Town Council Meeting

At last night’s Town Council meeting, a presentation was made by Colonel Virginia Doonan, Lieutenant Colonel Pertone, Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Hippe, and other staff of Joint Base Cape Cod.  A proclamation in recognition of JFK’s Centennial Year was presented to John Allen, Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum.  The Town Manager’s report included Mark Ells’ budget message for the FY18 budget, Finance Director Mark Milne’s budget overview, DPW Director Dan Santos’ update on the Town’s Comprehensive Water Planning efforts and Risk and Property Management Director David Anthony,  along with Austin Brandt and Margaret Song of the Cape Light Compact,  provided an update on the Joint Powers Entity that will replace the Cape Light Compact.  Agenda items under Old Business included: appointments to boards, committees and commissions; order proposing that the Town Council petition the General Court for Legislation providing for certain Charter changes;  Amendments to the Administrative Code of the Town of Barnstable relating to the Community Services Department, the Regulatory Services Department and the Growth Management Department; Amendments to the Administrative Code of the Town of Barnstable Cable Television Advisory Committee; and Amendments to the Administrative Code of the Town of Barnstable to reflect the change of the department name from the Growth Management Department to the Planning and Development Department.  Under New Business, a gift worth $13,150 in the form of Community Shade Structures from the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope for Dowses Beach in Osterville and Craigville Beach in Centerville, and a gift in the amount of $3,397.77 from the Osterville Rotary Club for the Dowses Beach flag pole, flag,  and installation for a flag pole destroyed by a lightning strike were accepted.  A resolve for the acceptance of a conservation restriction to be held by the Conservation Commission for 200 Communication Way, Barnstable, MA was moved to the May 18, 2017 Meeting. A special shout out to the students from Lighthouse Charter School who were on hand for the entire Town Council meeting.


NRO Amy Croteau Named Massachusetts Shellfish Constable of the Year

At last night’s Town Council Meeting, Marine and Environmental Affairs’ Amy Croteau (one of our Natural Resource Officers (NRO) was named Massachusetts Shellfish Constable of the Year.  Paul Bagnall, President of the Massachusetts Shellfish Officers Association (MSOA) and Edgartown’s Shellfish Constable, was on hand to make the presentation.  Mr. Bagnall was joined by other MSOA members and a representative from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.  A number of members of the Marine and Environmental Affairs staff including Doug Kalweit, Natural Resources Supervisor, who previously won the award, were on hand to see Amy receive this recognition.  Congratulations, Amy!



Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Tasks Continue

We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY2018. The Town Council will begin their Public Hearings on May 18th. For information on our fiscal year budgets, please view the town’s Open Budget website.  The FY2018 Budget document may be viewed here.


Attorney General Maura Healey Visits Centerville Elementary School

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Attorney General Maura Healey visited Centerville Elementary School where she visited Mrs. Brunelle’s 3rd grade class and met with a group of Barnstable Public School (BPS) leaders (Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown, Assistant Superintendent Kristen Harmon, School Committee Chair Margeaux Weber,  and School Committee Member Pat Murphy as well as BPS staff), Barnstable Police Deputy Chief Matthew Sonnabend, Centerville Elementary School Principal Matt Scheufele, Brendan Clark and Michael Booth of the Barnstable Youth Commission, Beth Albert of the Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council,  for a roundtable discussion about the opioid crisis.  Attorney General Healey was joined on her visit by State Representative and Barnstable Town Councilor Will Crocker and Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe.  AG Healey’s Office recently reached a $700,000 settlement with CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.  Forty-one programs were given grants for substance abuse prevention and education.  Gina Hurley, BPS Director of Student Services, wrote the grant application that garnered BPS $19,778.




Barnstable’s Best Dog Contest

Congratulations to Romeo and his human William Murdoch of Centerville!  Romeo, a seven year old English Springer Spaniel, was voted Barnstable’s Best Dog for 2017.



Traffic Alert – Tour de Barnstable on Sunday, May 7th

The riding of the Tour de Barnstable is scheduled for this Sunday May 7th. The ride will leave from Aselton Park at 8:15 AM and pass through the seven villages of Barnstable. The organizers are expecting approximately 350 riders. This is an open course and there will be detail officers along the course to facilitate traffic flow. There will be only minor traffic delays along the route. A detailed version of the route can be found at\tour-de-barnstable.

Barnstable Number 2 in the Nation for Healthy Eating!
The Town of Barnstable was recently named Number 2 in the country for healthy eating by the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index! This report examines healthy eating across the nation, ranking 189 communities based on the question ‘Did you eat healthy all day yesterday?’ The research also explores the relationship between healthy eating and various chronic diseases - obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression and stress - finding those who ate healthy all day, the previous day,  had lower disease burden across all conditions than those who did not. This latest report suggests that an emphasis on healthy eating and sensible food policies could have a positive impact on lowering disease burden within communities nationwide. You can find more information here.

2017 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers Now on Sale at the HYCC
The Recreation Division 2017 Parking Permits are now available through walk-in process at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  Hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Sundays/Holidays.  A friendly reminder  that you will need your vehicle registration at the time of purchase.

Community Development Block Grant Program 2017 Action Plan Public Comments Accepted through May 12th
The Town of Barnstable is preparing the One Year Action Plan for CDBG program year (July 1, 2017– June 30, 2018) and has updated the Citizens Participation Plan.  Drafts of the plans became available on April 12, 2017 on the Town’s website and in the Growth Management Office, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. These plans serve as the planning and strategic documents for the Town’s CDBG Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Estimated funding for this program year is $274,347, plus any carryover. The Town is seeking public input on the draft Action Plan, which outlines funding priorities for the upcoming program year.  Funding levels are estimated and subject to change. Comments on these documents may be submitted in writing to: Kathleen Girouard, Growth Management Department, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601 or by email: with “CDBG Comments” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted through May 12, 2017 and included in the final plans submitted to HUD. 


Hyannis HyArts Artist shanties at Hyannis Harbor- open Friday May 5th;  AND ArtFULL happenings

There are plenty of ways to have an art-FULL day in the Town of Barnstable's two state designated Cultural Districts, Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village and in all seven villages in Town!  Of course, as you know, the amount of activities grows exponentially this time of year.  Here is a snapshot of the 2017 music, theater, festivals and on-going art programs scheduled over the next several months in both the Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village Cultural Districts.


·         Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park are opening May 5th for weekends and mid-June for full weeks!         

·         Shanties open for weekends the FIRST weekend in May, Friday May 5th at 11:00am, begin FULL WEEKS as of Monday, June 12th, 2017.

·         Bismore Park 'Discover Barnstable' Outreach program: free fun interactive talks and activities each week. 

·         ‘Discover Barnstable', Bismore Park, 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis. Free of charge, handicapped accessible.

·         July 10th through August 24th:  Mondays, 10:30 am - 11:30am; Thursdays, 4:30pm -5:30pm.

·         More music-longer shows, more days!  Music abounds downtown:   Outdoor venues include:  Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Main Street and in Barnstable Village on the Courthouse Stage.

·         More music at the Bismore Park Hyannis Hyarts Artist Shanties:  In addition to the popular Singer-Songwriter Sessions on Saturdays -now more music on Thursday evenings and during lunch time on Fridays.  Live Lunch on Fridays, 11:30 am -1:30pm; Thursdays and Saturdays, 6:00pm -7:30pm. 

·         Main Street, Hyannis is adding a Singer Songwriter series along the street  -  look for the announcement for Monday Music Melodies!

·         New on the Hyannis HyArts Campus, corner of Pearl and South Street, Hyannis:  Studio 46 features six artists sharing work space for the summer; Gallery Artrio is hosting many artist receptions, as well as a special JFK exhibit,  as a part of the birthday centennial celebrations around town; and New Classics Company, theater-in-residence at Guyer Barn, returns for another season with original plays and Improv.

·         Hyannis Village Green -Get your dose of healthy Green(s)!  Hyannis Main Street BID sponsors programs on the Town Green several days a week-from Tai-Chi and Yoga to Movies and Music.  New to the line-up - Move and Groove Saturdays! Shake and Sparkle in the sun with cardio fit dance and last session is with hula hoops.

Our ArtsBarnstable website and FB and Instagram feature all seven villages and links to the two cultural districts and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.  



The Bismore Park Welcome Center Open for the Season

The Bismore Park Welcome Center officially opened for the season on Friday, April 28th.  Over 50 people visited the Center during its first day of operations. Please feel free to stop by and say hello!


More Signs of Spring

Work has been underway at Joshua’s Pond and the Cape Cod Disc Golf Club did a spring clean-up at Burgess Park.  Check it out!


Are you interested in the Bids and Request for Proposals (RFPs) the Town of Barnstable puts out?
You will find all the Invitations for Bid and RFPs for the Town that are currently available to the public here.

Town of Barnstable begins new Food Waste Collection/Composting Program

at Marstons Mills Transfer Station and Recycling Center

The Office of the Town Manager and the Department of Public Works is pleased to announce the start of a new Food Waste Collection/Composting program at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center, 45 Flint St., Marstons Mills.  The goal of the program is to reduce the amount of food waste that gets thrown away with the trash, thereby reducing trash disposal costs for Transfer Station customers. According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), as much as 25% of household trash is food waste that could be diverted from landfills and incinerators, and composted. Residents with a current Trash Disposal or Recycling Only sticker may now drop off their household kitchen scraps and food waste for composting at no additional cost. The collection barrels are located in one of the sheds used to contain recycled materials. The Town is partnering with Watts Family Farms, located in Forestdale, which will pick up the kitchen waste on a weekly basis, transporting it to their facility, where it will be turned into high quality compost.  Residents are advised that while most kitchen scraps may be composted, including meat and bones, and paper towels and napkins, such items as kitty litter, plastics, cardboard, and Styrofoam are excluded, and may not be disposed of for composting. The Barnstable Food Waste Composting program is, in part, being funding through a grant from MassDEP.


Rabies Vaccine Distribution
The Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccination Program will again distribute rabies/vaccine bait packets in an effort to reduce rabies in wildlife. If you find a vaccine/bait packet, use a towel or gloves to pick it up and throw it into the woods where children and pets will not find it. If no suitable place is available, you can dispose of the bait in the trash. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the vaccine/bait package. If your pet has eaten or had contact with a bait, it is not harmful to them, but please report the contact to the Cape Cod Rabies Program Coordinator Brian Bjorklund at (508) 476-2956. Staff will use that information to educate those distributing baits that their baits may not have made it to their target destination. Rabies is present in wildlife in all areas of Southeastern Massachusetts. Do not handle wildlife. Also, make sure your cats, dogs and other pets have received their rabies vaccinations. For more information on the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccination program, call (508) 476-2956 or visit the project website.


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. 


ROAD WORK: 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.


ROAD WORK: West Main Street (between the West End Rotary and LaFrance Avenue)

Hyannis Water Department continues their water main improvements for the ‘West Main Cleaning and Lining’ project as scheduled. Their work will continue through June 15th. Temporary lane restrictions at times are probable.  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 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes, and follow posted safety signs.


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 6:30 AM 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.


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.


Last week’s question:  The Cash Market in Marstons Mills starred as “Wiggins Market” in what 1986 movie?   Donna-Marie Burns had the correct answer -

The Marstons Mills Cash Market starred as “Wiggins Market” in the 1986 movie “Where Are the Children?”. The movie was based on the Mary Higgins Clark novel by the same name.


This Week’s Question:   This year marks what would have been John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s 100th birthday.  For the month of May, we will ask JFK centric questions.  What year did the Kennedy Family start coming to Hyannis Port for their summer home?