Another beautiful photo of Sandy Neck Beach Park
from Sandy Neck Beach Park Operations Manager Donna Bragg.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Michael
Ways to help through national organizations are:
American Red Cross is accepting donations.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.

Town Council Meeting – Thursday, October 19, 2018
Following Public Comment at last night’s Town Council meeting, Town Council Vice President James Crocker asked Town Clerk Ann Quirk to give an update on early voting and other important election information.  During Town Manager Communications Town Manager Mark Ells informed the Council that we are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2020 as scheduled. We are planning the calendar year permit and fee hearing on November 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM.  The School Superintendent and Mr. Ells have agreed to continue the 60/40 revenue sharing arrangement with an understanding the first    $1 million in new property tax growth will be dedicated to funding the operating budgets and any amount above this level will be dedicated to the capital program.   For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the Town’s Open Budget website at  Additional items addressed included continuing work with the Mass Department of Fish & Wildlife (MDFW), USGS, DEP Water Supply staff regarding future potential water supply wells proposed on the 250 acre parcel northeast of the Hyannis Water System; concurrent with our discussion with Fish & Wildlife, we have prepared a New Source Alternatives Evaluation report in our efforts to maintain existing and provide future water supply in the Hyannis Water System.  The Fish & Wildlife parcel is identified as one of several viable sites in close proximity to the Hyannis Water System.  Another site identified in this report at which we plan to proceed with preliminary investigation is the County Farm site; Mr. Ells met with Barnstable County Commissioner Leo Cakounes regarding the status on the Barnstable County Fire Training Academy.  They agreed to meet until a unified position is reached regarding all matters concerning the facility.  The immediate concern is regarding water usage in fire response exercises on site.  They will continue to work with the County and the Department of Environmental Protection to ensure protections of our down gradient water supply.  Following the July 17, 2018 Town Council meeting at which the Barnstable County Administrator provided an update on the Fire Training Academy (FTA),  Assistant Town Manager (ATM), Andy Clyburn, requested permission to facilitate a discussion between the County and Joint Base Cape Cod officials on the potential for locating a new FTA facility on Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC).  ATM felt as though the FTA initiative was in alignment with JBCC’s plans to create a premier law enforcement and first responder training venue, capitalizing on the synergies of military training.  At a minimum our goal was to put JBCC in the minds of County officials as one viable alternative as they began their alternatives analysis.  As most of you know Andy was the Coast Guard Base Commander on JBCC prior to retiring and joining our staff here in Barnstable.  Mr. Ells agreed with Mr. Clyburn and gave him authorization to proceed with introductions and told him to feel free to assist the County in any way he could.  Mr. Clyburn was successful in getting JBCC officials engaged on the issue. He worked with JBCC leadership to get a high level briefing with Brigadier General Faux, JBCC Executive Director, and the County on August 30, 2018. The briefing was extremely well received; everything presented by the County was in line with JBCC’s vision and the General was extremely enthusiastic to continue discussions. It seemed as though JBCC was most definitely a viable alternative to be considered.  Subsequently the FTA initiative was briefed to the Base Commanders at the September 6, 2018 Joint Oversight Group (JOG) meeting; where it was again very well received and plans were made to move into more detailed discussions at the staff level (Facilities Engineering and Environmental staffs). Those meaningful discussions are now underway; they are meeting next on October 30, 2018 to move the initiative forward. Assistant Town Manager Clyburn will continue to attend and offer any assistance he can with the understanding that it is a County initiative and that it is up to the County and Joint Base Cape Cod to move the project forward. Mr. Ells met with Kristy Senatori, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, to discuss the Commission’s efforts to update their Regional Policy Plan.  They commenced this effort in September of 2018 and plan to submit to the Assembly of Delegates in December 2018.  Mr. Ells will meet with the Board of Health on October 23, 2018 to provide a Comprehensive Water Management Plan update and further discussed the proposal to eliminate or modify Chapter 360 Article XV. Protection of Saltwater Estuaries Interim regulations.  In our continued efforts to fulfill the goals of the Town Council strategic plan, we have developed an action plan to initiate, implement, and deliver specific objectives associated with Town Council’s Strategic Plan Priority areas.  The specific request is the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee to work with and advise staff and ultimately report back to Town Council on stated objectives in the area of Economic Development.  The initial objective will focus on improving opportunities to do business in Barnstable.  This is an Ad Hoc Committee appointed by the Town Council President and representation is anticipated from multiple sectors of business. The Planning and Development Department has developed a new Startup Guide to better assist businesses opening a restaurant in Barnstable.  Additional items discussed that appear in this issue of eNews are the Town Clerk’s election updates; Youth Commission and Barnstable Police Department’s Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum on Wednesday, October 24th, flu clinics, and Barnstable Municipal Airport’s RFP for the KMART plaza.  Mr. Ells also provided the Town Council with an update on the Town’s Comprehensive Water Management Plan.  The Orders of the Day began with Old Business:   2019-033 Repeal of Chapter 241-16 of the Town of Barnstable Administrative Code, Barnstable Economic Development Commission was approved as were three items related to the Vineyard Wind project: 2019-034 Approval of change of purpose to allow the grant of an easement to Vineyard Wind LLC in a parcel of land namely that portion of Covell’s Beach and shown on Assessors’ Map 225 as Parcel 006; 2019-035 Order to petition the General Court of the Commonwealth to enact special legislation approving the grant of easement to Vineyard Wind LLC in a parcel of land, namely a portion of Covell’s Beach and shown on Assessors’ Map 225 as Parcel 006; and 2019-036 Approval of  a grant of easement to Vineyard Wind LLC in a parcel of land, namely a portion of Covell’s Beach and shown on Assessors’ Map 225 as Parcel 006.  Under New Business, the Town Council accepted two grants for the Barnstable Police Department -  a Federal Fiscal Year 2018 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant in the amount of $19,600 from the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs for the purpose of replacing vests of police officers that are in excess of five years and are no longer considered protective and a Fiscal Year 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) in the amount of $55,311 from the U. S. Department of Justice.  The Town Council referred 2019-038 Supplemental Appropriation request of $75,400 for the Barnstable Police Department Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget for the purpose of funding the hiring of five current patrol officer vacancies to a Public Hearing on November 1st.  A First Reading was held on item 2019-040 Appointments to a Board/Committee/Commission – Council on Aging; Historical Commission; Infrastructure and Energy Committee; and Youth Commission.  The next Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room.


Barnstable Police Detective Reid Hall Recognized by Children’s Cove

On Thursday, October 18th, members of the Barnstable Police Department (BPD) joined Detective Reid Hall at the Champions for Children Conference as he was recognized by Children’s Cove for his tireless and energetic support of their mission and advocating for children. Over his 44 years with the BPD, Det. Hall has served in several roles and most recently as a School Resource Officer assigned to Barnstable High School. Detective Hall is a true professional and we are all proud to work with him.

Detective Reid Hall and Leslie Hall surrounded by members of the Barnstable Police Department.


Congratulations to Arts & Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh Chartrand!
At the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District’s (BID) Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 17th, the Planning & Development Department’s Arts & Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh Chartrand received the Citizen Award which goes to someone who is “the eyes and ears of Main Street.”  BID Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain said, “the award goes to the person with vision that brings an artful day to Hyannis, first with shanties along the harbor and most recently with three shanties at the overlook near the Town Green.  A lot of work goes into activating new spaces and we are happy for great collaborations.”   Melissa works on arts and culture projects throughout the Town of Barnstable twelve months of the year.  Over the years, Melissa’s efforts have been an important economic driver with the arts and culture community for the Town of Barnstable and Cape Cod.


Pictured above:  Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins

and Arts & Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh Chartrand


Channel 18 Wins Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region Award

The Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region held their annual Video Festival on October 13th in Schenectady, New York. The Town of Barnstable received a 3rd place award for their work on Inside Arts Barnstable. The winning piece highlighted the work of local sculptor David Lewis. Mr. Lewis’ work can be seen across Cape Cod and is highlighted in the Town of Barnstable in front of the JFK Museum with his depiction of President John F. Kennedy. He also created the Iyannough statue at the top of the Hyannis Village green as well as James Otis and Mercy Otis Warren on the lawn in front of the Barnstable County Superior Courthouse. The 3rd place award goes to Arts and Culture Coordinator Melissa Chartrand, Video Supervisor Chris Ledda, and Channel 18 Station Manager Sarah Beal.


COMM Fire Department Annual Recognition Event

On Monday, October 15th, Town Council President Eric Steinhilber was joined by Town Council Vice President James Crocker and Town Councilors Britt Beedenbender, John Flores, Matthew Levesque and Paul Neary for the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM) Fire Department’s Annual Recognition event.  They were joined by State Senator Julian Cyr and State Representative Will Crocker. Also on hand were Barnstable Police Department (BPD) Chief Matthew Sonnabend and members of the BPD, Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Fredrickson and Yarmouth Police Deputy Chief Steven Xiarhos. COMM Fire Chief Michael Winn presided over the ceremonies which included recognition of COMM’s Barnstable High School senior intern Tim Storie. Deputy Chief Byron Eldridge presented years of service recognition for employees celebrating 20 to 40 years of service representing 440 years of public service.  Two significant events took place in the COMM Fire District during the past year.  On January 27, 2018, a frozen ice/water rescue took place on Patty’s Pond.  Barnstable Police (BPD) were investigating a possible emotionally disturbed individual in the area of Santuit-Newtown Road in Marstons Mills.  The individual ran out onto the frozen pond surface and made it half-way across, when the ice broke, casting her into the freezing water.  BPD requested COMM Fire to immediately respond to the scene due to the “person through the ice,” and Captain Thomas Burchell was the first on scene.  Upon arrival Captain Burchell observed a female party had fallen through the ice approximately 100 yards from shore.  With no back-up and only a police officer tending his rope line, Captain Burchell donned a Mustang survival suit and began the arduous task of fording across 100 yards of fragile ice to make contact with the female.  A full description of the incident is available through Channel 18’s video of the recognition event. Captain Thomas Burchell received the COMM Valor Pin along with citations from both the Massachusetts Senate and House and a Town of Barnstable with Grateful Appreciation medal.  The COMM team supporting Captain Burchell’s efforts receiving recognition were:  Lt. Eric Bengston, Lt. Thomas Goodearl, Firefighters David Gelinas, Zachary Hunter, John McGonigle, Michael Perry, Charles Riley, Christopher Rogers, Jason Travis and Ryan Scott, and Dispatcher Laurie Motte.  April 12, 2018 is a day that will never be forgotten on Cape Cod as it was the day Yarmouth Police Sargent Sean Gannon was murdered. On that day, at approximately 3:30 PM, COMM Fire was frantically requested to respond to 109 Blueberry Lane in Marstons Mills for a “police officer down.”  That police officer had been shot. COMM Fire EMS Officer Lieutenant Jason Davern was on duty and approximately three miles away from the scene, when that horrifying radio call was dispatched, and Lt. Davern responded directly to the scene.  Upon arrival, Lt. Davern was faced with the tragic circumstances of a police officer, and friend, mortally injured from a gunshot wound with the assailant still less than 10 feet away and unsecured. Requesting cover from a Barnstable Police Officer, Lt. Davern approached the fallen officer and began to render lifesaving aid with no regard for his own personal safety.  Having no protective ballistic gear available and only minimum EMS equipment Lt. Davern attempted to remove Sgt. Gannon from the field of fire.  Unable to move Gannon by himself, Lt. Davern directed the first arriving ambulance crew to bring a back board and assist him in the hot zone placing Gannon on a backboard and removing him from further harm’s way.  Despite the extraordinary heroics displayed by Lt. Davern in attempting to aid a fallen brother; Sgt. Gannon did not survive his injures.  A full description of the incident is available through Channel 18’s video of the recognition event.  EMS Officer Lt. Jason Davern along with Lt. Enrique Arrascue, and Firefighters Tom Long and Scott Mullin received the COMM Valor pin along with citations from both the Massachusetts Senate and House and a Town of Barnstable with Grateful Appreciation medal.  Also receiving the COMM Commendation Pin was Dispatcher William Monroe who was recognized for his calm demeanor in directing mutual aide to other emergencies throughout the COMM Fire District during the incident.  The COMM team supporting Lt. Davern’s efforts receiving recognition were:  Capt. Richard Sargent, Lt. Roger Aalto, Lt. Christopher Adams, Lt. Eric Sabatinelli, Lt. Enrique Arrascue, Firefighters Richard Anderson, Michael Carney, Edward Dalbec, David Ferola, Zachary Hunter, Shawn Lehane, Thomas Long, Matthew Malone, Scott Mullin, Michael Simmons, and Adam Travers, Fire Prevention Officer Michael Grossman, and Dispatcher William Monroe.  Town Council President Steinhilber also presented Chief Winn with a special glass teardrop which featured swirled colors of blue and red symbolizing the police and fire departments shared sorrow.


Pictured left to right: Deputy Steven Xiarhos, YPD; FF Scott Mullin; FF Tom Long; Lt. Enrique Arrascue;
Lt. Jason Davern; and Chief Frank Frederickson, YPD. 
Photo courtesy of Lt. Jason Davern.


Important Information from the Town Clerk’s Office: Absentee Ballots Early Voting
As a reminder from Town Clerk Ann Quirk, the Town Clerk’s Office is sending out absentee ballots daily, so please stop by and you can vote right now in the office, your ballot will be taken to the polling locations to be counted on Election Day, November 6th. If you are requesting an Early Voting Ballot by mail, the Town Clerk’s Office will start mailing those ballots out on October 22nd (the first day of early voting).  Then you will have to return them to us no later than November 2nd to be counted.  Early Voting at the Town Clerk’s Office will take place during regular business hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) Monday through Friday, starting on October 22nd.  Expanded Early Voting hours will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 and October 30, 2018 until 8:00 PM and Saturday, October 27th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Early Voting ends on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM.  The Town Clerk’s Office will be the centralized tabulation facility for early voting ballots.  Early voting information will be published in the Cape Cod Times.  Questions? Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-862-4044.


Barnstable Recreation’s Safe Trick or Treat Saturday, October 20th


Hyannis Open Streets – Sunday, October 21st from 12:00-5:00 PM

Come to Hyannis and play in the street! The last Open Streets for 2018 will be held on Sunday, October 21st from 12:00-5:00 PM on Main Street Hyannis.  Hyannis Open Streets will feature FREE music, entertainment, and activities for all ages! Come out and enjoy local food, shops, and culture. Traffic Note:  No Parking will be allowed on Main Street from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Main Street will be closed to traffic from 12:00-5:00 PM (Barnstable Road to Sea Street) so that you can safely enjoy the entertainment and activities throughout the day!


Silent Spring to Provide Research Update Wednesday, October 24th at Noon


Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum

Set for Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM at the HYCC


Public Hearings for Dog Park Regulations and Shellfish Regulations

Thursday, October 25th at 10:00 AM

Public Hearings for the soon-to-be open Dog Park and Shellfish Regulations will take place on Thursday, October 24th at 10:00 AM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Hyannis.  You can view the proposed regulations the Town of Barnstable’s website (Dog Park / Shellfish).


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 restaurateurs 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 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


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 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. Here’s a sampling:
Table Runner, Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 PM

Design and make a unique setting for the holidays with a gorgeous stamped creation. What a great gift idea!

Have You Heard of Coaching? Wednesday, October 24th, 5:30 PM Are you going through a transition that requires some new thinking? A coach partners with you to support growth through discussions of challenges and dilemmas, helping you to gain new insights and practice new behaviors.  Find out how coaching can you focus on your goals and outcomes.


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 single stream to source separated.

Proposals for Long Term Lease of Cape Town Plaza, Hyannis, Massachusetts
by Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission
On October 12th, Town Officials opened proposals for the potential long-term lease of the Cape Town Plaza property, also known as the K-Mart Plaza.  The property is a 26-acre town-owned parcel under the custody and control of the Barnstable Airport Commission, located in Hyannis, the region’s commercial center.  The property was leased and commercially developed in 1968.   In anticipation of the 2024 expiration of the long-term lease, a Request for Development Proposals was issued on April 26, 2018. 
The Request for Proposal Process

The Town of Barnstable Chief Procurement Officer, on behalf of the Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission, issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) dated April 26, 2018 entitled “Disposition of Real Property via Lease: Commercial property known as The Cape Town Plaza (aka KMART Plaza) Located at 790 Iyannough Road/ Route 132, Hyannis, MA.”  This solicitation was issued in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30B, Section 16, which governs how municipalities sell, lease or acquire Real Property.
The Opening of Proposals
In accordance with Section 16, Proposals must be opened in public at the time and place specified in the solicitation. Chapter 30B affords no confidentiality to real property proposals and they become public record after being opened. On October 12, 2018 at Barnstable Town Hall, two (2) Proposals were received, opened and the names of the submitting firms were publically read aloud under the Town’s Chief Procurement Officer direction. The first proposal received is a collaborative submission from The Wilder Companies, LTD and O’Conner Capital Partners.  The second proposal is from WS Development Associates LLC. The list of submitting firms is posted on the Town’s Procurement Website.
Evaluation and Review of Proposals
On October 15, 2018 the Procurement Office reviewed the proposals for completeness and compliance to the submittal requirements. An Evaluation Committee, selected jointly by the Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission and the Town of Barnstable, will evaluate the proposals considering all of the requirements and evaluation criteria included in the Request for Proposals.   The Airport’s goals for the property include maximizing the site’s potential with a development that contributes to economic vibrancy of the Route 132 corridor and meets market demands and the needs of the Town and region; and to encourage redevelopment that is complimentary and compatible with surrounding land uses, including the Barnstable Municipal Airport.   The Committee will be asked to balance how the proposal meets these goals, in addition to considering the proposal that offers the highest lease amount when making a recommendation to the Airport Commission and Town Council for potential entry into the lease for the property.
  All questions pertaining to this RFP are to be submitted in writing to the Procurement Office,, Johanna F. Boucher, Chief Procurement Officer, 508-862-4741.


The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division is pleased to announce that there will be three influenza vaccination clinics open to Barnstable residents as follows:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 3:00-5:00 PM at St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community                        Center,  Route 28 Centerville;

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon at Hyannis Youth & Community Center,  141                       Bassett Lane Hyannis, in the front lobby.

Drive-thru service will be available on November 7th at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Route 28 Centerville. 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.


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

*UPDATED*   National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

21-379 South Main Street Centerville.   The work will include marking underground utilities, excavating utility trenches, installing new gas mains, backfilling the trenches and repaving.  As part of this project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Construction is expected to occur within the dates listed above, weather permitting. National Grid has committed to complete this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process.  A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at National Grid will distribute written notifications to all affected constituents. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.

*CONTINUES* National Grid Gas Night Work- Route 28, Hyannis

National Grid gas main improvements will be working 9:00PM to 5:00 AM on Route 28 from #121 Route 28 (near Yarmouth Road) to the Yarmouth Town Line.  Work will continue Sunday nights through Friday mornings and is expected to be completed in three weeks, weather permitting.  Traffic during this time will be alternating lanes; minor delays are expected.   Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction.

*CONTINUES * National Grid Gas Night Work- Iyannough Road, Hyannis

National Grid gas main improvements will be working 9:00PM to 5:00 AM on Iyannough Road.  Work will continue Tuesday night through Thursday morning.  Traffic during this time will be alternating lanes; minor delays are expected.   Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction.

*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 October, 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* Water Works Construction on Main Street in Hyannis

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works’ Water Supply Division will be starting a water works construction project immediately after Labor Day 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 will be 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 - Mistic Drive, Marstons Mills

The Department of Public Works will continue roadway improvements on Mistic Drive in Marstons Mills.  Remaining improvements include drainage structure adjustments, installation of the final asphalt pavement road surface and site restoration. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, October 26, 2018, weather permitting.  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 7:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of these roadways.

*UPDATED* Town Roads – Paving Improvements

The Department of Public Works is in the process of making pavement improvements on Emerson Way, Longfellow Drive and Smith Street in Hyannis and Mistic Drive in Marstons Mills (public portion of the street only. Work began on September 12, 2018 and is expected to be completed by October 31, 2018.  Limits of work include the entire length of these streets within the public right-of-way. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction. 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.



Barnstable Dog Park

Asphalt top coat has been installed along with the shed, waste receptacles, stone dust path, and grass.  Fence gates and fence are being completed.  Dog drinking fountains are on order.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Playground equipment installation is complete.  Poured in place rubber surfacing has been installed at the playground.  The site contractor is working with the landscaper to prepare areas for tree planting.  The contractor has installed granite curbs and the rough coat of asphalt.  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.


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 rolling basis until all spots are filled.
Applications received by the fourth Friday in October of each year (this year October 26th) are reviewed for first round consideration for the following season.   After this date, applications continue to be accepted 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.


200 Main Street Public Parking Pilot Program

In continued 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, the Town of Barnstable Parking Management Program is proud to announce starting July 1, 2018 the revised public parking weekend rates and times at the 200 Main Street Lot in Hyannis.

Located directly on the east end of Hyannis Main Street, the 37 space lot provides a convenient location for the public to Park Happy with easy access to local businesses on Main Street, the Hyannis Harbor as well as various transportation options nearby during the weekends.  In order to ensure parking is available for town employees and office patrons during office hours, the Parking Management team will continue to actively monitor and manage the area.  Vehicles remaining parked in the 200 Main Street lot after 10:00 PM on Sunday evening will be towed at owners’ expense.  For more information about this and the many other programs we offer, please visit or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program, 508-862-4771, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.  We are happy to help!


Complimentary 15-Minute Waiting Area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor

In continued efforts towards balancing public safety with enhancing quality of life, the Town of Barnstable Parking Management Program introduced a newly created complimentary 15-minute waiting area at Bismore Park, Hyannis Harbor on April 20th. This designated area aims to alleviate congestion of personal vehicles, taxis, shuttle services and transportation network company (TNC) vehicles picking up or dropping off passengers at the ferry terminal.  Designated spaces closest to the ferry terminal are signed appropriately to assist guests in properly identifying the area eligible for the complimentary 15 minute spaces.

In order to ensure the 15 minute waiting area is successful, the Parking Management team will monitor and manage the area including any vehicle obstructing the waiting area stalls. Therefore, it is highly recommended any vehicle needing to park for longer than 15 minutes, including taxis and TNC, pay for parking or find an alternative, compliant parking area.  For more information about this new program please visit or feel free to contact: Barnstable Parking Management Program,

508-862-4771, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. We are happy to help!

Sandy Neck APP

In order to keep the public informed of important changes at the beach, we have created an APP that can be downloaded to your smart phones. This new APP will give the public real time information regarding the status of Sandy Neck Beach Park. Easy to download, simple to navigate, it is a welcome addition to the ongoing efforts of everyone here at Sandy Neck to keep you informed! Please go to our website for instructions. You can download the APP on Google Play. If you don’t have a Google Play account, it is easy to set up and it is free. Please email Donna with any questions at  

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: Election Day is less than a month away.  The Town of Barnstable has thirteen precincts, approximately how many residents make up a precinct?  The answer is approximately 3,500 residents per precinct.


This Week’s Question: What famous West Barnstable resident was Herman Melville’s father-in-law?  Please email your answer here .