Joint Meeting of Town Council/School Committee

Finance Director Mark Milne presented “A Review of the Financial Condition of the Town” at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Town Council and School Committee at last night’s Town Council meeting.  Revenues and expenditures, general fund balances and enterprise accounts were all included in the PowerPoint presentation.


Town Council Meeting

At last night’s Town Council meeting, the Town Council voted to appropriate $1,710 for the acquisition of a temporary easement (3 Year) over a parcel of land located along Strawberry Hill Road in Barnstable (Centerville).  The Town Council and Planning Board withdrew without prejudice the item amending the Code of the Town of Barnstable Part 1 General Ordinances, Chapter 240 Zoning by adding a Gateway Medical District. Appropriation and Transfer Orders for three Community Preservation Fund items received Public Hearings and were approved.  The items were $75,000 for Community Housing Support, $25,918.20 for the Barnstable Skate Park renovations and $725,000 for the acquisition of O Independence Drive, Hyannis, Map 332001002 for Open Space Recreation and Community Housing in support of the Cape Cod Rail Trail Extension.   The Town Council referred a Zoning Map Amendment to extend the Ground Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Overlay District to include Parcels 023023 and 038004 to the Planning Board for a Public Hearing.  They accepted three grants for the Senior Services Division: a $500 grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod to support an art therapy program at the Barnstable Senior Center; a $900 grant from the Euphemia Dobbie Memorial Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation also for the art therapy program and $128,450 from the Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs.  They also voted to send a letter in support of Tales of Cape Cod.  Appointments to the Board of Health, Housing Committee, Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee, and Steamship Authority Port Council Representative of Barnstable received a first reading and will be voted on at the February 2nd meeting.   The Town Council  then voted to go into Executive Session under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 30A §21(a)(6), to discuss the acquisition, purchase, exchange or lease for water supply purposes of land owned by the Commonwealth, as the Chair declared that an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the Town.


Town of Barnstable’s FY2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) Issued

The Town of Barnstable’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) has been issued and is available on the town’s website at FY16 CAFR . The CAFR contains three main sections; Introductory Section, Financial Section and Statistical Section.  The CAFR includes the independent auditor’s opinion on the town’s financial statements and can be found on page 17 of the document. The auditors expressed an unmodified opinion, or a “clean” opinion, on the statements. The most effective way for an individual to review the CAFR would be to read the Letter of Transmittal and Management’s Discussion and Analysis to gain a better understanding of the meaning behind the numbers presented in the document. Ten year historical information is included in the Statistical Section which some individuals may find interesting.  The CAFR will be submitted for the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award issued by the Government Finance Officers Association as in years past.  The town has achieved this award for the past 14 CAFR’s and anticipates this CAFR to qualify.


Ten Year Financial Forecast Released
Our Finance Department produces an annual ten year forecast.  The objective is to assist town leaders in strategic planning by taking an in-depth look at the Town’s current financial condition, revenue and expenditure trends over the past ten years and projections for the next decade.  This is a forecast and is not meant as a spending plan.  While we are looking ten years out, decisions made locally and at the state level could substantially impact data assumptions projected in the ten year forecast.  The updated 10 Year Financial Forecast has been posted to the town’s website and can be found here 10 Year Financial Forecast


John Gleason promoted to Assistant Recreation Director

Barnstable Recreation is proud to announce that John Gleason has been promoted to the position of Assistant Recreation Director.  The Town has benefited greatly from his past 14 years as a Program Coordinator.  His education from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and a Masters in Recreation Management prepared him well to serve as a recreation professional. We look forward to his continued passionate and dedicated public service to the Town of Barnstable. John resides in the Town of Barnstable with his wife Barbara and his three children Molly, Collin, and Keegan. 


Cape Cod Commission Meeting Regarding Planning In and Around Hyannis

The Cape Cod Commission staff has scheduled several meetings regarding planning in and around Hyannis.  There is a meeting scheduled for February 6, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Barnstable Senior Center (825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis) for anyone would like to attend


Stay Informed During a Storm
The Town of Barnstable has numerous ways we communicate with residents during a storm event.  The Storm Alert feature our website will be activated and the DPW will share 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 is updated with the same information provided by the DPW.  Our Town’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter are also updated during a storm event.  The 2017 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure is out. You can view the brochure here.


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 188

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.


Last 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?  Guess this was an easy one because lots of people knew Casey Sherman attended Hyannis West Elementary School. 


This Week’s Question:  Today is Inauguration Day.  When did January 20th officially become Inauguration Day?  Email your answer here.