Town Council Meeting March 15th

During Town Manager Communications at last night’s Town Council meeting, Town Manager Mark Ells briefed the Council on:  the budget process and the Capital Improvement plan which is having a first reading at the meeting;  the fee changes adopted for the Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division, Hyannis Water System, Regulatory Services Consumer Affairs, Water Pollution Control and modified changes to the Information Technology Department’s GIS Division; continuing discussions with the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife; the Chief of Police search; a meeting he attended with Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary Matthew Beaton from the Office of Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Cape delegation, Eversource, County and local officials to discuss ongoing efforts to respond to severe weather events that result in power outages and other impacts; a meeting with Vineyard Wind; and the development of an application for an Opportunity Zone Program in Barnstable.  Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins briefed the Council on the merits of the Opportunity Zone Program.   The Orders of the Day began with Old Business: Appointments to a Board/Committee/Commission for the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee, Council on Aging, Economic Development Commission, Jane Eshbaugh Community Service Award Committee, Personnel Board, and Shellfish Committee and Reappointments to a Board/Committee/Commission for the Renewable Energy Commission were approved.  Amendments to the Administrative Code, Chapter 241, Article IV, Municipal Organization which reflects proposed changes to the Town’s organizational structure was also approved.  Prior to New Business, Finance Director Mark Milne provided an overview of the FY 2019 Capital Budget.  The thirty-three (33) Capital Budget items received a first reading under New Business.  The Town Council will hold a Workshop on Recreational Marijuana on Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM.  The next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, April 5th at 7:00 PM.


Fiscal 2019 Budget Process:  Capital Improvement Plan

Finance Director Mark Milne shared an overview of the FY 2019 Capital budget and FY 2019 to FY 2023 Capital Improvements Plan which was submitted to the Town Council on Monday, February 26th and received a first reading at last night’s Town Council meeting.  The proposed budget for FY 2019 includes 35 projects totaling $18.4 million.  Funding for the plan includes $6.1 million in cash reserves, $10.6 million in new borrowing authorizations, $1.3 million in anticipated grant funding and $443,000 from balances remaining in completed projects. The plan is available on the Town’s website. Public hearings will begin on April 5th.


Stay Informed during a Storm
In the event of a winter storm, the Town will re-activate the Storm Alert feature on our website.  The Department of Public Works will share actual road plowing activities.  Also available to residents is a storm information line that can be accessed by dialing 508-862-INFO (4636), which will be updated with the same information from the DPW.  Our Town’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter will also be updated during any storm event.  The 2018 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure has been updated. You can view the brochure here.


Notice of Public Information Meeting - Sea Street Improvements Project

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works invites interested individuals to attend a public information meeting regarding planned improvements along portions of Sea Street and Ocean Avenue in Hyannis.  The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at the Hyannis Transportation Center, 215 Iyannough Road, Hyannis.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide residents an opportunity to review the proposed improvements prior to final design and to learn about the projected timeframe for construction.  This state-funded project is planned to extend from Main Street to the entrance of Keyes Memorial Beach on Ocean Avenue.  The project objectives are to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and overall traffic safety, rehabilitate aging infrastructure, and enhance the streetscape.  The project scope is anticipated to include a new shared use path and landscape buffer on the east side, a new sidewalk on the west side, new or resurfaced pavement with narrow lane widths, and improved drainage and lighting. Construction is planned to start in the fall of 2018 and is anticipated to continue through 2019, with construction breaks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and over the winter.  The project limits, scope, and schedule are contingent on available funding and other factors.


School Committee Holds Public Hearing on FY2019 Budget

The School Committee will hold a Public Hearing on their FY2019 budget on Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room.


Barnstable Youth Commission 4th Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and 7th Grade Youth Summit

We will provide an update on last night’s 4th Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and 7th Grade Youth Summit in next week’s edition of eNews.   Thanks to the generosity of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund, The Caroline Fries Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation, Cape Cod Healthcare and the Barnstable Police Department, the Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum was open to the public and free of charge.  Barnstable Recreation provided free child care so parents could attend.


Barnstable Youth Commission Prepares for 2nd Ready, Set, Work! Job Fair

Seeking Businesses Looking to Hire Youth


RFP:  Disposition of Property Via Sale – Various Parcels of Municipal Property

The Director of Property and Risk Management for the Town of Barnstable on behalf of the Town Manager of the Town of Barnstable is selling various surplus parcels acquired through the foreclosure of Land through Land Court for the non-payment of taxes, Land of Low Value and gifts made in lieu of Foreclosure that are located throughout the Town of Barnstable.  This solicitation is being conducted in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30B, Section 16, and all sales must be strictly awarded in accordance with the requirements of the Request for Proposals regarding Real Property Transactions. More information including a list of parcels can be found on the Town’s website or contacting David Anthony, Director of Property and Risk Management, at 508-862-4652 or email at   


UPDATE: Barnstable Recreation Offerings

Due to Winter Storm Skylar Barnstable Recreation’s Leisure Program registration for the summer of 2018 begins for Resident on-line and walk-in registration on Tuesday, March 20th from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  Non-resident registration begins on Tuesday, March 27th.  Walk-in registration takes place at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.

The Barnstable Recreation Division is again teaming up with the Cape Cod YMCA to offer Lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard Training. 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 27th. You can learn more about the program here.


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.


From Sandy Neck Beach Park: Important Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Application Information
Sandy Neck Off Road Vehicle Permit Applications will no longer be mailed to current ORV Permit holders.  All current permit holders will be receiving an email very soon with complete instructions for purchasing an ORV Permit.  Once you send in the required paperwork, you will still receive your 2018 Sandy Neck ORV Permit in the mail.
Due to the extreme conditions and excessive debris on the ORV beach, the Off Road Vehicle Beach will remain closed until further notice. The Gatehouse was flooded from storm Riley and is closed until further notice.  Please check back for further updates.


Exemption Applications Due in Assessor’s Office by April 2nd

FY2018 statutory exemption applications, including residential exemptions, are due in the Assessor’s office by Monday, April 2nd.  More information can be found on the Assessor’s page of the Town’s website.


Artists and Muses,” featured group art exhibit at Barnstable Town Hall

A multi-artist exhibit featuring 30 Cape Cod artists. The group gathers weekly to paint together at the studio of nationally acclaimed artist, Paul Schulenburg.
Meet the Artist reception - Friday, April 13th, 2018 - 5:00-6:30 PM

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.   “Artists and Muses,” will be on display in the Barnstable Town Hall, from March 19th to April 20th, 2018.  This exhibit features portraits, figure paintings, drawings and sculpture, in a wide range of styles and mediums. The public is invited to attend a reception in the Town Hall Hearing Room to meet the artists on Friday, April 13th, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 PM. “The artists represented gather weekly to paint from the figure at the Eastham studio of nationally acclaimed artist Paul Schulenburg,” said Joan Lockhart who organized the show and is one of the artists in the group.  “Some, like Paul, are very well-known and represented by prestigious galleries on- and off-Cape; others are emerging artists who exhibit at local and national art shows; and some are just beginning their artistic journeys.”  In addition to painting in Schulenburg’s studio, the group has also painted in the historic Hawthorne Barn, as well as on the beach in Provincetown, a Cape Cod art tradition. The painting group consists of Cape Cod artists, residing from Falmouth to Provincetown.  “Depicting the human form -- trying to capture the essence of gesture, personality and facial expression – is one of biggest challenges an artist can confront. It’s a subject that must be practiced in order to achieve any degree of facility of craft,” said Paul Schulenburg.  “By organizing a regular session in my studio for artists to paint from the live model, I am able to make sure I get in my painting time, with the added benefit of maintaining a social connection with like-minded artists.”  He adds, “While there are times we paint side-by-side in complete silence, these are often broken up by lively discussions, music and refreshments, contributing to our creative energy and sense of camaraderie.” “The muses,” explains Joan Lockhart, “include professional art models, although many others are local writers, artists, fishermen, dancers and friends, who pose in all manners of attire including their oilskins, evening gowns or vintage dress.  The group has also painted a number of Cape and Boston-area musicians, who treat the artists to mini-concerts during breaks and often perform new works-in-progress.  What the Schulenburg group’s muses have in common are interesting personalities, attire and faces that pique the artists’ creativity -- as well as the ability to hold a pose for a 3-hour session!“ Rosalie Nadeau, a local artist who has been painting with Schulenburg and his weekly group for the past 10 years, states:  “We are serious about getting work done, but truth-be-told, it’s a weekly painting party.  For many of us who spend much of our time working alone in our studios, it’s our favorite night of the week!” The exhibition is open to the public and on display March 19th-April 20th, 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.  A meet the artists reception and an “Artists and Muses” panel discussion will be held on Friday, April 13th at 5:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 2nd floor, Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.   For more information on this program email: or call 508-862-4767. Program information available at:  Artists whose work is included in “Artists and Muses” include:

  • Paul Schulenburg, Eastham. Represented by The Addison Art Gallery, Orleans and the George Billis Gallery, NYC
  • Laura Balboni, Harwich. Represented by Gallery 820 Main, Harwich Port
  • Hiram Ball, Orleans. Represented by Gallery Antonia, Chatham
  • Shawn Dahlstrom, East Dennis
  • Maryalice Eisenberg, Chatham. Represented by The Addison Art Gallery, Orleans
  • Taylor Fox, Orleans
  • Sandra Ginnis, Orleans
  • Jerome Greene, Provincetown. Represented by The Arthur Egeli Gallery, Provincetown
  • Lila Grilli, Harwich
  • Damon Guyer (In Memoriam), Falmouth
  • Catherine Hess, Wellfleet
  • Ken Higgins, Eastham
  • Pam Hudson, Wellfleet
  • Steve Kennedy, Brewster. Represented by The Addison Gallery, Orleans, Kiley Court Gallery, Provincetown, The Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet and The Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
  • Ron Lindholm, Harwich
  • Terry Lindholm, Harwich
  • Joan Lockhart, Eastham
  • Peg LoPresto, Orleans
  • Irene McGrath, Harwich
  • Dale Michaels Wade, Eastham
  • Rosalie Nadeau, Orleans. Represented by Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, and The Left Bank, Wellfleet
  • Susan O’Brien McLean, Osterville. Represented by The Chapman Gallery, Cotuit, and the Marin-Price Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Karen Ojala, Provincetown. Karen Ojala Studio, Provincetown
  • Susan Overstreet, Brewster. Represented by the Addison Art Gallery, Orleans
  • Andrea Petitto, Harwich. Represented by The Addison Art Gallery, Orleans
  • Carol Petretti, Orleans. Represented by Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans
  • Snefrid Sneve-Schultze, Eastham. Represented by Gallery 31, Orleans
  • Susan Termyn, Eastham, represented by Zullo Gallery, Medfield, MA
  • Ewa Tomasian, Orleans
  • Robin Wessman, Eastham. Represented by The Larkin Gallery, Provincetown, Post Office Gallery, Truro and Gallery Artrio, Hyannis


2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers

The Recreation Division 2018 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, applications are no longer sent via mail.  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. 2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers will be available in person at the HYCC beginning May 7th.  Operating hours will be Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sundays & Holidays 9:00 AM-Noon.



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

National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main

National Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Their scheduled work along Route 6A (two crews) in Barnstable Village will continue. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

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. 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.

Route 6 (Mid-Cape Highway) - Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will begin their roadway ‘Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs’ along Route 6 beginning February 20, 2018. This project is estimated to be completed by May 24, 2018. The work will consist of replacing the existing directional signs along Route 6 from Sandwich to Eastham. There are no proposed lane closures. All work will be performed on the highway’s shoulder accompanied by a police officer. The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.



Osterville Bay School Demolition

Demolition of the building is complete.  Tennis court construction bids are expected April 29th.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Work on parking lot areas has slowed due to wet conditions.  The contractor will be continuing work on the ball field, and press box.  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 Spring/Summer of 2018.


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.


Town of Barnstable Hyannis Main Street Vendor/Contractor Parking Permit

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The Town of Barnstable recognizes vendors and contractors are a critical component to our community’s economy and quality of life. Therefore, starting January 1, 2018 daily parking permits are available to qualifying vendors and contractors hired to service businesses and residents located on Main Street, Hyannis who need their vehicles in close proximity on the date of services rendered, parking beyond the 2-hour limitation on Main Street during the hours of 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday through Sunday.  Through an application process by the Parking Division, Vendor/Contractor parking permits are valid for one space per vehicle or trailer, for no more than five (5) calendar days per calendar month, and no more than three (3)  vendor/contractor parking permits per business or residency at any one time.  Applications must be submitted one business day prior to the date requested and payment of cash/check must be included with the application:

November 1st – March 31st                         $  5.00/day/space

April 1st – October 31st                                 $15.00/day/space

For more information about this new program and/or a copy of the application, please visit online at or feel free to contact:  Barnstable Parking Resources Division, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 or 508-862-4771. We are happy to help!


Town of Barnstable 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’. 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


Adult Supportive Day Program at the Barnstable Senior Center

If you are a caregiver in need of respite, or a senior who may benefit from the Adult Supportive Day (ASD) Program, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we may meet your needs.  ASD offers the following:  assists elders in maintaining their independence and remain active while aging in place in the community; offers structured and stimulating activities in a safe environment, with a focus on socialization, cognitive skills and physical well-being; provides respite and peace of mind for caregivers and families; caregiver supports/referrals are available; and professional, caring and experienced staff.  For more information, call 508-862-4765 to schedule a tour and a Free Trial Day.


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.  


Last Week’s Question:  When did we start using daylight savings time in the United States?  Bob from Hyannis was quick to respond that daylight savings time start on March 31, 1918.

This Week’s Question:  When did the National Weather Service start naming winter storms? Please email your answer here.

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