May 22, 2015 Issue 2015-19


On Barnstable This Morning, I discussed my trip to Washington, D.C., and the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Candlelight Vigil event. My grandfather, John Francis Smith, was a Lynn police officer who died as a result of injuries received in the line of duty. He left a wife and nine children. Each year during National Police Week, the Fund adds names to the Memorial Wall of officers who died in the line of duty in the past year, as well as those that died in years before the Memorial was started. This year, the names of 114 law enforcement officers who died in the past year and over 200 from previous years were added to the Memorial. It was an honor to be a part of this event. Watch the interview: Town Website  YouTube


Local Issues Discussed in Washington, D.C.

While I was in Washington D.C. this week, my wife and I visited with Congressman William Keating. During our visit, I brought up several local issues, including winter disaster aid relief funding, the need for a customs officer to provide inspection services for large vessels visiting Hyannis Harbor, and sources of clean-up funding for the West Barnstable Shooting Range property. Bill was receptive to our issues and a gracious host.


Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget submitted to Town Council

The proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget is now in the hands of the Barnstable Town Council. A $177,554,990 operating budget is being proposed for Fiscal 2016. This figure includes General Fund, Enterprise Fund, and appropriations for the schools. The FY16 budget reflects a 3.9 percent increase over the previous year. Town Council read twenty-five Operating Budget appropriations into the record at Thursday Night’s meeting. Presentations and public hearings will begin at the June 4, 2015 Town Council meeting. Click here to view the Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget.


Community Preservation Committee (CPC) Approves Funding

The CPC on Monday evening approved funding for the purchase of 14 acres on Sandy Neck. Councilors Canedy and Wallace spoke in support of the item. This matter will have a first reading by the Town Council on June 4th. Also advancing to the Council agenda will be funding for lights at the new Little League field, restoration of the first floor stairwell area at Town Hall, and funding for Habitat for Humanity.


U.S. Court of Appeals: Cape Wind Decision

This week, we learned that the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the U.S. District Court’s dismissal of the lawsuit challenging Cape Wind’s contract with NStar (now Eversource) by the Town of Barnstable, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, and others. The reversal means the suit to prevent Cape Wind from selling its electric power to Eversource (NStar) can continue.


Town Council Meeting

At Thursday’s Town Council meeting, Councilors approved all capital requests for Barnstable Municipal Airport, completing work on the Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Improvements Plan. I appreciate the thoughtful questions and suggestions offered by Councilors during the debate on the Capital Improvement Plan over the past few meetings. I look forward to presenting the Town’s Fiscal Year2016 Operating Budget at the June 4th, 2015 Town Council meeting.


Operating Budget Summary Available for View

Finance Director Mark Milne has prepared an Operating Budget Summary. This 41 page summary, which provides an overview of our plan for the coming fiscal year, has been placed on our website for citizens to view. Click here to view the budget summary.


Range Issues Discussed

Dr. Richard Peddicord appeared before Barnstable Town Council this week to discuss the Barnstable Shooting Range Initial Assessment that he co-authored.  In a far reaching discussion, he addressed many thoughtful questions from Councilors. This is a complex issue as Councilors decide what uses to allow at the range, how to manage the lead at the site, and what the environmental costs might be. There are many options on the table. A decision on the land swap question was continued to October with workshops planned during the summer months. Click here to view the initial assessment.


Bismore Park Gateway Greeters

Visitors to Bismore Park and Hyannis Harbor will be greeted this summer by a new team of Town employees. The Gateway Greeters serve as a front-line representative of the Town of Barnstable, as one of the primary points of contact for the hundreds of visitors that arrive at Bismore Park on a daily basis during the busy summer season. The Greeters will support parking and visitor center operations by greeting the public, providing information, monitoring traffic and maintaining security.


Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center Progress

The construction work at Hyannis West Elementary School to construct the Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center is moving forward. This week, a crane is on site, lifting modular pieces into place one by one. Modular construction is an efficient and cost effective way of building. Barnstable Schools Facilities Director David Kanyock says that work is on schedule, and the school will be ready to open in the fall.



Veterans Honored at Intergenerational Breakfast

Memorial Day Weekend celebrations kicked off yesterday morning at the Barnstable Senior Center.  Mr. Enos’ American History Class at Barnstable High School spent time sharing stories with veterans during the Intergenerational Breakfast. The annual event provides a platform for elders and youth to share and learn from one another. This special ceremony honors our veterans as we head into the Memorial Day weekend.



Parade:  The Town of Barnstable’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 25, 2015.  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 will be 2nd Lieutenant  Anamaria D. Gaitan, assigned to the 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod Air Force Station, Sagamore, MA as a Space Operations Officer Crew Commander.  She was commissioned into the USAF in May 2013.   2nd Lieutenant Gaitan graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology/Pre-Med from Missouri University of Science and Technology.  The public is invited to bring with them to the event pictures of a veteran who has passed away, be it a family member, relative, friend or acquaintance.  The parade will not reform but streets will remain blocked to allow safe foot traffic back to the Library. 

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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 25th, at the John F. Kennedy Memorial on Ocean Street (located next to Veterans Beach).  The Ceremony will be assisted by 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 2015 JFK Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship will be awarded to this year’s recipient, a 2015 Barnstable High School Graduate.  This year’s scholarship winner of $2,500 is Dylan Campbell.  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.



Last week’s trivia question: Spring is in full swing: leaves are sprouting from trees, and blossoms are everywhere – soon our hydrangeas will be coming out and showing their summer colors.  We want to know: What PH level makes the blue hydrangea petals turn pink? So many of our green-thumbed e-news readers had responses to this one, and a good majority had the correct answer: In acid soil (<pH 7.0), the bloom clusters will be blue. You'll get pink flowers if you have alkaline soil (>pH 7.0), and white blooms if your soil has a neutral pH (pH 7.0).

This week’s trivia question:   What new website includes all things arts and culture in our town's seven villages? Email your answer here.  


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