Town Council Meeting January 18th

Last night’s Town Council meeting began with Town Council President Eric Steinhilber introducing a new program that was suggested by Councilor Jennifer Cullum for the recognition of a Barnstable Hometown Community Hero.  The award was presented to Grand Master Keith Rosary.  More information about Grand Master Rosary’s program and pictures of his students are featured further in this newsletter.   Town Manager Mark Ells’ Communications included updates on the FY19 budget process, recognition of Finance Director Mark Milne for the Town’s 17th award from the Government Finance Officers Association for distinguished budget presentation, a brief overview of upcoming restructuring of Town departments to align with our Strategic Plan, recent discussions with the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the PSA that was released regarding the policy for temporary signs in the public way.  Building Commissioner Brian Florence was on hand to answer Councilor questions.   Under Old Business:  reappointments to the Shellfish Committee (Al Surprenant) and Board of Governors of the Steamship Authority (Robert Jones) were approved.  New Business began with Planning and Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins providing an overview for an Order to amend Chapter 168 – Regulatory Agreement Districts Map to include Map 311 Parcel 102.  This item has been referred to a Public Hearing on February 1, 2018.  DPW Director Dan Santos presented a Transfer Order of $250,000 from the remaining funds under Town Council Order 2011-067 for the dredging of Mill Pond and other related costs which was approved.  The Town Council approved a grant in the amount of $3,476 from the Caroline Fries Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation to the Barnstable Youth Commission for this year’s Seventh Grade Youth Summit.  The Town Council also approved a grant of $10,000 from MassWildlife’s Habitat Management Program to conduct prescribed burning in an effort to improve pitch pine/oak woodland habitat at Crocker Neck Conservation area.  A first reading was held on an Amendment to the Housing Committee Administrative Code Chapter 241-§17 to reduce the number of members from 9 to 5.  Planning and Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins and Housing Coordinator Arden Cadrin presented a Resolve approving the Housing Development Zone and Zone Plan for submission to the Department of Housing and Community Development was approved.  The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for February 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

 

Town Council Recognizes Barnstable Hometown Community Hero
Town Councilor Jennifer Cullum wanted to find an opportunity for the Town Council to reconnect to the community.  She proposed a Barnstable Hometown Community Hero Award which could highlight the good works people in the Town of Barnstable are doing – especially through programs that emphasize positive reinforcement with children.  The first recipient is Grand Master Keith Rosary of the A+ Program.  Grand Master Rosary said that his program offers a number of benefits for youth including:  physical health, mental health, verbal skills, social skills, citizenship, self-esteem, confidence, achievement, pride and goal setting.    A+ Students AJ Gladkowski, Dante Maas, Shane Whitman, Jose Luna and Devaunte Lewis were on hand to display their skills.  Congratulations to Grand Master Keith Rosary on receiving the Barnstable Hometown Community Hero Award!

 

Update:  Barnstable School Committee Vacancy

Three Candidates Will Be Interviewed at Joint Meeting of Town Council and School Committee on February 1st

The joint subcommittee of Town Council and School Committee Members interviewed eleven (11) candidates to fill an opening for a four year term on the School Committee.  The Subcommittee, chaired by Town Councilor John Flores included Town Council President Eric Steinhilber and Town Councilor Jennifer Cullum and School Committee Chair Chris Joyce and School Committee Vice Chair Stephanie Ellis.  The Subcommittee narrowed the field down to three candidates: Edith LaBran, Barbara Dunn and Susanne Conley.  These candidates will be interviewed during a joint meeting of the School Committee and Town Council which will take place at the Town Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 PM.  Upon completion of the second interviews, a vote will be taken to determine the successful candidate for the Barnstable School Committee.

 

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2 Million in Community Compact Grants

Efficiency and Regionalization Grants will aid 92 communities and 8 School Districts

Barnstable in partnership with Yarmouth, Dennis and Harwich received $150,000 for Regional Wastewater issues.

On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $2 million in Community Compact Cabinet grants that will assist 92 communities and 8 School Districts across the Commonwealth. The Efficiency and Regionalization Grant Program was started by the administration in 2016 to assist municipalities and school districts interested in providing services to their constituents in a more efficient and cost-effective way. In Fiscal Year 2017, the administration awarded $2 million to over 110 municipalities and 18 school districts.  “Our administration created the Community Compact Cabinet to enhance state government’s role as a reliable partner for municipalities under the leadership of Lt. Governor Polito who has logged countless miles travelling Massachusetts working with local officials and stakeholders,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to announce this year’s round of grants to help cities, towns, and school districts from across the Commonwealth work together to share services that will better serve their constituents in a more cost-effective manner.”  “As former local officials, Governor Baker and I understand the importance of continuing to support our cities and towns through this effective grant program,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of the Community Compact Cabinet. “We are committed to using these grants to work with cities, towns, and school districts to better serve their residents and make Massachusetts a great place to live, work, and raise a family.” "The Community Compact Cabinet grant program provides local leaders with the flexibility and support to pursue projects that best fit their communities," said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. "The administration is pleased to have provided over $17 million to cities and towns through this program to pursue important regionalization and efficiency efforts, best practices, and technology infrastructure upgrades."

The Community Compact Cabinet’s Efficiency & Regionalization grant program provides financial support for governmental entities interested in implementing regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability. The grants will provide funds for one-time or transition costs for municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering  forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments interested in such projects.  

 

Kudos to DPW Solid Waste’s Tracy Regazio
Recently a patron of the Transfer Station’s Recycling Center lost a ring while dropping off her recycling.  The ring was a family heirloom and had great sentimental value.  Solid Waste’s Tracy Regazio was successful in relocating the ring by conducting a search of the container where the recycling was placed.  The ring was then reunited with a very happy owner!  Kudos to Tracy for a job well done!

 

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Barnstable Youth Commission Prepares for 4th Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and 7th Grade Youth Summit

The Barnstable Youth Commission has been working hard on preparations for the 4th Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and 7th Grade Youth Summit which will be held on Thursday, March 15th and Friday, March 16th.  More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

 

Call to artists for the 2018 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties
New this year, two locations! Bismore Park & Hyannis Harbor Overlook, corner of South and Ocean along the Walkway-to-the-Sea

The Town of Barnstable is currently accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2018 Hyannis HyArts Cultural District Artist Shanty program. Artist shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis and NEW this season, three additional shanties at the Harbor Overlook, along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, at the corner of South and Ocean Street, overlooking Aselton Park, Hyannis.  Expansion of the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program creates an additional opportunity to connect visitors walking from Main Street to the Harbor front with local artists.  And for artists and artisans it provides increased exposure and selling opportunities in affordable, highly visible studio space. Artists will be juried as applications are received and applications are accepted on a rolling basis for remaining spots for the 2018 season.  Spots are filled based on need and availability.  Applications can be downloaded from  www.ArtsBarnstable.com.  The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty Program began in 2005, as the first in a series of arts related strategies designed to provide opportunities and exposure for local artists; enliven the economic climate in downtown Hyannis; and to establish an important vibrant backdrop for year round residents and visitors. The shanties are open weekends May through mid-June and then seven days a week through Columbus Day in October.  The Harbor Overlook shanties will remain open weekends, October through December, 2018.  Work is handmade or hand crafted, and all artists are from Cape Cod.   A variety of work is represented including jewelry, paintings, photography, visual art, woodcarving, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, glass work, literary art, mixed media, and more.    

 

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. 

 

Please Return Your Town Census

The Town of Barnstable has mailed out the Census/Voter/Street Listing forms.  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 provide their address, email or phone number so that the Town Clerk’s Office may contact them to obtain verification.  A voter cannot be removed without their verification; thus many people stay on the census for four (4) years until they can, by law, be removed.  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 www.sec.state.ma.us.  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.  The Town Clerk’s Office is 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.

 

ROAD WORK UPDATES

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. 

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way Continues

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 between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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 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 one 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 (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) 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 www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us.

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:  council@town.barnstable.ma.us 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.

 


Last Week’s Question:  There are two town-owned marinas in the village of Hyannis.  Can you name them?  People were quick to respond that the two marinas in the village of Hyannis are Bismore Park Marina and Gateway Marina (adjacent to Aselton Park).

 

This Week’s Question: What is the name of the Barnstable Senior Center’s Resident Transportation Program? Please email your answer here.

 

    

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