Barnstable Shooting Range Update

The survey and perimeter plan of the proposed West Barnstable shooting range 27-acre parcel is complete. Next steps include a hearing before the Barnstable Conservation Commission to exchange the shooting range parcel with 17 acres of land on Breed’s Hill Road and 10.25 acres off Nye Road in Centerville, filing necessary documents with the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency, and discussing an updated Memorandum of Understanding. The Department of Public Works is currently in the beginning stages of contracting for lead reclamation at the West Barnstable site.


Cape Wind Legal Battle Ends

This week, our Legal department learned that Cape Wind has elected to withdraw its pending Supreme Judicial Court appeal of the Energy Facilities Siting Board’s denial of its request to extend its permits.  Cape Wind’s decision was with prejudice, meaning that the case has now been withdrawn from the Supreme Judicial Court.  All state permits that were obtained as part of the comprehensive process with the Department of Public Utilities are now void.  Legal will continue to evaluate the effect this action will have on the lease of Federal waters.  The ultimate goal is to provide permanent protection of Nantucket Sound.


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.


Cape Cod Regional Technical School Planning Major Capital Improvements

Robert Sanborn, Superintendent of Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich provided an update to Barnstable Town Council this week on the Massachusetts School Building Authority project. Funding for the project will require a regional bond and a vote by all district towns.  Cape Tech has hired a project manager, held visioning sessions, and met with architects. Click here to learn more about the project.


Substance Abuse Poster Campaign

During this week’s meeting, Barnstable Town Councilors Sara Cushing and Jen Cullum announced the launch of a poster campaign geared at substance abuse awareness and prevention. A series of posters, including the one pictured to the left, will be placed in our schools, at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, and elsewhere to help raise awareness about the dangers of prescription medication and opiate abuse.




Meet the Manager at Barnstable Senior Center

On Tuesday, October 4th, I had the pleasure of visiting the Barnstable Senior Center for a “Meet the Town Manager” event.  Over 40 people were in attendance.  It was a very engaged group that asked questions ranging from lighting on streets to hours of the Senior Center to Town finances to sidewalks to water issues to ballot questions such as the Charter.  I am always happy to visit the Senior Center and check out all the activities that take place there.  Thank you to Senior Services Director Madeline Noonan for the invitation.



FY2018 Budget

We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2018.  I have met with the School Superintendent and agreed to proceed with the 60/40 split of projected FY 2018 revenues.  We are issuing instructions to Departments for FY 2018 Operating and Capital budgets. For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the town’s Open Budget website at


Shellfish Regulation Changes: Public Hearing Set

A public hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM for proposed changes to the Town of Barnstable Shellfish, Eel, Herring and Aquaculture Rules and Regulations.  The proposed modifications are available online: click here to view.


Barnstable School Committee Member Selected for All-State

Barnstable School Committee Vice Chair Chris Joyce has been selected as an All-State School Committee Member. Chris is one of nine School Committee members in the Commonwealth to receive this honor. The designation will be officially presented in November.  The All-State School Committee is established to annually recognize significant achievement on the part of local school committee members. This recognition is intended to honor school committee members who, during the previous year have made a significant contribution to their community or their school committee either through specific action or as an inspiration and role model for their peers and constituents. Click here to learn more.



Barnstable Bags It: Plastic Bag Ban In Effect Now

In an effort to promote sustainability and to protect our environment, Barnstable has enacted a ban on thin-film plastic bags, effective Monday, October 3, 2016. Bags with a thickness of 3 mils or less (or, 0.003 inches) will be banned from use. Businesses are encouraged to offer re-usable or paper bags, and consumers are encouraged to bring their own bags when shopping. 

Learn more about the Barnstable Bags It initiative:

 Single-Use Plastic Carry-Out Regulation      FAQ       


Armory RFP Deadline Extended

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Armory (located on South Street in Hyannis) has been extended to October 21, 2016 in response to questions from potential responders. Click here to view the full proposal:


Early Voting

For the November 8th General Election, the first choice you’ll make is which day to vote. The Town of Barnstable is offering early voting this year. You can early vote at Barnstable Town Hall from October 24th through November 3rd, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM, and Friday November 4th from 8:30 AM until noon. Extended hours will be held Saturday, October 29th from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Barnstable Police Station. 


DPW Road Work Projects

The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on the roads listed below.  Improvements include milling of existing roadway surfaces, drainage system repairs, and new asphalt paving surfaces.


Vehicle access during construction operations will be restricted to one lane.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  Operations will start promptly at 7AM and run until 5 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back on to both lanes of the roadway.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and follow posted safety signs.


·         Willow Street, West Barnstable

Tuesday, September 27 – Friday, October 21


·         Flint Street, Marstons Mills

Wednesday, September 28 – Friday, October 21



Visit the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park, open seven days a week from 11:00 AM until at least 8:00 PM.  Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and artists change weekly.


This Weekend: Through October 10 *LAST WEEK*

Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Kyle Kochiss

Marstons Mills (Green):  Paintings by Anne DeRoches

Centerville (Red): Photography by Roberta Anslow

Cotuit (Blue): Paintings by LaVerne Christopher

Osterville (Orange):  Jewelry by Joyce Sullivan

Hyannis (Yellow):  Fabric Designs by Margo Sherman

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Woodcarving and Nautical America by Val and Dave Small


Visit for more!


Last week, we asked: The Town of Barnstable’s Open Budget webpage was recently recognized at the White House Open Data Innovation Summit. What other governmental entity went on-line the same day?  The correct answer: The White House!

This Week’s Question:  A swearing-in ceremony was held at Barnstable Police Headquarters this morning. How many new officers joined the ranks?  Email your answer here.

Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

October 4-7, 2016


Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald joined us on Tuesday to review the recent conviction of longtime criminal Anthony Russ. MacDonald also reviewed the hire of eight new police officers, who will begin work on Monday.  Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick visited with an array of energy updates.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos discussed ongoing work at the West Barnstable shooting range, most notably an undertaking to reclaim lead at the site. 


Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain spoke with us Wednesday morning. Main Street has been busy lately, with a successful Open Streets event, and many post-Labor day shoppers and tourists. Town Manager Mark Ells joined us live in studio with several updates on important issues like water quality, substance abuse, and homelessness. Director of Finance Mark Milne reviewed the Town’s trust funds.


Thursday, October 6, 2016


Our Community Profile segment featured information about the upcoming Behavioral Health Summit.  We visited Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault, who shared information about Jet Blue, a successful CCYP event held recently at the airport, and plans for future work.  State Representative Randy Hunt outlined Ballot Question 2, that pertains to the potential expansion of charter schools in Massachusetts.  Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti previewed the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting.


Friday, October 7, 2016


We began our Friday program with a visit to Melanie Mimmo’s Mommy Mixer. Next, Natural Resource Officer Amy Croteau reviewed the outreach work she and her colleagues do to help educate our residents about local nature and wildlife. Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo celebrated the return of Pickleball and previewed the upcoming Halloween event at the HYCC.  And our always fun Adoptable Pet Friday featured adorable adoptables Jack the cat, Fluffy the bunny, and Elvis the guinea pig.


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