Barnstable This Morning

On this Monday’s “Barnstable This Morning”, host Sarah Colvin and I discussed the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget, which has been printed and delivered to the Town Council this week.  Next, I covered the Arbor Day Celebration with high school students at Barnstable High School’s Cobb Astro Park, the recent announcement of a proposed sports complex in Independence Park in Hyannis, and the successful community effort to save the Vernon Coleman paintings discovered during the construction of KKatie’s Burger Bar on Main Street in Hyannis.


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Barnstable Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week

May 1-7, 2016 is Public Service Recognition Week. There are so many ways in which government employees, at all levels of service, enhance the quality of life in our community. Every day, I have the opportunity to observe the extra efforts put forth by our Barnstable municipal employees to deliver so many services to our residents. We appreciate and value the service of our employees.


Fiscal 2017 Capital Improvement Plan

On Thursday night, the Town Council approved the final two projects included in the Fiscal 2017 Capital Improvement Program. The two remaining items, playground improvements and renovations at Lombard Field and the replacement of windows at the West Barnstable Community Building, finish up the list of projects. The Fiscal 2017 Capital Improvement plan totals $29,881,954. I appreciate the thoughtful questions from the Town Council and their support of all the projects presented. I also thank our Finance staff and other departments that spent the time to prepare and present these projects, which will benefit each of our villages.


Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget

On May 5th, 2016, the Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget was delivered to the Town Council and the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee. The first reading of the budget will take place at the Town Council meeting on May 19th. Debate begins on June 2, 2016. I anticipate delivering an overview of the budget to the Town Council at the May 19th meeting.


Town Manager Finalist Interviews Set for Saturday

A reminder to all interested citizens that the finalists for the Town Manager position will be interviewed in a public session this Saturday, May 7, 2016. The interviews begin at 10:00 AM in the Town Hall hearing room. The interviews will be televised on Channel 18. The candidates are former Sandusky, Ohio City Manager Nicole Ard; Hanover Town Manager Troy Clarkson; Westport Town Manager Timothy King; and Barnstable Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells.


Public Works to Update Software Infrastructure

Last night, Town Council approved an $8,500 transfer order to fund the purchase of SewerCAD, a software modeling system that will create a computerized map of the Town’s wastewater collection system. DPW staff will be trained and responsible for maintaining records and updates.  This will eliminate the need to hire additional consultant services for updates to the model.  The computer model can be used, for example, during Site Plan Review, to confirm if existing sewer infrastructure can handle additional wastewater flows. It will also be used to identify any additional infrastructure needed during future capital improvement planning. Council also approved a $65,000 transfer order that will fund the implementation of a new work order and asset management system program. 


Learn more: Watch this week’s Barnstable This Morning interview with Director of Public Works Dan Santos. Town Website   YouTube



Airport News: Centerville Pie to Celebrate Grand Opening & JetBlue Returns

JetBlue will return to Barnstable Municipal Airport for a third season. This year, the airline is extending its season, beginning May 12, 2016. One round-trip flight per day between JFK Airport in New York and Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis will be offered Thursday through Sunday until June 16, when daily service will begin. JetBlue will continue its service until Columbus Day in October. The first flight is set to arrive at 12:30 on Thursday, May 12, 2016. That same day, Centerville Pie will celebrate its grand opening at the Airport café. The popular purveyor of pies will offer its signature sweet and savory pies, along with a delicious selection of sandwiches and soups. We hear that travelers arriving in Hyannis aboard the first JetBlue flight of the season will be welcomed with some delicious pies! The public is invited to attend the grand opening. We hope to see you there!




Artist Shanties to Open at Bismore Park Next Friday!

On a rainy Tuesday morning, the seven brightly colored artist shanties were moved from their winter resting spot in the Armory parking lot to their summer home at Bismore Park. The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties will feature over 85 artists in 2016, rotating in and out of the shanties with photography, jewelry, painting, fiber arts, ceramics, mosaics, and much more. Come by to see new artists and familiar faces! Shanties will be open Friday through Sunday starting at 11:00 AM from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, June 19, 2016. The shanties will open seven days a week beginning on Monday, June 20, 2016. Visit for more information!



Fiscal 2015 Annual Report Available

The Annual Report covering activities for Fiscal Year 2015 is now available. The book covers the work of Town departments and divisions from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Copies are available at Town Hall, the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, the Barnstable Senior Center, and our village libraries. The report also contains useful information about our Town, a directory of departments and divisions, and contact information for our various elected officials. This year’s cover features a picture of a Snowy Owl on Sandy Neck, captured by Natural Resource Division Assistant Donna Bragg. Click here to view the report online..



Downtown Hyannis Parking Project: Open House Monday, May 16, 2016

The Growth Management Department is leading a study of parking in downtown Hyannis. The study, being done in cooperation with consultants Nelson\Nygaard, will produce a comprehensive approach to parking management, supply, and management in the downtown area. Residents, business owners, employees and all interested are invited to attend an open house to engage with Town and consultant staff members. The open house will take place at Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, in the Town Hall hearing room on the second floor. The open house will take place from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a formal presentation and introduction to the parking effort at 6pm. Please participate and provide feedback about parking opportunities and challenges in Hyannis, and share your thoughts on potential recommendations and solutions.

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Last weekk, we asked: In what state was Arbor Day first celebrated? The correct answer is: Nebraska! Gail N. wrote in with the correct answer. As always, we thank our many eNews readers who wrote in with their guesses.


This week’s question: While at a yard sale, I found an old manual from 1902 on the Hyannis Normal School. What is a Normal School? Email your answer here.  


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Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

May 2-6, 2016


Monday, May 2, 2016


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio to begin our week. Tom reviewed ongoing work on the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget, discussed a proposal that could bring a sports complex to Hyannis, and shared news that several murals painted by prolific local artist Vernon Coleman, discovered during the demolition and renovation  of the former Mayflower Restaurant, will be saved. Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill ButlerFelice Cohen talked with us about her new book, 90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet or More. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross had an update on plans to arm the College’s police force, and a preview of events leading up to this weekend’s Multi-Cultural Festival.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Barnstable Police Deputy Chief Matthew Sonnabend talked with us on Tuesday, with an update on the annual move of the artist shanties to Bismore Park, a successful National Drug Take-Back day last Saturday, and an arrest in a recent armed robbery on West Main Street in Hyannis.  Our Board Committee and Commission Roundup reviewed recent meetings of the Community Preservation Committee and the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick shared updated solar generation statistics and had an update on planned changes at the Barnstable Transfer Station. Director of Public Works Dan Santos talked with us about a move to a new work order system and the upcoming implementation of a computer-aided-design system for the Town’s sewer systems.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Wednesday’s program began with our Business Barnstable segment. Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce President Jessica Sylver joined us with a discussion on shopping local, business expansion, and changes in plans for the Chamber’s magazine. Director of Finance Mark Milne gave an overview of the Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget.  Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali had an update on the plastic bag ban that will go into effect this October. Our Marine and Environmental Affairs segment is now on Wednesday mornings.  This week, we welcomed Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman. Nina shared information about off-road stickers, the new beach curfew, and options for long-term erosion solutions.


Thursday, May 5, 2016


This week’s Community Profile segment featured the Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club. The group is hosting an exhibit of work at the Osterville Village Library. We paid a visit to Barnstable Municipal Airport to visit with Airport Manager Bud Breault. Bud shared information about JetBlue’s return, the opening of Centerville Pie, and plans to renovate one of the Airport’s runways.  State Representative Randy Hunt talked with us about the State budget.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti previewed the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, May 6, 2016


Our Arts and Culture segment took us to the Centerville Historical Museum to learn about Style Makers Month. Next, we talked with Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado about a slew of upcoming programs. Hyannis Youth and Community Center GM Joe Izzo previewed the upcoming mixed martial arts event, and tomorrow’s Mother’s Day Tea. Our Adoptable Pet Friday segment introduced us to a beautiful long-haired tortoise shell cat named Cookie, a fun little dog named Orkie, and a precocious kitten called Melody, all looking for their forever homes!