Thank You, Roland “Bud” Breault
Bud Breault retired from the Town of Barnstable yesterday after serving as the Airport Manager at Barnstable Municipal Airport since March 1, 2009.  Bud was hired as Assistant DPW Director on August 9, 2004.  Prior to his work with the Town of Barnstable, Bud served as a Coast Guard pilot for more than 30 years and as Town Administrator for the Town of Truro for eight years. 
Pictured above: Bud Breault and Town Manager Mark Ells.
Thank you for your service and we wish you well in your retirement, Bud.

 

DPW Retirements:  Richard Adler, Janis StPeter and Steve McCarthy

On Friday, June 15th, DPW had a number of retirements celebrated.  Highway Division Traffic Foreman Richard Adler retired after working for the Town of Barnstable for over 31 years.  Janis St. Peter, Structures & Grounds’ Principal Division Assistant, retired after 13½ years with the Town. Janis’s daughter Danielle St. Peter Hamel worked in the Town’s Growth Management Department before moving over to the Barnstable Police Department where she is now a patrol officer.   Steve McCarthy, Structures & Grounds Custodial Foreman for over 37 years.  Steve’s family has long served the Town of Barnstable as his father Dan worked for the Harbormaster’s Office as a dockmaster, his mother Marge worked for both the Town Manager’s Office and Town Council Office, his wife Laurel is a teacher in Barnstable Public Schools, and his son Scott is the HYCC Operations Foreman.  To Rich, Janis and Steve we thank you for your service and wish you well in your retirement.


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.

Important Parking Ban information:
HYANNIS MAIN STREET PARADE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2018 Parade starting at 4:00 PM

Parade Parking: Parking Ban from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Main Street, Old Colony Road, and South Street, Hyannis will be closed to motor vehicle traffic for the parade. Also all of Main Street; Old Colony Road and Ocean Street from South Street to Main Street will be closed to motor vehicle traffic beginning at 2:00 PM.
FIREWORKS DISPLAY:  WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 (Rain date is Saturday, September 1, 2018.)

Shot off of a barge in Lewis Bay at dusk (approximate time 9:00 PM)

by Atlas Fireworks of New Hampshire

Fireworks Parking (Barnstable):  A Parking Ban will be in effect South of South Street (Ocean Street, Old Colony Boulevard, Gosnold Street and all streets running off of Gosnold Street) from 5:00 PM to midnight to allow for pedestrian access.  Parking will be available in the North Street parking lots and Town Hall parking lot.  Tow Zones Strictly Enforced.  Carpooling suggested.  
VENDORS must be permitted through Planning & Development Department.  Please contact Liz Hartsgrove at elizabeth.hartsgrove@town.barnstable.ma.us.

4th of July at Sandy Neck Beach Park
The Sandy Neck Staff wishes to extend a warm welcome to everyone for the 2018 summer season at Sandy Neck Beach Park!  With the 4th of July fast approaching we want to update you on Beach conditions. The Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Beach is open .5 miles.  The speed limit is 5 MPH.  Park on the berm, 30’ from the fence line, with your headlights facing the dunes.  Campers may park with either their headlights or taillights to the dunes. We ask those campers who park with the taillights to the dunes to put their hang tags in the rear window of the camper for easy viewing! Daytrippers may park with campers. Daytripper area is well marked and no campers will be allowed to park in Daytripper area. Parking plan is available online. The Sandy Neck Staff has been working extra hard to make this upcoming holiday a safe and successful one! In order to accommodate as many vehicles safely on the ORV (Off Road Vehicle) corridor during the peak times, Staff may assist in “stacking” vehicles during the parking process as conditions allow.  There will be NO two-wheel camper drive tests conducted from Monday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 8th. There will be NO tow behind trailers allowed on the ORV corridor Friday, June 29th through Sunday, July 8th. We expect a busy 4th of July Holiday and want everyone to have fun and remain safe!  A couple of reminders to help you enjoy your time here at Sandy Neck:
1. On the ORV Corridor, dogs must be leashed at all times (15′ leash or less). No dogs allowed in parking lot or on public beach. No pets are allowed past the ORV closure line.
2. Fires are allowed in designated areas starting at 7:00 PM (please visit our web site for more information).
3. Per State of Massachusetts Fire Marshall regulations: NO Fireworks or Sky Lanterns are allowed to be set off from any beach.
4. No vehicles can enter the park after 9:00 PM.
5. Curfew is 11:00 PM. You must be out of the park by that time.
Please call the gatehouse at 508-362-8300 with any questions. Thank you for making Sandy Neck Beach Park your vacation destination!

Pictured left: Sandy Neck also has a limited edition 4th of July t-shirt for sale while supplies last.

Free Summer Food Service Program at HYCC
The Barnstable Recreation Division and the Hyannis Youth & Community Center are again partnering with St. Mary’s Church, Barnstable to offer free meals and snacks for all children age 18 and under. 
Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis
Every Monday-Friday through August 24, 2018
Lunch: 12:00 PM-12:45 PM           Snack: 3:00-3:30 PM
Movie on Tuesdays 12:30 PM-2:30 PM*
(*ending time depends on movie length)
Fun with Food Activity on Thursdays 12:30 PM-1:30 PM** (**No activity on August 9th)
Contact Mark Boardley at 508-790-6345 ext.116 or
mark.boardley@town.barnstable.ma.us.


Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce Opens Visitor Information Booth on Hyannis Village Green

Town Manager Mark Ells joined Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce President Todd DeLuca for the official ribbon cutting for the new Visitor Information Booth on the Hyannis Village Green.  They were joined by chamber members and staff.

Pictured from left to right: Chris Kehoe, Maureen Harris, Kathy Jensen, Todd DeLuca, Mark Ells,
Bob Cody, George Searles, and Aimee Gunthinger

 

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.

« SHELLFISH REGULATIONS APPLY AS ALWAYS!

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 elizabeth.lewis@town.barnstable.ma.us.


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.

Friendly Reminder: FY2019 Transfer Station Stickers Required July 1st

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.


Discover Barnstable Returns
Back by popular demand, the Gateway Greeter Program has once again partnered with various town departments in developing fun, free interactive talks and activities each week at the Welcome Center Lawn every Monday and Thursday in July and August! Families are invited to participate in a wide variety of organized and educational activities exploring services and programs which enhances our quality of life and supports the needs of our community.  This year’s participating departments include: Barnstable Municipal Airport, Village Libraries, Public Works, Natural Resources, Senior Services, Golf, Recreation, and Animal Control!  Where:  Bismore Welcome Center, 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA.  When: July & August, Mondays 10:30 AM-11:30 AM and Thursdays 4:30 PM-5:30 PM.  Parking:  Free parking is available at the Town Hall Lot or Paid parking is available directly at Bismore Park.


 

Planning Board Public Hearings on Marijuana
On Monday, June 25th, the Planning Board opened the Public Hearings for two separate zoning amendments for their discussion of regulations for adult use marijuana establishments in the Town of Barnstable. After lengthy public comment, the Planning Board moved to continue the Public Hearings to their next meeting on Monday, July 9, 2018, at 7:00 PM. The two zoning amendments propose 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.

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 as well as Monday’s Planning Board meeting. Maps of the proposed overlay district can be found in the “Rec Marijuana Regulations” file.  The Planning Board Meeting will take place on Monday, July 9, 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 Paul.Wackrow@town.barnstable.ma.us

 

News from Marine & Environmental Affairs:

·        The Harbormaster’s Office will be adding names to the following waitlists:  Centerville River, Cotuit Bay Shores, Cotuit Cordwood/Oyster Co., East Bay and North Bay.  This is for a drawing to add 25 names to the each of the five waiting lists.    The drawing will be held on Friday, July 27th at 10:00 AM.  Please view details at www.townofbarnstable.us/HarborMaster.

·        Blish Point Boat Ramp Barnstable, MA

Price:  $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.

·        The Barnstable Pumpout Boats are in service for the boating season through Columbus Day.  The boats are running seven days a week and can be easily identified.  Both boats are white center console vessels with the lettering “HARBORMASTER” on both sides.  The Pumpout boats monitor VHF Channels 16 and 09 during operating hours.  Please continue to schedule pumpouts by sending an email to Pumpout@town.barnstable.ma.us or call the Harbormaster’s office at 508-790-6273.  It is helpful to schedule pumpouts in advance.  The shore-side pumpout is available in Hyannis Harbor as well as Barnstable Harbor through October.

·        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

·        Transient dockage is available at Town Owned Marinas.  Contact the Dockmasters:  Barnstable Harbor Marina 508-326-1836; Bismore Park Marina 508-790-6327; Gateway Marina 508-790-6327; The Marina at Prince Cove 508-420-3267; Harbormaster Office 508-790-6273.


Crocker Neck Conservation Area Burn a Success
Barnstable Conservation Agent/Enforcement Officer Martin Wunderly told us that yesterday’s prescribed burn at Crocker Neck Conservation Area was successful.  22 acres were treated by reducing forest floor fuels for potential wildfire risk! There were five staff from Northeast-Forest and Fire Management (NE-FFM), five crew members from the Mass DCR fire district (free service), and two from the Cotuit Fire Department conducting the burn. The costs will be reimbursed through the Mass Wildlife 2018 Habitat Management grant award to Barnstable Conservation.  On Thursday, Martin received a call from a concerned citizen yesterday about the wildlife. In fact, wildlife can evade the fire (it is slow moving, controlled, and kept low).  Joel Carson of NE-MMF said it is “common behavior of Box Turtles, going back into a burn unit after it is burned.  They are actually drawn to the burn units.  If in them they will often burrow into the duff layer and then come out after the fire passes.”

 

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 www.townofbarnstable.us/TownManager.  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 Elizabeth.hartsgrove@town.barnstable.ma.us or call, 508-862-4670.

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 PM 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.

Liz Hartsgrove Featured at Massachusetts Cultural Council Institute

Recently Planning & Development’s Assistant Director Liz Hartsgrove presented in a session called “Breaking into City Hall” at the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s (MCC) Institute.  The session focused on working with municipalities to help move your cultural agenda along with the right approach.  The MCC’s Community Initiative newsletter for June 2018 featured Liz’s presentation.  You can watch it here.

 

Color, Captured,” Painting Exhibition at Barnstable Town Hall

Featuring the work of Eastham artist, Joan Lockhart, July 2nd to August 3rd, 2018

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.   “Color, Captured,” featuring the paintings of Joan Lockhart, will be on display from July 2 – August 3, 2018, and features landscapes, still life and figure paintings in the artist’s colorful and impressionistic style. Paintings are displayed in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen's Conference Room, and the exhibition is open to the public.  Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 PM-4:30 PM (except State and Federal holidays) and frequently opens during evening hours for scheduled meetings.  Town Hall is located at 367 Main Street, Hyannis. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
“I love color, the bolder and brighter the better, and I try to capture that beauty and energy in my paintings,” says Joan Lockhart, an Eastham resident and oil painter.  “Whether I am setting up a still life in my studio or painting a field of flowers en plein air, the intensity and juxtapositions of color in the scene are what inspire me. I enjoy painting many subjects, but the common element in all of my paintings is beautiful, intense color!”  A fine art major in college, Lockhart chose to spend her career in technology start-ups, many of which were in art-related fields. “I was so fortunate to have been around creative people in my work, and also to have had the opportunity to travel around the world. I was exposed to so many different geographies and cultures, which all left strong visual impressions.”  “Barnstable’s ‘Art on Loan’ program is such a great opportunity for an artist like me, who is not represented by a gallery, to be able to show a large selection of my work in a public space,” Lockhart states.  She has participated in several other group shows through this program. Lockhart retired to Cape Cod three years ago and found a vibrant and welcoming art community that she quickly embraced. She is an artist member of the Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable, served on the Board of the Creative Art Center in Chatham, and is a member of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Castle Hill in Truro, the Cultural Center in Yarmouth and the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis. She also paints with the Paul Schulenburg Studio Group, and recently organized an exhibition of the group’s work in Hyannis. When not painting, she manages the Eastham food pantry. Like many artists before her, she finds the scenery on Cape Cod inspiring, and describes the light on Cape Cod as prismatic -- reflecting and intensifying the colors found in nature.  “Everywhere I go on the Cape, I can find a subject I’d like to paint – the sunlight illuminating a vintage cottage, the purple shadows in the dunes or a beautiful garden.  And I often vacation with artist friends to new locations, so this show contains landscapes painted in Florida, Maine and Cape Ann, as well as Cape Cod.” Lockhart says: “I am often accused of painting with a big smile on my face, and to that I must answer, ‘guilty’!  I can’t think of a better way to spend my days than with a brush in hand, a colorful subject in front of me, and a palette loaded with brilliant dabs of paint.” She adds, “I hope the people who see my show will share in some of this joy.”  

SEE THE WORKS:
The exhibition is open to the public and on display now through August 3rd , 2018 in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room.   Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (except State and Federal holidays) and frequently opens during evening hours for scheduled meetings. 

For more information on the artist, visit www.joanlockhart.com email joanlockhart@gmail.com or call 781-507-3845.                                                                     

For more information on this program email melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us Or call 508-862-4767   Program information available at: www.ArtsBarnstable.com.

 

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 www.artsbarnstable.com 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
www.ArtsBarnstable.com.    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 www.townofbarnstable.us/parking 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 www.mass.gov/knowyourzone.

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: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/make-a-family-emergency-plan.

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: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/build-an-emergency-kit.

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: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/be-informed-and-receive-emergency-alerts.

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 convened 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.

 

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.
 

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 www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program,

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

 

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

*NEW* Town of Barnstable DPW – Pothole Repair
The Department of Public Works will mill and pave a short section of Airport Road in Hyannis at the intersection with Route 132 during the week of June 25th, 2018 to repair several potholes at this location. Work is expected to take one day to complete.  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. 

Manhole Inspections in Hyannis
Work began Monday, June 25, 2018

A consultant for the Department of Public Works is scheduled to perform manhole inspections began 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.

*UPDATED* White Edge Lines and Yellow Center Line Painting

Through July 6, 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 through July 6, 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. 

Main Street, Hyannis and Main Street Barnstable Village Painting:  Road Marking, Crosswalks, Stop Bars, Etc.  

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. 

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.

*UPDATED*Town of Barnstable DPW- Drainage Improvements
The Department of Public Works will begin drainage improvements on Pitcher’s Way near the intersection with Route 28. Work 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.

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Barnstable Dog Park

The parking area is staked out and soil cut to rough grade. Work is expected to be completed this summer.

Osterville Bay Tennis Courts

The tennis court surface is being prepared for finishing.  Additional work to be done includes: granite curbs, sidewalks, paving and landscaping.  Work is expected to be complete by mid- to the end of July.

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 is being installed this week.  The playground equipment installation continues.  The new stone entrance walls are installed.  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.com. 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 donna.bragg@town.barnstable.ma.us  

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 (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) 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’.
The
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 www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us

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:  council@town.barnstable.ma.us 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.

 

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: 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?  Barnstable Lifeguards have won the non-surf beach competition nine years in a row.  We are hoping to make it 10 years when we compete at Craigville Beach on August 10th this year.

 

This Week’s Question:  When did congress declare the 4th of July a national holiday? Please email your answer here.