One of the scenes from this year’s Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

Photo courtesy of Channel 18 Assistant Station Manager Paula Hersey.


Town Council Meeting – November 15th
Last night’s Town Council meeting began with public comment.  During Town Manager Communications, Town Manager Mark Ells said that we are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY2020 as scheduled.  The calendar year permit and fee hearing was held on November 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM.  Proposed rate and fees changes were presented by the Marine & Environmental Affairs and Community Services Departments.  The proposed fee changes for Recreation, Senior Services, and Marine & Environmental Affairs can be viewed here.  For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the town’s Open Budget website. DPW staff has prepared a new source alternatives evaluation report in our efforts to maintain existing and provide future water supply in the Hyannis Water System.  This report includes options to improve existing public water supply wells and identify future locations for future potential public water supply wells.  The Fish & Wildlife parcel is identified as one of several viable sites in close proximity to the Hyannis Water System and discussion continues to progress on siting of a future public water supply on the Fish & Wildlife 250-acre parcel immediately abutting the Hyannis Water System.  We continue model runs and pumping simulations in an effort to clarify the opportunity to site future potential public water supply wells at that location.  Another site identified in this report that we are proceeding with preliminary investigation is the County Farm site.  As part of the Town settling its dispute with the County regarding PFOA’s contamination of the Mary Dunn Wells, the Town secured an Access Agreement from the County to perform exploratory investigation of the County farm for future potential water supply wells.  We have begun planning for a broader discussion of public water supply wells and the need to update the delineation of zones of contribution to public water supply wells as future potential water supplies are identified.    On October 31, 2018 the Dog Park opened for use.  We would like to take this opportunity to encourage our residents to please review the rules and regulations posted at the entrance to the facility.  Safety is of the utmost importance and adherence to the rules and regulations will help us to ensure that all can enjoy the facility. On November 27, 2018 at 3:00 PM, Mr. Ells plans to attend the Board of Health (BOH) to further discuss the proposal to eliminate or modify Chapter 360 Article XV. Protection of Saltwater Estuaries Interim regulations.  In our continued efforts to maintain safe and functional access/egress from municipal facilities, we have coordinated with the Cape Cod Commission (CCC) staff to evaluate vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian use along the Route 28 corridor at the Barnstable Intermediate School and Barnstable Senior Center.  Based on a prior request from Town staff, Cape Cod Commission staff gathered data at this location last week during school drop-off and pick-up times.  After processing the data collected, they will share the results with Town staff.  Additional counts are required for signal warrant analysis.  They plan to conduct these counts by the end of the calendar year.  We anticipate CCC staff assistance in the preparation of the signal warrant analysis with the intent of bringing a capital improvement project request forward through the Cape Cod Joint Transportation Committee (CCJTC) for recommendation as a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funded project for Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) consideration.  Mr. Ells submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of the Town of Barnstable expressing our grave concerns regarding the FCC proposal which would upset the longstanding understanding of the meaning of franchise fee and strip power from local governments to control cable operators’ use of the rights of way when providing non-cable services. For decades, franchise fees have been understood to be limited to monetary payments and would thus not include any in-kind franchise requirements such as services, facilities or equipment related to the establishment or operation of a cable system. In-kind considerations can include: institutional network (“I-Net”) requirements, complimentary cable service to government buildings, and public, educational and governmental (“PEG”) channel. The fair market value assessments of these invaluable programs would lead to deductions from franchise fees by Comcast, opening the door to legal challenges. Further, this loss of revenue and support would force Barnstable to either divert resources away from core municipal and school services to maintain existing PEG programming and impacting future programming. Equally as concerning, this new Rule would allow certain cable operators to construct and install facilities and equipment for non-cable services, such as small cells or other wireless deployments, in the rights of way without any local regulation or compensation. Barnstable’s franchise agreements do not include provisions related to the installation of non-cable facilities, and consequently, under this new FCC Rule, local franchising authorities would be preempted from regulating these installations, raising aesthetic and public safety concerns.  Community Services Director Lynne Poyant showed the Town Council the Town’s new website which will launch by the first of the year.  She also showed the Town Council the Agenda Chaptering feature on our Video on Demand feature on the Town’s website.   Prior to the start of the Kristy Senatori’s, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, Update on the Cape Cod Regional Policy Plan, the Planning Board opened their meeting so that they could participate in asking questions following the presentation.  Ms. Senatori gave an overview of the changes to the policy document as well as a timeline for its acceptance by the Assembly of Delegates and the Cape Cod Commission.  The Town’s representative to the Cape Cod Commission - Fred Chirigotis – was also on hand for the presentation.  The Orders of the Day started with three Joint Public Hearings with the Town Council and Planning Board.  Agenda Item 2019-050 Resolve to submit a “Chapter H” application to the Cape Cod Commission revising development of regional impact thresholds in economic centers and the industrial service and trade area was taken out of order in case there were any questions for the Cape Cod Commission during discussion.  The item passed both bodies.  Agenda Items 2019-032 Amending Article V, Chapter 240, Section 25 of the Zoning Ordinance to revise regulations for the Highway Business District and 2019-042 Amending Chapter 240, Article III, of the Zoning Ordinances to expand the Highway Business District were taken together.  There were a number of public comments on the items.  The Town Council voted to close their Public Hearing. The Planning Board voted to keep their Public Hearing open.  A request to reconsider the vote to the close the Public Hearing resulted in the Public Hearing on the items being kept open.  The Planning Board moved to the Selectmen’s Conference Room for their deliberations on the items.  Town Council President Eric Steinhilber continued the Town Council meeting during this time.  Agenda Item 2019-041 Resolve to authorize the Town Manager to extend the contract of the Director of Finance, Mark Milne until December 30, 2023 passed.  DPW Director Dan Santos presented Agenda Item 2019-046 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $120,000 for the repair of storm damage at Blish Point, Barnstable Village which passed.  Agenda Item 2019-030 Appointments to a Board/Committee/Commission: Infrastructure and Energy Committee did not pass.  Under New Business, Community Services Director Lynne Poyant presented two grants – Agenda Item 2019-047 Authorization to accept and expend a formula grant in the amount of $154,140 from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to support staff salaries and programs of the Barnstable Senior Center and Agenda Item 2019-048 Acceptance of a gift in the amount of $2,500 from the Corson Family for Barnstable Recreation Division’s Friday Night Social Program which were approved.  The Town Council also approved Agenda Item 2019-049 Conservation Restriction to be held by Barnstable Land Trust over approximately 2.94 acres of land on Church Street, West Barnstable.  Finance Director Mark Milne made a presentation on Agenda Items 2019-052 Allocation of Tax Levy Fiscal Year 2019– Residential Exemption and 2019-053 Allocation of Tax Levy Fiscal Year 2019 – Tax Factor which were referred to Public Hearings on December 6, 2018.  The Planning Board returned to the Hearing Room and referred Agenda items 2019-032 and 2019-042 to a Joint Meeting with the Town Council on December 6, 2018.  The Town Council did the same.  The next Town Council meeting which includes a Joint Meeting with the Planning Board will be held on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room.


5-Year Financial Forecast
A copy of the 5 Year Financial Forecast is now available on the Town’s website for public viewing. This report is submitted annually to town council and the public. The purpose of this financial forecast is to identify factors that may impact the financial condition of the Town such as, revenue and expenditure trends and any long- or short-term actions that may be taken into account.


Transfer Station Hours of Operation
Thursday, November 22, 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.


Shellfish Volunteers Thanked for their Efforts

On Thursday, November 15th, the Marine & Environmental Affairs Department’s Natural Resources Division recognized the efforts of 96 volunteers.  This year, they volunteered 510.5 hours; planted 1,782,500 quahogs under 111 predator exclusion nets; harvested and moved 473 bushels legal/seed quahogs in the Three Bays; and assisted with six Learn to Shellfish Classes seeing over 210 adults and 60 kids!  A lot of people who can enjoy their results of their labor are extremely grateful for their efforts!


Barnstable High School Students Attend CCYP Community Breakfast
Mrs. Eastman’s Barnstable High School Internship Program was represented at the Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP) Community Breakfast on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.  The students who are working a variety of internships throughout the Community were present for the Cape Symphony’s Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak’s inspirational talk on Connecting.  Pictured from Left to Right:  Morgan Michael, Seamus Shopshire, Jack Ciluzzi, Destany Foley, Kayla Jorgenson with Jung-Ho Pak.


First Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Stranding of the Season on Sandy Neck
On Friday, November 16th 2018, staff located and recovered a stranded Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle while out on patrol at Sandy Neck Beach. The turtle was still alive and moving. Staff then transported the turtle safely back to the Gatehouse where it was transferred over to Mass Audubon staff. This turtle, nicknamed “Miracle” was recovered just as a beautiful rainbow appeared over the waters of Cape Cod Bay! The turtle will be evaluated and ultimately transported to a rehab facility for further treatment. We are hoping for a successful recovery! Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles are critically endangered. Juvenile turtles strand this time of year on Cape Cod beaches after they become trapped in Cape Cod Bay and “cold-stun” as the waters begin to cool. If you are walking along the beaches of Cape Cod Bay this winter and find a cold stunned sea turtle, you can:

-        Move it above the high tide line. Do not put it back in the water.

-        Cover it with dry wrack or seaweed

-        Mark the spot with a piece of beach debris or draw an arrow in the sand.

Call immediately. If you are on Sandy Neck Beach, please call the Gatehouse 508-362-8300 or check-in with the Ranger on duty. Otherwise, Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary can be contacted 508-349-2615 ext. 6104 and staff can provide you with further instruction.”


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.


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.


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  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!  

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 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





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   Or pick up a print copy of the December/January 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.


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

*NEW* Road Work - Route 28 & Old Stage Road

On Monday, November 19, 2018, a Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) contractor is scheduled to paint crosswalks, pavement arrows, and lane lines at the intersection of Route 28 & Old Stage Road in Centerville.  Work hours will be 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  The intersection will remain open to traffic with temporary lane closures and a police detail to direct traffic. During this work traffic may be delayed, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road work areas.  Follow posted safety signs and directions from the police detail.

*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 December 3, 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, December 14, 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* MassDOT- Intersection at Route 28 & Old Stage Road

On Tuesday, November 19, 2018, a Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) contractor is scheduled to paint crosswalks, pavement arrows, and lane lines at the intersection of Route 28 & Old Stage Road in Centerville.  Work hours will be 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The intersection will remain open to traffic with temporary lane closures and a police detail to direct traffic. During this work traffic may be delayed, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.

*NEW* SNEP Grant Stormwater - Cordwood Landing, Cotuit

SumCo started construction at Cordwood Landing (Cordwood Road) site in Cotuit on Monday,  November 12th.  Construction at Cordwood is expected to be completed in December with construction at Prince Cove, Marstons Mills then starting in December.

*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.

*CONTINUES* 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* 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 and #2772, and on Route 132 (Iyannough Road) near the Park & Ride lot at #2145.  The work began on Monday, November 5, 2018 and is scheduled to be completed on Wednesday, November 21st, 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 30, 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 26, 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 30, 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 26, 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 Friday, November 30, 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* 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, will begin operations for the dredging of the Cotuit Bay Entrance Channel and the western tip of Sampson's Island on 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 areaWeather pending, dredging operations will be on-going, Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 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 has been 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 has been installed.  The contractor is working to install the infield material and outfield 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

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  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 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 ( 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 or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508-862-4791 or

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: 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: What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?  Memorial Day honors those who died in battle while Veterans Day recognizes all who served honorably.


This Week’s Question: What is the official Massachusetts state fruit? Please email your answer here .



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