Barnstable This Morning

On Monday morning, I joined Barnstable This Morning host Sarah Colvin for my first appearance as your Town Manager. We talked about short- and long-term goals, and outlined the new parking regulations that are now in effect for the Town Hall lot.

Watch the interview:  Town Website  YouTube



New Parking Rules for Town Hall Lot

New parking rules are now in effect in the Town Hall parking lot in Hyannis. The lot, adjacent to Town Hall, the School Administration Building, and the JFK Hyannis Museum is now limited to 6 (six) hours maximum parking with no overnight parking. This new limit is in place to maximize utilization of our parking facilities, improve access to municipal buildings, and to curb misuse of the municipal lot. The parking limit will be enforced 24/7. Any violation to the rules and regulations is subject to fines and potential towing at the vehicle owner’s expense. Please direct all questions regarding these changes to the Consumer Affairs Parking Division at 508-862-4771.

Learn More: A study of parking in and around downtown Hyannis is currently underway.

Click here for details and to take the Hyannis Parking Survey.


Town of Barnstable Seeking Reimbursement from Barnstable County

Following lack of a satisfactory response from Barnstable County on a demand letter sent last winter, the Town of Barnstable has filed a suit against the County, seeking to recoup costs incurred while cleaning up the Hyannis Water System. In 2014, elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) were detected in the Mary Dunn wells. The contamination is believed to have originated from the county run fire training academy. Since then, approximately $1.9 million has been spent to clean up the water system, including the purchase and installation of three carbon filtration units and the purchase of water from the Town of Yarmouth, and ongoing costs are being incurred.


2015 Recreation Employees of the Year

Each year, the Barnstable Recreation Commission honors members of the staff for their hard work and dedication. Congratulations to the 2015 Barnstable Recreation Employees of the Year. During Monday’s Recreation Commission meeting, Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado presented awards to Lifeguard Cali Conroy, Gate Attendant Madison Alper, Beach Assistant Reid Mason, Leisure Program Councilor Mitchell Langfield and Program Assistant James Walsh.





Cape Cod Disc Golf Recognized for Maintenance of Burgess Park

Monday evening, the Recreation Commission presented the 2016 Community Service Award to Cape Cod Disc Golf. Cape Cod Disc Golf (CCDG) is an organization made up of local disc golf enthusiasts that provides care for the Cape’s disc golf parks and work to create a positive environment for players. Recreation Commission Chair Kevin Turner presented the award to CCDG representatives Todd Lapham and Greenleaf Garrison. Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado noted the organization’s dedication to the maintenance and upkeep of Burgess Park, including poison ivy removal, storm damage cleanup, and removal of dead trees and branches. Burgess Park is frequently listed among the top ten disc golf courses in Massachusetts.




Stewart's Creek Waterway Project Public Meeting

Those interested in learning more about the Stewart's Creek Waterway Project are invited to a public meeting, to be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Steamship Authority Conference Room, located at 142 School Street in Hyannis. The meeting will include an overview of recent scientific studies and a presentation of visual charts and graphs detailing the project’s effectiveness. Public comments will be recorded and questions will be answered.

Learn More: Click here to read the Stewart’s Creek Phase II Technical Memorandum Study


Massachusetts Clean Vessel Act Supports Barnstable’s Pumpout Program

The Town of Barnstable recently received $15,000 through this year’s segment of the Massachusetts Clean Vessel Act, to fund operation and maintenance of our Town’s pumpout program.  Barnstable has received funding from this program each year since 1995. Barnstable operates two pumpout vessels during the summer months. Both can be summoned in a variety of ways: by flagging them down in the water; by hailing “Town of Barnstable Pump out” on VHF channel 16 or 09; calling 508-790-6273, or e-mailing  Shore side pump outs are located at Bismore Park Marina, and at Barnstable Inner Harbor. Marina staff is on duty 7 days a week to assist.


Funding for the Massachusetts Clean Vessel Act (MA-CVA) is provided through the Federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Sportfish Restoration Program. Each year the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries applies for this Federal funding to help support clean water and the No Discharge Zone that includes all of Massachusetts coastal waters. This program encourages the use of pumpouts by making the service free and easily accessible. This funding is critical to our clean water initiative which supports our vast natural resources. Marine Fisheries administers the awarded grant funds according to recreational boater demand, pumpout history, and the programmatic needs of each municipality or facility.


Homelessness Update

The Town of Barnstable, along with our elected officials and other stakeholders, continues to work to address the issue of homelessness.  Work is underway to hire an outreach coordinator that will act as a liaison between the Town and the various social service agencies that operate in our area.  Signage outlining the Town’s policies against camping in the woods is in place in several areas notoriously used for illegal campsites.  The Cape’s legislative delegation met on Monday in the Governor’s office to discuss the issue and to hear updates. Of note is the creation of a database system using the Homelink software program that will help identify those that are homeless and better connect them with services.  A single release form, the Coordinated Entry System, has been developed and will be used by all service providers, as a way in which to better identify and track individuals experiencing homelessness. The issue of permanent housing is also being addressed. The Housing Assistance Corporation is helping to issue rental vouchers for people who are currently homeless. Work is also being done to encourage landlords to allow voucher clients to rent, and a fund has been set up to help landlords pay for any property damage that occurs. A feasibility study is underway to determine how many units of permanent housing are needed, how soon a project like that could be completed, and where it could be done.  Learn More: “Barnstable This Morning” interviewed State Representative Randy Hunt this week about this issue. View the interview: Town Website   YouTube


Arnold Mycock: A Celebration of his Life & Legacy

On Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Arnold Mycock: A Celebration of his Life and Legacy will be held at Lowell Park in Cotuit. The event will honor Arnold Mycock for his extraordinary accomplishments and contributions during his life and enduring legacy. All are welcome to attend. For nearly 70 years, Arnold Mycock worked with and for the Cotuit Kettleers and the Cape Cod Baseball League, serving the Kettleers as host parent, secretary, treasurer, and General Manager for 44 years; and the League as vice president, treasurer, scheduler, and league statistician. Arnold passed away in April at the age of 92.



Barnstable Dog Park Moving Forward

The Town of Barnstable’s proposal of a “Barnstable Dog Park” will soon become a reality. The Town has selected a site and received a commitment of funds from the Stanton Foundation for implementation of a dog park. The Stanton Foundation, located in Cambridge, MA, encourages positive dog/human relationships and provides grants to support the creation of enclosed dog parks in cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The Barnstable Dog Park will be located on Phinney’s Lane in the vicinity of Hathaway’s Pond.  An informational meeting will be held Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room. All are encouraged to attend.



Outlook on Municipal Finance: Barnstable’s Open Budget

Anyone who is interested in viewing the town’s operating and capital budgets can do so on-line by clicking here: Town of Barnstable's Budget.  This interactive website allows you to explore the town’s revenue and expenditures for multiple fiscal years. The operating budget and capital improvement plan is included. The FY 2017 operating budgets and capital improvement plan have recently been added to the website.  This is the beginning of a new series in e-news that will highlight information from the new Open Budget site. This week, we take a look at the Schoolhouse Pond Water Quality Project.




Let music and art fill your weekend!


Tonight, Friday July 15, the sweet sounds of Cla Da Bossa Nova, the Music of Brazil will fill the air at Aselton Park, 6:30 – 7:00 PM.


Saturday, July 16, LoveLiveLocal Singer Songwriter Spotlight Series will feature Alicia Mathewson, performing from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park.


Get ready to get down on Tuesday, July 19th with Sarah Swain and the Oh! Boys: rock-a-billy fun guaranteed to get you up and dancing. Aselton Park, 6:00 -7:30 PM. Bring your blankets, beach chairs, and dancing shoes!!


And of course, the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park are open seven days a week from 11:00 AM until at least 8:00 PM.  Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and artists change weekly.


This Weekend: Through July 17

Barnstable (Light Blue): Clay beadwork by Christine Esperson & Jewelry by Jean Esperson Golden

Marstons Mills (Green): Cape Cod Marine Artist Sandy Boudreau

Centerville (Red): Photography by Don Parkenson / Artful Beadwork by Kim Collins

Cotuit (Blue): Whimsical Children's Outerwear and Accessories by Anastassia Gonye

Osterville (Orange): Painting by Sandy Myatt

Hyannis (Yellow):  All Things Nautical by Lauren Elias

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Artisan Soaps by Jacquie McEvoy


Coming Week: July 18-24

Barnstable (Light Blue): Sea Glass Artwork by Paula Fedele

Marstons Mills (Green): Painting by Linda Emerson

Centerville (Red): Photography by Thomas Bollinger

Cotuit (Blue):  Mixed-Media Natural Artwork by Tessa D’Agustino

Osterville (Orange): Hand Stenciled Artwork by Tara Ring

Hyannis (Yellow): Hand-Printed Clothing by Jennifer Baudanza

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Nautical Americana Woodworking by Val and Dave Small


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Last week, we asked: Next week is Swim and Safety Week. This summer, Barnstable increased coverage by adding lifeguards at a location that was previously un-guarded.

Which beach now has a lifeguard on duty? We are impressed that a large number of our e-News readers knew that Hamblin Pond in Marstons Mills now has lifeguards. Well done!


This Week’s Question: The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod this week announced the guest conductor for this year’s Pops by the Sea, to be held on Sunday, August 14 on the Village Green in Hyannis. Who will be this year’s guest conductor? Email your answer here.  




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Week in Review
July 11-15, 2016


Monday, July 11, 2016


Town Manager Mark Ells began our week. This was Mark’s first appearance on “BTM” with his new title of Town Manager. Mark discussed his immediate goals and communication strategies. We also discussed the new parking restrictions for the Town Hall lot.  Swim Program Coordinator Lindsay Partin discussed Swim and Safety Week. Cape Cod Community College Tilden Arts and College Event Coordinator Vana Trudeau talked about the Tilden Arts Center and the offerings it has for the community.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick shared ways to stay cool and save money during the warm summer months.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald joined us Tuesday morning to discuss the recent robbery of a street musician in Hyannis, and an update on yearly compliance checks performed at area bars and restaurants.  Consumer Affairs Supervisor Elizabeth Hartsgrove outlined the new rules and regulations for the Town Hall parking lot. Director of Public Works Dan Santos provided an update on various historic renovation projects.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Our Business Barnstable segment this week featured Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross. Wendy updated us on a busy and bustling summer season, and discussed the ongoing Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival.  Director of Finance Mark Milne shared information on FY16 actual revenue versus budget amounts as they appear in the Town’s open budget website. Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich talked with us about the housing production plan, and study of parking in and around downtown Hyannis.


Thursday, July 14, 2016


Thursday’s program began with our Community Profile segment. This week, we spoke with Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year winner Ann Wiliams. 5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt provided an update on ongoing work to combat the issue of homelessness.  Len Gobeils’ Sports segment featured an interview with Cotuit Kettleers General Manager Bruce Murphy, who commented on the life and contributions of the late Arnold Mycock, who spent more than sixty years in service to the Cape Cod Baseball League.


Friday, July 15, 2016


We had a full show on Friday! We began with our Arts and Culture segment, which brought us to the Cape Cod Maritime Museum to learn about the new Scrimshaw exhibit.  Next, HYCC General Manager Joe Izzo previewed a boxing match that will be held at the HYCC next month. This week was Swim and Safety Week. We got a look at the lifeguards demonstrating their skills at Craigville Beach. Natural Resource Officer Amy Croteau outlined important shellfish regulations. This week’s MSPCA Adoptable Pet Friday introduced us to a pair of adorable baby rats, a two-month old kitten, and a 4 year old guinea pig.

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