Shellfish Closure Remains In Effect

Shellfishing remains off-limits in Nantucket Sound, Vineyard Sound, and the waters south of Cape Cod, due to a potentially toxic phytoplankton bloom which can cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) The State Division of Marine Fisheries will perform water sampling on Monday, October 24. The waters on the South Side are not expected to open prior to the first week of November.


Monthly Meeting with County Executives

This week, I met with Cape Cod Commission Executive Director Paul Niedzwiecki and Barnstable County Administrator Jack Yunits.  We discussed potential funding source and an expedited permitting process for the relocation of wells for the Hyannis water system, the potential for the addition of another County dredge, and a review of zoning in Barnstable.


Conservation Commission Approves Shooting Range Land Swap

This week, the Town received approval from the Conservation Commission to  dispose of the shooting range parcel in exchange for 17 acres on Breed’s Hill Road (Map 314 Parcel 027 001) and 10.25 acres off Nye Road (Map 147 Parcel 006). We are proceeding with filing necessary documents with the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency and discussing an updated Memorandum of Understanding.


Update on Cape Tech project

On October 12, I attended a meeting of the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Building Committee. Major renovations are being planned for the school. We received a presentation of the Preliminary Design plan recently submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The Committee is now tasked with coming to consensus on one of the seven options based on agreed-upon criteria. This is a multi-million dollar project that will ultimately require a regional vote to proceed.

Learn More: Click here to view a presentation detailing the project and options.

                                Click here to view the educational plan and the entire Preliminary Design Plan.


Rectrix Aviation Launches New Shuttle Service

On Wednesday morning, I visited Barnstable Municipal Airport to celebrate the start of Rectrix Aviation’s new daily shuttle service between our Airport and Nantucket Memorial Airport.  This is the first air carrier venture for Rectrix. Shuttle flights will occur on the airline's new Beech Super King Air B300. The twin turboprop aircraft has a capacity for 9 passengers, 2 pilots and a reputation for elegance, spacious interiors and safety, as well as quiet takeoffs and landings. Daily flights during the week will take off from Hyannis beginning at 6:00am. The last flight departing for Nantucket will be 5:40PM. Daily flights from Nantucket to Hyannis will begin at 6:50AM with their last flight to Hyannis leaving at 6:30PM. Weekends will also include added flights to accommodate passengers traveling between the two airports.  “We are thrilled passengers traveling between Hyannis and Nantucket will have another option for travel between the two airports. The service has always proved to be very popular for summer tourism on Cape Cod as well as Nantucket but also for those working on and living on the island,” says Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Bud Breault, “Barnstable Municipal Airport is excited to offer this additional service for our passengers who depend on reliable service.”



Dottridge Homestead Renovations Move Forward

On Thursday night, Town Council voted unanimously in favor of spending $16,810 in Community Preservation Funds to help pay for ongoing repairs and restorations to the historic Dottridge Homestead in Cotuit. Beth Johnson, vice president of the Historical Society of Cotuit and Santuit, presented Councilors with a history of the building and an update on the restoration project. Phase Two of the project is currently underway, which includes new shingles, fireplace repair, corner boards, and fencing.


Cape Managers Meeting: Cape Light Compact Update

This week, I attended the monthly Cape and Islands Managers’ Meeting. Cape Light Compact administrator Maggie Downey provided an update on municipal and district electric accounts, which expire in July 2017. It was agreed that Compact staff should issue a Request for Proposals for municipal and district electric accounts. Barnstable agreed to participate in this solicitation.  Ms. Downey also identified the need for Cape Light Compact to establish a relationship with another fiscal agent. The County currently serves as their fiscal agent and they have asked the Cape towns to consider serving in that capacity.


Parking Study Underway

The Town of Barnstable is undertaking a comprehensive study of parking supply, utilization, and management in Downtown Hyannis. With its walkable downtown, vibrant restaurants, thriving local businesses and high-speed ferry service Hyannis is both a vibrant local economic hub and a major regional gateway to the Cape and Islands. This success has significant benefits, but also poses challenges. The Town benefits from huge numbers of seasonal visitors and economic development potential but must also balance economic growth with the year-round needs of local businesses and residents. A well-managed, flexible parking system can support these needs. This study effort aims to maintain the economic vibrancy of Downtown Hyannis while ensuring safety, improving mobility and addressing residents' concerns.

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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.


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 4th, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. Extended hours will be held Saturday, October 29th from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Barnstable Police Station. 


Centerville Osterville Marstons Mills Water Department Improvements

The Centerville Osterville Marstons Mills Water Department will be making necessary water system improvements on Route 149 near the intersection of Route 28 and Lovell’s Lane in Marstons Mills.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes or avoid the area as only one lane will be open. The project is anticipated to begin on Wednesday, October 26 and continue through December. If you have any questions, please contact the Department at 508-428-6691.


Bourne Bridge Lane Restrictions: Tuesday

On Tuesday October 25th, travel lanes on the Bourne Bridge will be reduced between the hours of 9:30am - 1:00pm.  One northbound travel lane will be closed for maintenance repairs.  The two southbound lanes and one northbound lane will remain open at all times.

For updates to the bridge work, as well as answers to questions about bridge repair work or its other activities in New England, follow the Army Corps of Engineers on Facebook and Twitter.




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.


Click through below for details on current road work projects.


·         Route 149 Roundabout Road Work


·         Milling and Paving - Willow Street West Barnstable


·         Milling and Paving - Flint Street



Last week, we asked: What caused the State Division of Marine Fisheries to close shellfishing in several areas on Cape Cod and the South Coast? Kudos to all of our savvy e-News readers who wrote in with the correct answer: a potentially toxic phytoplankton bloom.

This Week’s Question: Which historic landmark in town will be repaired and renovated thanks Community Preservation Funds, approved this week by Town Council? Email your answer here.


 Barnstable This Morning is the Town’s daily news and information program. Tune in daily for interviews with town leaders, news from boards, committees and commissions, sports reports and weather forecasts. You can watch LIVE on Channel 18 every weekday morning at 8:00 AM.


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

October 17-21, 2016


Monday, October 17, 2016


Our Monday program began with a focus on our schools, we aired the Principal Perspectives series, created at our sister station, B2B Channel 22.  Town Clerk Ann Quirk reviewed Early Voting. Natural Resource Officer Amy Croteau discussed important information about a phytoplankton bloom that has shut down shellfishing in several areas. Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross shared updates from the College, including success at the Air Frame and Power Plant program.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Eight new police officers are now a part of the Barnstable Police Department. Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked about how several of those officers began their careers at Barnstable High.  Our Board Committee and Commission Roundup reviewed Monday’s Licensing Authority hearing.  Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf discussed Ballot Question 2, an initiative that could increase the number of charter schools in our state.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos reviewed potential new capital projects.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board Executive Director David Augustinho talked to us Wednesday morning. Augustinho reviewed August jobs numbers, and a successful Construction Career Day. Director of Regulatory Services Richard Scali reviewed Monday’s licensing authority hearing, at which the board approved changes to the Town’s regulatory rules.


Thursday, October 20, 2016


Our Thursday program began with a Community Profile highlighting the upcoming Heart of Wellness event. Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti reviewed the orders of the day for the evening’s Town Council meeting. In the second half of the program, we aired a special collaboration project between Barnstable This Morning and Barnstable High School B2B Channel 22, featuring a panel discussion moderated by student Mikayla Mathieu. The panel included Superintendent of Schools Meg Mayo-Brown, State Representative Randy Hunt, and Deputy Finance Director Gareth Markwell. The discussion focused on traditional public schools and charter schools.


Friday, October 21, 2016


This week’s Arts and Culture segment highlighted the work of Sturgis Charter Public Schools effort to create public art. Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman outlined hunting season, discussed the diamondback terrapin headstart program, and reviewed new curfew rules for the beach. Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo discussed the Halloween Skate Night, and Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado reviewed the winter program book and Saturday’s Not-So-Scary Halloween. 

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