Town Council Meeting

At last night’s Town Council meeting, the Cape Cod Commission’s Technical Services Director Glenn Cannon provided a summary of the Route 28 / Yarmouth Road project status.  Mr. Cannon was joined by Tom Currier from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Rob Hicks of Trans Systems, the Project Design Engineer.  The plans are at 75% completion.  Town Manager Mark Ells said that it is important that project stay on the current timeframe as the route is a major corridor to access Cape Cod Hospital.   The Town Council also requested that no delays take place in getting this important project done.  To view the presentation, please click here.  A full house was in attendance for the Cotuit Water Solar Project.  After taking public comments – both pro and con – the Town Council voted to withdraw the item without prejudice.  You may view this portion of the Town Council meeting here.   A first reading was held for a number of Board/Committee/Commission Appointments.  The Town Council passed a Resolution to renew the state-authorized Hyannis HyArts Cultural District for at least five (5) years.  A Transfer Order in the amount of $85,000 Community Preservation Funds for Historic preservation and restoration of the Olde Colonial Courthouse, Route 6A (Main Street) and Rendezvous Lane, Barnstable was approved. They also approved the appointment of Elizabeth S. Jenkins as the Director of the Growth Management Department and accepted grants from Barnstable Police – Mass Cop, Barnstable Police Association and Barnstable Firefighters Association totaling $850 in support of the 2017 Youth Summit and Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum.  A Community Preservation item for appropriation and transfer order in the amount of $54,000 was moved to a Public Hearing on April 6, 2017.  A Moratorium on Recreational Marijuana Establishments and Marijuana Retailers was referred to the Planning Board.  Thirty-four Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) items were moved forward to Public Hearings on April 6, 2017.


Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Tasks Continue

We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2018.  . In accordance with Section 6-5 of the Town Charter we have submitted the Town’s FY 2018 Capital Budget and FY 2018 – FY 2022 Capital Improvement Projects to the Town Council and posted said documents on the Town website home page.   We have submitted the orders for the capital budget for first reading this evening.  I would be remiss in not mentioning the work that went into its development by my department heads, their staff and in particular , the members of the Comprehensive Finance Advisory Committee who spent many hours reviewing and commenting on the numerous projects submitted. We are actively reviewing the proposed FY 2018 operating budget with departments with anticipated submittal to Town Council on or before May 4.  For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the town’s Open Budget website.


Elizabeth Jenkins Named Growth Management Director

Congratulations to Elizabeth Jenkins whose appointment as the Town of Barnstable's Growth Management Director was unanimously approved at last night's Town Council Meeting.  Elizabeth has been serving as the Interim Growth Management Director since January.  Prior to that Elizabeth served as the Regulatory / Design Review Planner for the Growth Management Department.


Town of Barnstable Fee Changes

The Town Manager’s office conducted a fee hearing on February 14, 2017 at 10:00 am in Town Hall, 2nd floor hearing room for fiscal year 2018 fee changes.  The proposed fees have been taken under advisement pending additional public comment.  I plan to proceed with approvals of the FY 2018 user fees for Solid Waste Division and Hyannis Youth and Community Center on March 23, 2017 and for Water Supply Division and Regulatory Services by March 31, 2017.  The proposed fees can be view on our website.


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

Congratulations to the Barnstable Youth Commission on the successful presentation of the 3rd Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and 7th Grade Youth Summit with Chris Herren.  Members of the general public were invited to the Community Prevention Forum on Thursday, March 16th.  A great dialogue on a difficult topic took place.   Thanks to the generosity of the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation, the Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum was open to the public and free of charge.  On Friday, March 17th, Barnstable Intermediate School’s 7th graders attend the Youth Summit which included presentations by Chris Herren, Kevin Rosario of Gosnold on Cape Cod, and Barnstable High School Peer Leaders and Activities Coordinators.  A Resource Fair was also part of lunch period and we are grateful for the participation of: the Barnstable Recreation Division; Grandparents Raising Grandchildren; 4-H; Military Family Outreach of Cape Cod; Cape Cod Flag Football – Youth in Motion; Calmer Choice; Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office; Barnstable County Human Rights Commission; Youth Street Reach; Gosnold on Cape Cod; YMCA; Big Brother/Big Sister; Independence House; Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office; Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod; Caron Treatment Centers Inc.; Jonah Shea’s Youth Basketball Association; Learn to Cope; USKD; and Barnstable Youth Commission.  We are grateful to the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund, First Student Bus, Barnstable Police Association-Mass Cop; Barnstable Police Association and Barnstable Firefighters Association for their generosity in sponsoring this year’s program. Click here to view Channel 18’s coverage of the Youth Summit.


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.


Friendly Reminder from Marine & Environmental Affairs: Mooring Permit Renewals
The deadline for mooring permit renewals is March 31, 2017 by 4:15 p.m. For more information please click here.  


Eversource to Hold Rate Hearings
Eversource Energy submitted a proposal to the Department of Public Utilities to update the company’s electric rates. The proposal requests a net increase in annual delivery revenue of $60.2 million, representing a 7 percent increase in those revenues to support electric distribution operations. Eversource’s request addresses increases in operating and maintenance costs and capital costs associated with investments in the electrical network.  A public hearing on the proposed rate increase will be held at the Barnstable County Complex in the Harborview Conference Room (3195 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630) on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 7 PM.


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, made up of five Town Councilors, will interview applicants and make recommendations to the Town Council who vote to appoint members at their regular 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 webpage 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. 


2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule

Household hazardous waste (HHW) collections protect what we love about Cape Cod, especially our precious local drinking water.  Most chemicals are too toxic to throw away in regular trash or dump down the drain, so FREE collections are being held to take that waste off your hands and keep it out of our water supply.   This year’s collections are scheduled for:  April 8th, June 24th, August 26th and September 23rd.

All collections are from 9 AM to NOON at the Barnstable Transfer Station, 45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills.

Free disposal of: Marine Materials; Fertilizers and Pesticides; Household Cleaners and Disinfectants; Arts and Crafts Chemicals and Paints; Auto and Boat Fluids; Pool Chemicals; and Paints, Polishes, and Stains (No Latex).  HHW Collections are funded by the Town of Barnstable and Barnstable County’s Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. Town of Barnstable Recycle Sticker Required for entry.  Call 508-420-2258 for more information.


Barnstable Youth Commission to Host Job Fair

Employers looking for help still have time to be a part of the Barnstable Youth Commission’s upcoming Job Fair. The Job Fair will be held Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Youth 18 and under will have free admission. This will be a great opportunity for kids to learn how to prepare for an interview, to learn about the importance of a resume and how to write one, as well as how to complete a job application. To learn more contact Amy Harwood at the HYCC.


Prince Cove Marina Reconstruction Project Has Begun

Work has begun on the reconstruction of the Prince Cove Marina bulkhead. The area closed on March 13th, 2017 and will remain closed until approximately May 1st, 2017. The bulkhead will be reconstructed with sheet pilings, concrete and other facilities. No access to the bulkhead will be available during construction. The boat ramp and associated parking will remain open during construction. Residents should avoid the bulkhead construction area. Questions regarding marine activities in the area should be directed to the Marine and Environmental Affairs Division at 508-790-6273. Project related questions should be directed to Roger D. Parsons, P.E., Town Engineer at 508-790-6302.



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. The next phase of work will begin March 20th and end March 31st in the eastbound lane of Route 28 between 267 & 307 Falmouth Road.

Starting March 20, 2017, the eastbound lane of Route 28 will be detoured at the intersection of Route 28 and Bearse’s Way.  Traffic will be directed south on Bearse’s Way, then directed northeast up Walton Avenue. The end of the detour will occur as traffic migrates back to Route 28. Traffic to local businesses will be allowed access.  Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30AM 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 earlier this year. When you receive your census form please look it over, make any changes necessary. 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  026


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 continue their 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. They have completed work on Route 149, and are moving to Main Street Cotuit and Salten Point Road. 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:  When did St. Patrick’s Day become a holiday in the United States?   Bob told us that St. Patrick’s Day is NOT a holiday in the United States and he is correct.  We should have asked when St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in the United States.  The answer to that question is:  In 1780, while camped in Morristown, NJ, General Washington allowed his troops a holiday on 17 March "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence." This event became known as The Saint Patrick's Day Encampment of 1780.


This Week’s Question:  Chris Herren was our featured speaker at this year’s Youth Summit and Community Prevention Forum.  What NBA team drafted Chris? Email your answer here. 


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