November 2nd Barnstable Town Council Meeting

Last night’s Town Council meeting included a presentation by Lorri Finton, Executive Director of the Barnstable Housing Authority. During Town Manager Mark Ells’ Town Manager Communications, Town Attorney Ruth Weil provided a summary of the ballot question regarding the act amending the Charter of the Town of Barnstable that will be voted on Tuesday, November 7th. Under Old Business, an item amending Chapter 240-16.1 of the Zoning Ordinance Multifamily Affordable Housing (MAH) Residential District was approved, an appropriation and transfer order in the amount of $30,000 from General Fund reserves to evaluate, design and permitting of a town pier in the Barnstable Harbor Area was also approved. Appointments to the Airport Commission and Disability Commission and a reappointment to the Zoning Board of Appeals were approved.  Under New Business, the acceptance of a grant in the amount of $59,014 from the Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Program to design Stormwater Beast Management Practice for the Three Bays Area was accepted.  Two items (2018-038 Fiscal Year 2018 Airport Enterprise Fund Operating Budget Reduction and Transfer from Reserves and 2018-039 Order Pursuant to Temporary Repairs to Private Roads Program regarding Waquoit Road in Cotuit, MA) were referred to public hearings on November 16th.   An item authorizing the Town Manager to execute a Regulatory Agreement between the Town of Barnstable and CapeBuilt Pleasant Street, LLC was introduced by Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins before the formal presentation by Atty. David Lawler and Robert Brennan of CapeBuilt Pleasant Street, LLC and his team.  The Town Council voted to postpone voting on the item until the next Town Council meeting.  The next Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 PM.


Important Election Information from Town Clerk Ann Quirk - November 7th Election

Town-wide voting for School Committee, Housing Authority, Town Clerk and two ballot questions.  Even numbered precincts will also include Town Council elections.  Polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM.  You have the opportunity to vote absentee until Monday, November 6th at NOON.  The Town Clerk’s Office will close at NOON to prepare for the next day’s election. If you have questions on the elections or your registration, please contact the Clerk’s office at 508-862-4044.

Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 5th.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back.


Cape Cod Five Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Route 132 Campus

Town Manager Mark Ells, Town Council Vice President James Crocker, Town Councilors John Flores and Paul Hebert and Planning & Development’s Economic Development Specialist Michael Trovato, as well as community leaders including state and local officials, joined Cape Cod Five’s Trustees, Corporators, Senior Officers and building partners on Tuesday, October 31st to officially break ground on its new bank campus in Hyannis.  The groundbreaking ceremony, which took place at the site on Route 132, marked the start of construction on the new campus, which is planned to be completed by mid-2019. “The commencement of this $45 million construction project marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Bank,” said Dorothy A. Savarese, President and CEO of Cape Cod Five. “This campus will help the Bank support all five parts of its community commitment through the provision of a new Banking Center, office space that will consolidate approximately 300 employees who are currently working in multiple administrative offices, a new environmentally sensitive 78,000 square foot building that is designed to be energy efficient, the first parking structure on Cape Cod, designed to minimize land development, and space for financial education and community activities.  Our goal is that it will be an economic generator, a community resource and a facility that will make the region proud.”  The project includes redeveloping the 8.64 acre Bank-owned property on Route 132 and Attucks Lane in Hyannis, which currently encompasses the former Ethan Allen furniture store and one of the Bank’s administrative offices, both of which will be demolished for the new building.  Speakers joining Ms. Savarese were John Chapman, Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Paul Niedzwiecki, Cape Cod Commission Executive Director; and Mark Ells, Barnstable Town Manager.  During her comments, Ms. Savarese thanked the Town of Barnstable for their collaborative efforts on the project especially Town Manager Ells, Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins and Economic Development Specialist Michael Trovato. 

National Geographic Names Barnstable One of the Top 10 Happiest Places to Live

Barnstable Town, Massachusetts was listed as #9 on the list!  “Situated on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the Town of Barnstable stretches between Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay.  It’s made up of seven idyllic villages, including Hyannis.” National Geographic bestselling author Dan Buettner and Gallup’s social scientists teamed up to develop an index that assesses measurable expressions of happiness.  Gallup senior scientist Dan Witters designed the study which establishes 15 metrics – from eating healthy and learning something new every day to civic engagement, financial security, vacation time, and even dental checkups.  The survey results are November’s National Geographic cover story.


A Sign of the Changing of the Seasons in the Town of Barnstable

Below is a picture of the docks being removed at the Barnstable Harbor Marina.

Public Health Division Influenza (FLU) Vaccination Clinics
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will hold one more Flu Clinic at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community Center (Route 28, Centerville) on Wednesday, November 8th from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM.  The clinic is open to Town residents only.  The fee is $3.00.  Consent forms will be available at the following locations:  Barnstable Public Health Division Office, 200 Main Street, Hyannis and the Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Hyannis.  For more information, call the Health Division at 508-862-4644.


Veterans’ Day Parade to be held on Friday, November 10th

This year’s Veterans’ Day Parade will take place on Friday, November 10th at 10:00 AM.  The parade will form next to the Town Hall Building, extending back to the Village Green.  The parade will step off promptly at 10:00 AM.  The parade will conclude at the Hyannis Village Green for the Annual Barnstable Soldiers Veterans’ Day Program.


Veterans’ Day – Saturday, November 11th – First Annual Veterans Town Hall

The First Annual Barnstable Veterans Town Hall will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall, 2nd Floor Hearing Room, Hyannis, MA  Ten Minute Testimonies of Twenty Combat Veterans: Veterans Tell the Community What It Felt Like to Go to War.  Please join this community event hosted by the Town of Barnstable and the Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center: an opportunity to listen respectfully and demonstrate your interest genuinely.  Solemn and non-political; no question and answer period; no debate on the merits or justifications of war; no recrimination or accusations.  This event’s concept was created by Sebastian Junger, Journalist, Author and Veterans Advocate and supported by Congressman Seth Moulton, former Marine and Iraq Veteran. 


An artistic celebration of time spent at the Sandy Neck Beach House Half Way Point with Betsy Payne Cook. Eight artists share their work on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through November 30th with artist reception November 15th

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.  The works of nine artists whose paintings and drawings are inspired by time spent out at Sandy Neck Beach are currently on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through November 30th, 2017.  The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Wednesday, November 15th, from 4:30 PM-6:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall. Works are on display in both the Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis. About the work:  Pastel painter Betsy Payne Cook has invited artists to display their artwork created at one of her instructional en plein painting workshops held at the House at the Halfway Point out at Sandy Neck Beach.  Participating artists include Karen Cheromcha, Betsy Payne Cook, Judie Garcia, Mary Lou Harwood, Doreen Kelly, Joan Lockhart, Claudia Needham, Liz St. Pierre and Gloria Warren.  The artist excursion program is offered in collaboration with the Cape Cod Art Association, the Town of Barnstable HyArts and Barnstable Village Cultural Districts and Sandy Neck Beach Park.   Celebrating time spent out at Sandy Neck Beach:  “Spending a day at Barnstable’s House at the Half Way point out at Sandy Neck Beach offers artists a special Cape Cod experience. Driving through the dunes to reach the back road along the marsh sparks the creative juices long before the destination is reached. The views of the marshes, the dunes, the expanse of sky offers a day of both solitude and camaraderie. Artists have traveled out in winter, spring and autumn with their palette of paints or pastels to capture the beauty to this landscape. The exhibit will feature a variety of styles that capture the personal expression of each artist; with a display of the neutrals of winter, the budding of spring greens and the brilliance of autumn in the dunes.”  ~Artist, Betsy Payne Cook

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 this program or the artist excursion program out at Sandy Neck Beach, email or call 508-862-4767. Program information available at:


Licensing Renewal Time
The following business licenses have a Filing Deadline for November 22, 2017:  All Alcohol/Beer & Wine; Amphibious Tours/Bus; Class I, II Auto Dealer; Common Victualler; Entertainment; and Lodging House.  Forms can be found online or at the Licensing Division Office, 200 Main Street, Hyannis.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact 508-862-4778 and we will be happy to assist you.


Barnstable Elderly & Disabled Taxation Aid Fund
The Barnstable Town Council has accepted Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 60, Section 3D which allows the Town to establish a fund to defray the real estate taxes of low income elderly and disabled persons.  Taxpayers contribute to the fund through a voluntary check off on their real estate tax bills.  The funds collected are distributed to needy individuals through an annual award process, which recipients need to meet eligibility requirements and complete and submit an application form.  Applications are available at the Barnstable Senior Center, on the Town of Barnstable website or call the Treasurer’s Office at 508-862-4656.  Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2017.  Awards will be announced by December 31, 2017 and applied directly to the applicant’s residential tax bill.


Town of Barnstable Releases Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department announces the release of two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The newly re-designed Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod. The Business Barnstable website ( provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’. Sections within this easily-navigable site include: “The Barnstable Advantage”; “Business Development and Permitting”; and “Business Assistance and Resources” and contain links to key resources at the Town, State and Federal levels.  The Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly printed reference publication to help small businesses looking to locate within Barnstable navigate through the municipal permitting, licensing and zoning process.  This interdepartmental collaboration answers many commonly asked questions when opening such businesses as retail, food establishments, service and office entities. It contains information about licensing, permits, regulatory review, and business certificates, as well as checklists and key contact information.  “These business resource tools are easy to navigate and offer pertinent information for anyone looking to do business in Barnstable, from the small ‘mom & pop’ shops to a corporate enterprise” said Mike Trovato, the Town’s Economic Development Specialist.  “While Hyannis is our commercial hub, there are areas in each of the seven villages of Barnstable that are unique from each other, offering a diversified palette of opportunities for business owners to choose from.” Under the direction of Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins, the Town is developing a progressive marketing plan with a goal to draw attention to Barnstable and its seven villages as a viable location for a number of different business models including the creative and blue economies, healthcare, financial services, light manufacturing, as well as tourism-based hospitality, retail and food establishments.  For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or

Inside Barnstable Town Government Winter Classes - Celebrating 25th Session

The twenty-fifth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The academy is an 11-week commitment with the goal of educating the citizens of Barnstable about the operations of town government, while also obtaining valuable feedback and participation from those citizens participating in the Academy. The program is designed to advance understanding of and participation in civic affairs as well as to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government. Inside Barnstable Town Government began in 2003 and is celebrating its 25th session. To date, over 700 Barnstable residents and employees have participated in the program.  The classes will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 PM and will be held in various locations throughout the Town.  The Academy also includes a bus tour of the seven villages.  The classes will be conducted by Town staff and provide interactive learning experiences, group discussions, and site tours.  The program is free of charge and open to anyone who resides or works in the Town of Barnstable.   Class size is limited.  Please register early to avoid the waiting list. Applications are available at the Town Manager’s Office, 367 Main Street, Hyannis or online at  To receive an application by mail or fax, please call 508-862-4610.  For specific information, you may call Academy facilitators Susan French at 508-362-2864 or Arthur Caiado at 508-221-0412.


First Time Home Buyers – Hyannis Home Buyer Assistance Program


road constructionROAD WORK

As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.

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

Hyannis Water Department continues their final pavement repairs for the ‘West Main Cleaning and Lining’ project starting Monday, November 6, 2017. 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.

SIDEWALK REPAIRS – Main Street, Pearl Street,
South Street and Ocean Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will be performing sidewalk repairs on Main Street, Pearl Street, South Street and Ocean Street in Hyannis began on Monday, October 23, 2017. The work is limited to the following sections of these streets:

Main Street: from Sea Street to Center Street and Old Colony Road

Pearl Street: from Main Street to South Street

South Street: From Pearl Street to Ocean Street

Ocean Street: from South Street to Nantucket Street
The work includes repair of failed curb and sidewalk sections, correction of tripping hazards in existing sidewalk areas, repair of broken tree grates, complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and improving aesthetics. Motorists and pedestrians may be redirected around the construction operations when necessary. Both motorists and pedestrians are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Construction operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM. Work is expected to be completed by November 30, 2017.
Road Surface Milling and Paving – Seaview Avenue, Osterville

The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Seaview Avenue in Osterville. Improvements included mill and pavement overlay of the existing roadway surfaces.   Work is expected began Tuesday, October 24th and be completed by Friday, November 10, 2017, weather permitting.  Line painting will begin Monday, November 6, 2017. Vehicle access during construction operations will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. 

*UPDATED* ROAD WORK: National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main

National Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Their scheduled work along Route 6A (from 2641 Main Street, Barnstable to 2701 Main Street, Barnstable) and Scudder’s Lane in Barnstable Village will begin in Friday, November 3,, 2017. Their fall schedule is expected to continue until snow begins. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road Continues

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues their roadway improvements for the “Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road” project. The project will include new drainage, new traffic signals, pedestrian improvements and new pavement. The majority of the work will be completed by December 1st. 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 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way Continues

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will continue their roadway improvements for the “Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way.” The project includes traffic signal and pedestrian improvements, constructing retaining walls and medians, and road widening. Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Specific traffic detours will be communicated as the work progresses and as updated information becomes available. The work hours will be between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.


Construction Projects:

Osterville Bay School Demolition

Demolition work continues at the Osterville Bay School.  The Town of Barnstable’s contractor is continuing hazardous materials removal of exterior elements of the building.  At the request of the Osterville Historical Museum, an ornamental element was saved from the building and will be delivered sometime next week.  The weather earlier this week hindered exterior operations.  Next week the contractor will begin to demolish the building.  As the building is torn down materials will be categorized, separated, and trucked off site.  Demolition work is expected to be completed in the middle of December.

Maintenance Dredging Project Barnstable Harbor Entrance Channel

The Town of Barnstable’s contractor is scheduled to commence maintenance dredging operations within the Barnstable Harbor Entrance Channel on or about November 1, 2017.  Work is permitted seven days per week, and hours of operation will vary depending on tide cycles.  The work is anticipated to be completed by the end of November or early December 2017, contingent upon weather and other factors. The project involves mechanically dredging an estimated 6,868 cubic yards of sediments from the existing 60-foot wide channel.  Dredged materials will be disposed offshore at the Cape Cod Bay Disposal Site.  This will clear the channel to a depth of 6 feet below mean low water with a tolerance of up to one foot deeper.  This will significantly improve navigational safety. The contractor will use a long-reach clamshell excavator mounted on a 30-foot wide barge with a scow.  The channel will remain open to commercial and recreational boats throughout the dredging project.  Boaters are urged to exercise caution when passing near the dredge rig.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Town Architect Mark Marinaccio has informed us that construction is underway at the Lombard site.  The public should be aware that there is limited access and parking for the West Barnstable Community Building, as well as no access to Luke’s Love Playground, the ball field or the Old Selectmen’s Building for the duration of the project.  The contractor has taken possession of a portion of the site by erecting a fence that cuts off the access road from the parking lot to the playground and Old Selectmen’s Building. In addition, DPW has begun restoration work on Lombard Avenue adjacent to the West Barnstable Community Building. Work is expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.


Adult Supportive Day Program at the Barnstable Senior Center

If you are a caregiver in need of respite, or a senior who may benefit from the Adult Supportive Day (ASD) Program, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we may meet your needs.  ASD offers the following:  assists elders in maintaining their independence and remain active while aging in place in the community; offers structured and stimulating activities in a safe environment, with a focus on socialization, cognitive skills and physical well-being; provides respite and peace of mind for caregivers and families; caregiver supports/referrals are available; and professional, caring and experienced staff.  For more information, call 508-862-4765 to schedule a tour and a Free Trial Day.

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 consists of five Town Councilors who interview applicants and make recommendations to the Town Council.  All Councilors then vote to appoint members at the Town Council 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 web page 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. 


Looking for a Job?  The Town of Barnstable is a Great Place to Work.

To see what positions are currently available, click here.   Apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and click the “Apply” link.  If this is the first time you are applying using the online job application, you 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. 


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

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.
Ways to help through national organizations are:
American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services for all religious backgrounds.


Last week’s question:  What is the name of the Town of Barnstable’s monthly newsletter? Bob from Hyannis was quick to respond it’s The Barnstable Bulletin!


This Week’s Question:  Where is the site of Old Stone Fort located?  Please email your Answer here.