October 19th Barnstable Town Council Meeting

Last night’s Town Council meeting included a presentation by the Asset Management Advisory Committee, chaired by Town Councilor Phil Wallace. Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn and Director of Property and Risk Management David Anthony presented the work done by this committee since its creation over a year ago.  The focus of this Town Council subcommittee has been to examine certain Town assets, starting with land, that could disposed of or put to a different designation or municipal purpose.  As an advisory body to the Town Manager, the recommendations for sale, transfer, reassignment or retention are meant to assist the Town Manager in managing these assets. The committee has met numerous times over the past year and is moving a collection of 30 tax possession properties forward for possible disposition by sale.  This will get property back on to the tax rolls and could generate some new income for the Town.  Under Old Business, an appropriation and transfer order in the amount of $30,000 from General Fund reserves for the design and permitting of a town pier in the Three Bay area was approved. Under New Business, a public hearing was held for an amendment to a Regulatory Agreement with Guaranteed Fresh Produce for parking at 30 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA accessory to wholesale and retail produce business at 35 Iyannough Road.  The item was approved. An item for an appropriation and transfer order in the amount of $30,000 from the General Fund reserves to evaluate, design and permit a municipal pier in the Barnstable Harbor area was moved to a public hearing on November 2nd. First readings for appointments to the Airport and Disability Commissions and a reappointment for the Zoning Board were held.  The next Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 PM.


Election Schedule for “Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School”


More information on “Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School” can be found on the Town’s web site here.

Polling Places:

Precinct 1               Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School, 2463 Route 6A, Barnstable

Precinct 2:              Community Center @ St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, 1130 Route 28, Centerville

Precinct 3:              Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis

Precinct 4:              Our Lady of Victory Church Hall, 230 South Main Street, Centerville

Precinct 5:              The Osterville Fire Department, 999 Main Street, Osterville

Precinct 6:              Gym of Christ Chapel, 2C Oak Street, Centerville

Precinct 7:              Freedom Hall, Main Street, Cotuit

Precinct 8:              Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis

Precinct 9:              Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis

Precinct 10:           Barnstable United Elementary School, 730 Osterville-West Barnstable Road, Marstons Mills

Precinct 11:           West Barnstable Fire Department, 2160 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable

Precinct 12:           Barnstable United Elementary School, 730 Osterville-West Barnstable Road, Marstons Mills

Precinct 13:           Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis


Important Election Information from Town Clerk Ann Quirk

The absentee ballots are in.  You may vote in the Town Clerk’s office or request an absentee ballot if you are not going to be here on Election Day, are shut in, or for religious reasons cannot vote at the polling place.  If you have questions on the elections or your registration, please contact the Clerk’s office at 508-862-4044.


Important Information from Town Assessor Ed O’Neil

The FY2018 Residential Exemption Application and documentation should be returned to the Assessing office before November 1, 2017. This will ensure that if qualified, the exemption will come off of the first actual tax bill in January.


Town of Barnstable Releases Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department announces the release of two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The newly re-designed Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod. The Business Barnstable website (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’. Sections within this easily-navigable site include: “The Barnstable Advantage”; “Business Development and Permitting”; and “Business Assistance and Resources” and contain links to key resources at the Town, State and Federal levels.  The Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly reference guide to help small businesses looking to locate within Barnstable navigate through the municipal permitting, licensing and zoning process.  This interdepartmental collaboration answers many commonly asked questions when opening such businesses as retail, food establishments, service and office entities. It contains information about licensing, permits, regulatory review, and business certificates, as well as checklists and key contact information.  “These business resource tools are easy to navigate and offer pertinent information for anyone looking to do business in Barnstable, from the small ‘mom & pop’ shops to a corporate enterprise” said Mike Trovato, the Town’s Economic Development Specialist.  “While Hyannis is our commercial hub, there are areas in each of the seven villages of Barnstable that are unique from each other, offering a diversified palette of opportunities for business owners to choose from.” Under the direction of Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins, the Town is developing a progressive marketing plan with a goal to draw attention to Barnstable and its seven villages as a viable location for a number of different business models including the creative and blue economies, healthcare, financial services, light manufacturing, as well as tourism-based hospitality, retail and food establishments.  For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us.

Art-FULL days around Town!
There are plenty of ways to have an art-FULL day in the Town of Barnstable.  The ArtsBarnstable.com website features all seven villages and links to the Kennedy Legacy Trail and our two state designated cultural districts, Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village.   Find us on Facebook at ArtsBarnstable and @artsbarnstable on Instagram. 
Hyannis HyArts Cultural District - PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:


Open Streets:  Main Street, Sunday, October 22nd    Noon-5:00 PM
Come to Hyannis Main Street and play in the street!   Plenty of music, activities, and fun for all ages. 
Main Street closed to vehicular traffic (Barnstable Road to Sea Street).  Jan Karolczak will be carving pumpkins (see picture below) from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  There will be a pumpkin decorating event for kids - from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM – all supplies including pumpkins will be provided.  Music will be provided by Allen McGarry & Friends, The Clayton Restiano Project and Polka Dan’s Beetbox Band.  There will also be a Bike Rodeo, the March of the Horribles Kids and Pets Parade, and more!


Massachusetts Cultural Council Renews Hyannis HyArts Cultural District

Planning and Development’s Arts & Culture Coordinator Melissa Hersh attended the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s (MCC) Cultural District Convening in Cambridge on Tuesday, October 17th.  Melissa traveled with Roberta Miller, Executive Director Cape Cod Art Association, who is a key partner with the Hyannis HyArts and the Barnstable Village Cultural Districts.  The program included time with staff from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, representatives from other state agencies and representatives from many of the 43 state designated cultural districts.  The MCC announced they plan to have 50 designated by the end of this year. The program also celebrated the official (5 year) renewal for the original ten (10) cultural districts, including the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District.  Renewing our Hyannis HyArts Cultural District designation for the next five years presents a tremendous opportunity to strengthen the Town’s existing Arts and Culture initiatives, to provide new opportunities to support and promote the creative economy, and to enhance the cultural collaborations within all of our villages. Through a series of arts–oriented initiatives in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, the Town has successfully integrated Arts and Culture into the socio-economic fabric of our community.   By promoting the creative sector and facilitating artistic interactions, we see exponentially the energy and enthusiasm reinvested in our town. The existing concentration of cultural, economic and historic resources in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District coupled with a strong community commitment to further enhance the vitality of the area made it an excellent candidate for re-designation.  Pictured below are MCC Executive Director Anita Walker with Melissa Hersh and the awards.


An artistic celebration of time spent at the Sandy Neck Beach House Half Way Point with Betsy Payne Cook. Eight artists share their work on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through November 30th with artist reception November 15th

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.  The works of nine artists whose paintings and drawings are inspired by time spent out at Sandy Neck Beach are currently on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through November 30th, 2017.  The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Wednesday, November 15th, from 4:30 pm-6:00 pm at Barnstable Town Hall, Works are on display in both the Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis. About the work:  Pastel painter Betsy Payne Cook has invited artists to display their artwork created at one of her instructional en plein painting workshops held at the House at the Halfway Point out at Sandy Neck Beach.  Participating artists include Karen Cheromcha, Betsy Payne Cook, Judie Garcia, Mary Lou Harwood, Doreen Kelly, Joan Lockhart, Claudia Needham, Liz St. Pierre and Gloria Warren.  The artist excursion program is offered in collaboration with the Cape Cod Art Association, the Town of Barnstable HyArts and Barnstable Village Cultural Districts and Sandy Neck Beach Park.   Celebrating time spent out at Sandy Neck Beach:  “Spending a day at Barnstable’s House at the Half Way point out at Sandy Neck Beach offers artists a special Cape Cod experience. Driving through the dunes to reach the back road along the marsh sparks the creative juices long before the destination is reached. The views of the marshes, the dunes, the expanse of sky offers a day of both solitude and camaraderie. Artists have traveled out in winter, spring and autumn with their palette of paints or pastels to capture the beauty to this landscape. The exhibit will feature a variety of styles that capture the personal expression of each artist; with a display of the neutrals of winter, the budding of spring greens and the brilliance of autumn in the dunes.”  ~Artist, Betsy Payne Cook

The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to display their work.  Visitors who use the meeting rooms will discover an inviting and attractive environment and have an opportunity to learn about some of the Cape’s local artists.  For more information on this program or the artist excursion program out at Sandy Neck Beach, email melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us or call 508-862-4767. Program information available at: www.ArtsBarnstable.com


Call to artists for the 2018 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties.
New this year, two locations:  Hyannis Harbor and Walkway-to-the-Sea

Applications available on line at www.HyArtsDistrict.com

The Town of Barnstable is currently accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2018 Hyannis HyArts Cultural District Artist Shanty program.  Applications should be submitted by the fourth Friday in October of each year for the following season:  for 2018, first round applications are due Friday, October 27, 2017.  Subsequent applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis following this date for any remaining spots for the 2018 season and will be filled based on need and availability.  Applications can be downloaded from the home page at  www.HyArtsDistrict.com.   Artist shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park/Ocean Street, Hyannis and NEW for the 2018 season, three shanties will be located along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, at the corner of South and Ocean Street, overlooking Aselton Park, Hyannis.  Expansion of the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program 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 provides affordable incubator 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 to 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 new shanties will have extended weekends in the fall. 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 Association (CCAA), Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC), Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Cod Maritime Museum.    


Inside Barnstable Town Government Winter Classes - Celebrating 25th Session

The twenty-fifth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 30, 2018. 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 and is celebrating its 25th session. 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.  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 at www.town.barnstable.ma.us.  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 Senior Services Staff Attend Massachusetts Council on Aging Conference

Senior Services Director Madeline Noonan participated in two panel presentations – one on Marketing/Branding and the other on Intergenerational programming-and Assistant Senior Services Director Donna-Marie Burns was a panelist in a caregiver presentation at this week’s Massachusetts Council on Aging Conference.  The conference, which was held in Danvers on October 18th and 19th, was themed “COA Strong 2017.”  Governor Charlie Baker was the plenary speaker on Wednesday which created a lot of buzz as it is the first time a Governor attended the annual conference.  Ms. Noonan said, “Governor Baker was fantastic. He really spoke from the heart about aging issues and shared a lot about his mother’s journey with dementia and the effect it had on his family.”


Town of Barnstable Staff Attend Stanton Foundation Dog Park Conference

Community Services Director Lynne Poyant and Marine & Environmental Affairs Director Dan Horn attended the Stanton Foundation Dog Park Conference on Thursday, October 12th.  The Conference provided valuable information regarding Dog Park Design and Redesign, Fundraising and Sponsorship, and Maintenance and Operations.  It also provided great networking opportunities with communities in various stages of bringing dog parks on line.  The Stanton Foundation provided the initial design money for the Barnstable Dog Park and have also provided the largest portion of construction funds which were supplemented by the Committee for Barnstable Dog Parks.  The Barnstable Dog Park is currently under construction on Phinney’s Lane in Hyannis.


Thank You to the BHS Spanish Club for Their Coast Sweep Efforts

The Barnstable High School Spanish Club in partnership with the Kindness Rocks Project recently visited Sandy Neck Park Beach to participate in Coast Sweep.  They did a great job documenting what they picked up from the beach.  We hope you will enjoy watching this video of their adventures.    


First Time Home Buyers – Hyannis Home Buyer Assistance Program

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.
Ways to help through national organizations are:
American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services for all religious backgrounds.


Public Health Division Influenza (FLU) Vaccination Clinics
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will hold one more Flu Clinic at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community Center (Route 28, Centerville) on Wednesday, November 8th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  The clinic is open to Town residents only.  The fee is $3.00.  Consent forms will be available at the following locations:  Barnstable Public Health Division Office, 200 Main Street, Hyannis and the Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Hyannis.  For more information, call the Health Division at 508-862-4644.


road constructionROAD WORK

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

*NEW* SIDEWALK REPAIRS – Main Street, Pearl Street,
South Street and Ocean Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will be performing sidewalk repairs on Main Street, Pearl Street, South Street and Ocean Street in Hyannis beginning on Monday, October 23, 2017. The work is limited to the following sections of these streets:

Main Street: from Sea Street to Center Street and Old Colony Road

Pearl Street: from Main Street to South Street

South Street: From Pearl Street to Ocean Street

Ocean Street: from South Street to Nantucket Street
The work includes repair of failed curb and sidewalk sections, correction of tripping hazards in existing sidewalk areas, repair of broken tree grates, complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and improving aesthetics. Motorists and pedestrians may be redirected around the construction operations when necessary. Both motorists and pedestrians are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Construction operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM. Work is expected to be completed by November 30, 2017.
*NEW* Road Surface Milling and Paving – Seaview Avenue, Osterville

The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Seaview Avenue in Osterville. Improvements include mill and pavement overlay of the existing roadway surfaces.   Work is expected to begin Tuesday, October 24th and be completed by Friday, November 3, 2017, 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.  

FROM THE TOWN OF MASHPEE – Notice of Road Construction – Quinaquisset Avenue

The Town of Barnstable would like to inform its residents that the Town of Mashpee will be replacing a culvert on Quinaquisset Avenue at Quaker Run.  Work began on Monday, October 9, 2017 and will continue through Friday, October 27, 2017.  Motorists should expect traffic delays during the work hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM. Questions on the project can be directed to the Mashpee DPW at 508-539-1420 or dpw@mashpeema.gov

*UPDATED* ROAD WORK: National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main

National Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Paving of Kennesaw Avenue and Stanley Way, Centerville will be scheduled in the coming weeks. Their schedule work along Route 6A will begin in November. Their fall schedule is expected to continue until snow begins. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

PROJECT UPDATE - Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road Continues

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues their roadway improvements for the “Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road” project. The project will include new drainage, new traffic signals, pedestrian improvements and new pavement. Starting, Monday, October 23rd, Lynch Construction will begin milling the pavement at the intersection and proceed to roadway loop installation. The majority of the work will be completed by December 1st. Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

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 between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.


Construction Project:

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Town Architect Mark Marinaccio has informed us that construction is underway at the Lombard site.  The public should be aware that there is limited access and parking for the West Barnstable Community Building, as well as no access to Luke’s Love Playground, the ball field or the Old Selectmen’s Building for the duration of the project.  The contractor has taken possession of a portion of the site by erecting a fence that cuts off the access road from the parking lot to the playground and Old Selectmen’s Building. In addition, DPW has begun restoration work on Lombard Avenue adjacent to the West Barnstable Community Building. Work is expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.


Adult Supportive Day Program at the Barnstable Senior Center

If you are a caregiver in need of respite, or a senior who may benefit from the Adult Supportive Day (ASD) Program, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we may meet your needs.  ASD offers the following:  assists elders in maintaining their independence and remain active while aging in place in the community; offers structured and stimulating activities in a safe environment, with a focus on socialization, cognitive skills and physical well-being; provides respite and peace of mind for caregivers and families; caregiver supports/referrals are available; and professional, caring and experienced staff.  For more information, call 508-862-4765 to schedule a tour and a Free Trial Day.


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 webpage linked from the town website and fill out the application. For a more detailed description and responsibilities of the committees listed, please contact the Town Council office:  council@town.barnstable.ma.us  or phone 508-862-4738. 


Looking for a Job?  The Town of Barnstable is a Great Place to Work.

To see what positions are currently available, click here.   Apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and click the “Apply” link.  If this is the first time you are applying using the online job application, you need to create an account and select a username and password.  After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the “Build Job Application” link.  This application can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening. 


Are you interested in the Bids and Request for Proposals (RFPs) the Town of Barnstable puts out?
Find all the Invitations for Bid and RFPs for the Town that are currently available to the public here.


Last week’s question:  Who founded the village of Marstons Mills in 1648?  Bob was very quick to respond that Roger Goodspeed was Marstons Mills’ founder.


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