A beautiful fall morning on Sandy Neck Beach Park.

Photo courtesy of Donna Bragg, Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Manager


Unofficial Election Results from November 6, 2018
The Town of Barnstable saw 65.21% of its 33,865 registered voters turn out for the Tuesday, November 6th Election.  The unofficial election results are as follows: Senator in CongressElizabeth A. Warren (10,737), Geoff Diehl (10,445), Shiva Ayyadurai (658), Write-in Votes (17); Governor-Lt. GovernorBaker and Polito (16,320), Gonzalez and Palfrey (5,108), Write-in Votes (83); Attorney GeneralMaura Healey (12,661), James R. McMahon, III (9,098), Write-in Votes (12); Secretary of StateWilliam F. Galvin (13,560), Anthony M. Amore (7,440), Juan G. Sanchez Jr. (547), Write-in Votes (9); TreasurerDeborah M. Goldberg (12,157), Keiko M. Orrall (8,563), Jamie M. Guerin (565), Write-in Votes (17); AuditorSuzanne M. Bump (10,915), Helen Brady (9,111), Daniel Fishman (724), Edward J. Stamas (402), Write-in Votes (11); Rep in CongressBill Keating (12,460), Peter D. Tedeschi (9,326) Write-in Votes (8); CouncillorJoseph C. Ferreira (11,059), Thomas F. Keyes (10,117), Write-in Votes (16); Sen in General CourtJulian Andre Cyr (11,581), John G. Flores (10,031), Write-in Votes (11); Rep in Gen Ct 1st BarnTimothy R. Whelan (1,174), Steven Leibowitz (915); Write-in Votes (0); Rep in Gen Ct 2nd BarnWilliam L. Crocker, Jr. (8,122), Paul J. Cusack (7,565), Write-in Votes (12); Rep in Gen Ct 5th BarnRandy Hunt (2,260), Jack Stanton (1,579), Write-in Votes (2); District AttorneyMichael D. O’Keefe (16,757), Write-in votes (410); Clerk of CourtsScott W. Nickerson (16,559), Write-in Votes (303); Register of DeedsJohn F. Meade (16,568), Write-in Votes (295); County CommissionerLeo G. Cakounes (11,124), Ronald J. Bergstrom (9,726), Write-in Votes (22); Assembly Delegate Patrick M. Princi (15,258), Write-in Votes (148); Question 1 – Yes (6,455), No (15,237) {would make no change in current laws relative to patient-to-nurse limits}; Question 2 – Yes (14,232) {would create a citizens commission to advance an amendment to the United States Constitution to limit the influence of money in elections and establish that corporations do not have the same rights as human beings}, No (7,145); Question 3Yes (13,472) {would keep in place the current law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation}, No (8,113).
Currently the numbers are changing due to ballots being rejected by the voting machines (perhaps someone over voted or there was a stray mark on the ballot, or a tear in the ballot) all of those ballots needed to be hand read, also we have to include those ballots that are still coming to us from our United States Citizens living or working overseas (UOCAVA ballots).


Veterans Day Activities in the Town of Barnstable
Veterans’ Day Parade to be held on Sunday, November 11th

This year’s Veterans’ Day Parade will take place on Sunday, November 11th at 10:00 AM.  The parade will form next to the Town Hall Building, extending back to the Village Green.  Volley by Yarmouth Minutemen at 9:58 AM. 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. This year’s keynote speaker is Second Lieutenant David R. Morris.  Second Lieutenant Morris is a Space Operations Officer at the 6th Space Warning Squadron based at Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts. He currently serves as a crew commander, conducting radar operations in support of US missile warning and space surveillance capabilities.  Lieutenant Morris was born in England and hails from South Windsor, Connecticut. He is a third-generation military officer, having received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in June of 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His off-duty hobbies include aviation, rifle and pistol shooting, and baseball. He currently resides in Bourne, Massachusetts.

Veterans’ Day – Sunday, November 11th – Second Annual Veterans Town Hall

The Second Annual Barnstable Veterans Town Hall will be held on Sunday, November 11th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall, 2nd Floor Hearing Room, Hyannis, MA -  Ten Minute Testimonies of 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.  This is a solemn and non-political event. There is 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. 

Hyannis Youth & Community Center Veterans Day Skate

Annual Turkey Shoot at HYCC on Saturday, November 10th


Recycling Survey from Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works

Please help the Department of Public Works to better serve the solid waste disposal and recycling needs of our community by taking a very brief online survey.  You can access the survey by entering the following link into your computer browser. The survey will be open through November 15, 2018.

Transfer Station Hours of Operation
Sunday, November 11, 2018 and Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division will be closed Sunday, November 11, 2018 in observance of Veteran’s Day. Trash and recycling services will resume on a normal schedule Monday, November 12, 2018.  The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division will be closed Thursday, November 22, 2018 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Trash and recycling services will resume on a normal schedule Friday, November 23, 2018.  For questions, call P.J. Kelliher at 508-420-2258.

Town Manager Held Public Hearing for Calendar Year Fees on November 8th
Town Manager Mark Ells with Finance Director Mark Milne held a public hearing on changes to various, permits and program fees that will take effect January 1, 2019 for FY 2019 within the Town of Barnstable on November 8th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the New Town Hall Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.  The proposed fee changes for Recreation, Senior Services, and Marine & Environmental Affairs can be viewed here.  Mr. Ells expects to make a determination about the proposed fees by Friday, November 16, 2018.

Barnstable Public Health Division Flu Clinics
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division is pleased to announce that there will be one more influenza vaccination clinics open to Barnstable residents as follows:
               Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
at Hyannis Youth & Community  Center, 141 Bassett Lane Hyannis, in the front lobby.
Consent forms will be available at the Public Health Division Office and at the Senior Center. 
The fee is $3.00.


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, 2018.  Awards will be announced by December 31, 2018 and applied directly to the applicant’s residential tax bill.

Time to Renew Your Burglar Alarm Registration with the Barnstable Police Dept.
All burglar alarm registrations within the Town of Barnstable will expire on December 31, 2018.   If you are an Alarm User, commercial or residential, monitored or non-monitored, you need to renew your Alarm Registration and get your 2019/2020 decal.  Please complete a 2019/2020 Alarm Registration renewal form and submit with a $25.00 registration fee.  Renewal forms are available at the Barnstable Police Department or online at www.barnstablepolice.com.  Please renew by the expiration date (12/31/2018) to avoid costly late fees and unregistered alarm fines.  If you have any questions regarding the renewal please call 508-778-3824.  Please familiarize yourself with the regulations by visiting our website.  Thank you for your continued assistance and diligence in reducing false alarms in our Town!  

Town of Barnstable Staff Goes Through Chainsaw Safety Training
This week, Department of Public Works, Natural Resources and Sandy Neck staff took part in a two-day chainsaw safety training course at Mosswood Cemetery. Staff learned various techniques regarding safe and controlled tree felling, chainsaw maintenance and safety, and more. Staff will return for additional training involving storm damage chainsaw use later this month.

Pictured from Left to Right:  Natural Resource Officer Devon Harrington, Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Manager Donna Bragg, and Natural Resource Officers Sean Kortis and Christopher Nappi. Not pictured DPW’s Mike Hall, Mike Elskamp, and Sonny Fountain.


New Restaurant Startup Guide for Barnstable

Opening a restaurant can be a complicated undertaking that includes various permits, licenses and inspections. It can take multiple steps from ‘soup to nuts’ before an owner/chef can open the doors and welcome hungry diners. To help new or relocating restauranteurs navigate the ins and outs of required permits and inspections, the Town of Barnstable has developed its own Restaurant Startup Guide. “Restaurants are one of the harder businesses to get off the ground because they require multiple regulatory agency approvals. From Alcohol to Zoning and everything in between, an applicant needs these approvals to ensure public safety,” according to Barnstable Building Commissioner Brian Florence. With numerous food service establishments located in Barnstable — and more opening all the time — this new Restaurant Startup Guide is designed to help simplify the process for restaurant owners. The brochure is colorfully designed and laid out in a step-by-step fashion to assist the user. Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato expands on the need for this guide: “Our goal is that this new permitting guide, specifically designed for entrepreneurs looking to open a food service establishment in Barnstable, will serve as an effective planning tool for people who have great culinary ideas and need guidance on how to make their vision a reality.” Copies of the guide will be distributed to the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) and the village business associations, as well as local commercial real estate brokers. It will also be available at Town Hall and the Town’s Regulatory Offices located at 200 Main St, Hyannis. The guide is also downloadable on the Town’s economic development website BusinessBarnstable.com for anyone who wishes to access it. The guide will also be made available in Spanish and Portuguese.  For more information about this program, contact Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato at 508-862-4791 or michael.trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us.





Parking Management continues efforts towards identifying opportunities within public parking areas to creatively improve quality of life for our residents and guests while supporting the economic vitality of our community. To support and accommodate our residents, public parking rates and times have adjusted to the following rates:


Barnstable Senior Center Introduces New Evening Programming
Fall is a mellow, cozy interval and a great time of year to indulge in some special time for yourself with any of the BSC’s educational, recreational or health and fitness and social opportunities for adults of all ages. Not able to take advantage of daytime offerings? We now have evening hours!  Learn to play the tin whistle, craft a gorgeous boxwood tree for the holidays (day or evening session), or dance your way to better health.  Get sewing or painting, learn French or Spanish, or improve your computer skills.  The entire array of offerings is online at http://www.townofbarnstable.us/SeniorServices.   Or pick up a print copy of the October/November Compass at the BSC, town libraries and other locations for a complete list of enrichment resources as well as fee and registration information.


Recycling Changes for Barnstable Transfer Station & Recycling Center

Over the past year, there have been significant changes to the global recycling market. The major outlets for U.S. recyclables have overhauled their regulations and increased their enforcement, with some outlets shutting down. This has created stricter standards in the acceptance of recyclables. Due to these changes, the Solid Waste Division has adjusted its operation and changing the process on how recyclables are accepted at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center.  Beginning October 1, 2018, all recyclables disposed of at the Recycling Center need to be separated into designated containers for cardboard, plastics, mixed paper, metal cans and glass. Sticker holders are responsible for separating their recyclable items and disposing of them into the respective containers. To aid in the transition from single stream to separation, there will continue to be two (2) containers for single stream recycling. These two containers will only be available until November 30th to allow sticker holders to adjust to the recycling changes. We will be installing updated signs and will have increased personnel in the Recycle Center to help with any questions and concerns.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and assistance in transitioning from the single stream to source separated waste management system.

Inside Barnstable Town Government Winter Classes

26th Session Now Accepting Applications

The twenty-sixth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 29, 2019. 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. 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 of the Town of Barnstable.  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 here.  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.


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

*NEW* Roadway Improvements – Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will be making drainage structure repairs on Phinney’s Lane in Hyannis during the week of November 12, 2018.  The work will involve resetting steel frames and covers within the roadway that have settled over time. The covers will be adjusted back to the correct roadway elevation, be cemented into place and then the pavement will be patched around them to provide a smooth driving surface. Work is expected to be completed by Wednesday, November 21, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during this work may be restricted to one lane at times.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways.

*NEW* SNEP Grant Stormwater - Cordwood Landing, Cotuit

SumCo will start construction at Cordwood Landing (Cordwood Road) site in Cotuit on Monday, November 12th as follows:  Mobilization and site survey/setup. Installation of MassDEP File # sign.  Installation of tree protection as identified on plans; Tuesday, November 13th - Compost sock delivery and installation.  Clearing of permitted areas after erosion control device installation; Wednesday, November 14th - Commence excavation work.  Construction at Cordwood is expected to be completed in December with construction at Prince Cove, Marstons Mills then starting in December.

*NEW* Sewer Camera Inspections Route 6A, Barnstable

As part of the Water Pollution Control Division’s on-going sewer inspection program, the Town’s consultant will be conducting camera inspections of the existing sewer system on Route 6A.  This work will be performed from Tuesday, November 13th to Friday, November 16th. Police details will direct motorists around the inspection crews.  Motorists can expect altered traffic patterns and minor delays during the inspection period.

*CONTINUES* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

The Department of Public Utilities has shut down all National Grid projects until further notice.  We will update as information becomes available.

*CONTINUES* 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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

*UPDATED* Utility Pole Relocations along Route 149 in Marstons Mills

During Fall 2018, Verizon will be installing new utility poles in some locations along Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell’s Lane, as well as on Main Street between Route 149 and the former elementary school.  After the new poles are installed, Eversource and Verizon will relocate their overhead lines to the new poles and remove the old poles.  This work is in preparation for the Town project to improve these sections of roadway.  DPW will announce the road construction start date when it is determined.  The utility pole relocations are not expected to interfere with traffic, although temporary lane closures with police details might be necessary in some locations.

*CONTINUES* Sewer Work- Attucks Lane, Hyannis

Sewer work along Attucks Lane, Hyannis associated with the future Cape Cod Five Headquarters began in September and continue through the fall.  The sewer work will involve the installation of approximately 1,300 LF of sewer force main and approximately 650 LF of gravity sewer along the western portion of Attucks Lane.  Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid construction work. 

*CONTINUES* Sidewalk Repairs on Route 6A and on Route 132
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has notified the Town of upcoming sidewalk repairs on Route 6A (Main Street) between #2760 & #2772, and on Route 132 (Iyannough Road) near the Park & Ride lot at #2145.  The work began on Monday, November 5, 2018 and was scheduled to be completed on Thursday, November 8, 2018, weather permitting.  Traffic during construction operations may be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  The work hours will be 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

*CONTINUES* Water Works Construction on Main Street in Hyannis

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works’ Water Supply Division is continuing a water works construction project that will improve the water quality and fire flows for customers of the Hyannis Water System in the Main Street area.  This project will clean and line approximately 1,700 feet of 12-inch water main on Main Street from the Barnstable Road intersection to School Street. Included in the project are the replacement of valves, fire hydrants and customer water services up to the property line. A temporary water bypass system is installed to maintain a continuous supply of water during this project. The major work is anticipated to be done this fall and final paving to be completed in the spring of 2019. For questions relative to this project call Michael Gorenstein, Project Manager, at (508) 775-0063.

*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements – Smith Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will continue roadway improvements on Smith Street in Hyannis. Remaining improvements include paving of sidewalks and driveway aprons, line striping and site restoration. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 16, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during this work will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways.

*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements – Airport Road, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will be making minor pavement repairs on Airport Road at the intersection with Rt. 132 in Hyannis during the week of November 12, 2018.  Work will include milling and paving a 100 ft long section of Airport Road where it meets Rt. 132. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 16, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during this work will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways. *UPDATED* Roadway Improvements – West Main Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will be making pavement repairs on West Main Street in Hyannis during the week of November 19, 2018.  Work will include removing failed cobblestone median strips and replacing them with hot mix asphalt pavement to match the existing roadway elevations. Work is expected to be completed by Wednesday, November 21, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during this work may be restricted to one lane at times.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways.



Dredging of Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel and Western Tip of Sampson’s Island

The Department of Public Works, in collaboration with Three Bays Preservation, Massachusetts Audubon, and Barnstable County, began operations for the dredging of the Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel and the western tip of Sampson’s Island  the week of November 5, 2018.  This phase of the project will widen the existing channel by approximately 130’ and the dredged material will be utilized for beach nourishment purposes on the southern side of the eastern end of the island (Dead Neck Beach) and for a habitat enhancement area.  Weather pending, dredging operations will be on-going, Monday through Saturday from 7 AM to 5 PM until completion of this phase of the project.  Dredging operations will be completed by January 15, 2019.  Boaters should use caution while navigating the waters around the dredging operation.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Playground fencing and landscaping is being installed.  The site contractor is working with the landscaper to install trees and asphalt sidewalks.  Work to complete the ball field is underway.  The stone dust track along the outside edge of the ball field is being installed to be followed by the infield and fence.   The new entrance off of Meetinghouse Way is open to traffic.  The ballfield, site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love playground are expected to be completed in 2018.

Barnstable Dog Park

The dog park is open.  The three remaining Dog fountains are on order and are expected to arrive in three weeks.  Temporary water faucets have been installed.


Friendly Reminder from Animal Control

Dogs must be on a leash at all times.  The leash must be in the hand of the person with the dog.  Officers may ask to see the dog’s license tag which by law must be on the dog’s collar.  Violators may receive a written citation.  We hope you and your dog enjoy your visit but please be considerate of others during your stay.  And don’t forget that you must pick up and properly dispose of any waste left by your dog.


Personal Flotation Devices Must Be Worn From September 15th through May 15th

A friendly reminder from Marine & Environmental Affairs that from September 15th through May 15th, a personal flotation device (PFD) must be worn while paddling.  All persons in a canoe or kayak are required to wear a PFD.


Call to artists for the 2019 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties.
TWO locations on Ocean Street, Hyannis:  Bismore Park & Harbor Overlook
Applications available on line at

The Town of Barnstable is currently accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2019 Hyannis HyArts Cultural District Artist Shanty program.

Applications are received on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
Applications can be downloaded from www.ArtsBarnstable.com

Artist shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park/Ocean Street, Hyannis and steps away at the Harbor Overlook, 51 Ocean Street, at the corner of South and Ocean Street, overlooking Aselton Park and Hyannis Harbor.   The expansion of the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program to two locations creates an additional attraction for visitors walking from Main Street to Hyannis Harbor through the Hyannis Village Green along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, and at the same time provides affordable selling space and increased exposure for local artists and artisans. The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty Program began in 2005, as the first in a series of arts oriented strategies designed to provide opportunities and exposure for local artists; enliven the economic climate in downtown Hyannis; and establish an important vibrant backdrop for year round residents and visitors.  The shanties are open weekends May through mid-June and then seven days a week through Columbus Day.   The Harbor Overlook supports extended weekends in the fall through December holiday festivities.  Work is handmade or hand crafted, and all artists are from Cape Cod.   A variety of work is represented including jewelry, paintings, photography, visual art, woodcarving, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, glass work, literary art, mixed media, and more.   This artist program is made possible in cooperation with the Town of Barnstable, and its Cultural District partners including the Cape Cod Art Center (CCAC), Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and the JFK Hyannis Museum and Cape Cod Maritime Museum.

Town Manager Approves Use of Town Property Guidebook

The Town of Barnstable welcomes and celebrates events that promote Barnstable’s quality of life and unique character of the seven villages of the Town. Town properties and facilities within the seven villages are available for use with an event permit that offers unique opportunities to complement and enhance your event.  Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells has adopted a Special Event on Town Property Guidebook containing procedures to assist with navigating through the permitting process. In addition, beer and wine is now permissible for special events through an enhanced permit application for the Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Harbor Overlook and the HyArts Campus buildings. Whether a small family gathering or a large production, our team is committed to working with our resident and visitor event organizers to ensure a streamlined process providing a positive experience from start to finish. To obtain your copy of the guidebook please visit our website at www.townofbarnstable.us/TownManager.  Planning an event on Town Property? Need assistance in understanding the special event permitting process, timeframes, etc.? Please contact Assistant Director of Planning & Development Liz Hartsgrove via email at Elizabeth.Hartsgrove@town.barnstable.ma.us or call, 508-862-4068.


Building Department Public Service Announcement
Re: Article VII Sign Regulations § 240-61 (N) Temporary Signs on Public Property
The Town of Barnstable Building Department would like to advise its citizens of a recent policy change concerning the existing temporary signs on public property ordinance.  The Department has reviewed and updated our guidelines as a result of the public’s expressed desire to maintain the quiet dignity and decorum of our memorial sites as well as to address safety concerns regarding motor vehicle traffic line of sight.  The revised policy includes restrictions on the number and placement of temporary signs on public property and a prohibition of temporary signs on memorial sites and traffic islands.  This revision was carefully and purposefully crafted to balance the need of the community to publicize special non-profit events while preserving the integrity of the memorial sites and to ensure traffic safety in each of the seven villages of Barnstable.  As always, applicants seeking to install signs on public property will need to register their event with the Building Department prior to placement of signage.  Forms are available online here or they may be obtained at the Building Department located at the 200 Main Street building.  The Sign Ordinance online link may be found here.  Staff is available to answer questions or to assist applicants with the registration process and can be reached at 508-862-4038.


Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The 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 (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) 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’.
Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly tool for assisting small businesses looking to locate in the Town of Barnstable through the permitting, licensing and zoning process.
For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508-862-4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us

Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. This system was used during the recent winter storms.  Make sure you are on our list. Sign up here today. What is CodeRED and why is it important to me? CodeRED is an emergency notification service by which town officials can notify Barnstable residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about time‐sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire town.  Only authorized officials are allowed access to use the system.  Frequently asked questions can be reviewed here.  Be sure to take a moment to learn more about this important notification system.

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:  council@town.barnstable.ma.us 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.


Last Week’s Question: Finance Director Mark Milne asked us the following question – New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has won against all NFL teams but one.  Name the team.  Steven Tenaglia was quick to know that this was a trick question.  The answer is the New England Patriots!


This Week’s Question: What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?  Please email your answer here .