Town Council Meeting

At last night’s Town Council meeting, the Town Council voted to approve an appropriation and transfer order of $20,000 from the Golf Course Enterprise Fund reserves for funding the Fiscal Year 2017 Golf Enterprise Fund Operating Budget for the purpose of increasing merchandise and equipment in pro shop operations.  The Town Council and Planning Board opened and continued until January 19th Public Hearings on amending the Code of the Town of Barnstable Part 1 General Ordinances, Chapter 240 Zoning by adding a Gateway Medical District. Three Community Preservation Fund items received a first reading and were referred to Public Hearings at the next Town Council meeting which will be held on Thursday, January 19th.  The Town Council voted to go into Executive Session under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 30A §21(a)(3), to discuss litigation strategy with respect to the case of the Town of Barnstable v. Barnstable County, pending in Barnstable Superior Court as the Chair declared that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the Town.


Stay Informed During a Storm
Weather forecasts are calling for some wintry weather this weekend, with a Nor’easter expected to arrive on Saturday.  We are continuing to watch the forecast, and Barnstable is prepared!  In the event of a winter storm, the Town will re-activate the Storm Alert feature on our website.  The Department of Public Works will share actual road plowing activities.  Also available to residents is a storm information line that can be accessed by dialing 508-863-INFO (4636), which will be updated with the same information from the DPW.  Our Town’s social media site on Facebook and Twitter will also be updated during any storm event.  The 2017 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure is out. You can view the brochure here.


Town of Barnstable receives Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts has received the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. The award represents a significant achievement by the entity.   It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.   In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.   These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as: a policy document; a financial plan; an operations guide; and a communication device. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.


Steamship Authority Board Recognizes Contributions Made by Retiring Barnstable Board Member Bob O’Brien

The governing board of the Steamship Authority paid tribute to retiring board member Bob O’Brien during its December meeting, recognizing him for the crucial role he played in shaping the Authority’s capital projects in Hyannis during his tenure.  Overseeing upgrades and improvements to the Authority’s fleet, terminals, vessel maintenance, and operations are just a few of O’Brien’s accomplishments.  He is credited with overseeing the acquisition of the waterfront property adjacent to the Authority’s Hyannis terminal to construct a second ferry slip and a new terminal building, while dedicating a portion of the expanded terminal as a public park and expanding Hyannis’ walkway along the waterfront.  He also oversaw Hyannis slip improvements, which now allow the Authority to operate the high-speed ferry from a separate slip than others used by the Authority’s passenger/vehicle ferries.  O’Brien has served 25 years on the board, the first representative for the port community of Barnstable.  He was appointed in 1991 by the Barnstable Town Council after the state Legislature amended the Authority’s enabling act to expand the number of board members.  “Throughout his 25 years with the Authority, Bob has gained the respect of all of the Board members for being a voice of reason, wisdom and tolerance during good times and bad,” said Elizabeth Gladfelter, SSA board chair and Falmouth representative.  “Because he has discharged his fiduciary duties so well over the years, we – the current board – have much smoother sailing ahead of us.”  O’Brien’s contributions have not gone unnoticed by the Commonwealth.  Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito issued a Governor’s Citation recognizing O’Brien’s “outstanding, dedicated and distinguished public service…and his contributions to improving ferry service for the traveling public.”  Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, on behalf of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Representative Tim Whelan, Representative Brian Mannal, and Representative William Strauss, issued a citation, also signed by Senator Dan Wolf and Senator Vinnie deMacedo, congratulating O’Brien in recognition of his dedicated service to the Town of Barnstable, the Steamship Authority and the traveling public.  “Our entire membership extends its very best wishes and expresses the hope for future good fortune and continued success in all endeavors.”  Steamship Authority General Manager Wayne Lamson read the citations and presented them to O’Brien.  In November of 2016, the Barnstable Town Council appointed Robert R. Jones, Barnstable’s representative to the Steamship Authority’s Port Council, to fill O’Brien’s unexpired term.  We thank Bob O’Brien for his years of dedicated service and wish Bob Jones well in his new duties.


News Programming Changes on Channel 18

Channel 18 is working to make it even easier to get your local news. To do that the government access station is streamlining news content into one half hour news program Barnstable Today. Barnstable Today will feature news about board, committee and commission meetings, interviews with town leaders and will include arts and culture segments as well. For your convenience there are six times you can view Barnstable Today. The program will air weekdays at 8:00 am, 8:30 am, 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 11:00 pm, and 11:30 pm.


Do You Have an Uncashed Town of Barnstable Check?

The Treasurer of the Town of Barnstable has issued a list of Owners of Checks previously issued by the Town which have not been cashed. This list along with information on how to claim these funds can be found on the Town of Barnstable Website at on the Homepage under the Notifications Section or by calling the Town of Barnstable Treasurer’s Office at 508.862.4653


What Do You Think About Hyannis

The Town of Barnstable and the Cape Cod Commission have partnered on a planning project focused on Downtown Hyannis, the Route 132 regional retail corridor, and the surrounding residential areas.  The goals of the project are to encourage and guide development and redevelopment in Hyannis, promote economic and housing opportunities, modernize and clarify development regulations, and strengthen the connection between land use and infrastructure planning – all based on the community’s collective vision for the Hyannis area.  To kick off the project, the Cape Cod Commission has prepared a survey to help better understand the issues and opportunities facing Hyannis.  Click here to take the survey!!


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 Hyanniss

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.


Civic Engagement: Citizens Leadership Academy Accepting Waiting List Applicants

Learn More about How Your Town Government Works!

The twenty-fourth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 31, 2017 and is currently full and accepting waiting list applicants. The academy is an 11-week commitment with the goal of educating the citizens of Barnstable about the operations of town government, while also obtaining valuable feedback and participation from those citizens participating in the Academy. The program is designed to advance understanding of and participation in civic affairs as well as to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government. The classes will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm and will be held in various locations throughout the Town. The Academy also includes a bus tour of the seven villages. The classes will be conducted by Town staff and provide interactive learning experiences, group discussions, and site tours. The program is free of charge and open to anyone who resides or works in the Town of Barnstable. Applications are available at the Town Manager’s Office, 367 Main Street, Hyannis or online here.  To receive an application by mail or fax, please call 508-862-4610.


This Week’s Question:  Inside Barnstable Town Government is currently gearing up for its 24th Session, in what year was the program started?  Email your answer here


The December 16th trivia answer had numerous correct answers, but the first answer from Fred P. Pegnato, Jr. provided the following:  Hyannis, Nebraska.  2013 population 185, area 334 acres.  The town was named after our Hyannis by railroad crews from Massachusetts who were building railroad lines to the west.  They set up campsites wherever they were at the end of the workday and named them after towns back home.  Some of the campsites developed into towns and many faded away as construction bases of operation continually moved west.