Barnstable School Committee Vacancy – Deadline for Submissions is TODAY
Interested applicants should submit resumes by Friday, January 12, 2018.

Town Council President Eric Steinhilber and School Committee Chair Chris Joyce have provided a timeline for filling the recent vacancy on the Barnstable School Committee. The opening is for a four year term for one seat.  Interested applicants should submit their resume to the School Department Main Office (230 South Street, Hyannis, MA  02601) or the Barnstable Town Council Office (367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601) by Friday, January 12, 2018.  A subcommittee of the School Committee and Town Council will interview all applicants during the week of January 16-19, 2018.  Once all applicants have been interviewed the joint subcommittee will recommend two applicants to move forward.  A joint meeting of the School Committee and Town Council will take place at the Town Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 PM.  At that time, the final two applicants will have a second interview.  Upon completion of the second interviews, a vote will be taken to determine the successful candidate for the Barnstable School Committee. For more information, please contact Cynthia Lovell, Town Council Administrator, at 508-862-4733 or


Flu Clinic to be held on Thursday, January 18th from 9:30-11:30 AM at HYCC

The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will hold a flu clinic at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on January 18th. This clinic is open to all Town residents.  The fee is $3.00.  Thursday January 18th 9:30-11:30 AM at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  Consent forms will be available on site and at the following locations:  Barnstable Public Health Division Office, 200 Main Street Hyannis, and Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Hyannis.  The Town held flu clinics in October and November and received requests from residents for an additional flu clinic. For more information, call the Town of Barnstable Public Health Division at (508) 862-4644.


Fiscal 2019 Budget Process:  Capital Improvement Plan Submission Review

Work continues on the Capital Improvement Plan submission review.  We will be holding meetings with various departments and divisions on their capital requests.  Each year through our Capital Trust Fund, Barnstable has been able to address a number of important capital programs.  This year, as we review more than 125 project submissions, we will be seeking to make decisions on projects which are the most needed and in the best financial interest of the Town. 


Town Manager and Trust Fund Advisory Committee Meet with Village Libraries
On Wednesday, January 10th, Town Manager Mark Ells joined Trust Fund Advisory Committee (TFAC) Chair Bo Murdoch and TFAC Members Debra Blanchette Watson (Town Treasurer), Frances Parks, and Jayne Scanlon and members of the Town Library Committee, Chaired by Karen Rezendes, to learn more about how the seven village libraries utilized their share of the Kirkman Trust Fund proceeds.  The annual event provides an opportunity for the libraries to thank the Town Manager and TFAC for their support.


Town Census Mailed Last Week

The Town of Barnstable has mailed out the Census/Voter/Street Listing forms.  They should have arrived at your mailing address on or about the first week of January.  By responding to the census, you are providing proof of your residency to protect your voting rights.  If all the information on your census is correct, simply sign the bottom of the census and send it back to the Town Clerk’s office.  Even if there are no changes you need to sign the form and send it back.  Also, if someone has moved out of your household and is a voter – please give us their address, email or phone number so that we may contact them to obtain verification.  We cannot remove a voter without their verification; thus many people stay on the census for four (4) years until we can, by law, remove them.  If anyone has been added to your household, just put their information down on one of the blank lines.  Make any and all corrections on the form.  You cannot register to vote on the census form.  If you have computer access you can go directly to the Secretary of State’s website and register on line at  Then click on “Elections and Voting” to register to vote; or come in to the Town Clerk’s office and spend a few minutes with us as we enter your voter registration into our computer.  We are always pleased to see and work with our residents.  For those residents who live part of the time here in Barnstable, and part of the time in a warmer climate, you fill out the census form using the following guidelines: 

ü  You are a Town of Barnstable resident if:

o   This is your permanent address

o   This is where are you registered to vote

o   On your Massachusetts driver’s license you have a Town of Barnstable address

There are numerous Census boxes for returning your census at Town Hall as well as at the seven village libraries.  As always, if you have any questions, please call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-862-4044. We will be happy to help you!


Friendly Reminders from the Marine & Environmental Affairs Office


Storm Assistance from the Cape Light Compact


Building Department Public Service Announcement

Re: Article VII Sign Regulations § 240-61 (N) Temporary Signs on Public Property

The Town of Barnstable Building Department would like to advise its citizens of a recent policy change concerning the existing temporary signs on public property ordinance.  The Department has reviewed and updated our guidelines as a result of the public’s expressed desire to maintain the quiet dignity and decorum of our memorial sites as well as to address safety concerns regarding motor vehicle traffic line of sight.  The revised policy includes restrictions on the number and placement of temporary signs on public property and a prohibition of temporary signs on memorial sites and traffic islands.  This revision was carefully and purposefully crafted to balance the need of the community to publicize special non-profit events while preserving the integrity of the memorial sites and to ensure traffic safety in each of the seven villages of Barnstable.  As always, applicants seeking to install signs on public property will need to register their event with the Building Department prior to placement of signage.  Forms are available online here or they may be obtained at the Building Department located at the 200 Main Street building.  The Sign Ordinance online link may be found here.  Staff is available to answer questions or to assist applicants with the registration process and can be reached at 508-862-4038.


Stay Informed during a Storm
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 508-862-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 2018 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure has been updated. You can view the brochure here.



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

ROAD WORK: National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main

National Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Their scheduled work along Overlook Drive, Centerville and Route 6A between Allyn and Crocker Lanes in Barnstable Village will continue. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 



Osterville Bay School Demolition

The contractor has begun work filling the ground where the building once stood.   This work is weather dependent.  It is expected that work will be complete in two to three weeks.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Work has slowed due to the freezing temperatures.  The new press box has been framed and is waiting for windows and doors to arrive.  The sidewalk path will be rough graded with stone dust as part of the sidewalk relocation. The public should be aware that there will be limited access and parking for the West Barnstable Community Building, as well as no access to Luke’s Love Playground, the ball field or the Old Selectmen’s Building for the duration of the project. The re-construction of the ball field, additional site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love are expected to be completed in the Spring/Summer of 2018.


A Reminder from the Harbormaster’s Office to All Boaters

Unless a vessel owner secures written permission from Harbormaster staff for a proven need and that the vessel be actively used, no vessel shall be stored or placed on any Town property between November 15 and April 15. Any vessel placed or remaining between those dates shall be considered abandoned property under this regulation, and will be scrapped or otherwise disposed of by the Town. The Town of Barnstable shall not be responsible for damage to or theft of any vessel placed neither at this parcel nor for loss of property considered abandoned under this regulation.


Town of Barnstable Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides of two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The newly re-designed Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod. The Business Barnstable website ( provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’. Sections within this easily-navigable site include: “The Barnstable Advantage”; “Business Development and Permitting”; and “Business Assistance and Resources” and contain links to key resources at the Town, State and Federal levels.  The Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly printed reference publication to help small businesses looking to locate within Barnstable navigate through the municipal permitting, licensing and zoning process.  This interdepartmental collaboration answers many commonly asked questions when opening such businesses as retail, food establishments, service and office entities. It contains information about licensing, permits, regulatory review, and business certificates, as well as checklists and key contact information.  “These business resource tools are easy to navigate and offer pertinent information for anyone looking to do business in Barnstable, from the small ‘mom & pop’ shops to a corporate enterprise,” said Mike Trovato, the Town’s Economic Development Specialist.  “While Hyannis is our commercial hub, there are areas in each of the seven villages of Barnstable that are unique from each other, offering a diversified palette of opportunities for business owners to choose from.” Under the direction of Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins, the Town is developing a progressive marketing plan with a goal to draw attention to Barnstable and its seven villages as a viable location for a number of different business models including the creative and blue economies, healthcare, financial services, light manufacturing, as well as tourism-based hospitality, retail and food establishments.  For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or

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.


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. 


Barnstable Public Schools on Facebook

Barnstable Public Schools has a Facebook page.  You can follow them here. You may also want to follow Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown on Twitter @meg_bps.  


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.


Notice of Town Office Closures for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Town offices will be closed on Monday, January 15th for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Last Week’s Question:  Which author, who used Barnstable as the setting in one of his short stories, spent time living in Barnstable? Lindsey Counsell was the first person with the correct answer – Kurt Vonnegut.  Kurt’s “You’ve Never Been to Barnstable?” was featured as part of the Town of Barnstable’s 375th Celebration with the Cape Symphony Orchestra in September 2014. 


This Week’s Question: There are two town-owned marinas in the village of Hyannis.  Can you name them?  Please email your answer here.