Barnstable This Morning

I joined “Barnstable This Morning” host Sarah Colvin on Monday January 25, 2016 and discussed several items. I have received notification of a grant in the amount of $24,854 from the Stanton Foundation which will fund design of a dog park planned in Barnstable. I reported the successful transfer of permit data into our View Point ePermitting system. I also informed viewers that through our Legal department we have sent a demand letter to Barnstable County requesting they fully remediate the contamination at the county property and reimburse the Town for all funds spent to keep the Hyannis water supply safe. View the interview:  Town Website  YouTube


Successful Storm Response

Winter storm Jonas arrived in Barnstable last Saturday, bringing heavy winds and nearly a foot of snow. The Department of Public Works began response by pre-treating roads early Saturday, and continued to work through the night, utilizing a crew of 200 made up of employees and contractors. The Storm Alert feature on our website was activated, and the DPW shared actual road plowing activities. Also available to residents was a new storm information line, accessed by dialing 508-862-INFO (4636). The phone line was updated with the same plowing information from the DPW. Our Town’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter were also updated during the storm event. The Department of Public Works has issued a new brochure that details response to snow and ice events.


Fiscal 2017 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 200 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. This week, we reviewed capital requests from Community Services and the Department of Public Works. The School Department’s capital request will be reviewed first thing Monday morning.


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.

Click here to read the Ten-Year Forecast.



Hyannis Parking Overlay District

Plans to create a new Hyannis Parking Overlay District went before the Barnstable Planning Board this week. The new district aims to clarify land use and create as-of-right permitting for land used as open parking lots, located south of Main Street in Hyannis. The goal is to protect safety of users, ensure safe access to emergency responders, enhance and protect the visual quality of the Hyannis harbor area, reduce congestion and contribute to traffic safety.  The Planning Board listened to questions and concerns from residents and business owners, and opted to continue the discussion at its next meeting, scheduled for February 8, 2016.


LIVE: Open Budget Website

Last week, Barnstable Director of Finance Mark Milne demonstrated the Town’s new Open Budget Website to Town Council. This effort was one of our Best Practices selected under the Community Compact agreement that we signed with the Commonwealth. The site, which allows users to closely examine the Town’s revenues and expenditures, is now live. Click here to view the Open Budget website. A link to the site is available at the Town’s website, Home page (see icon in upper right hand corner).


Barnstable’s Fiscal 2014 Annual Report Receives Honors

The Town of Barnstable was recognized with an award certificate for placing among the top three municipalities in Category 1 of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s (MMA) Annual Town Report contest. The MMA believes, as do we, that Town Reports serve to communicate important information to town residents and to promote an understanding of and involvement in local government. The award certificate was presented Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the President’s Reception and Awards Ceremony as part of the MMA’s 2016 Annual Meeting. Click here to read the Fiscal 2014 Annual Report.  




The Finest Hours: Film Premiere

“The Finest Hours: The True Story of the US Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue”, opens in local theaters this Friday, January 29, 2016. Hyannis native Casey Sherman is co-author of the book on which the film is based.  Sherman will be at Barnes and Noble in Hyannis at 1:00 on Sunday, January 31 and I hope to be able to say hello. “The Finest Hours” tells the story of the wreck of the SS Pendleton, a ship that broke in two off the coast of Cape Cod during a storm. A Coast Guard crew from Chatham pulled off a dramatic, some say miraculous, rescue, saving the majority of the Pendleton’s crew. The film was shot on-location here on Cape Cod, and many locals acted as extras in the film, making it fun to watch for familiar faces.  The Finest Hours is an intense drama with many great special effects. Here’s hoping this Disney movie is a big hit.


Hyannis Fire Hydrant Project

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Water Supply Division has started a fire hydrant marking project that will clearly label the fire flow capacity at each hydrant in the Hyannis Water System. All of the fire hydrants in the Hyannis Water System will be marked as part of this effort. Project completion is anticipated in the spring of 2016.  This project was initiated by a change in insurance regulations governing the rate setting structure for property insurance. The Hyannis Water System is striving to achieve the maximum credit so that the community will get the best property insurance rates. For questions relative to this project, call Water System Supervisor Hans Keijser at (508) 775-0063.


Marstons Mills Ham & Bean Supper

Old fashioned Americana is alive and well in Marstons Mills this weekend, as the Marstons Mills Village Association offers its annual Ham and Bean supper. All are invited to Liberty Hall, 2150 Main Street in Marstons Mills from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday January 30, 2016. Enjoy Aunt Bea White’s homemade beans & coleslaw, Alex Frazee’s homemade mac & cheese, cornbread from the Mills Restaurant, apple sauce made at the Marstons Mills Community Church, and dessert treats made by the folks at the Marstons Mills Library, all while mixing and mingling with your friends and neighbors. Tickets are available at the Marstons Mills Public Library, and all proceeds go to the Marstons Mills Village Association Scholarship Fund.




e-News Trivia

 Last week, we asked: What is the newest way town residents can receive information during a winter storm event?  We are happy to report that a large number of our smart e-news readers wrote in with the correct answer: our new Storm Information Line that can be reached at 508-862-4636 during a storm event.


This week’s question: “The Finest Hours”, a movie based on a story that happened off the coast of Cape Cod, makes its film debut this week. We want to know the date of the wreck of the S.S. Pendleton, and how many crew members were rescued.

 Email your answer here.  


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

January 25-29, 2016


Monday January 25, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio Monday morning to discuss the Stanton Foundation’s grant award that will fund design of the Town’s dog park at Hathaway’s Pond. Tom also congratulated staff for receiving an award from the Massachusetts Municipal Association for the Fiscal 2014 Annual Report. Tom discussed issues surrounding the County run Fire Academy, and a demand letter that was sent recently.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler reviewed the groundbreaking for Phase II and III of modular classroom projects, discussed the joint Town Council/School committee financial meeting, and previewed a budget meeting with BCHMCPS. Town Clerk Ann Quirk shared important information about election season. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked with us about the beginning of the Spring semester, a tour of the new aviation program in Plymouth, and upcoming auditions for the spring musical.


Tuesday January 26, 2016


Barnstable Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us Tuesday morning about response to the weekend’s storm. Chief MacDonald also had information about an incident involving a gun on General Patton Drive in Hyannis.  Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf joined us for an interesting discussion about a forum on campaign finance issues that he spoke at recently in Washington DC. Director of Public Works Dan Santos reviewed the DPW’s response to the weekend snow storm.


Wednesday January 27, 2016


Our Business Barnstable segment this week featured Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board Executive Director David Augustinho, who joined us live in studio to review the latest employment numbers and preview the upcoming Youth Leadership summit.  Barnstable County Register of Deeds Jack Meade discussed real estate activity in Barnstable County for 2015.  Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan talked with us about a job networking program for seniors, free tax services offered by the AARP, and activities such as group coloring and Juke Box Friday to help ease the winter blues. Director of Finance Mark Milne reviewed the Town’s new Open Budget software.

Thursday January 28, 2016


This week’s Board Committee and Commission Roundup featured information from the recent Economic Development Commission, Planning Board, and Airport Commission meetings.  Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich joined us to discuss a local manufacturer’s plans to expand, a capital improvement plan request to add artist shanties to Ruth Rusher Park, the Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool, and ongoing work on the multi-hazard mitigation plan.  5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt discussed his work on Beacon Hill in dealing with the opiate crisis.  Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault talked with us about how the Airport is working to fill the gap left by the departure of Island Air.


Friday January 29, 2016


Our Arts and Culture segment this week featured local teacher and author Mick Carlon, who talked about his new book “Girl Singer”. Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado discussed the popular Boatbuilding class, done in partnership with the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Machado also reviewed online registration for spring and summer programs.  Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo had a lot of hockey action to cover this week, including this weekend’s charity game pitting the Barnstable Police against the Sheriff’s Department to raise money for patrol officer Dennis Stampfl. Sandy Neck Natural Resource Officer Sean Kortis reviewed the status of the beach post-storm, off-season off-road rules and regulations, 2016 permit renewals, and stranding season.

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