Barnstable This Morning

 On Monday I joined Barnstable This Morning host Sarah Colvin. We began with a look back at the previous week, including the swearing-in ceremony for the five new Barnstable Police Sergeants and my meeting with the new Superintendent of Schools. I reported that the Capital Improvement Plan will be going to the printer on Tuesday,  and that several meetings are planned this week with various departments as we prepare the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget. I also mentioned that union contract negotiations are ongoing. View the video: Town Website  YouTube


Capital Improvement Plan

The FY 2017 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) has been submitted to the printer. We have forwarded the appropriation orders to the Town Council. When the CIP budget book returns from the printer, it will first be shared with Town Councilors and then released to the public. This year, I have added a one-page Project Recommendation Rational. This matrix lists all the projects and demonstrations and the factors that were taken into consideration when determining which projects to recommend. The budget staff and I focused on projects which have been funded in the past, that contribute to economic development, preserve assets or is a high-usage asset, has an important health or safety component and has user fees or available outside funding. The Town Council will have a first reading of the CIP on March 24, 2016.


Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget

Meetings are ongoing with each Town department as we prepare the Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget. We are regularly reviewing revenues and expenses in the current year and will ask each department to review their current service delivery and the expense of delievering that service. We ask for Decision Packages, which are submitted in December, with requests for additional needs. This year we have over three million dollars in additional requests. We discuss ways to reduce expenses and evaluate the programs run by each department or division. We also look at the curent and next year’s goals and objectives. These goals and objectives are matched to the Town Council strategic plan. In early May I will submit the Operating Budget to the Town Council.


Public Provides Input on the Community Development Block Grant Program

On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, the Growth Management Department held a public meeting on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  The meeting was held to gather input from residents, agencies, and other interestd parties on priorites and needs for the upcoming 2016 program year. CDBG coordinator Kathleen Girouard and Housing Coordainor Arden Cadrin led the meeting. Several representatives of local social service ageinces and nonprofit organizations attended the meeting. Comments included a request for outreach to the Brazilian community, the need for rental housing for low income households, the need for an outreach coordinator for local homeless issues, and creative employment opportunities. Letters of interest are due on March 24, 2016. Approximately $274,000 in CDBG funds are available for 2016.



Breakfast Meeting of Osterville Business and Professional Association

On Wednesday morning the Osterville Business and Professional Association (OBPA) March meeting held at Cape Cod Academy. The OBPA presented Wendy Wheeler a certicficaqte in recognition of her contributions to the Association and the closing of her business in Osterville. I was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation recognizing the Town’s support of the Association during my tenure as Town Manager. In part, the certificate said “Your knowledge, professionalism, as well as courtesy and willingness to always cooperate and help in addressing and solving the many and varied issues that face the Town of Barnstable and, especialy the Village of Osterville, over these past many years is recognized and certainly appreciated.”  Gail Nightingale, Chair and Bobbi Cox, Vice Chair made the presentation. Chuck Sabatt, representing the Osterville Village Association, also participated in the presentation.




Social Security Forum Held at Barnstable Senior Center

Congressman Bill Keating and John Larson Address a Standing Room Only Crowd

It was standing room only at the Barnstable Senior Center on Tuesday afternoon, while residents listened to Congressman Bill Keating, Connecticut Congressman John Larson and Social Security Chief Communications Officer John Larson discuss the proposed Social Security 2100 Act. The discussion centered around the role of Social Security and the critical need to protect its benefits for future generations.  Social Security is a lifeline for millions of retired, disabled, and senior citizens and their dependents. Congressman Larson provided an overview of his bill, H.R. 1391, the Social Security 2100 Act. This bill is designed to cut taxes for social security recipients, provide a benefit bump for current and future beneficiaries, and keep the system strong for decades to come.



Click here to view more photos from the event at our Town of Barnstable Facebook page.



Classrooms on the  Move

Modular classroom buildings were delivered to the Barnstable West Barnstable Elementary School this week. Ground broke in January on the $3.2 million project, which includes new modular classrooms for BWB and for Hyannis West Elementary. BWB’s buildings will be used for arts and music classrooms along with much-needed storage space.




First Annual Cape Cod Disc Golf Club Ice Bowl is a Success!

The Cape Cod Disc Golf Club held its first annual Ice Bowl on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Burgess Park in Marstons Mills. Forty-nine players participated in the inaugural event. 100 pounds of food were donated and $488 was raised in support of the Family Pantry of Cape Cod. Cape Cod Disc Golf Club President Drew McManus and Treasurer Todd Lapham organized the event with help from the club membership. Congratulations to all for a fun and successful event!





Barnstable Youth Commission Plans Second Annual Youth Summit

The Barnstable Youth Commission’s second annual Community Prevention Forum and Seventh Grade Youth Summit will take place at Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, on March 17 and 18, 2016. The forum is focused on providing students with a game plan to help them resist the temptation of drugs and pressures associated with high school culture. Parents and community leaders are invited to the Community Prevention Forum on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. The Seventh Grade Youth Summit will take place on Friday March 18, 2016 from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Featured speakers include Robert Hackenson Jr. of Dynamic Influence and Anita Baglaneas Devlin and Michael Devlin, co-authors of the book S.O.B.E.R.*.




2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan

Have you felt the impact of a hurricane or other weather event here in Barnstable? Are there areas of town that you see as particularly vulnerable? The Town of Barnstable’s Growth Management Department is currently working to update our Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan looks at the impacts of weather-related hazards on the people, property, and resources of the Town and identifies strategies and actions aimed at lessening the impact of natural disasters on our community.

·         Click here to visit the project webpage and to learn more.

·         Questions? Contact Elizabeth Jenkins, Regulatory/Design Review Planner at (508) 862-4736.

·         Share your experiences and participate in a poll at



 “Art on Loan”: Gallery Artrio

The paintings of Gallery Artrio owners Susan Carey, Kathy Edmonston and Colleen Vandeventer are on display at Barnstable Town Hall through the end of March 2016.  The Art on Loan program displays the work of local artist on the meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall. Works are displayed in the Selectmen’s Conference Room and the Town Hall Hearing Room, located on the second floor of Barnstable Town Hall. All three are award-winning artists with credentials in many juried exhibitions, locally and nationally, and all have participated in the Hyannis HyArts Shanty program.  More information about the artists can be found online at The current artwork will be on display through March 31, 2016.  Inset: Gallery Artrio owners Colleen Vandeventer. Susan Carey, and Kathy Edmonston.




Last week, we asked: With the warmer weather we see signs of economic activity picking up around town. Hyannis is known as the economic “Hub of Cape Cod”. Where do you think Barnstable ranks state-wide in terms of our commercial property tax base? Barnstable’s commercial property tax base in 2015 was $1.2 billion make it the 11th largest commercial tax base in the Commonwealth!



This week’s question: Herring typically begin to run upstream to spawn in late March when the water reaches a certain temperature. We want to know: How warm must the water be before herring begin their spring run? Email your answer here.  


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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

March 7-11, 2016


Monday, March 7, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio on Monday morning. Tom reviewed events held last week, including the Barnstable Police sergeant swearing-in ceremony and a visit from our incoming Superintendent of Schools.  Tom also discussed the Capital Improvement Budget and work that will take place this week to formulate the Operating Budget.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler also discussed last week’s visit from incoming Superintendent of Schools Meg Mayo-Brown. Butler also shared important information about kindergarten registration, coming up later this month.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick talked with us about sea level rise, and changes at the Transfer Station, including a higher sticker price and a new kitchen scrap recycling program. Cape Cod  Community College Communications Director Michael Gross told us all about early enrollment at the college, an Open House event coming up on April 9th, and help available for financial aid paperwork.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us on Tuesday morning, and shared an update on plans to re-locate and streamline the homeless shelter, currently located in downtown Hyannis. Our Community Profile segment featured John Reed and Rachel Devaney who together have created a cultural club that links local children of color with role models. Town Councilor Sara Cushing stopped by to share information on the Town Council subcommittee on substance abuse. Director of Public Works Dan Santos talked with us about upcoming changes at the Transfer Station, including a new higher sticker price and plans for re-design.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Our Business Barnstable segment led off Wednesday’s show. This week’s guest, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross, talked to us about the blue economy, and shared concerns over a proposed re-numbering of highway exits on Route 6.  Next, we talked with Planner Elizabeth Jenkins, who outlined the Town’s work to update its hazard mitigation plan.  Director of Senior Services Madeline Noonan reviewed Congressman Bill Keating’s visit to the Senior Center, and highlighted a number of upcoming activities.  Director of Finance Mark Milne wrapped up the show with a progress update on the Fiscal 2017 budget.


Thursday, March 10, 2016


Thursday’s program began with a chat with School Committee Chair Margeaux Weber. Next, we headed to Barnstable Municipal Airport for an update from Airport Manager Bud Breault. 5th Finally, we were joined live in studio by Precinct 4 Town Councilor Fred Chirigotis.


Friday, March 11, 2016


Friday’s show began with our Arts & Culture segment. This week, we talked with local musician Alicia Mathewson. We visited the Hyannis Youth and Community Center to talk with General Manager Joe Izzo and Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado. Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt joined us to discuss progress in a bill related to the opiate addiction crisis. We spoke with Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman about new rules and regulations that are now in effect at the beach.