Barnstable This Morning

I joined “Barnstable This Morning” host Sarah Colvin on Monday’s program. We discussed the lease evaluation process for the Old Town Hall on Main Street, the Hyannis Business Improvement District Annual meeting, and an upcoming Board of Health Board meeting on the Public Health Division’s cease and desist order against the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod for distributing needles and syringes in Hyannis.  View the interview:  Town Website  YouTube


Update from Barnstable Public Schools

I met with Barnstable Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler on Monday. We discussed progress on the new playground at the Early Learning Center, pending health care plan issues, and the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents joint conference, being held in Hyannis this week. Several workshops on standardized testing, school safety, and school funding formulas, which Bill said would be of interest, are a part of the conference.



Board of Health Meeting

The Board of Health held a special meeting on Tuesday to address the merits of the cease and desist order issued by the Town Department of Public Health against the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. The AIDS Support Group is operating a needle exchange program on South Street in Hyannis. The cease and desist order was issued in September. The Board voted to endorse the merits of the order, but also voted unanimously to temporarily lift the cease and desist order for the period of one week. The Aids Support Group has been asked to seek support from the State Department of Public Health and from Barnstable Town Council. The Board of Health will take up the matter again once the week-long period has ended.


Election Results

The municipal election was held on Tuesday November 3, 2015. The Town Clerk’s office reports a 7.35% voter turnout. All odd-numbered Town Council seats were up for election, yet none were contested. Councilor-Elect John Flores of Barnstable Village will be replacing Councilor Ann Canedy in Precinct One. In the contested School Committee race, incumbents Christopher Joyce and Patrick Murphy were re-elected. Michael Judge will join them as the newest member of the School Committee. Voters re-elected Town Collector Maureen Niemi and Housing Authority members Hilary Greene and Deb Converse, all of whom were running unopposed.


State and Local Officials Tour HyArts Cultural District

State officials had a tour of the HyArts Cultural District on Thursday. Undersecretary for Economic Development Katie Stebbins and the Commonwealth’s Creative Economy Director Helena Fruscio visited the HyArts campus and Artist shanties. Clare O’Connor, in charge of Economic Development Initiatives for the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce also joined the tour. Led by Barnstable’s Arts & Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh and Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich, the tour included a visit to the artist-in-residence live/work space, Gallery ArTrio, and the Guyer Barn, as well as a walk to the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park.


CapeSpace Groundbreaking

Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich and Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato attended the kickoff event for CapeSpace at 100 Independence Drive in Hyannis on Wednesday afternoon.  Opening next spring, CapeSpace will provide space for small businesses, freelancers, mobile workers, visitors, or anyone who needs temporary business space. CapeSpace is Cape Cod's first full service co-work business center featuring private offices, semi-private workstations, a business lounge, meeting and training facilities, virtual offices, business services and amenities. CapeSpace is also the first commercial customer of CapeNet wi-fi. 




New Financial Overview Report Available

The Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) has prepared a Financial Overview Report for the current fiscal year, which began on July 1, 2015. Using the information from hundreds of pages of complex budget information, CFAC prepared a concise, easy to read Financial Overview Report.

In this well-organized brochure, one will find information on our government structure, property taxes, the fire and water districts, general fund resources and general fund budget, the capital budget, enterprise funds, public education budget, and other statistics. We thank CFAC for the work that went into preparing this booklet.  It is the intention of the committee to update this booklet each fiscal year.

 Click here to view the report online.



Oyster Season Begins with a Bang

Recreational shellfishing season is now open in the Town of Barnstable.  Two hundred recreational shellfishers flocked to Scudder’s Lane on Wednesday to take advantage of the plentiful oysters and gorgeous, warm day. Recreational oyster season opened on Wednesday, November 4. Recreational shellfish licenses are available at the Marine and Environmental Affairs Office. The limit this year is ½ peck per week, and shellfishing is open to residents on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Pictured at the right: Ted Ells, son of Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells, raked a bounty of clams at Bay Street on Wednesday.  Click here to view maps and information.




Town Council November 5th Meeting

The Town Council met this week and heard three presentations. The Housing Committee reported on the issues they have they been working on. Director of Public Works Dan Santos gave a snow and ice presentation. The major topics of the review were lessons learned from last winter, the standards of service citizens can expect based on the severity of the storm, and a review of management practices. Following his presentation, the Town Council voted to set aside $600,000 toward snow and ice removal for this coming winter. Director of Assessing Jeff Rudziak made his annual presentation on the allocation of the fiscal year tax levy, offering three tax classification options. These options will be voted on at the November 19th council meeting. 


View the Snow & Ice presentation:  Town Website You Tube


Finance Director Mark Milne explained the tax classification options during his interview on “Barnstable This Morning” this week. Watch the video: Town Website   YouTube



Barnstable DPW Increases Pay Rates for Snow & Ice Contractors

The Town of Barnstable is seeking experienced snow plow contractors with equipment from ¾ ton four-wheel drive trucks to ten wheelers, dump trucks, large trucks, skid steers and other equipment to assist during winter snow and ice operations.  Pay rates have been increased to match those paid by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. An early sign-on bonus is being offered to contractors who properly submit all required paperwork by November 15, 2015. Apply in person at the Town of Barnstable Highway Division office, 382 Falmouth Road, Hyannis MA 02601. Call Joe Marshall at 508-790-6330 for further information. Contractor information and an application can be found online, click here to view the paperwork. Drivers must be experienced and own their own equipment.


Community Development Block Grant Funds Now Available

The Town of Barnstable Growth Management Department (GMD) is the lead agency for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funds in amounts up to $25,000 are now available for façade improvements and $2,500 for sign improvements for commercial businesses located in downtown Hyannis in the designated program areas. Applicants are required to provide a one-to-one match, and property owner permission is necessary for tenants applying. Please visit for eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply. Please submit applications to the Growth Management Department, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. Department offices are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Applications will be accepted until 3:00 PM on November 16, 2015.


West Barnstable Shooting Range: Share Your Thoughts

Since December 11, 2012, the West Barnstable shooting range has been closed due to insurance issues. The closure brought to light a number of environmental and policy issues that must be rectified. Town Council has suggested we survey our citizens regarding the future of the West Barnstable shooting range. We are reaching out for a broader discussion on options at the facility.   A poll and a discussion topic have been posted online at We invite you to share your thoughts.


Click here to answer the poll   Click here to add your comments



Art on Loan: The Key Idea

Sometimes a key is just a key, but for Lenore Lyons, it represents so much more. “We tend to lock and unlock important things, and this activity highlights what is significant to us at different stages of life”, says Lenore.  For her, a key is universal: no matter where we live or how old we are, for the most part, we all have keys. She sees them as great connectors.   This is the foundation for The Key Idea™, a community art project facilitated by Lyons, that features key-inspired artwork created by people from age one through one hundred.  Participants are invited to select a key from a basket, draw and then write about what the key might open.  A portion of the Key Idea™ exhibit is on display in the Town Hall Hearing Room, now through December 31, 2015 as part of the “Art on Loan” program that displays the work of local artists on various meeting room walls of Barnstable Town Hall.


The Full Key Idea™ can be viewed at the Cotuit Center for the Arts through November 21, 2015, daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The CCftA is located at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit.



Last week, we asked: Election Day in the Town of Barnstable is on Tuesday, November 3rd. Candidates for School Committee, Housing Committee, and Town Council appear on the ballot. In what year did Barnstable change its form of government to Council-Manager, and how many Councilors were elected that year? Gloria Rudman knew “that 1989 was the election year. There were 18 councilors, 9 precincts. The actual start of the change in the form of government was January 1990.”


This week’s question: Who is the top employer in the Town of Barnstable? (Hint: You’ll find the answer in the new Financial Overview Report) Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

 November 2 – 6, 2015


Monday November 2, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in studio on Monday morning to discuss the JFK Hyannis Museum’s renewed lease of the Old Town Hall, the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District’s annual meeting, and a special Board of Health meeting to discuss issues surrounding a needle exchange in downtown Hyannis.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick shared data from a recent survey of Transfer Station users.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler talked with us about the Leadership Team meeting, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents joint conference, and a reminder for Tuesday’s election.   Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross talked with us about recruitment for the College’s new airframe and power plant maintenance program. 


Tuesday November 3, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us Tuesday about a successful and safe Halloween, and reviewed recent arrests in Town.  Next, we talked with Sturgis East Senior Katie Curran, who discussed her efforts to engage young people on a local and global level.  Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf discussed the issue of housing in our region.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos previewed the presentation on snow and ice he plans to give before Town Council this Thursday.


Wednesday November 4, 2015


Our Business Barnstable segment led off Wednesday’s program. Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross talked with us about a recent marketing trip she took to Australia and New Zealand.  We visited with Lee “Doc” Docherty who spoke about his UKSD youth soccer program.  Director of Veterans Services Ed Merigan shared information about license plate benefits for veterans.  Director of Finance Mark Milne reviewed the annual tax classification workshop.


Thursday November 5, 2015


Len Gobeil Sports began our Thursday show. This week, Len spoke with BHS Field Hockey Coach Ashley Bishop5th Barnstable State Representative Randy Hunt joined us next for an interesting discussion on a group that’s been assembled to examine the State’s criminal justice system.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti reviewed the Orders of the Day for the evening’s Town Council meeting. Finally, we headed to Sturgis Library to hear about the Movin’ and Groovin’ program.


Friday November 6, 2015


Our weekly Arts & Culture segment this week featured the Sturgis Theater. Next, we visited with Recreation Division Program Coordinator Mickie Davies, who outlined upcoming winter recreation programs. We hit the ice with Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo, who promoted the Try Hockey event taking place on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Marine and Environmental Affairs Division Assistant Harbormaster Jarrod Smoller talked with us about the removal of private aids to navigation, and the approaching dinghy removal deadline.


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