Town Council Meeting

Zenas Crocker, Executive Director of Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (formerly Three Bays Preservation, Inc.), gave an estuary summer update to the Town Council.  The orders of the day began with Old Business and reappointments to the Board of Health, Conservation Commission, Economic Development Commission, Licensing Authority, Public Works Commission, and Trust Fund Advisory Committee.  Three appropriation and loan orders for temporary repair to Private Roads Program ($482,000 for Bunker Hill Road in Osterville, $585,340 for Beach Plum Hill Road and Smoke Valley Road in Osterville, and $735,480 for Ice Valley Road and Fox Island Road in Osterville) were approved.  An appropriation order in the amount of $30,000 for the September 19, 2017 Special Election was approved. New Business began with a resolve allowing Town Manager Mark Ells to continue teaching at Cape Cod Community College under Section 8 of the Town Manager contract.  Appointments and Reappointments to Boards/Committee/Commissions had a first reading.  An item authorizing the Town Manager to execute a Regulatory Agreement between the Town of Barnstable and the Rockland Trust Company for a bank with drive through at 765 Main Street, Hyannis was approved.  The Town Council accepted of a grant in the amount of $1,400 from the Gay and Lesbian Equity (GALE) Fund to the Barnstable Senior Services Division to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) programming at the Barnstable Senior Center.  An act relative to the use of certain land in the Town of Barnstable within residential districts was approved as was a resolve to extend the expiration of specific appropriations.  Two items were referred to public hearings on August 17th, an appropriation and loan order in the amount of $2,077,481 for the purpose of providing additional funding for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of runway 15-33, replace runway 15-33 Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI), with a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI), re-align a portion of taxiways Bravo and Charlie, and to replace the emergency back-up generator in the airfield lighting vault at Barnstable Municipal Airport and an appropriation order in the amount of $163,800 in Community Preservation Funds for hard and soft costs associated with restoration work to the Centerville Recreation Building located at 524 Main Street, Centerville.  A transfer order in the amount of $68,499.11 for the Lombard Park and Field Improvement Project was approved.    A resolve to change the Polling Location for Precinct 11 to the West Barnstable Fire Station located at 2160 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable was approved.  The Town Council voted to ratify the appointment of Brian Florence at Town of Barnstable Building Commissioner and approved the confirmation of Michael Andrew Clyburn as Trustee to the Affordable Housing/Growth and Development Trust Fund Board.  An item amending Chapter 240 of the Zoning Ordinance to limit land clearance within the Ground Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Overlay District was referred to the Planning Board.  The next Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, August 17th


Unity Day Returns on Friday, July 28th from 4 to 7 PM


Brian Florence Appointed Town of Barnstable Building Commissioner

Last night, the Town Council ratified the appointment of Brian Florence of Marstons Mills as Building Commissioner.  Mr. Florence has over 25 years’ experience as a professional manager working in both the private and public sectors with recognized strengths in construction, inspectional services and code enforcement.  He has worked for the Town of Dennis since 1997.  Mr. Florence currently serves as the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals.  He will begin his new position with the Town on August 14, 2017.


Congratulations to Assistant Town Clerk Janet Murphy

Congratulations to Assistant Town Clerk Janet Murphy on her graduation from the New England Municipal Clerks’ Institute and Academy (NEMCI&A).  This Institute and Academy is recognized by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC).  The Institute is a 3-year program; held each summer for one week over a three year period.  The students arrive on a Saturday at Plymouth State University, in Plymouth, NH for a jam-packed week of classes.  The class make up is a group of clerks and assistant clerks from all over New England and many times outside of New England who come to work together; taking classes in leadership, motivation, public speaking, finance, and the budget process, to name a few.  After graduating from NEMCI&A the student can begin the process of becoming certified through the IIMC program. Town Clerk, Ann Quirk, former Chairperson of the New England Municipal Clerks’ Institute and Academy, attended classes with the third year students as their Class Advisor.  NEMCI&A is unique, as it is the only Institute and Academy completely run by Clerks for Clerks.   Pictured from left to right:  Former Town Clerk Linda Hutchenrider, Town Clerk Ann Quirk and Assistant Town Clerk Janet Murphy.


Governor’s Listening Session at Barnstable Senior Center


Governor Baker Proclaims “Hurricane Preparedness Week” Residents Encouraged to Prepare Now

Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed July 16-22, 2017 to be Hurricane Preparedness Week to underscore the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to tropical storms and hurricanes and the importance of preparing for the impacts that hurricanes and tropical storms can have on the state’s residents, homes, businesses and infrastructure.   “It is never too early to start preparing yourself, family, home and business for a tropical storm or hurricane,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

Know Your Evacuation Zone

Massachusetts has established hurricane evacuation zones in each of the state’s coastal ommunities.  These zones, designated as Zone A, Zone B and Zone C, identify the areas of coastal communities that are at risk for storm surge flooding from tropical storms or hurricanes. If evacuations are necessary because of an approaching tropical storm or hurricane, local or state officials will use the hurricane evacuation zones to call for people living, working or vacationing in these areas to evacuate. It is important to note that even areas not directly along a coastline may be at risk for storm surge flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane. Find out if you live, work or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone by visiting the ‘Know Your Zone’ interactive map located on MEMA’s website at

New Storm Surge Forecast Products

New for 2017, the National Weather Service will issue storm surge watches and warnings to alert residents of areas that have a significant risk of life-threatening inundation from an approaching tropical storm or hurricane. Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a tropical cyclone, and it can occur at different times and at different locations from a storm’s hazardous winds. While most coastal residents can remain in their homes and be safe from a tropical cyclone’s winds, evacuations are often needed to keep people safe from storm surge. These watches and warnings will help local and state officials make better informed evacuation decisions, and will help people who are in harm’s way because they live or work along, or near the coast, better understand their need to evacuate in order to avoid the deadly risks associated with storm surge flooding.

Make an Emergency Plan

It’s important to have plans in case your family needs to take action before or during a storm:

  • Communications Plan — Create a family communications plan so you can stay in touch and find each other in an emergency.
  • Evacuation Plan — Create a family evacuation plan that details where you will go, how you will get there, what you will bring, and what you will do with your pets.
  • Shelter-in-Place Plan — Make sure your family has a plan to shelter in place, which includes stockpiling items you will need to stay comfortable while you are at home. Be prepared to shelter in place for at least 72 hours. 

Make sure your emergency plans address the needs of all of your family members, including seniors, children, individuals with medical needs, and people with disabilities.

Have an Emergency Kit

Hurricanes can cause extended power outages, flooding, and blocked roads. You should have an emergency kit to sustain yourself and your family for at least 72 hours in case you lose power, are stranded in your home, or nearby stores are closed or damaged. While it is important to customize your kit to meet your family’s unique needs, every emergency kit should include bottled water, food, a flashlight, a radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, sanitation items, clothing, cash and a charged cell phone. Depending on your family’s needs, emergency kits should also include medications, extra eyeglasses, medical equipment and supplies, children’s items such as diapers and formula, food and supplies for pets and service animals, and other items you or your family members might need during a disaster.

Stay Informed

As a storm approaches, monitor media reports and follow instructions from public safety officials with these tools:

  • Massachusetts Alerts App — Download the free Massachusetts Alerts app for your iOS or Android device. The app provides tropical storm and hurricane warnings, as well as important public safety alerts and information from MEMA.
  • Social Media — Follow MEMA on Twitter (@MassEMA) and Facebook for emergency updates during hurricanes.
  • Mass 2-1-1 — Mass 2-1-1 is the state non-emergency call center for disasters. Call 2-1-1 to find out about shelter locations, travel restrictions, disaster assistance programs, and more. Mass 2-1-1 is free and available 24/7.
  • Local Emergency Notification Systems — Check with your local emergency management director to see if your community uses an emergency notification system and how to sign up.

For more information, visit the Hurricane Safety Tips section of MEMA’s website at


Marine & Environmental Affairs Staff Participate in Dive Drill

Harbor staff Derek Lawson and Jarod Smoller participated in an inter-agency dive exercise off of the Hyannis Breakwater on Wednesday, July 19th. The purpose of the exercise is to recognize potential incident Health and Safety Hazards and develop necessary measures (remove hazard, provide personal protective equipment, warn people of the hazard) to protect responders from those hazards.  Incident Commander was Lt. Chris Adams of the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department and Dive Commander was Captain Bill Rex from the Hyannis Fire Department.


Town of Barnstable Open Space and Recreation Plan Survey

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning and Development Department is updating the Town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan.  We are conducting a survey to better understand the needs and concerns of Barnstable residents as they think about open space protection and recreational opportunities and facilities.  Please take a moment to complete the survey and let us know what is important to you.  If you do not have internet access, please visit your local library’s public computers.  The survey can be accessed at  through August 15, 2017. If you have comments about Open Space protection or Recreation in Barnstable or would like to participate in the process, please contact Anna Brigham, Principal Planner with the Town of Barnstable Planning and Development at (508) 862-4682 or  Also, please visit our webpage for more information about the Open Space and Recreation Plan. 



Photographs of Alan Belanich on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through October 15th,  2017

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall. The works of photographer Alan Belanich are on display in the Selectmen’s Conference Room and the Town Hall Hearing Room now through October 15th, 2017.  Both meeting rooms are located on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall. Currently employed with the Barnstable Patriot, Alan Belanich is passionate about his work.  “I wasn't born on the Cape, but I grew up here, and spent most of my idle time exploring the Cape woods and beaches. I was always out wandering since I was a kid, and in school I was voted most likely to get lost in the woods while eating wild blueberries. One day I thought to myself wouldn't it be neat to bring a camera along? That was the beginning of my lifelong photography problem. I was also into computers and digital art, I enjoyed fiddling with images more than computer games, and with my knowledge of Photoshop, began working in the Photo Department at the Cape Cod Times. After editing and color correcting many thousands of photos, and studying the works of famous photographers, I asked myself, "Well, why don't my photos look like that?" And so my photography addiction problem multiplied. For years, I would wake up at 3:30 in the morning, and drive around and hike before the sun would begin lighting the sky, to find that moment where I would find some sort of amazement or peace. And eventually, my photos started to get better, until one day I was offered a job with the Barnstable Patriot as a photographer. I am constantly trying to improve upon what I can do, I am always trying to push myself further so I don't just keep taking the same photo over and over. I use the camera both to connect and escape. A few hours hiking alone can erase feelings of negativity, and when I photograph people, the camera gives me the courage to be sociable.” The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to display their work.  Visitors who use the meeting rooms will discover an inviting and attractive environment and have an opportunity to learn about some of the Cape’s local artists.  For more information on the program, email or call 508-862-4767.


Discover Barnstable—Fun, Interactive Talks and Activities

This summer visitors to Bismore Park Welcome Center at Hyannis Harbor, can ‘Discover Barnstable’ with a new outreach program this July and August.  This outreach program is designed to share with residents and visitors the wide range of resources the Town of Barnstable provides year round. Bismore Park Welcome Center is located at 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis. The programs will take place near the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties in the grassy area.  The artist shanties are open May through October each year, and showcase local artists who work and sell their wares right from their ‘seaside’ studios. Programs are each week, free of charge, handicapped accessible and are scheduled for Mondays, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM and Thursdays, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM through August 24, 2017. In addition, the Barnstable County Coastal Explorer Van joins the program for an extended day visit on August 7th.  The free program includes: activities about the natural wildlife in town where visitors will have time to hold stuffed skunks, owls and hawks, see live turtles and hear about the different species; step into a 31-foot custom built motorcoach to learn about Cape Cod’s coastal environment; turn a print of cyanobacteria into bracelets and bookmarks and identify which blooms are friends and foe;  practice putting with a golf pro; stay for library story time and crafts; and hula hoop for fun and fitness!


Art-FULL days around town!
There are plenty of ways to have an art-FULL day in the Town of Barnstable's two state designated Cultural Districts, Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village and in all seven villages in Town!  Our ArtsBarnstable website feature all seven villages and links to the two cultural districts and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.   Find us on Facebook at ArtsBarnstable and @artsbarnstable on Instagram.  Of course, as you know, the amount of activities grows exponentially this time of year.  Some of the happenings In the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District are:

  • Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park, open seven days a week, 11:00 AM to at least 8:00 PM.  Artists change weekly.
  • More music-longer shows, more days!  Music abounds downtown:   Outdoor venues include:  Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Main Street and in Barnstable Village on the Courthouse Stage.
  • Music at the Bismore Park Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties:  Singer-Songwriter Sessions Thursdays and Saturdays, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM AND ‘Live Lunch’ Fridays, 11:30 AM -1:30 PM, now through end of August AND music at Aselton Park every Tuesday and Friday in July & August
  • Love Live Local, Love  Local Fest, Sunday, July 30th and August 27th
  • Main Street, Hyannis has Melody Mondays with a Singer Songwriter series along the street each week and Thursday night jazz!
  • At the Hyannis HyArts Campus, corner of Pearl and South Street, Hyannis:  Studio 46 features six artists sharing work space for the summer; Gallery Artrio is hosting many artist receptions, as well as a special JFK exhibit, as a part of the birthday centennial celebrations around town; and New Classics Company, theater-in-residence at Guyer Barn, returns for another season with original plays and Improv.
  • Hyannis Village Green - Get your dose of healthy Green(s)!  Hyannis Main Street BID sponsors programs on the Town Green several days a week-from Tai-Chi and Yoga to Movies and Music. 
    New to the line-up - Move and Groove Saturdays! Shake and Sparkle in the sun with cardio fit dance and last session is with hula hoops.

In the Barnstable Village Cultural District:

  • Jailhouse Jams on the Courthouse Stage 6:00 PM-7:30 PM, Wednesdays, July 26th and August 2nd and 16th.
  • Summer Stroll, Wednesday August 16th and special concert with Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys
  • Annual vintage motorcycle show presented by the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, September 24th

Food Program “Food for Kids” at HYCC through August 25th
Barnstable Recreation is very excited to partner with a summer food service program called "Kids' Summer Meals" to provide those in need between the ages of 1 and 18 with a free lunch and snack during the summer! Join us Mondays through Fridays until August 25th at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis MA 02601. Lunch will be served 12:15 - 1:00 PM and Snacks will be served 3:00 - 3:30 PM each weekday! For more information, please contact Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 x116.

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, made up of five Town Councilors, will interview applicants and make recommendations to the Town Council, who vote to appoint members at their regular 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 webpage 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:  or phone 508-862-4738. 

Looking for a Job?  The Town of Barnstable is a Great Place to Work.

You can now apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the “Apply” link.  If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will 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.  To see what positions are currently available, click here.

Are you interested in the Bids and Request for Proposals (RFPs) the Town of Barnstable puts out?
You will find all the Invitations for Bid and RFPs for the Town that are currently available to the public here.

Last week’s question:  The Town of Barnstable HyArts Artist Shanties are located on Bismore Park. How many shanties are there and what is the significance to the number?  Susan Greenlaw was the first correct response to last week’s trivia question.  There are seven artist shanties one for each village in the Town of Barnstable.


This Week’s Question:  What is the name of the only village to frequently appear on television weather maps?   Email your answer here