Moonrise Over Sandy Neck
Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Manager Donna Bragg took this picture 
of the “Super Snow Moon” on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

 

Today is the Deadline for Public Comment on Vineyard Wind’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Public comment on Vineyard Wind’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is slated to close today – Friday, February 22nd. Public input is a critically important part of the permitting process. Missed a hearing? Submit online. Make your voice heard by submitting comments directly to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM): Online at http://www.regulations.gov, search BOEM-2018-0069, and follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials.

By mail, enclose comments in an envelope labeled “Vineyard Wind COP Draft EIS" and postmarked by February 22nd to:
                                                            Program Manager
                                                            Office of Renewable Energy
                                                            Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
                                                            45600 Woodland Road
                                                            Sterling, Virginia 20166

NOTE: Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time.

Why comment? This is BOEM’s open comment period about the DEIS for Vineyard Wind’s offshore wind proposal.  The DEIS is a preliminary analysis by the federal government describing the project’s environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the Vineyard Wind proposal. The purpose of the review is to ensure the technical accuracy of all aspects of the document and offer an opportunity for the public to raise questions, flag concerns, and provide comment.  What happens next? BOEM will be reviewing comments, updating their analysis, and preparing to issue a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). This is just the federal permitting process. The project is also subject to a range of state and local permitting.  

 

Important Traffic Notification – 10K Road Race on Saturday, February 23rdand Hyannis Marathon Sunday, February 24th
The Barnstable Police Department wants all residents to be advised that the annual running of the Hyannis Marathon is this Sunday, February 24th at 10:00 AM.  There will also be a 10K Road Race on Saturday, February 23rd.  The races start and end at the Hyannis Resort & Conference Center and will have an adverse impact on traffic throughout the morning.  Motorists can expect long delays in the following areas:
               Hyannis:  The areas of Sea Street / Gosnold Street / Old Colony Road and Ocean Street.
               Hyannisport:  The intersection of Smith Street / Marstons Avenue and Scudder Avenue
               Centerville:  The areas of Craigville Beach Road / Main Street / Old Stage Road / Pine Street and   
               Strawberry Hill Road       
Motorists are encouraged to avoid travel in these areas.  Most intersections along the route will be closed for extended periods of time.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this event.

 

CONGRATULATIONS, Jesse Schechtman!

2019 Merchandiser of the Year Award

Jesse Schechtman, PGA Head Golf Professional atHyannis Golf Course, was recently recognized by the New England PGA for his outstanding performance in the area of Golf Shop management and merchandising. Hyannis Golf Shop numbers have more than doubled in the last 4 years!

The New England PGA consists of over 750 PGA Class A Golf Professionals and over 240 Apprentices at over 450 golf facilities in five states – Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. The Merchandiser of the Year Award recognizes a PGA Professional who has demonstrated superior skills as a merchandiser in the promotion of golf. (Public, Private, & Resort categories)    

 

Mooring Permit Renewals Due by February 28th

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.      

 

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 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 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

The Barnstable Youth Commission presents the 3rd Annual Youth Job Fair for ages 14-18 taking place on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM.  All are welcome to attend and admission is free!  The goal is to create an annual resource for young teens throughout the region to access good job coaching and advice about entering the workforce; and for businesses that support the Hyannis Youth & Community Center’s efforts and programs with this event to facilitate and encourage eager and qualified candidates to fill year-round and summer positions.  Locally-based businesses who are hiring youths between the ages of 14-18 will be on hand with applications, ready to interview and hire the right applicants on the spot!  Professional job coaching from The Executive Suites staffing firm will be available in the United Cultures Room just off the lobby during the event to answer questions about labor laws, and offer guidance to students in being successful with their first job.  There are a few remaining spaces for employers and participation is free.  Call Amy Harwood at 508-862-4638 or amy.harwood@town.barnstable.ma.us for more information.  The event is being held earlier this year, due to the strong recommendations of past employer participants who want to staff up for the busy summer season.  It is also timed well for student athletes who are wrapping up their winter seasons and wanting to secure summer jobs.  Students at all of the public and private high schools in the region will be invited, so stores with multiple locations can benefit from participating in this event.  The Barnstable Youth Commission is a group of students representing Barnstable High School, Sturgis Charter High School and Pope John Paul II High School whose members are appointed by the Town Council and advised by members of the community.  The Youth Commission is administered through the Youth Services Division of the Community Services Department.  Their goal is to work with town officials, appointed and elected, towards furthering the goals of the Youth and making the Town a better place for the Youth of today and tomorrow.  Accomplishments include producing the annual 7th Grade Youth Summit, Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forums, introducing the One Love Foundation program to address relationship safety to the Barnstable High School community and the group is currently engaging with state agencies to conduct a youth survey and create a suicide prevention program tailored to the needs of Cape Cod’s unique circumstances.  More information is here


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.

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* Sewer Manhole Inspections

Barnstable Road & South Street, Hyannis

As part of the Water Pollution Control Division’s on-going sewer evaluation studies, the Town’s consultant will be conducting manhole inspections on Barnstable Road and South Street.  Weather pending, this work will be performed from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day during the week of February 25th.  Police details will direct motorists around the inspection crews.  Motorists can expect altered traffic patterns and minor delays during the inspection period.

*CONTINUES* Road Work on Sea Street, Ocean Avenue, and South Street in Hyannis
Construction activities from February 22-March 1 are scheduled to include installation of drainage systems in the intersection of Sea Street and South Street, 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 February 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.
*CONTINUES* Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction activities from February 22-March 1 are scheduled to include installation of drainage systems in Route 149, generally progressing north to south from near the post office drive toward Route 28; clearing, grading, and installing structural supports for the boardwalk along Mill Pond; clearing and preparing for a new sidewalk along the west side of Route 149, generally progressing south to north from Mill Pond toward Lovell’s Lane; pavement patching; survey staking/marking for construction; installing construction signage; 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.
*ROAD WORK COMPLETED*SNEP Grant Stormwater, Prince Avenue (next to Prince Cove Marina) in Marstons Mills  
Paving the edge of the sediment forebay is completed and the plantings to be completed in the spring.
*UPDATED*Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road and Putnam Avenue, Cotuit

Work to repair/retrofit the existing stormwater wetland pockets along the Old Shore Road shoulder. 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.
*ROAD WORK COMPLETED*SNEP Grant Stormwater - Cordwood Landing, Cotuit
Remaining work includes the plantings to be completed in the spring.  Area is open to vehicles.
*CONTINUES* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains - Centerville
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.
*UPDATED*National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains - Osterville
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.
*CONTINUES*National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains - Hyannis
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.

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: As we approach the Presidents’ Day Weekend, can you identify the United States Presidents with ties to Cape Cod? Dave Harrington offered a speedy correct response with John F. Kennedy and Grover Cleveland.

 

 

This Week’s Question: This weekend’s Hyannis Marathon is a qualifying race for what well known road race? Please email your answer here.