County Update: Fire Academy

This week, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells and I met with Barnstable County Commissioners Chair Shelia Lyons and County Administrator Michael Brillhart to discuss operations at Barnstable County’s Fire Academy. Town Council Vice President Ann Canedy joined us in the discussion. We discussed concerns, which have been raised over many years, about the potential for the fire academy to impact our water supply in that area. The Fire Academy is located off Mary Dunn Road, near the industrial park and the airport.  Chair Lyons shared our concerns and will be discussing action that could be taken at the site with other County Commissioners. We also discussed pending county matters such as wastewater meetings, space needs, and budgetary issues. We appreciated the willingness from the county to listen to our local concerns.


West Barnstable Civic Association: Mark Ells

On Tuesday evening Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells attended the West Barnstable Civic Association’s Annual Membership meeting. Mark provided an update on improvement projects at the West Barnstable Community Building and the Paine Black House, preliminary design efforts at Lombard Field, and led a general discussion on issues surrounding the West Barnstable shooting range.


Regional Transit Authority Meeting

On Wednesday, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells, who serves as the Barnstable representative on the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA), attended a meeting of the CCRTA Advisory Board.  The topics of discussion included improvements to the Hyannis RTA Building, coordinated efforts of the CCRTA and Cape Cod Commission to complete two separate studies: a Locally Coordinated Human Services Plan and a Comprehensive Service Assessment, and opportunities to provide better service for Cape Cod Community College.


Town Council

At Thursday night’s Town Council Meeting, councilors continued the land swap items involving the shooting range to the end of February. Under consideration is removal of the conservation restriction from the land on which the range sits in exchange for adding a restriction on a parcel on Breed’s Hill. That measure requires a two-thirds majority vote by Council. The final draft report of an environmental review is still under development by the consultants hired by the Town in November.  It was determined councilors should have all the information from the environmental review before proceeding on these items. The Council did approve an appropriation of $40,000 for consulting engineering services for the evaluation of the Stewart’s Creek culvert and lower estuary in Hyannis.


Town Council: Preliminary Financial Forecast

Finance Director Mark Milne made a presentation to the Town Council and the School Committee this week, outlining our Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget projections. The Preliminary Financial Forecast covered funding projections for our consolidated school and municipal budget. This annual presentation sets the framework for preparing the next fiscal year’s Operating Budget for the Town.Click here to view Mark’s presentation


Town Council: Moving Forward with ePermitting

Assistant Director Mark Ells gave an update to Town Council on the implementation of ePermitting by vendor ViewPoint. The Council approved ViewPoint as our vendor in December. To date there has been transferring of data, background tables being put together, and meetings with our consultant scheduled. We intend to update the Town Council monthly and monitor the implementation process closely. 


EPA Storm Water Remediation Grant

This week, Department of Public Works Director Dan Santos announced that the EPA Region I has awarded Barnstable full funding for a storm water remediation project in Hyannis. The grant will fund design and construction of the project, and will also serve as an educational tool. Director of Public Works Dan Santos discussed the grant on this Tuesday’s episode of Barnstable This Morning. Watch the interview: Town Website  YouTube


Katie Servis named New Assistant Airport Manager

We are pleased to welcome Katie Servis, a state aviation official, to the Town of Barnstable. The Airport Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to ratify the contract for Servis, who will become our new Assistant Airport Manager. She replaces Frank Sanchez, who is retiring in February following 20 years of service to the Airport. A 1991 graduate of Bridgewater State University’s aviation management program, Servis is a private pilot and has worked as an air traffic surveillance operator. Most recently, she worked for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as a planner and environmental analyst, which included work managing and reviewing projects for 36 public use airports in the state. Servis will begin work on Monday, January 26.


Dune Stabilization at Sandy Neck

Wooden shims have been placed in the dunes at Sandy Neck in an effort to control erosion. Natural Resource Officer Chris Nappi tells us that the technique, known as biomimicry, is intended to mimic native vegetation by creating turbulence along the sand, trapping the granules that blow across the beach. As the sand accumulates around the shims, they can be pulled out little by little, allowing sand to pile up. The shims are configured in a random pattern, and as the sand accumulates, native vegetation can be planted alongside it to further stabilize the trapped sand. This method is a safe, unobtrusive way to restore dunes. It was developed by Gordon Peabody from Safe Harbor Environmental Systems in Wellfleet, and has been used in other areas on the Cape. Click here to learn more about this process.




Women’s Hockey East Returns to Hyannis

The exciting Women’s Hockey East tournament will return to Barnstable in March. The top teams in the Women’s Hockey East conference will battle it out for the championship on the ice at our very own Hyannis Youth and Community Center. The semi-finals will take place on March 7, and the championship game will be held on Sunday, March 8. Tickets for this exciting weekend are available now, at a price of $10 per day. Groups of ten or more will receive a 50% discount if tickets are purchased before February 23. Contact Joe Izzo at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center for more.




Barnstable: A Great Place to Do Business

The Town of Barnstable is the hub of Cape Cod for commerce, transportation, arts and culture, and recreation, and the Growth Management Department’s Economic Development division has launched a new campaign to educate the community about the ins and outs of doing business in Barnstable. Visit the Business Barnstable website to view the new info-graphic, and to learn more about the benefits of doing business in the Town of Barnstable.






Karter to leave Cape Cod Symphony

Longtime Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Jerome Karter is retiring. Karter, who will step down in June, has served as the Symphony’s Executive Director since 2006, moving up from a position on the organization’s Board of Directors. Karter helped in the merger between the symphony and the conservatory, and has worked hard to successfully improve the financial performace of the organization. We have worked on several projects with Jerry, including our wonderful Barnstable @ 375 concert, and will miss him on both a professional and personal level. Photo by Dan Cutrona



Inside Barnstable Town Government

The twenty-second session of Inside Barnstable Town Government: A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. 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.  Classes are held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 PM in various locations around town.  Applications are available in the Town Manager’s office, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, or online. Space is limited.

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Rite Aid Grand Re-Opening

The Rite Aid store on West Main Street in Hyannis will celebrate its Grand Re-Opening with a Health and Wellness fair this Saturday. Rite Aid has recently completed a major renovation of its interior.  The Health and Wellness Fair will run from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM this Saturday, January 24. It includes free health screenings for glucose and cholesterol, advice for those trying to quit smoking, samples of all-natural and organic foods, plus face painting for kids! An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1:00. Rite Aid is located at 520 West Main Street in Hyannis.


Cold Weather: Stay Warm & Safe

Winter has arrived, and we certainly felt a chill from bitter cold temperatures this week. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers a list of tips to keep you warm and safe during extreme cold weather. Click here to view MEMA’s tips. Barnstable Animal Control Officer Charlie Lewis reminds you that it is also very important to keep your pet warm and safe during extreme cold temperatures. Click here to view a list of pet safety tips.





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Week in Review

January 20-23, 2015


Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald began our program Tuesday with a report of a recent drug bust that occurred out of town. Acting on a search warrant that was generated by Barnstable police, two men were arrested in Wareham and Pocasset, and two kilos of crystal meth were seized.  Next, our segment on Boards, Committees and Commissions continued with a conversation with Shellfish Committee Chair Stuart Rapp.  Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf was this week’s Elected Official guest. Senator Wolf discussed his desire to continue chairing the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos spoke to us about a grant-funded project that will deal with stormwater runoff issues in the vicinity of Gateway Marina in Hyannis.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Wednesday’s program began with our Business Barnstable segment.  This week, we spoke with Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board Executive Director David Augustinho, who filled us in on the Career Center.  Next, Cheryl Bartlett, Cape Cod Healthcare Executive Director of the Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative came on to discuss her new role and the work she will be doing to help combat the substance abuse issues in our region.  Josh Reitsma of the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension talked to us about how shellfish can be used to clean nitrogen from our waterways.  Director of Finance Mark Milne talked to us about the report he will be making to Town Council on the current financial state of the Town. 



Thursday, January 22, 2015


Cape Cod Commission Executive Director Paul Niedzwiecki joined us on Thursday morning to discuss the Regional Policy Plan, which is currently undergoing its 5-year review. A series of public meetings regarding the plan will take place next week.  Next, we headed over to Barnstable Municipal Airport to visit with Airport Manager Bud Breault and Assistant Manager Frank Sanchez to discuss changes in airport leadership. Sanchez will be retiring in February, and new Assistant Manager Katie Servis will begin work this Monday.  5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt talked with us about his legislative goals for 2015.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti joined us to discuss the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, January 23, 2015


Melissa Chartrand’s Arts and Culture segment this Friday featured the students of Sturgis Charter Public School’s Stage Left and Stage Right drama club.  Next, we headed over to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center to visit with GM Joe Izzo, who filled us in on Women’s Hockey East, and how to rent ice time. We also visited with Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado, who had an update on the boatbuilding class and the homeless count that is being coordinated by the Youth Commission.  Natural Resource Officer Chris Nappi joined us to discuss the dune restoration project on Sandy Neck.

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