Town Council Meeting

Prior to the start of the Town of Barnstable’s FY2018 Operating Budget Public Hearings at last night’s Town Council meeting, the Town Council moved the following items to the June 1st meeting: acceptance of a conservation restriction to be held by the Conservation Commission for 200 Communication Way, Barnstable, MA, Map 314, Parcel 038; two Community Preservation Funds items (a conservation restriction for 3.47 acres at 0 Church Street, Barnstable and restoration and preservation exterior and limited interior of the U.S. Custom House Carriage House located at 3353 Main Street (Route 6A), Barnstable); three appropriation and loan orders for temporary repairs to private roads (Crosby Circle in Osterville, Pine Ridge Road in Cotuit, and Woodland Avenue in Osterville); an appropriation and transfer order in the amount of $65,500 from Fiscal Year 2017 Public Works Department Personnel Budget to the Public Works Department Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget for the purpose of funding  Hyannis Youth and Community Center repairs; and a resolve to join the Cape Light Compact Joint Powers Entity (JPE) and to authorize the Town Manager to execute the Joint Powers Agreement of the Cape Light Compact. The Town Council also voted affirmatively on a resolve that the Town Council does not intend to take steps to disapprove the new Aquaculture license site for Scott Mullin (FLUPSY) approved by the Town Manager on May 4, 2017. 

The Town Council was able to go through the Airport, Schools, Police, Planning and Development and Community Services (which included five Enterprise Funds) Department budgets.  The Town Council voted to establish an enterprise fund for the Public, Education and Government (PEG) Access Channels prior to taking up that budget item.  The remaining budget items will be taken up at the Town Council’s next meeting on June 1st.


Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn Begins on Monday, May 22nd  

I am pleased to welcome our new Assistant Town Manager M. Andrew “Andy” Clyburn to the Town of Barnstable.  Andy was Captain at United States Coast Guard Joint Base Cape Cod and brings an exceptional leadership background to the Town.  He is a strategic leader with years of experience in senior administrative roles, responsible for all aspects of planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of large, complex, multi-stakeholder facilities.  I hope you will join me in welcoming Andy to his  position.


TONIGHT! Barnstable High School Senior Art Show:  ARTic Freeze
On Friday, May 19th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Guyer Barn (250 South Street) in Hyannis, BHS Art Students would like to invite the public to an Art Opening celebrating the creations and accomplishments of students from across many different artistic disciplines.  Additionally, there will be open gallery hours at the Guyer Barn on Saturday, May 20th through Wednesday, May 24 from 2:30-5:00 PM.  This exhibit is completely created and curated by the students and includes work from the fine arts, graphic design, ceramics, animation, film making, woodworking, and fashion design classes at BHS.  Visitors to this open and free show will have the opportunity to see an array of work spanning the artistic scope from portraits painted in il to a virtual reality installation.



On Saturday, May 20, 2017, the Barnstable Harbormaster will be conducting a sealed bid auction of surplus and abandoned vessels.  The auction will take place at the Marine and Environmental Affairs Office, 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville.  If needed, additional parking will be in the vacant lot across the street.  Viewing and bidding will open at 8:30 AM and close at 10:30 AM.  All bids will be awarded by 12:00 PM.  Persons awarded the winning bid will have until 3:30 PM on Saturday, May 20, 2017 (same day removal) to submit payment and have the item removed.  Failure to comply with either or both conditions will result in forfeiture of award.  Payment shall be made by either cash or check payable to “Town of Barnstable” for the amount of the winning bid at the site of the auction.  Any questions regarding the location, date, time or process should be directed to the Barnstable Harbormaster’s office at 508-790-6273.  Here is the list of items to be auctioned:  8 foot white fiberglass, tri-hull with black bottom paint; 10 foot tan fiberglass with blue bottom paint; 8 foot fiberglass, painted gray HIN: GTM7T183M78K; 8 foot white fiberglass, blue bottom paint, “H” painted on aft seat; 12 foot gray fiberglass HIN: MSZMT123D404; 8 foot white fiberglass with light blue interior; 8 foot white fiberglass with blue bottom HIN: TIJ70620E989; Sunfish hull with red deck;  Sunfish hull with yellow deck; Sunfish hull with gray deck; 8 foot white fiberglass with green bottom HIN: PAJ82230382 “Sandpiper” brand; 8 foot tan fiberglass with burgundy bottom HIN: OSPSP0101M79K; 6 foot gray plastic with yellow top; 8 foot white fiberglass HIN: WNPI0566K889 “Hyannisport” on stem; and 8 foot aluminum with MS3346HC.



Please join us for the Official Dedication for the Community Shade Structure donated to the Town of Barnstable from the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM at Dowses Beach, 348 East Bay Road, Osterville.  The dedication will take place before the Annual Piggy Trot Road Race. 
The race starts at 10:00 AM.  Parking will be at a premium.  An early arrival is recommended. The Mission of the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope is to carry on Glenna’s work to increase awareness of the Cape Cod community to the importance of early detection and prevention of melanoma and to support those fighting this deadly disease.  Their Vision is a world where melanoma takes no lives.  Over the past several years, Glenna’s Fund has provided lifeguard canopies at all Town of Barnstable beaches and sunscreen at those beaches for the general public.  The Community Shade Structures at Dowses and Craigville Beaches are a continuation of their efforts.




Barnstable Youth Commission Visits State House

Members of the Barnstable Youth Commission (BYC) visited the State House on Wednesday, May 17th.  After taking a tour of the State House, they were able to meet with Senator Julian Cyr, Representative Will Crocker and Representative Randy Hunt.  BYC members spoke passionately about issues important to them which included the opiate epidemic, teen dating violence, seasonal jobs and more. Representing the Youth Commission were Brendan Clark (Chair), Matt Hersey (Vice Chair), Michael Booth, Allianna DeBarros, Carrie Osborn, Lily Sethares, and Sean Smith.  The BYC was chaperoned by Leisure Services Director Patti Machado, Community Services Director Lynne Poyant, Channel 18 News Coordinator Sara Mannal and Channel 18 Intern Meghan Mamlock.  THANK YOU to Senator Cyr, Representative Crocker and Representative Hunt for taking time out of their busy schedules to talk about what is important to Barnstable’s Youth.



Watercolors by Ellen Moran on display at Barnstable Town Hall Now through    

July 14th, 2017

The "Art on Loan" program which displays the work of local artists on the meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall, currently features the works of painter Ellen Moran. Works on display in the Selectmen’s Conference Room and the Town Hall Hearing Room, located on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall, now showing through July 14th, 2017. Ellen Moran has made Cape Cod her home since 1973. After graduating with a BFA in Art Education from UMass Amherst, she taught art in the Falmouth Public Schools for 32 years and has been selling her creations for an even longer time. Her personal artistic expression, whether through calligraphy or watercolors, has often been inspired by the simple things in life and her love of the natural beauty of the Cape’s landscapes and people.  Ellen lives in West Barnstable with her husband Rick, a talented furniture maker, her son, Adam, and her black lab, Shadow. The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to display their work.  Visitors who use the meeting rooms will discover an inviting and attractive environment and have an opportunity to learn about some of the Cape’s local artists.  For more information on the program, email or call 508-862-4767




Memorial Day Activities in the Town of Barnstable

The Town of Barnstable’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29, 2017.  The parade will form at 9:30 am at the Centerville Library and kick off sharply at 10:00 am and proceed down Main Street to Monument Square for a brief program then up Old Stage Road to Beechwood Cemetery for the main program. This year’s Keynote Speaker, 1ST Lieutenant Glen Beasley served in Vietnam and Cambodia as a Combat Platoon Leader with the 2nd Bn. / 8th Calvary, First Cavalry Division.  The public is invited to bring pictures with them to the event of a family member, friend or acquaintance who has passed away and was a veteran.  The parade will not reform but streets will remain blocked to allow safe foot traffic back to the Library. 

JFK Memorial:  The John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee annual Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at approximately 12:15 p.m., Monday, May 29th, at the John F. Kennedy Memorial on Ocean Street (located next to Veterans Beach).  The annual Ceremony will celebrate the centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birth.  Assisting the John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee will be a group of Cub Scouts from Pack 54, the Barnstable Police Department Honor Guard and other special guests.  It is at this ceremony that the 2017 JFK Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship will be awarded to this year’s recipient, a 2017 Barnstable High School Graduate.  This year’s scholarship winner of $2,500 is Daniel Loiselle.  Three finalists were considered for the scholarship.  All finalists had incredible academic and extracurricular activity records.  These students are a wonderful tribute to our community and its school system.  All are welcome to attend.


Food Program “Food for Kids” at HYCC from June 26th through August 25th

Thanks to the efforts of Assistant Recreation Director John Gleason and Youth Center Manager Mark Boardley, Barnstable Recreation will be offering a food program called “Food for Kids” (Project Bread and with St. Mary's Church – Ruth Campbell) at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center from June 26th through August 25th.  The program will offer lunch from 12:15-1pm and a free snack from 3-3:30pm Monday-Friday.  We are thrilled to be bringing this program to Barnstable Youth during the summer months.

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.

Hyannis HyArts Artist shanties at Hyannis Harbor are Open! 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

If you are down on Ocean Street, be sure to stop by and say hello at the Bismore Park Welcome Center!



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.


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. 



The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Farm Hill Road, Harbor Hills Road, Mizzentop Road, Red Lily Pond Road and Soundview Road beginning on Monday, May 15, 2017. Improvements include street sweeping, drainage system repairs and new asphalt pavement surfaces. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, June 9, 2017, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during construction operations will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


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 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. 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.


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:  True or False? John F. Kennedy served as a U.S. Representative AND a U.S. Senator prior to being elected as our 35th President.

True!  John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected to serve in the U.S House of Representatives from Massachusetts’s 11th district from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1953; he  was elected to serve as United States Senator from Massachusetts from January 3, 1953 to December 22, 1960; and was elected to serve as the 35th President of the United States from January 20, 1961 until his untimely death on November 22, 1963.


This Week’s Question:   What John F. Kennedy quote surrounds the pool at the JFK Memorial on Ocean Street in Hyannis?