From all of us at Barnstable Town Hall, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

Last sunrise of 2018 at Sandy Neck Beach Park.

Photo Courtesy of Donna Bragg, Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Manager.


Town Council Meeting – January 3, 2019
Last night’s Town Council meeting began with public comment.  Town Manager Mark Ells presented updates on the following during Town Manager Communications:

1.    DPW has named Amanda Ruggiero as the Interim Town Engineer.

2.    We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2020 as scheduled.  For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the town’s Open Budget website at

3.    We have a scheduled a progress meeting for January 7, 2019 with Fish & Wildlife to discuss the future potential to siting water supply wells on the 250 acre parcel owned by the Commonwealth that directly abuts the Hyannis public water supply.  The Town desires to continue working with MassWildlife to finalize an agreement that would enable the Town to install public water supply wells on the 250-acre Hyannis Ponds Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Given the pressure of providing water supply to meet demands, the process needs to progress without haste. 

4.    The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has scheduled a meeting on January 16, 2019 in response to a petition from the Conservation Law Foundation and Toxics Action Center.  The petition focuses on Mass DEP establishing treatment technology standards for PFAS in drinking water.  We plan to attend the meeting to provide written comments and to make a short oral statement.

5.    On November 27, 2018 at 3:00 PM, I attended the Board of Health (BOH) to further discuss the proposal to eliminate or modify Chapter 360 Article XV. Protection of Saltwater Estuaries Interim regulations.  The hearing was continued to January 22, 2019.  We will keep you advised of our progress on this matter.

6.    The Town received a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant from the Commonwealth in 2018 to continue climate change resiliency planning and is working with partners from the Cape Cod Commission, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, and Woods Hole Sea Grant to complete this effort.  Through the MVP process, the Town seeks to confirm existing and identify future vulnerabilities to infrastructure, people, and the environment resulting from natural hazards and changing climate conditions and to collect, develop, and prioritize municipal and community response actions.  A day-long community workshop is being planned for early February to develop the required assessment and action plan.  Communities who complete the MVP program become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for Commonwealth MVP Action Grant funding and other opportunities.  We will keep the Town Council advised of the schedule for the workshop and our progress on this matter.

7.    Please visit the Town of Barnstable’s new and improved website.  There will be a link back to the old site for a short period of time. 

8.    Vineyard Wind has communicated with us that the draft federal report and final state reports are on their website.  They have a schedule for public meetings.  More information on Vineyard Wind updates is available in this week’s eNews.

9.    Richard Scali, Licensing Director, provided an update on the facts related to the Estimation of Seasonal Population hearing for Seasonal Package licenses.  The hearing of the Barnstable Licensing Authority is called pursuant to MGL Ch 138, s17 whereas the Authority may consider the 2019 Seasonal Population Increase Estimation for the purpose of considering the issuance of Seasonal All Alcohol or/and Wine and Malt Package Store licenses for April 1 to November 30 or from April 1 to January 15. The estimate will be considered after cooperative discussion, investigation and deliberation of all facts. The hearing will be on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 9:30 AM.

Town Council President James Crocker reviewed the Town Manager’s evaluation for the record. Town Manager Mark Ells introduced DPW Director Dan Santos to present 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.  Mr. Santos’ presentation can be viewed here. The Town Council thanked Mr. Ells, Mr. Santos and their staff for their efforts on this important issue.  The Orders of the Day started with Old Business.  Lindsey Counsell, Community Preservation Committee Chair, presented Agenda Item 2019-063 Appropriation Order in the amount of $100,000.00 Community Preservation funds for Community Housing Creation Seashore Homes, Inc., 185 Ridgewood Avenue, Hyannis, Development of 1 Affordable Housing Unit within a New Multifamily Development Map 328, Parcel 226 was approved.  New Business began with Agenda Item 2019-066 Acceptance of Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Emergency Management Performance Grant in the amount of $13,760 from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for the purpose of funding handheld radios used in emergency management operations which was presented by the Barnstable Police Department’s Finance and Support Services Director Anne Spillane.  The item was approved. DPW Director Dan Santos presented Agenda Item 2019-067 Acceptance of a grant in the amount of $14,300 from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of enhancing its waste reduction programs which was also approved. The following items were referred to Public Hearings on February 7, 2019: Agenda Item 2019-068 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $250,000 for a Feasibility Study and preliminary investigations of the Wastewater Treatment Facility at Joint Base Cape Cod and Agenda Item 2019-069 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $835,000 for the Design of Vineyard Wind Associated Roadway and Utility Work. Agenda Item 2019-070 Resolve acceptance of easement 307 Falmouth Road (Route 28) Hyannis, MA was referred to a second reading on January 17, 2019.  Agenda Item 2019-071 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $250,000 for Conceptual Planning and Design of Sewer Expansion in Cotuit was referred to a Public Hearing on February 7, 2019. The following items were referred to Second Reading on January 17, 2019:  Agenda Item 2019-072 Order to create a Water Stabilization Fund for the purpose of making comprehensive improvements to the Town’s drinking water and Fire Readiness Services; Agenda Item 2019-073 Order to accept the 4th paragraph of MGL Chapter 40 §5b allowing for the dedication of certain revenue streams to stabilization funds without further appropriation; and Agenda Item 2019-074 Order to dedicate future host community agreement payments from Vineyard Wind to the Water Stabilization Fund.  The next Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.


Vineyard Wind Updates
Vineyard Wind has leased a 160,000 acre area south of Martha's Vineyard, and 14 miles from the nearest shore.  The location was determined through a multi-year, inter-governmental task force process, which carefully considered scientific data and public input. The offshore wind project will consist of an array of wind turbines, spaced at least eight-tenths of a mile apart, that are each capable of generating over 8 MW of power.  Power from the turbines is collected by an offshore substation.  Submarine cables will be installed along a carefully designed route from the project site to a landing point on shore, buried up to six feet below the sea floor. The route has been designed after an extensive geological survey of the area to avoid as many sensitive areas as possible.  The upland cables will be buried along proposed routes in either Yarmouth or Barnstable. Federal and state regulators are again holding public comment periods for the proposed offshore wind development off the coast of Massachusetts known as Vineyard Wind.  The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) establishing a preliminary assessment of the impact of the project.  The Bureau is accepting public comment on the DEIS until January 22.  The draft federal report and final state reports are on the headings of Vineyard Wind’s website:  The meeting schedule is also available here:
The BOEM schedule for public meetings is here:
The Hyannis meeting will be on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Double Tree Hotel, Cape Cod Room, 287 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601.  Open House 5:00-8:00 PM with Presentation and Q&A 6:00 PM. A forum is scheduled for March 12, 2019 at the Town Hall.  We will keep you informed as additional information becomes available.

A Note from the Town Collector

Barnstable Public Health Division Flu Clinic – Thursday, January 17th
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will hold an influenza vaccination clinic at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center. This clinic is open to Town residents only. The fee is $3.00

               Thursday, January 17, 2019, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

               At the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis MA

Consent forms will be available at the following locations:  Barnstable Public Health Division Office, 200 Main Street Hyannis, and Barnstable Senior Center, Route 28, Hyannis.

For More Information: Call the Town of Barnstable Public Health Division at (508) 862-4644.


Special Officers Sworn In

Town Clerk Ann Quirk swore in six Special Officers to the Barnstable Police Department (BPD) on Tuesday, January 2, 2019.  Officers Brian Murray, Sean Sweeney, Steve McGuire, Arthur Caiado and David Cameron were joined by Jack Corbett who is the newest Special Officer.  Mr. Corbett’s official retirement date is January 11, 2019. He is retiring after over 47 years of service to the Town, starting with DPW in 1971, and finishing his career with nearly 34 years of service with the BPD.  These officers join Owen Needham, Kevin Scott, James Ellis, Nancy  Blanchard, Craig Tamash, and Tom Leduc in Special Officer duties.

Pictured left to right: 

Town Clerk Ann Quirk, Jack Corbett, Brian Murray, Sean Sweeney, Steve McGuire, Arthur Caiado and David Cameron.


“Infinite Worlds within this World” January 9th through February 28, 2019

A view of Sandy Neck through the eyes of Barnstable High School Art Students

on display Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room AND Fine Arts 2 student exhibit “Individual Concentration” in the Selectman’s Conference Room

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.  Works created by Barnstable High School students will be on display in the Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference in Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, 2nd floor, January 9th through February 28, 2019. The work, process and interviews from the Sandy Neck Beach house experience will be featured in a mini-documentary created by the Town of Barnstable’s Chris Ledda, Video Specialist and Stone Dow, Video Assistant, airing on Barnstable’s Channel 18. For more information on this program or the artist excursion program out at Sandy Neck Beach, email or call 508-862-4767.   Program information available at:



This past fall four students from Barnstable High School’s Fine Arts 4 class participated in a field trip out to the Sandy Neck House at the “Halfway Point,” so called because of its location half way down the inner rim of Sandy Neck. The building, more of a nature camp than a “house,” is nestled in the maritime forest perched above the Barnstable Great Marsh. It overlooks a thick matted patch of marsh grass, Osprey nesting sites and a cluster of bird houses opening up to a view of Barnstable Harbor.  Students Anthony Almas, Maria Grigio, Bijon Luczkow and Grace Sanford, were tasked with combining what they had previously researched regarding the ecology, history, topography, and conservation aspects of Sandy Neck with their experiences journeying out to the halfway point. Accompanying them were Town of Barnstable Sandy Neck Naturalist Andrea Higgins, and Barnstable High School art teachers Abby Fay-Smith and Matt Kemp. During the day the students observed baby diamondback terrapins saved by the town’s conservation efforts, multiple tracks from a range of Sandy Neck fauna, explored the trails snaking through the maritime forest, gathered materials, and created a series of plein air sketches.  The group created a range of artistic responses, utilizing a variety of techniques including photo collage, mixed media painting, traditional acrylic painting, printmaking, and sculpture. They tell the story of the interaction of two of Barnstable’s greatest resources - the natural beauty of Sandy neck and the bright, talented, and inspiring students of Barnstable High School.

Filipe Miguel’s, Fine Arts 2 at Barnstable High School, students are encouraged to express themselves through a series of works called the “Individual Concentration” In this assignment, they are asked to develop three or more artworks over the course of the school year, that have a personal connection or interest. Students are asked to create these pieces for homework or between projects, in addition to regular classwork that often focuses more on skill building, technique and art applications. The works in this exhibition are examples of their individual concentrations. They are often more expressive and engaging than the average assignment. Each piece is unique to the artist. Students exercise their creative thinking skills and demonstrate an ability to communicate a cohesive idea. The goal is to offer students an opportunity to develop their own personal voice in art.

For the next few weeks we will feature a different ARTIST STATEMENT from a student.
Sandy Neck Beach Park art excursion:
Anthony Almas

Rainy day,

acrylic, pen, watercolor, collage and wood

My experience at Sandy Neck Beach was great. I learned a lot and got to see a different side of a place I have been to many times. It helped me see the perspectives of both the reporters and naturalist who traveled with us. At the end of the day, we stopped at the Midway House and free wrote about our experiences. I wrote about how calm it was even though it looked like it was going to rain. Among many things, these on the spot ideas further developed into my work. When looking for inspiration I looked at Paul Cezanne among other artists to see their perspectives on nature and artistic styles. While everyone saw the same thing on the trip they came up with different ideas, focuses, and inspirations for their work. I wanted to include that experience in my work. I wanted to show the multitude of ways to look at the same scene and how from my point of view there are many things that seem hidden but still exist that other people are more keen to see. I chose the mediums of acrylic watercolor ink and colored pencil because I needed to convey the theme of different perspectives in the same image. I also chose to make the piece look a little cobbled together and hopefully look like a progress board of many works to show my focus, where it may lay and where other people’s might be.   


Important Date Reminders from Marine & Environmental Affairs

Slip renewal deposit invoices due: January 31st

Marina waiting list renewals due: February 15th

Mooring Permit Waiting List due: February 15th

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.


NOTICE: Town of Barnstable Commercial Shellfishing Regulation
For those interested in the availability of a commercial shellfishing permit within the Town of Barnstable

407-12:A2 New Commercial Shellfishing License Procedure

(a) New commercial shellfishing permits may be issued at the rate of one new permit for every one non-renewed permit, or permit that is void as a result of other causes (i.e., forfeiture, death, etc).

(b) To become eligible for a new commercial permit you must apply, pursuant to these regulations, within January 1st and January 31st and pay the non-refundable $5 application fee. Upon the hand delivery of a completed legitimate application, and payment of the fee, the applicant’s name will be entered into a lottery. On February 1, 2019, the applicant names will be drawn by lottery to determine the sequential chronological order that applicants acquire a permit. On February 1, 2019, the Natural Resources Office shall post on the bulletin board outside its building, on Phinney’s Lane, a chronological list of applicants as determined by lottery eligible for a commercial permit as determined by vacancy.

(c) If an existing commercial permit becomes void, during the calendar year (January 1 through December 31) for which the permit was issued, the next eligible applicant as determined by the lottery will be notified, by mail, of the availability of a permit. The applicant shall have ten (10) days from the date of notification to pay the balance of the permit fee or the permit will be offered to the next eligible applicant as determined by the lottery. The new permit shall be available within ten (10) days, thereafter, to be picked up. New permits shall be issued for a given commercial shellfishing permit year (April 1 through March 31). The applicant list shall be dissolved each year as of December 31st.

Note: If any dates stated in regulation 407-12A fall on a Saturday, Sunday or Holiday recognized by the Town of Barnstable, the next Marine and Environmental Affairs Department business day shall apply.


Follow-up to East End Hyannis Planning Meeting

The Community by Design project is a joint initiative to develop compact model housing designs that are appropriate for the distinct characteristics of the neighborhood while also serving the housing needs of the community.  The design team of Union Studios will be gathering community input on preferences for building forms, scale, height and styles at this workshop which will guide development of local implementation tools. Please take the survey to share your thoughts on creating housing solutions the community needs and supports.


DPW’s 2019 Snow & Ice Brochure
The 2019 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure is out. You can view the brochure here.

5-Year Financial Forecast
A copy of the 5 Year Financial Forecast is now available on the Town’s website for public viewing. This report is submitted annually to town council and the public. The purpose of this financial forecast is to identify factors that may impact the financial condition of the Town such as, revenue and expenditure trends and any long- or short-term actions that may be taken into account.


The Barnstable Youth Commission is hosting its 3rd Annual Youth Job Fair!

The Ready, Set, Work! Youth Job Fair is back again this coming year on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 2:30-5:00 PM at the HYCC. If you are looking to hire summer employees between the ages of 14 and 18, we welcome you to come join the fair this coming year. Please contact Amy Harwood at 508-862-4638 or if you are interested.


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

*UPDATED* Road Work on Sea Street in Hyannis
Construction activities from January 7th through January 18th are scheduled to include installation of drainage systems in and along Sea Street between Maple Avenue and Crescent Drive; construction of a shared use path (wide sidewalk) along the east side of Sea Street; survey staking/marking for construction; and 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.
*UPDATED* SNEP Grant Stormwater – Prince Avenue (next to Prince Cove Marina) in Marstons Mills  
SumCo has started work on green stormwater control infrastructure. The work is expected to continue as weather permits and to be completed in the spring 2019.
*UPDATED*SNEP Grant Stormwater - Cordwood Landing, Cotuit
SumCo continues their construction at Cordwood Landing (Cordwood Road) site in Cotuit. The project includes upgrading and additional green stormwater control infrastructure on site. Construction at Cordwood is expected to be completed by the end of December with plantings in the early spring.
*CONTINUES* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains
The Department of Public Utilities has shut down all National Grid projects until further notice.  We will update as information becomes available.
*CONTINUES* 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 will be 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
*CONTINUES* Utility Pole Relocations along Route 149 in Marstons Mills
Verizon is installing 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.  After the new poles are installed, Eversource and Verizon will relocate their overhead lines to the new poles and remove the old poles.  This work is in preparation for the Town project to improve these sections of roadway.  DPW will announce the road construction start date when it is determined.  The utility pole relocations are not expected to interfere with traffic, although temporary lane closures with police details might be necessary in some locations.


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: 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.


This Week’s Question: In December, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) held public meetings on the Cape Cod Canal Bridge MRER Study.  So we thought this would be a good question to ask - How many miles in length is the Cape Cod Canal from bay to bay?