Barnstable This Morning

I joined “Barnstable This Morning” host Sarah Colvin on Monday’s program and discussed some New Year’s Resolutions. I have resolved to maintain our same fiscal discipline when preparing the Fiscal Year 2017 operating and capital budgets. I also plan to promote the use of technology as a way to connect with Barnstable residents. We discussed the upcoming dredging in Barnstable Outer Harbor scheduled to start this week, and I explained Barnstable’s role in approving the regional budget for the District Department of Veterans’ Services. View the interview: Town Website   YouTube


Barnstable This Morning Schedule Change

Our daily morning news program has made a change for 2016. The hour-long news program will now begin its live broadcast weekday mornings at 8:00 AM. A re-broadcast of the previous day’s episode will air at 7:00 AM, followed by the live show. Tune in to Barnstable (Comcast) Channel 18 for news, information, and daily interviews with Town leaders.


2016 Action Plan

During Thursday evening’s Town Council meeting, I outlined a six-month action plan for 2016. June 30, 2016 marks the end of my employment with the Town of Barnstable. Past experience tells me that time will pass quickly. I have put together a list of tasks which I would like to have accomplished by that transition date. My primary objective will be to leave Barnstable in a strong financial position providing financial options for the next town manager to implement his or her action plan. Operating and capital budget financial decisions will be made with the goal of maintaining existing services and leaving financial flexibility to implement a new action plan. Click here to view my plan.


Loggerheads on SNK

Sandy Neck Beach Park staff, volunteers, and staff from Mass Audubon helped to save nine loggerhead turtles, found cold-stunned on the shore of Sandy Neck this week. The turtles, cold-blooded animals that fare much better in warmer waters, were found on Tuesday and taken to a facility in Quincy for rehabilitation. A Kemps-Ridley turtle, the rarest of all sea turtle species, was also found on Tuesday. According to Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman, it is extremely unusual to see Kemp’s Ridley turtles stranding this late in the season. Pictured above: Natural Resource Officer Sean Kortis is holding a rescued loggerhead turtle.

 View a video report of the turtle stranding: Town Website YouTube





Annual Report Award

The Town of Barnstable is being recognized with an award certificate for placing among the top three municipalities in Category 1 of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s (MMA) Annual Town Report contest. The MMA believes, as do we, that Town Reports serve to communicate important information to town residents, and promote an understanding of and involvement in local government. I want to thank staff in the Town Manager’s office: Shirlee Oakley, Sarah Colvin, and Linda Wheelden who work so hard to prepare this report. The award certificate will be presented Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the President’s Reception and Awards Ceremony as part of the MMA’s 2016 Annual Meeting. Click here to read the Fiscal 2014 Annual Report.  

Shooting Range Update

At the January 7, 2016 Town Council meeting Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells gave an update on issues surrounding the West Barnstable Shooting Range. His report relayed conversations with the State, updates from the Department of Public Works and Community Services, as well as a discussion of alternatives for the clean-up and re-opening of the range. Click here to view Mark’s presentation. The Cape Cod Commission recently conducted a study of the groundwater at the Range, and has issued a report on their findings. Click here to read the report.


Mass Cultural Council Grants

The Massachusetts Cultural Council has awarded the Growth Management Department with two $5,000 grants, one for the HyArts Cultural District in Hyannis and the other for the Barnstable Village Cultural District. On Thursday night, the Town Council voted to accept both grant awards. The grant awards will support the 2016 re-design of the printing and distribution of a comprehensive marketing brochure for both districts, and fund the interactive “Art Meets Nature” project.  



Grants for Barnstable Police Department

Wednesday was “grant award notification day” at the Barnstable Police Department. Barnstable was awarded $16,000 for a First Responder Naxolone Grant to deal with drug overdoses and drug prevention information brochures. Barnstable Police Finance and Support Services Director Anne Spillane, who prepared the grants, also received notification of an Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant ($9,960); a Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Grant ($4,980); a Traffic Enforcement Grant ($6,000); and an Emergency Performance Grant ($14,460 for handheld radios). Each of these grants will go through an acceptance process with the Town Council.


Barnstable Harbor Dredging

The Barnstable Outer Channel Dredge Project is about to begin.  The State boat ramp at Blish Point will be used for dewatering operations with limited access available to the State boat ramp.  Mobilization efforts are scheduled to begin January 8, 2016 in the State boat ramp parking lot.  Actual dredge mobilization in the outer harbor channel is scheduled to start January 8, 2016 subject to weather conditions utilizing the County Dredge.  Contractors will utilize the State boat ramp parking area until February 5, 2016.  There will be limited access to Millway beach throughout this period when heavy equipment is in operation in the area.  The Town boat ramp at Millway will remain fully available for use by residents.


The Barnstable Inner Harbor bulkhead will also undergo scraping and recoating work for the next several months.  With no floats in the Town marina, there should be no disruption to the public in the off-season.






This week’s question: When was the first Barnstable Annual Report issued?   Email your answer here.  


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

January 4-8, 2016



Monday January 4, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us Monday morning to discuss his “New Year’s Resolutions”, including a plan to continue prudent fiscal management and attention to utilizing technology for civic engagement.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler talked about a recent meeting with Assistant Superintendent Kristen Harmon and new Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown, who will be beginning work in July. Mayo-Brown will be working with Barnstable’s leadership team on the budget for the coming fiscal year.  Our Local Library Literary Chat segment featured a discussion about books with our local librarians.  Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross shared information about an upcoming registration session on January 9, 2016.


Tuesday January 5, 2016


We welcomed Chief of Police Paul MacDonald on Tuesday morning for a report on local crime activity. Chief MacDonald also provided information about opiate overdose statistics for 2015.  Our Community Profile segment featured outgoing Barnstable County Human Rights Commission Chair John Reed.  Barnstable residents woke up to the first snowstorm of the year. Director of Public Works Dan Santos told us about the work DPW crews did overnight to ensure safety on the roadways. Santos also provided an update on the delayed dredging project at Barnstable Harbor.  1st Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan reviewed the HBO Heroin: Cape Cod documentary, its impacts on the region, and work the Legislature is doing to try to combat the opioid issues in our region.


Wednesday January 6, 2016


Our Business Barnstable segment led off our Wednesday program. Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Jessica Sylver reviewed a bustling holiday season, and let us know that the Chamber is planning a re-branding, with a new logo, tagline, and image set to debut later this month.  Next, Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali provided updates on a number of ongoing cases, and discussed an opening for a new parking position.  Inside Barnstable Town Government: A Citizens Leadership Academy begins its 23rd session in February. Graduate and current Precinct 10 Town Councilor Sara Cushing sat down with us to discuss her experience in the course.  Director of Finance Mark Milne joined us for a discussion on an appropriation and transfer order in the amount of $4,000,000 that appears on the agenda for this week’s Town Council meeting.


Thursday January 7, 2016


Community Preservation Committee Chair Lindsey Counsell joined us on Thursday’s program to discuss his role with the CPC.  Our Transportation segment featured Cape Cod Commission Executive Director Glenn Cannon live in studio. We discussed a need for increased healthy transportation options in our region.  State Representative Brian Mannal talked with us about recent action on Beacon Hill.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti reviewed the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday January 8, 2016


This week’s Arts and Culture segment brought us to the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, where we learned all about the Museum’s new scrimshaw exhibit. Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo discussed scheduling open gym time. Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado told us that Program Coordinator Melanie Mimmo is working to create recreation program for parents and their young children.  Patti also had information about obtaining beach parking permits for 2016. We ended the show with a trip out to Sandy Neck Beach Park, where eight cold-stunned turtles were being rescued from the shoreline.