Memorial Day 2015

The Town of Barnstable marked Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, 2015 with the traditional Parade, held under beautiful sunny skies in Centerville. The Parade featured a stop at the Veterans Memorial and a ceremony at Beechwood Cemetery. View images from the day:


       More pictures can be found at our Town of Barnstable Facebook Page or online here.

Senior Managers Meeting

At our Senior Managers meeting this week, I reviewed the previous Town Council meeting, noting the completion of the Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Budget. We discussed Operating Budget presentations that will be made at the next Town Council meeting. Our department heads had much to report, demonstrating that Barnstable is a busy place! Barnstable Municipal Airport reported jetBlue will resume service to Barnstable on June 18th. The police department handled many calls over the Memorial Day Weekend with one serious drug related hostage incident which was resolved without serious injury. Business was brisk on Main Street and the HyArts Shanties at Bismore Park reported sales exceeded last year.


Summer at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

Expansion is underway at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. Last Friday, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells and I met with museum Executive Director John Allen for an update on several issues. He shared with us events for the 2015 season, including a special exhibit opening on June 9th, “Jack and Bobby: Brothers First”.  An active speaker series is scheduled, and plans are underway to commemorate the 55th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s president-elect acceptance speech, made at the Armory building in 1960.  Finally, we reviewed some repair issues at the museum that need to be addressed. For more information on summer programs and upcoming events, visit



Planning Barnstable’s Economic Future

Local economic development stakeholders met with Professor Barry Bluestone of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University this week to discuss the future of economic development in Barnstable. The goal of this week’s workshop was to provide a snapshot of the current economic picture in town through a self-assessment tool known as EDSAT. Stakeholders including the Hyannis Area  Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Commission, Coastal Community Capital, the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, commercial real estate brokers, Barnstable Economic Development Commission and town staff were present at the workshop. Data gathered on various aspects of Barnstable’s strengths and weaknesses including transportation, infrastructure, culture, and attractiveness was submitted to and discussed with Professor Bluestone.  The data will be analyzed and a final report will be presented to Barnstable in the coming weeks as guidance on where to focus our economic development efforts in attracting new business investment and growing existing business.


Pilot Pedicab Regulations Approved

Pedicabs will soon begin to operate in downtown Hyannis.  Last week, I held a public hearing on proposed new pilot regulations governing the licensing and operation of pedicabs. Consumer Affairs Supervisor Elizabeth Hartsgrove gave a presentation at the hearing, detailing the proposed regulations. Pedicabs will operate from 6:00 AM until 2:00 AM in a designated zone on and around Main Street, Hyannis. There is no set fee, instead, patrons will pay what they decide is appropriate. This one-year pilot program will allow us to determine if a pedicab transportation system is a good fit for downtown Hyannis.  I have approved the pilot regulations, which will be reviewed at the end of the calendar year. 


Taxi Cab Fare Increase

On Friday, May 22, 2015, I conducted a public hearing regarding a potential rate increase for taxicabs. The Town’s Department of Regulatory Services was requested by the taxi cab industry to review and consider a raise in current fares. The last fare adjustment occurred in 2006, and since then costs have increased. Negotiations with the industry and drivers resulted in a proposed increase in the fare for the first two-fifths of a mile from $2.50 to $3.00, and for each additional 1/5 of a mile, or fraction thereof, from $0.60 to $0.70. The waiting time charge will remain unchanged.  The proposal met with mostly positive reaction from the general public and taxi cab drivers. Town Taxi of Cape Cod, raised concerns about the rate hike, as we could soon see competition from other companies such as Uber. I approved the fare increase as presented.


Coming Soon:  Station House  Apartments

Local businessman David Dumont has proposed to redevelop property he owns at 30 Elm Street, Hyannis. He met with Growth Management Director JoAnne Miller Buntich, Town Attorney Ruth Weil and me to explore options for converting the building into nine one-bedroom units of market rate housing. He showed us a conceptual drawing, detailed layouts of each of the units, and his plans for tenant selection and management of the property. This is the site of the former police station so the development is appropriately called Station House Apartments. Our Housing Needs study cites the need for one-bedroom units. I indicated I would support forwarding a regulatory agreement to the Planning Board for their review. Following the action of that Board, the matter would go to the Town Council for final approval.


Senior Services Survey

In an effort to better serve the Town of Barnstable’s growing senior population, the Senior Center has randomly selected residents over age 50 to participate in a town-wide research project. The information gathered will help understand how the Town can plan and provide for the changing needs of our adult residents. This study is being conducted in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Boston. If selected, we hope you take a few minutes to fill out and return the survey.


Town Council June 4th Agenda Set

Tuesday, we met with the Town Council leadership to discuss the upcoming June 4th agenda. The June 4th meeting will be dedicated to debate on the Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget. Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti is hopeful the Council can get through all the department presentations in two meetings.  Finance Director Mark Milne and I will present a budget overview and the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee will be invited to offer remarks before the budget debate begins.


Click here to view the Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget.


Click here to view the budget summary.


Veterans Park Playground Open

Work is complete on the renovation of the Veterans Park Playground on Ocean Street.  While an official opening and ribbon-cutting is still to come, you can see that the playground is being enjoyed! This playground adds to the enhancements that have been made recently at Veterans Park, including new grills in the picnic area. It truly is a beautiful place for all to enjoy!




Bismore Park Gateway Greeters

Visitors to Bismore Park and Hyannis Harbor this weekend were greeted 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 are in place to support parking and visitor center operations by greeting the public, providing information, monitoring traffic and maintaining security. The Greeters had an extremely busy first weekend on the job.



Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report Available

Barnstable’s Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report is now available. With a theme of “Celebrating Our 375th Anniversary,” one will find reports from boards and commissions, election results, and financial information. A copy will be available at Town Hall, the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, the Barnstable Senior Center, and all our village libraries.






Traffic Alert: Best Buddies Bike Ride

The annual Best Buddies bicycle event takes place on Saturday. The 100-mile bike ride begins at the JFK Library in Boston, and finishes at Craigville Beach. Thousands of riders will be coming into town around mid-day. Motorists should expect delays and be aware of cyclists in the road. The parking lots for Craigville and Covell’s beach will be closed to the public on Saturday, May 30th. Both lots will be open again on Sunday, May 31st.


Road Work: Bumps River Road

The Department of Public Works will be milling and paving on Bumps River Road in Centerville and Osterville on Friday May 29th and Monday June 1st, 2015.  The milling and paving will be in various locations along Bumps River Road.  The asphalt will be installed on various sections of roadway on Monday, June 1stResidents should be aware of uneven pavement in various locations along Bumps River Road throughout the weekend.  Work hours will be from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Friday and Monday.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction area, and follow posted safety signs.




Last week’s trivia question: Last week, we asked: What new website includes all things arts and culture in our town's seven villages? Not one of our e-news readers got the answer right, but you all will know now that is the place to go for all things arts and culture in the Town of Barnstable!

This week’s trivia question:  What famous actress was discovered at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis while she was working as an usher?     Email your answer here.  


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

May 26-29, 2015


Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald recounted a busy Memorial Day weekend when he appeared on our Tuesday program. The Chief discussed a drug-related hostage situation, a stabbing, and a spike in calls for service.  We aired a special segment highlighting the Barnstable Recreation Family Baking Challenge.  Our Elected Official segment featured First Barnstable State Rep Tim Whelan, who discussed the importance of veteran’s issues, and an effort to enhance the protective custody law. Assistant Director of Public Works Rob Steen talked with us about repair work at the Osterville drawbridge.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015


We welcomed Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Jessica Sylver for Wednesday’s Business Barnstable segment. Jessica talked with us about the anticipated busy summer season and the always-fun Father’s Day Car Show, which will take place on Sunday, June 21st on Main Street, Hyannis.  The Barnstable Police Community Impact Unit joined us in-studio for an update on their efforts to keep the peace on Main Street. Finally, Director of Finance Mark Milne continued our discussion on the proposed Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget, focusing on enterprise accounts.


Thursday, May 28, 2015


Our weekly Golf segment is back! This week, we visited with Hyannis PGA Golf Pro Jesse Schectman, who gave us his top five reasons for golfing at Hyannis.  We paid a visit to West Barnstable Fire Chief Joe Maruca, who discussed his recent accreditation.  2nd Barnstable State Rep Brian Mannal talked with us about recent Beacon Hill action and local water protection efforts.  We continued our conversations with Barnstable Town Council, this week welcoming Precinct 6 Town Councilor Will Crocker.


Friday, May 29, 2015


Friday’s episode was jam-packed, starting with our weekly Arts & Culture segment. This week, Arts Correspondent Melissa Chartrand visited with artists Tessa D’Agustino and Tobai Leighton. Recreation Program Coordinator John Gleason talked with us about the Viva 5k taking place this weekend. Next, Barnstable Schools Facilities Director David Kanyock talked with us on the site of the under-construction Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center. HYCC General Manager Joe Izzo had a number of topics to cover, including the exciting Theatre on Ice coming to the HYCC in June. Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman provided a beach report, reviewed ORV rules and regulations, and reported that plovers, while nesting, are not yet causing any closures at the beach.