the Department of Public Works. Learn more at: http://en.seeclickfix.com/

Last week’s trivia question : Last week, we asked: In bitter cold temperatures should you wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, or a single layer of heavy clothing? We applaud our e-news readers, so many of you answered correctly that several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing is ideal dress for bitter cold temperatures.

This week’s trivia question : Q: Natural Resource Officer Chris Nappi appeared on "Barnstable This Morning" last Friday to discuss strandings that occurred at Sandy Neck Beach. What kind of animal was found?
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