Barnstable Beaches Open on Saturday, June 23rd

Today, our lifeguard staff went through their annual orientation to get them ready for the busy summer season ahead.  Town Manager Mark Ells, Chief Matthew Sonnabend, Community Services Director

Lynne Poyant, Recreation Director Patti Machado, Assistant Recreation Director John Gleason

and Aquatics Program Coordinator Tim McGrath were on hand to welcome this year’s lifeguard team.  Thank You for all you do to keep our residents and visitors safe in our waters.


Town Council Meeting – June 21st

After Public Comment, Town Manager Mark Ells’ Communications included continued work with the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Wildlife; USGS, DEP Water Supply staff regarding future potential water supply wells; continuing discussions with Vineyard Wind’s; the Planning and Development and the Recreation Division have partnered to provide financial assistance to eligible families (made possible by Community Development Block Grant program) to participate in various youth programs; the Town of Barnstable was recently informed that it received approval of an Opportunity Zone designation for the census tract which encompasses the historic Main Street corridor; the Town’s Planning & Development Department, in cooperation with the Land Acquisition & Preservation Committee, has completed a final draft of the 2018 Open Space and Recreation Plan; Planning Board will discuss regulations for adult use marijuana establishments next week (more information below); the Towns of Mashpee, Sandwich, and Barnstable have entered into an Inter-Municipal Agreement regarding the Popponesset Bay Watershed in the common effort to develop a Watershed Permit; and the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) has provided an outline of the new hourly stop on the Sealine located at the Barnstable Municipal Airport.    Next was the annual presentation of the Martin J. Flynn Scholarship recipients (see item below). Two workshops were held at last night’s Town Council meeting.  Assistant DPW Director Rob Steen along with consultants Gene Bolinger and Mike Easler of Weston & Sampson provided an overview of the Comprehensive Field evaluation.  Town Manager Mark Ells provided a review of the National Guard Armory project.  Old Business began with a Public Hearing for an Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $340,000 pursuant to Temporary Repair to Private Roads Program regarding Butler Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Clark Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Hotel Avenue, Summerbell Avenue, Lake Elizabeth Drive, Valley Avenue, Laurel Avenue, and Vine Avenue in Centerville, MA which was approved by the Town Council.  Town Council President Eric Steinhilber took New Business item #2018-177 to Amend Section 241-30 of the Barnstable Administrative Code, Public Works Commission, to create an Infrastructure and Energy Committee and Repeal Section 241-36 of the Administrative Code, Water Pollution Control Board which passed.  Item #2018-166 an Administrative Code Amendment – Term Limits for Chairs of Multiple Members Boards, Committees and Commissions which was withdrawn.   The Town Council voted to Repeal of Section 241-44.1 of the Town of Barnstable Administrative Code, Agricultural Commission; the Repeal of §241-27 of the Town of Barnstable Administrative Code, Personnel Board and amendments to Chapter 242 of the Barnstable Code, Personnel and Chapter 401, Article VIII, Personnel Regulations; Repeal of Chapter 241-45.2 of the Town of Barnstable Administrative Code, Renewable Energy Commission; and Amend §241-45.1A of the Administrative Code Amendment, Human Services Committee, by reducing the number of members from nine to seven.  The item to Repeal of Chapter 241-44.5 of the Town of Barnstable Administrative Code, Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee did not pass.  The Town Council approved Appointments to a Board/Committee/Commission: Board of Assessors, Board of Health, Planning Board, and Sandy Neck Board and Reappointments to the Cultural Council.  New Business featured an Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $29,000 Pursuant to Temporary Repair to Private Roads Program regarding Laura Road in Centerville which was referred to a Public Hearing on July 19, 2018.  Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn presented the Resolve authorizing the sale of Tax Possession Parcels which was approved.  The Town Council approved the Acceptance of a grant in the amount of $50,000 to the Barnstable Police Department from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health which was presented by Sgt. Jennifer Ellis of the Barnstable Police Department’s Community Impact Unit.  Town Clerk Ann Quirk brought forward Change of Polling Locations for Precinct 1 to the Zion Baptist Church, 805 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601 as well as Precincts 10 and 12 to the Seventh Day Adventist Community Building located at 2736 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills, MA  02648 which were approved.  Two items were referred to Public Hearings on July 19, 2018: an Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $4,425,000 for the construction of a water filtration plant at the Maher wellfield and an Appropriation Order in the amount of $700,000 Community Preservation Funds for rehabilitation of Judy Walden Scarafile Field at McKeon Park, Hyannis, MA.  Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins presented a $35,000 MVP Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs which was approved.  Appointments to the Board of Health, Disabilty Commission and Shellfish Committee received a first reading.  The Town Council follows their summer meeting schedule with one meeting in July and one in August.  The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM.


Martin J. Flynn Scholarship Recipients for 2018

The Barnstable Town Meeting voted on May 15, 1985 to petition the Legislature of the Commonwealth  of Massachusetts to allow voluntary contributions to be made to a Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid to Barnstable residents.  The source of funding for the Scholarship is by a voluntary check-off on the real estate tax bill.  The petition became law as Chapter 267 of the Acts of 1985.  The first donations were received based upon the Fiscal 1986 tax bills.  The Martin J. Flynn Scholarship Committee met and determined that it will award several scholarships to qualified applicants.  Scholarships are given in varying amounts, not to exceed $1,000.  Committee members include Jan Cliggott, John Marsden, Deb Hill and Joyce Persuitte.  Present at the Town Council meeting were: Scott Hanson (Mass. Maritime Academy), Courtney McEneaney (University of South Carolina), Erin Richard (Cape Cod Community College), Gracy Sullivan (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), and Meaghan Wiggin (University of New Hampshire).  Also receiving scholarships but unable to attend were: Allison Carter (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Laurel Fournier (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) and Norbu Sonam (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

Pictured from left to right:  John Marsden, Jan Cliggott, Scott Hanson, Courtney McEneaney, Erin Richard,
Grady Sullivan, Meaghan Wiggin, Joyce Persuitte and Mark Ells.


Congratulations to Elizabeth Jenkins on 40 Under 40 Recognition

Last night, Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins was recognized by Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine in their annual 40 Under 40 Awards.  Elizabeth has 13+ years of experience in municipal planning, zoning, downtown revitalization, community and economic development, and climate change planning.  She has a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota.  She has worked for the Town of Barnstable for eight years, first as a Planner and now as Director.  Elizabeth said, “I have had the pleasure of working with residents, businesses, community and academic partners, and town staff to reform zoning, establish two Cultural Districts, assist with opening new businesses and permitting new housing developments, plan for parks and open spaces, and enhance the community’s resilience to the impacts of climate change.”  Included in the honor was a citation from the Massachusetts House and Senate.  Congratulations, Elizabeth!


Congratulations to Assistant Human Resources Director Tammy Cunningham!
At this year's IPMA-HR Eastern Region Conference in Baltimore, MD, Tammy received the Eastern Region President's Award from Eastern Region President Kathy Cappeta. Here is a summary of the award criteria: At the discretion of the current Eastern Region President, this award may be presented to an individual, group, or company who may not be directly involved in the field of Human Resource Administration, but who has made a significant contribution to the goals and activities of the Eastern Region over a period of time.  The award consists of a plaque or similar recognition and was presented at the annual Awards Luncheon.  Congratulations, Tammy!

Community Service Officers are back! Be sure to say Hello!

Pictured at the last week’s Bike Rodeo at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center from left to right:
Patrol Officer Dennis Noonan, CSO Andrew Mele, CSO Owen Evans, Patrol Officer Brian Morrison,
and Patrol Officer Michael Puntonio.


Barnstable Police Department’s Spring Cleaning
in the spirit of change at the Barnstable Police Department, members both past and present joined forces to give the station grounds a “spring cleaning”. As a change in leadership loomed over the department, Officer Travis Brown looked around the station compound and decided the landscape needed change too. Brown proceeded to amass a large group of officers, both current and retired, who came together to clean-up debris, trim trees, cut underbrush, and brought a sense of pride to the parcel of land that represents the department’s commitment to the community.


2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection –Saturday, June 23rd

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division in collaboration with Barnstable County is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Transfer Station located at 45 Flint Street Marstons Mills.  Hazardous Waste Collections are FREE to Barnstable Residents.  Participants must have either a paid household trash sticker or free recycling sticker to participate.  Stickers are available during normal business hours at the transfer station, including on the collection day.  The hours of the hazardous waste collection are 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  For questions about this project, call P.J. Kelliher at 508-420-2258, or refer to the Town’s website or to the County’s website for Household Hazardous Waste.


Planning Board Public Hearings on Marijuana
The discussion of regulations for adult use marijuana establishments in the Town of Barnstable will continue next week as the Planning Board considers two separate zoning amendments.   On Monday, June 25, 2018, at 7:00 PM, the Planning Board will hold public hearings on two zoning amendments proposing different regulations related to adult use marijuana establishments:

·        Item 2018-163, proposes to create a Cannabis Overlay District and regulations for establishing and operating marijuana establishments, sponsored by Councilors Beedenbender, Cullum, and Schnepp.

·        Item 2018-159, proposes to prohibit non-medical marijuana establishments town-wide, sponsored by Council President Steinhilber.

An overview of the state regulations and the discussion-to-date in Barnstable is below. The “Current Applications” section of the Planning Board website contains the full text of both proposals, supplemental materials, and a link to video of the Town Council and Board of Health’s joint workshop on Recreational Marijuana. Maps of the proposed overlay district can be found in the “Rec Marijuana Regulations” file.

The Planning Board Meeting will take place on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM in Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Hearing Room, Hyannis, MA  02601. Comments may be made in person at the Planning Board Meeting or may be submitted via email to Principal Planner


Learn to Shellfish Classes! Open to All Ages

Have you ever wanted to learn how to shellfish? Have you been before, but you’re still looking for more tips? Here is your chance!

Barnstable’s Natural Resources Program will offer three FREE shellfishing classes open to the public:

Saturday, June 30th @ 7:30 AM at Bridge St. Landing, Osterville

Wednesday, July 18th @ 10:00 AM at Bridge St. Landing, Osterville

Sunday, August 19th @ 1:00 PM at Bridge Street Landing, Osterville

«  Natural Resources staff and town shellfish volunteers will be available to assist anyone who wants to learn to dig or just a few more pointers!

«  Be prepared to get wet!  The shellfish live in wet sand that gets covered by saltwater when the tide is high.  Waders, hip boots or knee boots would be helpful.  Protective gloves are necessary.

«  Shellfish may be taken by hand or rake.  Small (garden) hand rakes and trowels will be allowed for children only.

«  Shellfish that are legally harvested with a valid permit may be taken home.


For more information, call Natural Resources during office hours Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM at 508-790-6272 or direct your questions via email to

Change to Recycling – Effective July 1st
Due to changes in the global recycling markets, the Transfer Station & Recycling Center will be adjusting our operations in response to these changes. Effective July 1, 2018, residents will be required to separate cans in their recycling and place them in the “cans only” recycling containers, similar to the way corrugated cardboard is already separated. New signs will be placed to help with this change. We appreciate your cooperation and help to keep transfer station costs as low as possible for our customers.

Town Manager Approves Use of Town Property Guidebook

The Town of Barnstable welcomes and celebrates events that promote Barnstable’s quality of life and unique character of the seven villages of the Town. Town properties and facilities within the seven villages are available for use with an event permit that offers unique opportunities to complement and enhance your event.  Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells has adopted a Special Event on Town Property Guidebook containing procedures to assist with navigating through the permitting process. In addition, beer and wine is now permissible for special events through an enhanced permit application for the Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Harbor Overlook and the HyArts Campus buildings. Whether a small family gathering or a large production, our team is committed to working with our resident and visitor event organizers to ensure a streamlined process providing a positive experience from start to finish. To obtain your copy of the guidebook please visit our website at  Planning an event on Town Property? Need assistance in understanding the special event permitting process, timeframes, etc.? Please contact Assistant Director of Planning & Development Liz Hartsgrove via email at or call, 508-862-4670.


Barnstable Recreation’s Leisure Program Information

The Barnstable Recreation Division is participating in the Summer Food Service Program.  Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to ALL children free of charge who are enrolled at our Barnstable High School Site. 

Meal Service times are as follows:

Breakfast 8:30-9:00 AM

Lunch 11:30-12:15 PM

Menus are available the first day of the program for participants

Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows: Barnstable High School, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis Monday-Friday July 2-August 17, 2018 – no program July 4th- breakfast 8:00-9:00 AM and lunch 11:30 AM-12:15 PM.  In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.   Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.  To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:  

                                             (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture e

                                                   Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

                                                   1400 Independence Avenue, SW

                                                   Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

                                             (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

                                             (3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Town of Barnstable 4th of July Celebrations


The Town of Barnstable along with the Town of Barnstable Fourth of July Committee, is pleased to introduce the all new Town of Barnstable Fourth of July Celebration! This new annual event will include six full hours of jam-packed, nonstop programming and family-friendly entertainment. From the east end to west end of Main Street and down to the waterfront, residents and visitors alike will enjoy the annual parade, concerts, and fireworks, as well as all new additions such as street performers, musicians, family games, jugglers, face painting, free trolley rides around the Village Green, and so much more.  For more information on all of the village celebrations, visit the Town’s website.

Board of Health to Host Tobacco/Nicotine/Second Hand Smoke Workshop on Thursday, July 12th at 3:00 PM
A Board of Health tobacco/nicotine/second hand smoke workshop will be held on Thursday July 12th at 3:00 p.m. at Barnstable Town Hall second floor Hearing Room.   Bob Collette of the Barnstable County Tobacco Control Program, will present multiple ideas that may need to be addressed or updated in regards to our current tobacco regulations.  For example at this time we do not regulate e-cigarettes, vaping, smoking outdoors at public properties and restaurant patios, increasing the age to age 21 for tobacco sales, prohibiting flavored blunt cigars, restricting the locations and number of establishments which can sell tobacco etc.

Arts & Culture in the Town of Barnstable

Summer time fun is just around the corner! Events/ highlights for the 2018 music, theater, festivals and on-going programs scheduled for the next several months in both the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District and some of the many activities in Barnstable Village Cultural District are now available.  Events and programs are added throughout the season so updates will follow, on-line at and on Facebook and Instagram as well.
Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties:
The three shanties at the Harbor Overlook (corner of South and Ocean Street) and the seven shanties at Bismore Park are open for the season-seven days a week, from 11:00 AM, now through October 8th.  The Harbor Overlook will be open weekends in the fall.   Artists change weekly so it’s a must to visit our Cape Cod artists all the time.  Both are beautiful and breezy spots to visit at all hours…including lunch time, get out of the office and take in the sights and sounds outdoors.  Starting early July, on Mondays at the Harbor Overlook, and Fridays at Bismore Park, we have live music from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM for lunch time listening!   And, coming soon to the Harbor Overlook more lawn games and a variety of food and artist vendors.  Stay tuned for details. As you look through the upcoming happenings new programs this year include:  On the Hyannis Village Green, Shakespeare Mondays and Salsa dancing and Latin music on Thursday nights. Fun movie themed crafts before the Tuesday night movies are sponsored by Discover Barnstable; and speaking of this program, check out all the new Town Department participants and programs at Bismore Park on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons.   Music abounds downtown with more live music, more days.  Outdoor venues include:  Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Harbor Overlook, Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Main Street and in Barnstable Village on the Courthouse stage.   On the HyArts Campus:  plenty of themed artist receptions at Gallery Artrio and at Guyer Barn, including all new plays and improv every week.  Of course, there are plenty of programs and events to keep active and entertained year round in all seven villages in the town of Barnstable and you can find many listings at    Many of these programs are made possible in partnership/support from other Town of Barnstable Departments, and organizations including but not limited to:  the Main Street Business Improvement District, Cape Cod Art Center, Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, JFK Kennedy Museum and Love Live Local.


200 Main Street Public Parking Pilot Program

In continued efforts towards identifying opportunities within public parking areas to creatively improve quality of life for our residents and guests while supporting the economic vitality of our community, the Town of Barnstable Parking Management Program is proud to announce starting July 1, 2018 the revised public parking weekend rates and times at the 200 Main Street Lot in Hyannis.


Located directly on the east end of Hyannis Main Street, the 37 space lot provides a convenient location for the public to Park Happy with easy access to local businesses on Main Street, the Hyannis Harbor as well as various transportation options nearby during the weekends.  In order to ensure parking is available for town employees and office patrons during office hours, the Parking Management team will continue to actively monitor and manage the area.  Vehicles remaining parked in the 200 Main Street lot after 10:00 PM on Sunday evening will be towed at owners’ expense.  For more information about this and the many other programs we offer, please visit or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program, 508-862-4771, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.  We are happy to help!


2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins

Start of Hurricane Season is a Reminder to Prepare

June 1st marked the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs through November 30th.  While historically the majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that have impacted our region occurred during the months of August and September, now is the time to begin preparing yourself, your family, your home and your business.  Throughout hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will share important preparedness information to help residents be aware of, and prepare for, the impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seasonal outlook predicts a near, or above-normal number of hurricanes this season. Regardless of how many storms develop this year, it only takes one storm to severely impact an area.  In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene produced devastating flooding in Central and Western Massachusetts.  Irene was a reminder that hurricanes and tropical storms can impact the entire Commonwealth, not just coastal regions, and that all Massachusetts residents need to prepare for the possibility of hurricane impacts this season. To learn more about the hazards associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, visit MEMA’s hurricane webpage. Now is the time for all residents of the Commonwealth to prepare for the impacts of a tropical storm or hurricane,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.  “As hurricane season begins, residents should learn if they live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone, make an emergency plan, assemble an emergency kit, and stay informed.”

Know Your Evacuation Zone

Massachusetts has defined hurricane evacuation zones, designated as Zone A, Zone B and Zone C, for areas of the state at risk for storm surge flooding associated with tropical storms or hurricanes. If evacuations are necessary because of a 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. 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

Make an Emergency Plan

Develop a plan with the members of your household to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in a tropical storm or hurricane. An emergency plan should include:

•                  Meeting Locations

•                  Emergency Contact Information

•                  Evacuation Plans

•                  Shelter-in-Place Plans

•                  Considerations for Family Members with Access and Functional Needs, and Pets

For more information, see:

Build an Emergency Kit

Build an emergency kit containing items that will sustain you and your family in the event you are isolated for three to five days without power or unable to go to a store. Emergency kits are particularly important during hurricane season, as there is the threat of extended power outages, flooding, and impassable debris-covered roads. While it is important to customize your kit to meet the unique needs of you and your family, every emergency kit should include bottled water, food, a flashlight, a radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, sanitation items, and clothing. 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. For a complete emergency kit checklist, visit:

Stay Informed

Receiving advance warnings and timely emergency alerts and information from public officials  is critical to staying safe during a tropical storm or hurricane. Every family should have multiple methods for receiving emergency alerts. Learn more about different types of alerting and information tools including the Massachusetts Alerts Smartphone App, the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, NOAA Weather Radio, Social Media & Traditional Media, 2-1-1 Hotline, Local Notification Systems. For more information, please visit:

MEMA Hurricane Season Preparedness Activities In preparation for the 2018 hurricane season, MEMA has begun hurricane preparedness activities which will continue throughout the season:

  *   In early May, MEMA, FEMA and the National Hurricane Center hosted a "Hurricane Preparedness for Decision Makers" class for New England officials to learn about tropical cyclones, forecasts and evacuation decision making.

  *   In May, MEMA hosted hurricane preparedness webinars for 350 local, state, federal, private sector and non-profit partners to share information from the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, FEMA and MEMA about hurricane forecasting and emergency planning.

  *   In June, MEMA will convene 12 functional hurricane preparedness working groups with representatives of the state’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) partner agencies to focus on air operations, distribution of critical commodities, communications, debris management, electricity restoration, evacuations, fuel supplies and distribution, sheltering, mass feeding, impact assessments, search and rescue, and operation of base camps and staging areas.


State of Water Supply Conservation

The Hyannis Water Board, at their May 15, 2018 regularly scheduled Public Meeting, has determined that a potential for a water shortage exists due to the limited availability of water production wells and the need to purchase water from adjacent water systems.  The declaration of a State of Water Supply Conservation by the Hyannis Water Board is appropriate to ensure an adequate supply of water for drinking and fire protection is available, and to ensure compliance with the Water Management Act. The following restrictions limiting nonessential outdoor water use by water users are necessary to control the volume of water pumped each day:

1.       Odd / Even Day Outdoor Watering (including automatic lawn sprinklers):

Outdoor watering by water users with odd numbered addresses is restricted to odd numbered days. Outdoor watering by water users with even numbered addresses is restricted to even numbered days. Commercial, condominium and other multiple properties held under common ownership or management may, by written request of the property owner, be assigned an odd or even designation by the Water Supply Division.

2.       Outdoor Watering Hours (including automatic lawn sprinklers):

Outdoor watering is permitted only from 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

3.       Filling swimming pools:

Filling of swimming pools is prohibited

  • Please be aware of advance weather forecasts, and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
  • Install rain shutoff devices on automatic irrigation systems.
  • Water conservation kits are available at no charge. 

The Hyannis Water Board will terminate the water use restrictions on nonessential outdoor water use when the condition requiring the State of Water Supply Conservation no longer exists. Please call the Hyannis Water System at (508) 775-0063 with any questions.


FY2019 Transfer Station Stickers On Sale

The Transfer Station’s FY19 stickers went on sale on May 1, 2018. The cost for the residential Transfer Station sticker is $250.00 for the first vehicle and $25.00 for the second vehicle. The residential Recycle Only sticker is available and is free of charge. Both stickers are available in the Office at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center, 7 days a week from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. You must be a resident of Barnstable with a valid vehicle registration to obtain either sticker. Additional documentation may be required for proof of residency. The new sticker is required by July 1, 2018.


Swap Shop at Transfer Station Now Open

The Swap Shop at the Transfer Station is now open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, weather depending. Please see the Transfer Station webpage for acceptable items.  The Transfer Station is located at 45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills, MA 02648.


Compost Now Available at Transfer Station

The Barnstable Transfer Station now has compost available for sticker holders (either trash or recycling).  For residents only. Not for commercial vendors.


Barnstable Parking Permits Available


First Tee at Hyannis Golf Course
The First Tee program of Massachusetts continues its offerings at the Hyannis Golf Course.  The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.  Through golf and core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:  making proper introductions; managing emotions; resolving conflicts; setting up step-by-step goals; planning for the future; and appreciating diversity.  On-line registration information can be found here.


News from Marine & Environmental Affairs:

·        Blish Point Boat Ramp Barnstable, MA Open for the Season:  May 18, 2018


$8.00      Weekdays         $10.00    Weekends/Holiday          $100.00 Season Pass

Hours of Operation:

5:00 AM-4:00 PM (hours may vary)

Call the Harbormasters Office at 508-790-6273 if you have any questions.

·        All Town-owned marinas are open and staffed as of the first week of May. 

·        As of May 1, 2018 all landside pumpout facilities are operational for the season (two in Hyannis inner harbor / Bismore Park Marina and the one at Barnstable Harbor Marina).

·        Seasonal Parking Passes for The Marina at Prince Cove are now available at the Harbormaster’s Office at: 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville, MA  02632. 

·        As a reminder, no motorized vessel, no vessel greater than 12 feet in length overall and no vessel greater than 5 feet in beam may be placed on any Town Way to Water.  Any vessel must include owner contact information.  More details may be found here

Complimentary 15-Minute Waiting Area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor

In continued efforts towards balancing public safety with enhancing quality of life, the Town of Barnstable Parking Management Program introduced a newly created complimentary 15-minute waiting area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor on April 20th. This designated area aims to alleviate congestion of personal vehicles, taxis, shuttle services and transportation network company (TNC) vehicles picking up or dropping off passengers at the ferry terminal.  Designated spaces closest to the ferry terminal are signed appropriately to assist guests in properly identifying the area eligible for the complimentary 15 minute spaces.

In order to ensure the 15 minute waiting area is successful, the Parking Management team will monitor and manage the area including any vehicle obstructing the waiting area stalls. Therefore, it is highly recommended any vehicle needing to park for longer than 15 minutes, including taxis and TNC, pay for parking or find an alternative, compliant parking area.  For more information about this new program please visit or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program,

508-862-4771, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. We are happy to help!


As always please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.
Roadway Improvements

*NEW* Manhole Inspections in Hyannis
Monday, June 25, 2018

A consultant for the Department of Public Works is scheduled to perform manhole inspections on Monday, June 25th, at selected locations on Winter Street, Charles Street, Sea Street, High School Road, Pleasant Street, and Lewis Bay Road.   A police detail will direct traffic around the work areas.  Disruptions are expected to last less than 30 minutes at each location.  The work will occur between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.


June 21, 2018 through June 29, 2018

The Town of Barnstable Highway Division will be re-painting the white edge lines and yellow center lines on all Town main roads that have yellow and white lines beginning Thursday Night 10:00 PM ending Friday 5:00 AM  nightly June 21-29, 2018 weather permitting, the public is encouraged to stay off the freshly painted lines. The lines will take approximately 15 minutes to set up enough to cross over. 


The Town of Barnstable Highway division will be re painting the road marking, crosswalks, stop bars, etc. on Main Street Hyannis and Main Street Barnstable Village beginning Tuesday Night 11:00 PM ending Friday 5:00 AM nightly June 26-29, 2018 weather permitting, the public is encouraged to stay off the freshly painted lines. The lines will take approximately 15 minutes to set up enough to cross over. 

*UPDATED* Cotuit: Anchor Lane, Mariner Circle and Mooring Drive
The Department of Public Works will be completing restoration on Anchor Lane, Mariner Circle and Mooring Drive in Cotuit the week of June 18th, 2018. Remaining work consists of driveway aprons and site restoration.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM.  

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. The area is getting prepared for paving and all traffic should use caution. Saturday work may be approved to expedite the inconvenience. 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. Some work hours will be shifting to 9PM to 5AM through the summer.

Town of Barnstable DPW- Drainage Improvements
The Department of Public Works is performing drainage improvements on Oak Neck Road and Pitcher’s Way. All spring work began on Monday, April 9, 2018 and will continue through July.  Motorists and pedestrians may be redirected around the construction operations when necessary. Both motorists and pedestrians are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Construction operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.



Barnstable Dog Park

The parking area is staked out and the contractor continues to bring fill material to the site.  Contractor has installed water control berm. Work is expected to be completed this summer.

Osterville Bay Tennis Courts

The perimeter drainage pipe has been installed.  Work is expected to be complete at the end of June.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

The work at Lombard Field and Parking Project is 72% complete.  Power is on the site  The irrigation system is working.   The sod will soon be installed.  The playground equipment is being installed.  The press box siding and trim are painted with interior finish work continuing.  Stone work at the new entrance has begun.  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 Summer of 2018.


Sandy Neck APP
In order to keep the public informed of important changes at the beach, we have created an APP that can be downloaded to your smart phones. This new APP will give the public real time information regarding the status of Sandy Neck Beach Park. Easy to download, simple to navigate, it is a welcome addition to the ongoing efforts of everyone here at Sandy Neck to keep you informed! Please go to our website for instructions. www.sandyneckbeachpark.comm. You can download the APP on Google Play. If you don’t have a Google Play account, it is easy to set up and it is free. Please email Donna with any questions at  

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.


Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides 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 ( 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’.
Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly tool for assisting small businesses looking to locate in the Town of Barnstable through the permitting, licensing and zoning process.
For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or

Caregiver Walking Program with Respite
The Barnstable Senior Center and the Hyannis Youth and Community Center are working together to provide a free special program for caregivers.  The program began on March 6th, every Tuesday from 11:00 AM until Noon, family caregivers are invited to join us at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center Indoor Walking Track. Bring your walking shoes, wear comfortable clothes and enjoy an hour to yourself so that you can unwind and get some exercise! Can’t leave the person you care for alone? Respite care is available for adults only and pre-screening is required. Please call Donna Burns @ 508-862-4753 to register. So, lace up those shoes and join us – it is time to take care of YOU!!


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: or phone 508-862-4738. 


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.


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.  


Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. This system was used during the recent winter storms.  Make sure you are on our list. Sign up here today. What is CodeRED and why is it important to me? CodeRED is an emergency notification service by which town officials can notify Barnstable residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about time‐sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire town.  Only authorized officials are allowed access to use the system.  Frequently asked questions can be reviewed here.  Be sure to take a moment to learn more about this important notification system.


Last Week’s Question: What was the previous name of West Villages Elementary School?   We gave the answer when mentioning the JFK Memorial Scholarship recipient Devin McDonald was a graduate of Marstons Mills East Elementary School.


This Week’s Question:  With the start of the summer season, we thought we would ask a beach related question.  How many years have Barnstable lifeguards won the non-surf category for the annual Cape Cod Beach Competition? Please email your answer here.