Successful Storm Response
Winter Storm Helena arrived in Barnstable last Saturday, bringing over a foot of snow and heavy winds.  After Friday’s introductory snowfall of almost 5 inches, the Department of Public Works began response by pre-treating roads early Saturday and continued work through early Sunday morning utilizing a crew of 200 (made up of employees and contractors).  The Storm Alert feature our website was activated and the DPW shared actual road plowing activities through FleetSphere.  Also available to residents is a storm information line, accessed by dialing 508-862-INFO (4636). The phone line was updated with the same information provided by the DPW.  Our Town’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter were also updated during the storm event.  The 2017 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure is out. You can view the brochure here.  Thank you to the crews who worked hard to keep us safe.


Lt. Governor Karyn Polito Visits Total Athletics Cape Cod Headquarters

I was pleased to be on hand when Lt. Governor Karyn Polito was making her rounds on Cape Cod on Thursday, January 12th.  One of her stops was at Total Athletics Cape Cod (TACC) headquarters to receive the latest updates and offer her support for the Cape’s newest sports and recreation destination.  The presentation by Owners Mike Sherman and Warren Nighan featured the partnership between the TACC facily and the Hyannis Youth and Community Center (HYCC).



Fiscal 2018 Budget Process:  Capital Improvement Plan Submission Review

I have been 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 135 project submissions, I will be seeking to make decisions on projects which are the most needed and in the best financial interest of the Town. 


Intergenerational Leadership Team Training for Council on Aging and Barnstable Youth Commission
On Wednesday, January 11th Bridges Together Founder and Executive Director Andrea J. Fonte Weaver facilitated an intergenerational training with members of the Council on Aging (John Jope and Josephine Melpignano), Barnstable Youth Commission (Brendan Clark), Barnstable High School Class of 2020 (Advisor Karen Gauthier and students Olivia Monteiro and Abby Al-Asousi) and staff from both Senior Services (Madeline Noonan, Donna-Marie Burns, Susan Griffin and Amy Smith), Recreation (Patti Machado and John Gleason) and Community Services Director Lynne Poyant.   Funded by a grant from the Massachusetts  Association of Councils on Aging under the Service Incentive Grant for the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, this training will help us move forward with designing and implementing intergenerational programming in our community.  Bridges Together is at the forefront of intergenerational programming -- and research suggests that intergenerational programs are a vaccination against ageism and a prescription for longevity. When generations come together, a transformation happens.  If you are interested in participating in upcoming intergenerational program, please contact Madeline Noonan, Senior Services Director, at 508-862-4750.



Robert R. Jones appointed to Steamship Authority Board of Governors

The Steamship Authority Board of Governors welcomed Robert R. Jones as its newest member, representing the port community of Barnstable.  Prior to his appointment to the Board of Governors, Jones served as the Barnstable representative on the Steamship Authority’s Port Council from 2002-2016.  A lifelong Cape Codder, Jones has extensive experience in community affairs. 


Town Hall to Host Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 17th

January is national Blood Donor Month.  Cape Cod Healthcare will be bringing their Blood Mobile to Barnstable Town Hall on Tuesday, January 17th from 10 am to 4 pm.  Town Hall is located at 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  What’s donated here, stays here.  Every pint of blood donated to us stays on Cape Cod to serve your community and save the lives of your family, friends and neighbors.


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 Hyannis

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.


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.


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.


Notice of Town Office Closure in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Town offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.


Last week’s question:  Inside Barnstable Town Government is currently gearing up for its 24th Session, in what year was the program started?  The first session was held in 2003.  This well-worn souvenir from the first session is still used daily by Community Services Director Lynne Poyant. 



This Week’s Question:   Hyannis native and best-selling author Casey Sherman visited Barnstable High School and what Elementary School this week to talk about reading, writing and heroes?  Email your answer here.