Upcoming Meetings for Re-designation of Growth Incentive Zone

The Town of Barnstable is seeking to re-designate the Downtown Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone (GIZ).  A GIZ designation exempts development from “Development of Regional Impact” review by the Cape Cod Commission.  The Downtown Hyannis GIZ is intended to direct growth and redevelopment to an area of Barnstable with existing development, and to encourage a concentrated mix of residential and commercial uses within Hyannis while ensuring that all growth is properly served by adequate infrastructure.  To achieve this goal, the Town will implement planning initiatives, develop decision support tools, make planned infrastructure investments, and enact regulatory changes to support continued investment in the Hyannis GIZ.  A draft of the application has been posted on the Town website.  The application will be presented at a public meeting hosted by the Planning Board on Monday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center.  The application will be presented again at a joint Planning Board/Town Council hearing on Thursday, February 1st at Town Hall.  Any questions or comments can be directed to Elizabeth Jenkins, Director of Planning & Development at Elizabeth.jenkins@town.barnstable.ma.us.


Barnstable School Committee Workshop – Wednesday, January 31st
The Barnstable School Committee will host a workshop on the Barnstable Public Schools Master Field Plan on Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00 PM.  The workshop will be held at the Barnstable Intermediate School, 2nd Floor Library, 895 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Hyannis.


Abatement Applications Due in Assessor’s Office by February 1st

FY2018 abatement applications are due in the Assessor’s office by Thursday, February 1st and FY2018 statutory exemption applications, including residential exemptions, are due in the Assessor’s office by Monday, April 2nd.  More information can be found on the Assessor’s page of the Town’s website.


Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Annual Meeting 

Town Councilors, Town Manager Mark Ells and other staff were on hand for the 39th Annual Massachusetts Municipal Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show which was held in Boston on Friday, January 19th and Saturday, January 20th The MMA Annual Meeting and Trade Show is the largest regular gathering of Massachusetts local government officials. The two-day event features educational workshops, nationally recognized speakers, awards programs, a large trade show, and an opportunity to network with municipal officials from across the state.  Finance Director Mark Milne was a panelist for the Workshop on GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association) Award-Winning Budget Presentations and Best Practices.  During the introductions, Mr. Milne was also recognized for his efforts and the Town of Barnstable’s 17th consecutive award.  The Town of Barnstable’s 2016 Annual Report won Second Place in the category of towns with over 12,500 residents at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Annual Meeting and Trade Show over the weekend.  The Annual Town Report Contest, sponsored by the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association, honors communities that produce the most impressive town reports.  Judging criteria include: attractiveness of the report cover and layout, material arrangement, presentation of statistics and data, summary of the year’s achievements, evidence of local planning for the future, and the report’s practical utility. First-, second- and third-place winners are selected in each of three categories based on population.


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.

Barnstable Golf Congratulates Dave Donnellan on NEPGA 2018 Youth Player Development Award
Dave Donellan, PGA
Donnellan Golf 365, won the NEPGA (New England Professional Golf Association) 2018 Youth Player Development Award! The Youth Player Development Award, formally Junior Golf Leader, is given to a PGA Professional who has an outstanding commitment to growing the game through junior golf programs. The 2018 winner from Hyannis Golf Course manages golf instruction and player-development programs at Hyannis Golf Course and Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course. He runs junior clinics and individualized lessons to best fit a student's needs.  Dave is also the head of the First Tee Program at the Hyannis Golf Course.

BHS Students Experience Time Out at the House at the Halfway Point at Sandy Neck Beach and Turn It into Art

Kids versus Cops - FAMILY FEUD Style!
On Monday, January 22nd, it was Kids versus Cops when participants of Barnstable Recreation’s HYCC After-School Program competed against the Barnstable Police Department in a game of FAMILY FEUD.  Over the last month, the HYCC After School Program participants have been competing for a spot on the team to represent the program.  Among the lucky competitors were Nychole Brown, Piper Hunt, Torri Souza and Grace Leavitt. They challenged Ptl. Brian Morrison, Sgt. Jennifer Ellis, Lt. Jean Challies, Det. Steven Barrette and Ptl. Therese Gallant.  Youth Center Manager Mark Boardley served as the game show host.  In the end, it was the Kids on top over the Cops!nie Challies, Det. Steven Barrette, and Ptl. Therese Gallant. Youth Center Manager Mark Boardley served as the game show host.   A pizza party closed out the event and a fun time was had by allIn the end, it was the Kids who were on top over the Cops.

A Pizza Party closed out the event and a fun time was had by all!


Town of Barnstable Hyannis Main Street Vendor/Contractor Parking Permit

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The Town of Barnstable recognizes vendors and contractors are a critical component to our community’s economy and quality of life. Therefore, starting January 1, 2018 daily parking permits will be available to qualifying vendors and contractors hired to service businesses and residents located on Main Street, Hyannis who need their vehicles in close proximity on the date of services rendered, parking beyond the 2-hour limitation on Main Street during the hours of 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday through Sunday.  Through an application process by the Parking Division, Vendor/Contractor parking permits are valid for one space per vehicle or trailer, for no more than five (5) calendar days per calendar month, and no more than three (3)  vendor/contractor parking permits per business or residency at any one time.  Applications must be submitted one business day prior to the date requested and payment of cash/check must be included with application:

November 1st – March 31st                         $  5.00/day/space

April 1st – October 31st                                 $15.00/day/space

For more information about this new program and/or a copy of the application, please visit online at www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact:  Barnstable Parking Resources Division, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 or 508-862-4771. We are happy to help!


Barnstable Youth Commission Receives Grant from The Caroline Fries Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation for 4th Annual 7th Grade Youth Summit

The Barnstable Youth Commission is thrilled to be the recipient of a grant in the amount of $3,476 from the Caroline Fries Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation for this year’s Seventh Grade Youth Summit.  They have been hard at work 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.  The Barnstable Youth Commission is extremely grateful for the generous gift from Christine and Wes Fries and The Caroline Fries Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation.  More information about this year’s events 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.  Make any and all corrections on the form.  You cannot register to vote on the census form. If anyone has been added to your household, just put their information down on one of the blank lines. 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 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 each of 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. 

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.



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.


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:  What is the name of the Barnstable Senior Center’s Resident Transportation Program?  The answer to last week’s question is the “Silver Express.”  We have both handicapped accessible vans (two vans) provided to us through the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority and a Nissan Leaf.  The lease for the Leaf has been paid through the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging.


This Week’s Question:  Barnstable High School Graduate (Class of 2006) Mike Trapp will be competing in this year’s Olympics.  What sport is he competing in? Please email your answer here.

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