Barnstable Youth Commission and Advisors at Barnstable Town Council

The Barnstable Youth Commission presented their review of good works for the 2018-2019 school year.

Pictured from left to right:

First Row: Piper Hunt, Lily Beal, Connor Levesque, Morgan Contrino, Ethan Sirhal, Jenna Schmidt, Matthew McCauley

Second Row: George Cole, Alexandra Stampfl, Lucas McCauley, Sean Dowling

Third Row: Lt. Jean Challies, Kip Diggs, Assistant Recreation Director John Gleason, Recreation Director Patti Machado  


Town Council Meeting – May 2, 2019

Town Council President James Crocker opened last night’s Town Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Town Councilor Matt Levesque was invited to offer the Moment of Silence for the National Day of Prayer which is held on May 2nd.  Town Council President and Hilary V. Green, Executive Director of the Cape, Islands & Southeast MA Chapter American Red Cross, presented Ethan Sirhal with the National Red Cross Lifesaving Award (see below for more information).  The Youth Commission updated the Town Council on their successes for the current year which included: a showing of the documentary Screen-Agers, 5th Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum, 5th Annual 7th Grade Youth Summit, 3rd Annual “Ready, Set, Work” Job Fair, One Love Escalation workshop, Intergenerational Tea and Storytelling, “Think Healthy” campaign, and their role as youth ambassadors for the State Youth Homeless Survey.  Town Councilors offered high praise for the Youth Commission and their efforts. New Business items were taken out of order.  Agenda Item 2019-193 Acceptance of a Fiscal Year 2019 grant in the amount of $1,000,000 from the Seaport Economic Council Grant Program for Expedition: Blue! was presented by Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross.  The item was unanimously approved.  Agenda Item 2019-194 Acceptance of Fiscal Year 2019 Survey and Planning Grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the amount of $10,000 to complete the new Massachusetts Historical Commission inventory forms for historic properties was moved to the June 6, 2019 Town Council Meeting.  DPW Director Dan Santos presented Agenda Item 2019-195 Transfer Order in the amount of $100,000 for the Attucks Lane Pump Station Sewer Expansion which was approved.  Old Business Agenda Item 2019-191 Appointments to a Board/ Committee/Commission: Infrastructure and Energy Committee; Mid Cape Cultural Council; Planning Board; and Zoning Board of Appeals was approved.  Through a Consent Agenda, Operating Budget Agenda Items 2019-161 through 2019-189 were referred to public hearings on May 16, 2019.  Town Manager Mark Ells provided updates on the following items for the period of April 26-May 2, 2019 during Town Manager Communications:

  1. We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2020 ahead of schedule.  This evening will be the first read of the appropriation orders for the Town of Barnstable FY 2020 Operating Budget.  In accordance with Section 6-2 of the Town Charter we have posted the Town’s FY 2020 Operating Budget on the Town website home page under Notifications FY 2020 Operating Budget Book and will provide the Town Council with printed copies the week of May 6, 2019.  The Director of Finance and Mr. Ells will present a summary of the FY 2020 at the next Town Council meeting.  For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the town’s Open Budget website at
  2. We are coordinating with Fish & Wildlife regarding the future potential to site water supply wells on the 250 acre parcel owned by the Commonwealth that directly abuts the Hyannis public water supply.  The Town continues work with Mass Fish & Wildlife to finalize an agreement that would enable the Town to install public water supply wells on the 250-acre Hyannis Ponds Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  Mr. Ells has a final draft agreement under review authorizing the installation of test wells on the Fish & Wildlife parcel.  He anticipates signing the access agreement shortly.  We plan to conduct testing on this and other parcels later this calendar year.  We will keep you advised of our progress on this important effort.
  3. As stated at the last Town Council meeting we have completed our New Source Alternatives Evaluation Report.  We view the management of our public drinking water resources in three broad categories: managing the existing sources, securing future potential public water supplies, and establishing interconnections with abutting public water supply systems.  We anticipate proceeding with public discussion of this report and accomplishment of associated tasks to identify and secure future potential public water supply locations with the Town of Barnstable. 
  4. The Town of Barnstable has been in active discussions with Barnstable County regarding the Barnstable County Fire Training Academy (BCFTA).  We have begun discussions with the County Administrator and the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection regarding cleanup of the Barnstable County Fire Training Academy.  We will keep you advised of our progress on this important effort.
  5. On Friday, April 19, 2019, the proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (310 CMR 40.0000) were made available and a Public Hearing Notice will be published in the Massachusetts Register. This will kick-off an extended 3-month long public comment period that will end July 19, 2019, and will include four public hearings at MassDEP Offices across the state and additional meetings as needed/requested.  The purpose of the proposed revisions is to update and clarify existing provisions for the notification, assessment and cleanup of oil and/or hazardous material contamination in the environment to ensure that actions are performed in a timely manner, are appropriately monitored and documented, and achieve of a level of No Significant Risk that is protective of public health and the environment.  The amendments are available on MassDEP’s website at MassDEP encourages participation by all over the next few months as they move toward finalizing these changes.  Questions about the public comment process, the meetings/hearing and/or the proposals may be emailed to
  6. In response to our continued concerns regarding the use of synthetic chemicals and substances we have tasked our Health and Safety Officer in coordination with our Chief Procurement Officer to conduct an internal audit of our municipal operations in an effort to identify any existing or potential future use of said products.  In addition we have developed and taken under review an Organic Land Management Procedures document to assure a consistent management approach to the use of all chemicals of concern.  These procedures may result in suggested policies for our legislatives body’s consideration.  We will keep you advised of our progress on this matter.
  7. The Planning & Development Department is hosting a Downtown Hyannis Parking open house on Monday, May 6 from 5-7 p.m. in the Hearing Room.  The goal of the meeting is to identify key implementation priorities and strategies to best achieve the identified community goals.  (See below for more information.)
  8. MassDOT is preparing the next five-year capital plan that will guide investment in the state’s transportation system between 2020 and 2024.  Public meetings are planned in May and June. 

The next Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.

Ethan Sirhal Receives National Red Cross Lifesaving Award at Town Council Meeting
At last night’s Town Council meeting, Town Council President James Crocker relayed a story about a rescue performed by one of our Town of Barnstable Lifeguards.  On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 a 17- year old young lady from Hyannis, was removed from the water at Covell’s Beach in Centerville.  Lifeguard Ethan Sirhal of Centerville was the primary rescuer.  He was assisted by a bystander, who was a physician’s assistant, to perform one cycle of American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR.  The young lady came to and began vomiting and discharging saltwater.  As Ethan’s Red Cross training gave him the knowledge to perform CPR, he also knew the importance of putting her into the recovery position – which is to place her on her side.  The physician’s assistant later gave Ethan the credit for saving her life, because of his knowledge and training to put her in the recovery position.  Our lifeguards are very well trained. We hope that they never get called into action, but the training that the Red Cross provides works and this is a great example. Hilary V. Green, Executive Director of the Cape, Islands & Southeast MA Chapter American Red Cross, presented Ethan with the award.   Congratulations, Ethan!


Today! HyArts Art Shanties, Hyannis Harbor  - 2019 Season - Friday May 3, 2019
Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties * two locations *12 seaside studios * Ocean Street, Hyannis
 The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties open for the 2019 season, Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM.  
Visitors will find something handmade, hand designed or hand crafted by local artists in two locations along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, at the Harbor Overlook, 51 Ocean Street and Bismore Park, 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis.  The Artist Shanties are open weekends Friday, May 3 through Sunday, June 9, including Monday of Memorial Day weekend, then seven days a week through the fall.  Artists change weekly throughout the season. Discover new faces and artwork each week.

New this year at the Harbor Overlook:
Food vendors
offer tasty treats on various days throughout the season including during the ‘Live Lunch’ program: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, every Monday and Friday.
Starting Friday, May 3.
Grab a snack and take in the sights and sounds as local musicians rotate throughout the season during this program and during the Thursday singer spotlight series. 

Every Saturday, May 4 through end of August, Sam Holmstock, one of the co-founders of the world fusion ensemble ENTRAIN, will facilitate a free drum circle each week, 4:00-6:00 PM! Drumming and rhythm is so much fun and accessible to all.  No experience necessary.  Reduce stress, increase mindfulness and have fun!

The Town run artist shanty program provides affordable rental space for Cape Cod artists and artisans to work and sell at these “seaside studios”.  This program provides prime visibility and opportunities for artists to gain and improve business, marketing and selling skills, connect with other artists and meet visitors from around the region and the world. 

PARK AND WALK:  It is easy to spend art-FULL days in downtown Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, Complimentary and metered parking lots are steps away from Main Street & Hyannis Harbor. Visit the artist shanties, Main Street Hyannis, museums, shops, restaurants and more, all walkable from the surrounding public parking lots.

Always OPEN FROM 11:00 AM!
Closing time varies, at least until 6:00 PM and at least 8:00 PM in July & August
Weekends, Friday May 3 through Sunday June 9:
Friday-Sunday:  11:00 AM - at least 6:00 PM & open Monday, Memorial Day

Seven days a week: June 10 through Columbus Day, Monday October 14, 2019
Weekends, October and November and December
select weekend programs. Over 95 artists will participate in the 2019 program.  Artwork varies and includes photography, jewelry, painting, fiber arts, glass, ceramics, rope work, mosaics, woodworking, window art, and so much more.  Artists rotate weekly throughout the season.

Public Input Sought for Downtown Hyannis Parking Implementation Strategies
Town of Barnstable will hold a public meeting Monday, May 6th to present and receive input about downtown Hyannis parking, connectivity and public space priorities. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main St, Hyannis

2nd Floor Hearing Room

Do you live, work, shop or dine in downtown Hyannis? Are you interested in learning about and providing feedback on potential implementation strategies to increase parking availability, enhance connections between parking facilities and downtown destinations, and improve signage?  Please join the Town of Barnstable and its consultant Nelson\Nygaard for a public meeting on Monday, May 6 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  Consultant Nelson\Nygaard will present an overview of the Hyannis Parking Plan recommendations and discuss potential implementation strategies developed as part of this process. Following the presentation, attendees are encouraged to participate in an interactive open house and provide feedback at stations each focused on different implementation topics. The open house format provides an opportunity to interact with the project team; learn more about the pros, cons and/or tradeoffs of different implementation strategies; and identify community priorities to achieve downtown parking goals and outcomes.  Implementation strategies to be highlighted include employee parking program options; demand-based strategies including parking time-limits and rate alternatives; shared parking options and opportunities; public space and infrastructure enhancements; and more.  The goal of the meeting is to identify key implementation priorities and strategy options to best achieve the community goals identified and evaluated during the 2017 parking study process.  Feedback received from the meeting will assist the project team in the development of the final implementation framework.

2019 Beach Parking Permits Walk-up Sales Begin on Monday, May 6th

The Barnstable Recreation Division will begin walk-up sales on Monday, May 6th at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sundays & Holidays 9:00 AM-Noon.  The Resident/Taxpayer Sticker is $45.  You must have a valid car registration.  Leased vehicles must have valid lease agreement.  Resident Parking Permits are required January 1st to December 31st.  More information is available on the Town website or by calling 508-790-6345.


Bearse Pond Closure – May 8th

The first treatment of Bearse Pond is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.  The pond is being treated with a systemic herbicide (Sonar®) to combat the growth of the invasive aquatic plant, fanwort.  The pond will be closed to swimming, boating and fishing, the day of the treatment only. 


Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for Lombard Field & Luke’s Love Playground – May 10th

The official ribbon cutting ceremonies for Lombard Field and Luke’s Love Playground will be held on Friday, May 10th.  Lombard Field’s ceremony will take place at 3:30 PM.  The Barnstable High School Girls’ softball team will have their first pitch at 3:45 PM for their game against Falmouth High School.  Luke’s Love’s ribbon cutting will be held at 4:30 PM.    

Lombard Field / Luke’s Love Playground

2377 Meetinghouse Way

West Barnstable, Massachusetts


Board of Health to Hold Workshop on Proposal to Ban the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products including Products Used in Electronic and Vaping Devices

The Board of Health will be holding a workshop on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Town Hall, in the second floor Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, Massachusetts.  This workshop is open to the public.  Bob Collett, Director of the Cape Cod Regional Tobacco Control Program, and Cheryl Sbarra, Senior Staff Attorney for the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards (MAHB) will provide a presentation. The Board of Health encourages participation from all sectors.   The discussion topic will be concerning a proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, sale of flavored nicotine products, including flavored products that are used in electronic devices and vaping devices.


Friendly Reminder from Animal Control:
Pursuant to the Town Manager’s Dog Control Regulations, “no person owning or having the care, custody or control of any dog shall allow said dog on any Town Beach or Recreation area from May 15 to September 15 without the written authorization of the Town Manager or official in control of said Beach or Recreation area.”  Please note:  Dogs are not allowed in your car in the parking lot.  Any questions, please call 508-790-6274.


Town of Barnstable Notice of Fund Availability (NOFA) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The Town of Barnstable Planning and Development Department (PDD) is accepting proposals for the 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020).  CDBG is a federally funded program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide affordable housing, economic opportunities and a suitable living environment to low and moderate income residents.  Projects must address at least one of the goals of the 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan: create or preserve affordable housing units or economic opportunities; public facilities, infrastructure or other public improvements; or provide services to low income and special needs populations including but not limited to seniors and homeless persons.  Proposed projects that address the goals in the Downtown Hyannis Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) defined in the consolidated plan may be given preference.  The Town is expecting $278,102 for the 2019 program year.  The amount available for Public Service activities is about $41,700.  To be considered, applications must be received in the Planning and Development Department by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, May 23, 2019. Application and Guidebook are available on the Town website and Attachment A of the application lists the required attachments.  Contact: Kathleen Girouard, CED Coordinator, Phone: 508-862-4678, TDD# 508-790-9801, Email:, Planning and Development Department, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601.  Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. This location is handicap accessible.  Interpreters available upon advance request.


There’s lots going on at the Village Libraries of Barnstable

Barnstable Libraries’ Corner

Visit a Town of Barnstable Library today!

Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village


Centerville Public Library


Cotuit Library


Hyannis Public Library

Marstons Mills Public Library

Osterville Village Library

Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable

 - Promotion of veteran telecommunicator Ross Lloyd to our lead supervisor for the unit. Supervisor Lloyd takes great pride in developing and supervising our new staff.

- Worked through a 6 week complete renovation of our center in a less than ideal temporary room.

- Became a wireless direct answering point by being the first place to pick up the phone when you call 911 on your cell phone in the Town of Barnstable. This saves time and confusion by eliminating transfers from an off Cape call center to us.

- Several of our dispatchers received awards and recognition for a job well done.

- Development and implementation of a Training program currently being used to train new hires with our own qualified staff.

- Finally, probably the largest undertaking of all, was the successful collaboration with the Hyannis Fire Department as we began complete dispatch services for them last summer.

You may find it hard to thank them in person as they work around the clock, tucked away within the walls of the Barnstable Police Department. On behalf of all of the sworn officers of the BPD -- I thank you for your hard work, exceptional customer service and professionalism.

NEW Small Vessel Storage Permits

Required for all small vessels stored on Town owned land!  This decal enables better tracking of all vessels stored on Town owned land as well as an added resource for emergency contact should a vessel go adrift.

Permit decals are available for purchase Monday through Friday 8:30 AM-4:15 PM at the Marine and Environmental Affairs Department located at 1189 Phinney's Lane, Centerville. Any questions please contact the Harbormaster’s Office at: 508-790-6273 Fee:$25.00 for mooring permit holders; $50.00 for non-mooring permit holders.


Barnstable Transfer Station Now Accepting Credit Cards

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division will now be accepting credit and debit cards as a form of payment for all services, including annual stickers.  American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards are accepted.  Cash or checks, will also continue to be acceptable forms of payment at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center. For questions about this project, call P.J. Kelliher at 508-420-2258 or refer to the Town’s website.


Barnstable Public Schools Kindergarten Registration Is Open!

To enroll your child in kindergarten for September 2019 please visit our district website to begin the online registration process!  PRE-REGISTER AT

Requirements for Enrollment:

·        Students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019.

·        You must be a full-time resident of Barnstable.

·        If you are in the process of moving to Barnstable, you may begin the pre-registration process. Registration will be completed once you are residing in Barnstable and provide the required documentation.

·        After you complete the online process use the online scheduler to make an appointment with the school your child will be attending.

·        At your appointment, please bring all required documents and a valid photo ID.  Registration appointments completed by May 1st will be entered into a drawing to win a book gift basket for your kindergartener.

·        If your child currently attends Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center, they are already registered for Kindergarten. 

Prescreening Dates:

 (After you register your child he/she will be screened at their school on the following date):

Barnstable West Barnstable: May 10, 2019

West Villages: May 17, 2019

HyWest: May 20, 2019

Centerville: May 22, 2019

Barnstable Innovation School: May 28, 2019


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

*CONTINUES* Water Department Work at Several Route 6A (Main Street) Intersections in Barnstable Village

Starting April 29th, Barnstable Fire District’s Water Department, with their contractor, were scheduled to replace water valves in the following intersections:

     Route 6A @ Bragg’s Lane                      Route 6A @ Railroad Avenue

     Route 6A @ Commerce Road               Route 6A @ Millway

     Route 6A @ Mary Dunn Roadad

Scheduled work hours will be 7:00 AM-3:30 PM.  Schedule updates will be provided to residents via additional media releases.  Through traffic will be maintained on these roads throughout construction.  During active construction in the roadway, there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic. 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 and detour signs.

*CONTINUES* Crosswalk Improvements Main Street, School Street, High Street & Ocean View Avenue

Crosswalk improvements in Cotuit are ongoing.  Remaining activities include new paved crosswalk surfaces; installation of signage; restoration of disturbed areas and installation of a new 3-way stop traffic pattern at the intersection of Main Street and Ocean View Avenue.  Normal work hours will be between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Construction is scheduled to continue through until May 23, 2019.  Through traffic will be maintained on these roads throughout construction.  During active construction in the roadway, there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic.  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 and detour signs.

*UPDATED* Road Work Sea Street, South Street, and Ocean Avenue in Hyannis

Construction activities during May 3-10, 2019 are scheduled to include adjusting catch basins, manholes, and valve covers in the paved areas; installing curbs, sidewalks, and driveways; and other associated work.  In addition, Verizon is installing new utility poles along parts of the project area.  Businesses and residences along the work zones will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work, except during scheduled driveway construction.  During active construction in and along the roadway there will be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic.  Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*UPDATED* Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction activities during May 3-10, 2019 are scheduled to include installing curbs, sidewalks, and driveways; constructing off-road stormwater treatment systems that will be landscaped later in the project; constructing a retaining wall on the east side of Route 149 opposite the gas station; installing new guardrail on both sides of Route 149 adjacent Mill Pond; continuing construction of the boardwalk at Mill Pond; and other associated work.  Businesses and residences along the work zones will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work, except during scheduled driveway construction.  During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic.  Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*CONTINUES* Overhead Utility Line Relocations Route 149 & Main Street Marstons Mills

Verizon has installed new utility poles in some locations along Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell’s Lane, as well as on Main Street between Route 149 and the former elementary school.  Eversource and Verizon will be relocating their overhead lines to the new poles, and when that is completed they will remove the old poles. This work is in conjunction with the Town project to improve these sections of roadway.  During active work on these lines there will be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic.  Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*CONTINUES* Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way
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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

*CONTINUES *Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Project (River Road, Marstons Mills, Cotuit Library, and Putnam Avenue, Cotuit)
Work continues at new sites for future green stormwater control infrastructure placement.  Field work can include but is not limited to site visits, survey, soil borings, pulling manhole covers and wetland delineation. This work will continue through 2019.

*CONTINUES *Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road, Cotuit

Work on the retrofit stormwater system located in front of the sea wall may start this week and will run to June 29, 2019. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

*CONTINUES* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains - Centerville
5-135 First Avenue, Hyannis.   The work will include marking underground utilities, excavating utility trenches, installing new gas mains, backfilling the trenches and repaving.  As part of this project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Construction is expected to occur within the dates listed above, weather permitting. National Grid has committed to complete this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process. A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at line. National Grid will distribute written notifications to all affected constituents.  Work should be completed Memorial Day Weekend.   Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

*UPDATED* Spring Road Work Program (Cedar Street, West Barnstable)
Paving improvements are ongoing on Bursley Path, Cedar Street, Lothrop’s Lane, Cinderella Terrace, High View Circle and Locust Avenue. Work will begin on Abbey Gate Road, Buckingham Way, Oxford Drive and Queen Anne Lane in Cotuit during the week of May 6, 2019 and will continue through until June 14, 2019. Traffic during construction operations may 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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

*CONTINUES* Vineyard Wind Upland Route Survey

Feldman Land Surveyors (Feldman) as surveyors for Vineyard Wind’s power duct bank project in Barnstable, will have a survey crew (using a Feldman truck with yellow flashing lights) on the streets of Barnstable next week for 3-4 days, to establish right of way lines and to obtain supplement mapping. The duct bank route includes Craigville Beach Road, Strawberry Hill Road, Route 28 (crossing), Wequaquet Lane, Phinney’s Lane, Route 132 (crossing), Attucks Lane and Independence Drive.

*CONTINUES* Sewer Infrastructure Improvements (Pleasant Street, Main Street, Center Street, Hyannis)

Starting April 30th, the Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works contractor is performing a sewer improvement project on Pleasant Street (between Main Street and South Street), Main Street (between Yarmouth Road and Center Street) and Center Street (between Willow Avenue and Main Street) Hyannis.  Work includes camera inspections of the existing sewer infrastructure, cleaning of the existing sewer pipes and relining of the existing sewer pipes by the cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) method.  All work will be performed at night between 10:30 PM and 5:00 AM.  Construction is anticipated to be on-going for 2-3 nights a week for approximately three (3) weeks as weather allows.  Police details will direct motorists around the work.  Motorists can expect altered traffic patterns and minor delays during the inspection period.

*CONTINUES* Bourne Bridge work shifted to next phase on or about April 17; motorists to see change to travel patterns; Sidewalk to be closed for about 2 ½ weeks
Repair work on the Bourne Bridge, spanning the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Mass., is proceeding on schedule, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District officials. The contractor began the next phase of the repair work on or about the afternoon of Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  During this phase, sidewalk access to cross the bridge will be closed for safety reasons as the contractor will be repairing the walking surface. Pedestrians and bicyclists who intend to use the bridge sidewalk for crossings are advised to seek alternate routes or use alternate means of crossing such as public transportation, ride share, or vehicle for hire services until this phase of rehabilitation work is completed. Barring unforeseen complications, the sidewalk will remain closed for approximately 2 ½ weeks. During this time, travel lanes are reduced to ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC IN EACH DIRECTION AND NO WIDE LOADS are permitted to cross the bridge. State and local police will be on duty at all times work is being performed to assist the motoring public.  This bridge work is critical to maintaining the structural integrity of the bridges, which are a vital component to the transportation system of Cape Cod, the Islands and southeastern Massachusetts.  Traffic signs, message boards and bridge work alert emails are used to help inform motorists about pending lane restrictions and bridge work. To sign up for bridge work alert emails send an email to with the subject title "Bridge Work Alerts."  An email alert is sent when there is a major change to the bridge work status or schedule.  Additionally, updates are available from the Corps' New England District on Facebook; on Twitter; and Instagram. Or visit the District website.

Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. Make sure you are on our list. Sign up here today. What is CodeRED and why is it important to me? CodeRED is an emergency notification service by which town officials can notify Barnstable residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about time‐sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire town.  Only authorized officials are allowed access to use the system.  Frequently asked questions can be reviewed here.  Be sure to take a moment to learn more about this important notification system.

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.


Last Week’s Question: Today is Arbor Day.  In Barnstable we celebrate Arbor Week.  Do you know why? For the first time in a while, we didn’t have any takers on this question.  The answer is Barnstable celebrates Arbor Week because of our seven villages.  When our now retired Tree Warden Charlie Genatossio first started with Barnstable, he suggested, and it was approved, that we would have Arbor Week to celebrate our seven villages on their own day.


This Week’s Question:  Who is Bismore Memorial Park named after? Please email your answer here.

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