Town Council Meeting

Town Council unanimously approved an Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of $6,500,000 for the construction of a carbon treatment system at the Maher wellfield and pilot testing for 1, 4-Dioxane treatment. Town Council also voted unanimously to accept a grant in the amount of $15,000 to the Barnstable Youth Commission from the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation to support the 2017 Youth Summit and Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum. Sandy Neck Beach will now have access to a statewide Section 10 Permit. Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman addressed the council during the meeting and explained how the permit will help reduce the number of beach closures due to nesting piping plovers. You can watch the full presentation here.  Also during the meeting, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Superintendent Robert P. Sanborn III discussed plans for a new building. You can watch Sanborn’s complete presentation here.


Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash Visits Barnstable

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash met with Town Manager Mark Ells, State Representatives Will Crocker, Tim Whelan, David Vieira, Town Councilor Phil Wallace and others about issues of importance to Barnstable.



Fiscal year 2018 Budget Tasks Continue

We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY2018.  We have completed the proposed Capital Improvements Plan Projects for FY2018 and will submit to the Town Council by March 15, 2017.  We are actively reviewing the proposed FY2018 operating budget with departments with an anticipated submittal to the Town Council by May 4, 2017.  For information on our fiscal year budgets, please view the Town’s Open Budget website.


Barnstable Recreation to Offer Waterfront and Lifeguard Training

The Barnstable Recreation Division is teaming up with the Cape Cod YMCA to offer Waterfront and Lifeguard Training. Waterfront and Lifeguard Training will be available for ages 15 to 18 at a cost of $180. Junior Lifeguard Training will be available for ages 13 to 18 at a cost of $60. Both programs begin March 28th. You can learn more about the program here.


State Senator Julian Cyr to Host Policy Summit

Policy Summit: An Agenda for the Cape and Islands will bring together community stakeholders, elected officials, business and non-profit leaders, and residents of Cape Cod to discuss the important issues facing the Cape and Islands District. Attendees will hear from State Senator Cyr and will have the opportunity to choose between six working sessions. Each session will be facilitated by a local leader and all participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback. The policy summit will be held Saturday March 4th at Cape Cod Community College’s Tilden Arts Center. Doors open at 12:30 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Meaghan Callahan at


Barnstable Youth Commission Prepares for 3rd Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and 7th Grade Youth Summit

The Barnstable Youth Commission has been working hard on preparations for the 3rd Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and 7th Grade Youth Summit which will be held on Thursday, March 16th and Friday, March 17th.Sponsors of this year’s events are the Lyndon Paul  Lorusso Charitable Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee and First Student Inc.  This year’s featured speaker is Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River,Massachusetts, who dreamed of one day playing for his hometown team, the Boston Celtics.  An All-American, Chris broke scoring records, was recruited by top colleges, featured in Sports Illustrated and became the focus of an acclaimed book, Fall River Dreams.  Herren realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was traded to the Boston Celtics after his rookie season, but lost it all due to substance abuse.   Alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008, he has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.  He shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in numerous interviews throughout the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary Unguarded, of which he is the subject. Please join us for an inspiring presentation featuring former NBA professional basketball player, Chris Herren.  A tale of descent into addiction,  a miraculous recovery and his new life mission:  to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching at least one person and making a difference in their life.   The Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum will be held on Thursday, March 16th at 5:30 PM at the Cape Cod Community College, Tilden Arts Center, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable.  Thanks to the generosity of the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation, the event is open to public and free of charge.




Opportunity to Provide Input to Mass Moves

Mass Moves is embarking on a public engagement initiative to create a statewide transportation vision, and they need your input. As part of the State Senate’s 2017 Commonwealth Conversations tour, Mass Moves is facilitating nine public workshops across the state.  They want to hear your views on values, actions, and priorities for the Commonwealth’s transportation future. A report summarizing the results from the workshops will provide state, regional and local transportation decision makers with your views about the future direction of transportation in the Commonwealth.  All members of the public are invited to these workshops.  The meeting for Southeast MA will be on Tuesday, March 7th at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532) in the Bay State Room.


MassDOT hosts Open House for Massachusetts Freight Plan

We have been asked to share this information for communities that may be especially interested in or particularly impacted (positively or negatively) by freight issues in their communities.  MassDOT is hosting the second Open House for the Massachusetts Freight Plan on Thursday, March 9, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at The Conference Center at Bentley University, Room 325ABC (Third Floor), 175 Forest Street, LaCava Campus Center #300, Waltham, MA. View the meeting flyer for more information.  The second Freight Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting will take place immediately before the open house on March 9 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the same location and is open to the public. Additional information, including materials from the first Open House and FAC meeting are available on the project website at



Barnstable Senior Center to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate the Emerald Isle and all things Irish and enjoy Judy’s famous corned beef and cabbage with traditional Irish entertainment from Sean Murphy & Friends along with a few surprises. Purchase your tickets early at the Senior Center; this fun and memorable yearly event sells out quickly. The St. Patrick’s Day lunch will be held at the Senior Center, Thursday March 16th, from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging.


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. While there are no detours currently scheduled, traffic during construction operations may be delayed and motorists are advised to use caution through the construction work area. The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 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.


Friendly Reminder to Return the Town Census

Town Census forms were mailed this week. When you receive your census form please look it over, make any changes necessary and send it back to this office.  You can mail it or drop it off in the Town Clerk’s office.  Even if there are no changes you need to sign the form and send it back.  This will make your voting easier this year and keep you up-to-date in the Voter Registration System.  The census form must be completed by all residents (not just citizens or voters) residing in the Town of Barnstable.  This is in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  You cannot register to vote on the form.  If you wish to register to vote or make any other changes to your voter status, you can register on-line at, or pick up a mail-in form at any of our local libraries or at the Town Clerk’s Office.  You will receive a confirmation letter once the change in voter status is complete.


2017 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers

The Recreation Division 2017 Parking Permits are now available through our mail-in process.  For those of you that supplied Barnstable Recreation with your e-mail address, you should be receiving your application via e-mail.  If you do not receive it, or did not supply an e-mail address, applications may be downloaded from our website.  In order to reduce our postage costs, we will not be sending out applications via the postal system.  If you do not have access to a printer and need an application mailed to you, please feel free to submit your request in writing (please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can mail the application to you) to: Town of Barnstable – Parking Permits, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA  02601.


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.


National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main in Hyannis

Work will cause roadway disruption

National Grid and NEUCO have begun a gas main replacement project in downtown Hyannis. 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 93-420 South Street; 70-110 High School Road; 10-50 Ocean Street; 500 Old Colony Road, Hyannis. Work began on November 30 and is expected to continue through June, 2017. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Saturday.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the construction areas and follow posted safety signs.







Last week’s question:   There are two town-owned marinas in the village of Hyannis.  Can you name them? A number of folks knew that the two marinas in the village of Hyannis are Gateway Marina that is adjacent to Aselton Park and Bismore Park Marina on Ocean St.


This Week’s Question:  In what year did Channel 18 launch a daily news program? Email your answer here. 



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