Shooting Range Land Swap Approved

On Thursday night, Town Council approved a transfer of municipal land along Breed’s Hill Road and along Nye Road into the care and custody of Conservation, as a replacement for approximately 16 acres of land in the West Barnstable Conservation Area encompassing the shooting range.

In September 2013, the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services sent a letter to the Town’s Conservation division, stating that if the Town wishes to keep the range open, operation that is safe and in compliance with current best management practices may result in the loss of usable conservation land that is accessible to the public for passive recreation. Should this be the case, EA may require the Town to mitigate the loss by dedicating to conservation and passive recreational use land of equal or greater size and value.

The land swap must now be approved by the State legislature.

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation made to Town Council on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

Oyster Season Open

A large crowd donning waders and wielding rakes descended on Scudder Ave in Barnstable Village on Wednesday morning for the official opening of Barnstable’s recreational oyster season. Open areas include Bay Street in Osterville on the South side, and Scudder Lane in Barnstable on the North side. Remember, there is a half a peck per week limit. You must have a shellfishing license to harvest oysters. Licenses can be obtained at the Marine and Environmental Affairs department, 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville, across from Barnstable Police Headquarters.

Watch our Channel 18 segment on Oyster Opening Day: Town Website  YouTube

Early Voting Update

Election Day is on Tuesday, November 8, and even though that is still four days away, more than five thousand Barnstable residents have already cast ballots. The Town’s first-ever Early Voting was a huge success, with an average of 500 voters coming to Town Hall on a daily basis. By the end of the day on Thursday, 5,932 voters, or 17.48%, cast ballots.  Polls will be open in all thirteen precincts on Tuesday, November 8 from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Results of the election will be available several hours after the polls close.


Housing Production Plan Moving Forward

Barnstable’s Growth Management Department has completed preparation of the Housing Production Plan (HPP).  The Plan outlines a roadmap to a “vibrant, intergenerational community with diverse and attractive year-round choices.” The Plan was commissioned to help address the cost and availability of housing. The planning effort brought together perspectives from residents, business owners, employees, affordable housing advocates, and developers. Through a 10-month process, they set forth 18 recommendations to help the Town address local housing needs in ways that ensure protection of natural resources and support economic growth.  The HPP has been approved by the Planning Board.  Pending further discussion by Town Council, the next step is to submit the Plan to the Department of Housing and Economic Development.

Click here to view the Executive Summary              Click here to view the Plan


Barnstable Dog Park Update

Plans for a place for pups in Barnstable are moving forward. The Barnstable Dog Park will be built along Phinney’s Lane, near Hathaway’s pond. The project is being funded by the Stanton Foundation, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Foundation encourages positive dog/human relationships and provides grants to support the creation of enclosed dog parks in Massachusetts cities and towns.  Barnstable has applied for and received such a grant from the Stanton Foundation.  The Town of Barnstable has been working closely with the Committee for a Barnstable Dog Park to help in forming a first-class, no-fee dog park open to the public. You are invited to a public informational meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Selectmen’s Conference Room on the second floor of Town Hall, 367 Main Street in Hyannis. 





Hyannis Main Street Safe Trick or Treat


Thousands of costume-clad kids (and parents, too) headed to Main Street Hyannis on Monday afternoon for the annual Safe Trick-or-Treat. Main Street was closed to traffic from 4:00 until 6:00 PM and a good time was had by all!











Proposed Fee Increase Hearing

On Wednesday, November 9 at 1:30 in the afternoon, a public hearing on proposed fee changes will be held in the Town Hall hearing room.  Marine fee changes include modest increases for parking at Prince Cove, and transient and offload parking at Bismore Park. Golf fee changes include several increases in annual passes, driving range passes, and greens fees. Click here to view a detailed list of proposed fee changes.


View our “Barnstable This Morning” interview with Finance Director Mark Milne

YouTube  Town Website


Armory Proposal Received

One proposal has been received for the Armory, following the Request for Proposals that was issued several months ago. The proposal is now under review by our Chief Procurement Officer and we will make a recommendation as to how to proceed in the near future.


Renovations to Historic Buildings Underway

The Department of Public Works has recently completed renovations to the historic Old Jail and Carriage House / Blacksmiths Shop in Barnstable Village. The wooden shutters on the Old Jail were removed and re-painted. Window sashes were glazed and painted, along with trim. The wooden handicap ramp was power washed and wood preservative was applied. Entrance doors were sanded, prepped and painted. The Carriage House cupola was re-built and re-painted, the asphalt roof cleaned, and doors have been restored and painted.



Polling Location Change: Barnstable Precinct 11

Election Day is November 8, 2016. Barnstable Precinct 11 voters will vote in a different location this year. Voters will head to the polls at Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School, 2463 Main Street, West Barnstable. Barnstable Town Council approved the polling location change during the Thursday, October 6, 2016 meeting.



Centerville Osterville Marstons Mills Water Department Improvements

The Centerville Osterville Marstons Mills Water Department will be making necessary water system improvements on Route 149 near the intersection of Route 28 and Lovell’s Lane in Marstons Mills.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes or avoid the area as only one lane will be open. The project is underway, and it will continue through December. If you have any questions, please contact the Department at 508-428-6691.


Last week, we asked: By close of business Thursday, how many Barnstable residents had participated in early voting? The answer: 1,934 as of close of business last Thursday, October 27.

This Week’s Question:  Recreational oyster season opened this week in Barnstable. How large must an oyster be before it can be harvested? Email your answer here.

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