Barnstable This Morning

 On Monday I joined host Sarah Colvin on Barnstable This Morrning. We began with the news that the Capital Improvement Plan book will be delivered to councilors on Tuesday. The Town Council will have a first reading of the CIP on March 24, 2016. Meetings on the Operating Budget are well underway as my budget team tries to put together our funding priorities for FY 2017. I mentioned staff has been meeting to develop the process for a Request for Proposals for new housing out at the old Marston Mills elementary school.

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A Blue Economy for Cape Cod

Cape Cod Chamber CEO, Wendy Northcross, in her presentation to the Osterville Business and Professional Association, explained the Cape Cod Chamber’s Blue Economy initiative, a long-range plan to promote and sustain a marine centered live-work-play economy.  According to Chamber documents, the effort builds on existing sustainable tourism efforts, the Cape’s marine research community, and dedication to preserving our environment and quality of life.  The Blue Economy’s mission is to leverage our water-based assets and entrepreneurial spirit to ensure a more stable, sustainable and vibrant economy.  Click here to learn more about the Chamber’s Blue Economy initiative.


Barnstable Youth Commission Holds Second Annual Youth Summit

The Barnstable Youth Commission sponsored a community Substance Abuse Forum on Thursday evening at the Cape Cod Community College. There was an introductory video message from Attorney General Maura Healy introduced by Assistant Attorney General Steve Marshalek. Anita Devlin and her son Michael, co-authors of S.O.B.E.R., gave firsthand accounts of a family struggle against addiction and the path to recovery. The Lorusso Foundation film “Not Yet” showed the impact of drugs as it relates to teenagers and finally there was an interactive discussion of ways parents can combat substance abuse by Robert Hackenson, Jr. The preparation by the Youth Commission was evident with the quality of the program and the message delivered to the community. Congratulations to these young adults for reaching out to help their peers avoid the destructive course of drug addiction!


St. Patrick’s Day at the Senior Center

Songs, food, and good cheer to celebrate the “wearing of the green” took place at the Senior Center this week. A good time was had by all. A picture is worth a thousand words!




Supplemental Appropriation for Police Department

The Barnstable Police Department has experienced a significant number of retirements, many of which were superior officers. These vacancies have led to internal promotions, creating ten patrol officer vacancies. Ten candidates have been selected, and all must attend the Police Academy prior to beginning work. Obtaining slots at the Academy can be limited and unpredictable. The Barnstable Police Department has learned that all ten patrol officers will be able to join the Police Academy class beginning on April 11, 2016. The cost of the exams, assessment, tuition, uniform and gear totals $106,878. Because this funding was not included in the Fiscal 2016 budget, I have submitted a supplemental appropriation to Town Council for their approval.  This matter requires two readings. A public hearing will be held on April 7, 2016.


Town Council Presentations

Reports from various local organizations will continue at next week’s Town Council meeting. The next session will focus on economic development. Massachusetts Office of Business Development Southeast Regional Director Maria Marasco and the Seaport Council will make a presentation, and MassDevelopment Vice President of Business Development Larry Cameron will appear before the Council during the March 24, 2016 meeting.


South Coast Bike Route

The Department of Public Works has been working with the Growth Management Department to implement the Bicycle Accommodation Program. This economic and bicycle safety program creates the South Coast Bike Route through 5 Barnstable villages. This project was funded in the Fiscal 2015 Capital Improvement Program. Signs have been designed and a Request for Proposals will be issued this spring. DPW will be giving an update on the design phase at the March 24th town council meeting. The South Coast bike route follows a picturesque shoreline route, familiar to many cyclists, that travels through Hyannis Port, Centerville, Osterville, Marstons Mills, and into Cotuit.


Lobster Pot Tournament

Keep an eye out for Larry the Lobster! His likeness will be flying from cars of all kind this weekend –that’s right, it’s time for the annual Barnstable Youth Hockey Lobster Pot Tournament!  Youth hockey teams made up of players age 5 to 7 from across New England will descend on Hyannis for an unforgettable weekend of hockey tournament play. We welcome all supporters of Lobster Pot Nation! 

Watch a video from the 2014 Lobster Pot Tournament:


Road Work Alert: Cotuit Town Dock

The Department of Public Works will begin drainage construction on Oyster Place Road in the vicinity of the Cotuit Town Dock on Monday, March 21, 2016. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and continue until 5:00 PM.  Work is expected to be completed within two weeks, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during construction will be limited.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


Mercy Otis Cape Cod Woman of the Year: Nominations Open

The Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year is a woman who has made significant contributions to the arts, business, education, and/or is deeply involved in the community. Past recipients include Judy Walden Scarafile, Susan French, Dorothy Savarese, and Lynne Poyant. Nominations for the 2016 application are now being accepted. Application forms are available across Cape Cod at local libraries, community centers, town halls, and online at Nominations are due on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 18, 2016.


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.

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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

March 14-18, 2016


Monday, March 14, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch stopped by for his weekly update on Monday Morning. Lynch discussed the ongoing budget process. The Capital Improvement Plan is due back from the printer’s this week, and staff is continuing to discuss the Operating Budget for FY17. Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler previewed the agenda for the March 16, 2016 School Committee meeting.  Our Local Library Literary Chat segment featured a book discussion with Jennie Wiley of the Cotuit Library and Marcela Currie of the Sturgis Library.  Tammi Jacobsen of the Center for Corporate and Professional Education highlighted a number of upcoming professional development courses.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Barnstable Police Deputy Chief Matthew Sonnabend joined us on Tuesday morning to talk about a tragic incident involving the son of a Falmouth state police officer that occurred in Florida over the weekend.   Sonnabend also highlighted a grant that will fund targeted patrols on distracted drivers in April. We headed into the vault with Town Clerk Ann Quirk, who shared with us information about preservation efforts for some of the Town’s oldest documents.  Barnstable Youth Commission members Brendan Clark and Sean Smith highlighted the 2nd Annual Youth Summit. Director of Public Works Dan Santos shared information about various projects.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016


This week’s Business Barnstable segment featured Barnstable County Register of Deeds Jack Meade, who provided a review of the February 2016 real estate recording statistics.  Next, we headed out to the Lumbert Pond Conservation Area to visit with Conservation Agent Martin Wunderly and learn all about the Town’s newest conservation area.  Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich shared information about the new South Coast Bike Route – signs will be put in place very soon! Buntich also discussed parking in and around downtown Hyannis, and a request for proposals for design improvements for the East End of Hyannis. 


Thursday, March 17, 2016


We opened Thursday’s show with a Community Profile interview with Independence House Executive Director Lysetta Hurge-Putnam.  Next, we spoke with Cape Cod Commission Director of Technical Services Glenn Cannon, who provided a review of a number of ongoing regional transit improvement efforts.  2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal joined us to discuss the opioid bill signed by Governor Charlie Baker on Monday.  Finally, we continued our conversations with Town Councilors. Precinct 5 Councilor James Crocker joined us to discuss issues of importance to his precinct and to the Town as a whole.


Friday, March 18, 2016


Friday’s show began with our weekly Arts & Culture segment. Barnstable resident Aisha Stewart discussed her “backpactivist” plan to travel to India to work with some non-governmental organizations. We talked with Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado and HYCC General Manager Joe Izzo, who told us to be on the lookout for lobster – this weekend the annual Lobster Pot tournament will take over the ice at the Youth Center.  Finally, we talked with Animal Control Officer Charlie Lewis, who shared information about upcoming rabies clinics, the spring rabies baiting program, and a local effort to connect those in need with food for their pets.