June 15th Town Council Meeting
Planning and Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins and Housing Coordinator Arden Cadrin updated the Town Council on the Town of Barnstable’s Housing Production Plan prior to the orders of the day.  At the top of the orders was a resolve for the Town of Barnstable to join the Cape Light Compact Joint Powers Entity (JPE) and to authorize the Town Manager to execute the Joint Powers Agreement.  David Anthony, Director of Property and Risk Management, presented the rationale and responded to questions about the new entity.  The Council approved appointments for the Disability Commission, Economic Development Commission, Youth Commission and Human Services Committee and reappointments for the Airport Commission, Council on Aging, Historical Commission, Housing Committee, Hyannis Main Street Waterfront Historic District Commission, Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee, Trust Fund Advisory Board, Water Resource Advisory Commission and Waterways Committee.  The Town Council approved an appropriation order in the amount of $375,000 Community Preservation Funds for the reconstruction of the Barnstable West Barnstable Playground.  The Town Council accepted a Little Library worth $350 from the Osterville Village Library for Dowses Beach in Osterville as well as a gift in the amount of $225,000 from the Stanton Foundation for the construction of the Barnstable Dog Park and a gift in the amount of $30,000 from The Committee for Barnstable Dog Parks. Town Council also passed a measure that will allow a debt exclusion vote to be placed on the ballot for a special election on September 19, 2017, regarding funding for the proposed new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School (CCRTHS).  As background, the CCRTHS presented information on the proposed new $141 million CCRTHS on February 6, 2017. The estimated assessment for Barnstable is about $1.8 million per year for 30 years.  The vote to authorize the project is October 24, 2017 from 12 NOON to 8:00 PM.  The Town Clerks in each community within the CCRTHS district have been contacted.  The project has to be approved by a majority of voters district-wide – not a majority of member towns.  The Town Council does not have to approve to place the vote on the ballot.  The CCRTHS district has the authority under the regional agreement.  A separate ballot would be required to authorize the assessment to be excluded from Prop 2½.  This is what the Town Council approved to be on the ballot.  The Town Clerk needs a minimum of 45 days to prepare for a town-wide election.  For information on the CCRTHS project, please go here.  The Town Council moved an order amending the Code of the Town of Barnstable, Part I General Ordinances, Chapter 240 Zoning, Article III Section 33, to allow for sports and recreation facilities; Section 35 Groundwater Protection Overlay Districts to create special site clearing and storm water requirements for sports and recreation facility uses; and Section 128 definitions to define sports and recreation facility to the Planning Board.  The following items were moved to the July 20, 2017 Town Council meeting:  reappointments to boards/committees/ commissions, an appropriation and loan order in the amount of $482,000 pursuant to temporary repair to Private Roads Program regarding Bunker Hill Road in Osterville, MA; an appropriation and loan order in the amount of $585,340 pursuant to temporary repair to Private Roads Program regarding Beach Plum Hill Road and Smoke Valley Road in Osterville, MA; an appropriation and loan order in the amount of $753,480 pursuant to temporary repair to Private Roads Program regarding Ice Valley Road and Fox Island Road in Osterville, MA; and an appropriation order in the amount of $30,000 for the September 19, 2017 Special Election.  The Town Council approved intermunicipal Water Supply Agreements with Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM) Initial and First Successor Temporary Water Supply and Yarmouth First Successor Water Supply.  The Town Council then voted to go into Executive Session under G.L. c. 30A §21(a)(3), to discuss litigation strategy with respect to the case of the Town of Barnstable v. Barnstable County, pending in Barnstable Superior Court.

Traffic Alert – Father’s Day Car Show – Sunday, June 18th
The 23rd Annual Father’s Day Car Show will be held on Sunday, June 18th.  There are two road closures that we want to bring to your attention.  On Saturday, June 17th, Winter Street, Hyannis and Main Street, Hyannis from Pearl Street to High School Road will be closed from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  On Sunday, June 18th, Main Street, Hyannis will be closed from the intersection of Main Street and Ocean Street to the intersection of Main Street and Stevens Street from 5:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


Martin J. Flynn Scholarship Recipients
At last night's Town Council meeting, Town Manager Mark Ells joined Janice Cligott and Joyce Persuitte in congratulating twelve recipients of the Martin J. Flynn Scholarship for 2017. Congratulations to Shannon Kennedy-Cabral (Salve Regina University); Sydney Fitzgerald (Framingham State University); Marta Pleitez-Hercules (UMASS Dartmouth); Richard L. Horton III (Northeastern University); Kimberly Kalis (Keene State College); Hannah Lancaster (University of South Carolina); and Carrie Osborn (UMASS Dartmouth). Not pictured: Devon Harris (Norwich University); Mikayla Henderson (Cape Cod Community College); Kyle McShera (Colby-Sawyer College); Grace Morin (Suffolk University); and Nia Eddy-Pina (Wesleyan University). Congratulations and best wishes for future success!



Conversation on Barnstable Public Schools Start Time Continues – A Third Community Forum has been Scheduled for Monday, June 19th at 9:30 AM
From Superintendent of Schools Meg Mayo-Brown:
As you may be aware, a number of communities on the Cape and throughout the Commonwealth are exploring the idea of a later start time for high school students. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association recommend a later start time for adolescents, based on research indicating delayed start time for high school students improves academic outcomes, as well as attendance and tardiness. Additionally, delayed start time is associated with improvements in mood, health, decision-making, and safety. Accordingly, members of the Barnstable Public Schools community began investigating the possibility of aligning our high school start time with recommendations from the medical field.  The Barnstable School Committee established a special subcommittee consisting of parents, teachers, administrators, students, and town officials to study the possibility of modifying the current start time of Barnstable High School. On May 3, 2017 the Barnstable School Committee was presented with the recommendations from the School Start Time Committee. In conjunction with a revised high school start time, the School Start Time Committee made recommendations regarding grade level spans and start times for Barnstable United Elementary School and Barnstable Intermediate School. I have included below the recommendations from the School Start Time Committee. In order to elicit feedback and input on the set of recommendations, we are launching a community conversation. We invite you to attend one of our upcoming Community Forums to learn more about the recommendations, ask questions, and offer input. Our goal is to collect and organize community feedback in order to report back to the School Committee as they consider the recommendations over the coming months. Recommendations from the School Start Time Committee:
                         •All elementary schools maintain current schedule, 9:00 – 3:35
                         •Barnstable High School, adjust times to 8:15 – 2:50
                         •Create two 4th – 7th grade schools at BIS and BUES, adjust times to 7:20 – 1:50
Community Forum:
•Monday, June 19th at 9:30 AM at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.
For more information and to view the School Start Times presentation, please go

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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BarnstableOSRPsurvey  through August 15th, 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 anna.brigham@town.barnstable.ma.us.  Also, please visit our webpage https://townofbarnstable.us/GrowthManagement/OpenSpacePlan.asp for more information about the Open Space and Recreation Plan. 



Introducing the Planning & Development Department
The Town of Barnstable’s Growth Management Department is retiring its current name and reintroducing itself as the Planning & Development Department.  The Department seeks to better reflect its emphasis on comprehensive planning, economic development and addressing the Cape’s housing challenges.  “Planning” represents the central role the department plays in coordinating a long-term vision for Barnstable’s future and working to effectively implement policies and programs consistent with that community vision.   “Development” encompasses the department’s economic development and community development efforts, which include the assistance and outreach to businesses, promotion of affordable and workforce housing in support of a sustainable economy, arts and culture programs and supporting private sector development consistent with the Town’s comprehensive plan.   The Planning & Development Department is comprised of four divisions: Comprehensive Planning, Regulatory Planning, Community Development, and Economic Development.  The divisions work together, and with community partners and other Town departments, to promote comprehensive and sustainable land use and economic development strategies to preserve the character of Barnstable’s seven villages and improve residents’ quality of life. 

The renaming was championed by Town Manager Mark Ells and approved by a unanimous vote of the Town Council on May 4, 2017. 



Town of Barnstable Beaches

The Recreation Division has provided us with the following information regarding Barnstable beaches.  Currently Craigville and Covell’s Beaches will have gate coverage Daily 9AM-3:45PM (bath house open 9AM-4:30PM).   Dowses, Veterans, Kalmus, and Keyes (Sea Street) beaches gates are open 9AM-3:45PM weekends only. Veterans’ bath house is open daily. We will be gearing up with lifeguards as our workers return from school.

2017 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers Now on Sale at the HYCC
The Recreation Division 2017 Parking Permits are now available through walk-in process at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  Hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Sundays/Holidays.  A friendly reminder:  you will need your vehicle registration at the time of purchase.

Transfer Station Stickers - Expiration/Renewal
It is that time of year to head to Town of Barnstable Transfer Station to purchase your annual Residential Transfer Station Sticker.  Residents must also renew their Free Recycle Only Sticker.  The fiscal year 2018 sticker cost $240 for one vehicle and $25 for a second vehicle per household. The new stickers are on sale now and are available at the Transfer Station office located at 45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills during normal business hours: 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM seven days a week.   To obtain a sticker, you must bring a copy of your valid vehicle registration showing a Barnstable street address, additional documents may be required. Stickers may be obtained through the mail using the form available on the Town of Barnstable Transfer Station.  http://www.townofbarnstable.us/solidwaste/  The fiscal year 2018 transfer station sticker will be valid July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.  Last year’s transfer station sticker allows you entry until June 30, 2017. 

Food Program “Food for Kids” at HYCC from June 26th 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 from June 26 - August 25 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.

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, beginning July 10th through August 24th, 2017. In addition, the Barnstable County Coastal Explorer Van joins the program for an extended day visit on July 13th and 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!




Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Hyannis Harbor are Open!
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!  Of course, as you know, the amount of activities grows exponentially this time of year.  Here is a snapshot of the 2017 music, theater, festivals and on-going art programs scheduled over the next several months in both the Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village Cultural Districts.


·         Shanties opened for FULL WEEKS as of Monday, June 12th, 2017.

·         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.

·         More music at the Bismore Park Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties:  In addition to the popular Singer-Songwriter Sessions on Saturdays -now more music on Thursday evenings and during lunch time on Fridays.  Live Lunch on Fridays, 11:30 am -1:30pm; Thursdays and Saturdays, 6:00pm -7:30pm. 

·         Main Street, Hyannis is adding a Singer Songwriter series along the street  - look for the announcement for Monday Music Melodies!

·         New on 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.

Our ArtsBarnstable website and FB and Instagram feature all seven villages and links to the two cultural districts and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.  


ROAD WORK:  Roadway Improvements

The Department of Public Works has wrapped up the major construction efforts regarding roadway improvements on Farm Hill Road, Harbor Hills Road, Mizzentop Lane, Red Lily Pond Road, Sound View Road, Johnny Cake Road, Nickerson Road, Rolling Hitch Road, Scudder’s Lane, First Avenue (Osterville), Hyannis Avenue.  Minor restoration of these roadways will continue over the next week such as driveways, loam & seeding, etc.


ROAD WORK: National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main

Work will cause roadway disruption

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. Gas main infrastructure upgrade work will occur in the area of Nautical Way, Hyannis and Mary Dunn Road, Barnstable. Work is expected to continue through June 2017. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


ROAD WORK: Continues Route 28 (Falmouth Road) and Bearse’s Way

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues their roadway improvements for the ‘Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way’ as scheduled. Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Work in this area will be suspended starting June 23rd for the duration of the summer season. Work will start again during the fall. The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes, and follow posted safety and detour signs.


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: 
council@town.barnstable.ma.us  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:  We had a wonderful intergenerational tea at the Barnstable Senior Center this week.  Based upon the 2010 Census, how many Barnstable residents are over 65? According to the 2010 Federal Census, there are 45,193 residents in the Town of Barnstable. Of that, 12, 845 residents are over 65.


This Week’s Question:   Where is the location of the colony that has no running water or town electricity which is located on a Barnstable peninsula in Cape Cod Bay? Email your answer here.


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