Barnstable This Morning

I joined “Barnstable This Morning” host Sarah Colvin on Monday’s program. We discussed recent efforts to improve safety in Town buildings, the interviews I conducted last week with Barnstable Police Department Lieutenant candidates, our online survey and request for comments on the future of the West Barnstable shooting range, and last Friday’s Aging in Barnstable community forum, held at the Barnstable Senior Center.  View the interview: Town Website YouTube


Fiscal 2017 Capital Budget Planning Underway

I met with Director of Public Works Dan Santos this week to discuss potential capital projects for Fiscal Year 2017. As we work to prepare the budget, staff is reviewing and ranking all projects submitted by our departments. This ranking helps determine the priority given to each request, the funds needed to complete the project, and the timeline for completing the project. Town Council has approved $1.5 million in capital projects, which impacts the funds available for the next Capital Improvement Plan.


Town Council November 5th Agenda Set

The Town Council met this week to set the agenda for the November 5th meeting. Three presentations are scheduled. The Housing Committee will give a report, Director of Public Works Dan Santos will give a snow and ice presentation, and Director of Assessing Jeff Rudziak will give his annual presentation on the allocation of the fiscal year tax levy, offering three tax classification options.


JFK Museum Foundation Lease Evaluation

Town Councilor Dr. Debra Dagwan, Assistant Town Manager Mark Ells, Director of Property and Risk Management David Anthony, Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato and I met to evaluate the lease proposal submitted by the JFK Museum Foundation, Inc. The Town recently sent out a request for proposals, and the JFK Hyannis Museum was the sole bidder.  Based on our review criteria, we deemed the submitted packet to be “Highly Advantageous”.  The evaluation committee recommended Mr. Anthony meet with the museum director to finalize a lease. The JFK Museum is located at the old Town Hall on Main Street, Hyannis, and is seeking to continue to operate at that site. The museum hosted over 61,000 visitors this year, and through aggressive programming in Falmouth, Chatham and on the Islands, the museum expanded its reach on Cape Cod.


Hyannis Business Improvement District Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District held their Annual Meeting on Wednesday. Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain gave a Year in Review presentation, giving special mention to the Town of Barnstable’s support and her gratitude for how it helps to keep Main Street, Hyannis a vibrant and safe place for residents and visitors. In addition to mentioning the Barnstable Police Department’s Community Impact Unit, special thanks was offered to our Department of Public Works Structures and Grounds workers Donald Smallidge, Joel Quinn and James DeRosa for their hard work maintaining the Village Green and comfort stations.  These workers are excellent examples of the dedicated staff we have working to maintain the beauty of our downtown area.



Snow and Ice Meeting

On Thursday, Director of Public Works Dan Santos and Assistant Director Rob Steen met with me to discuss the department’s comprehensive review of our snow and ice program. The major topics of the review were lessons learned from last winter, the standards of service citizens can expect based on the severity of the storm, and a review of management practices. DPW Director Dan Santos will give a presentation on the snow and ice program during the Town Council meeting scheduled for November 5, 2015.


Barnstable County Finance Director Retires

This year Barnstable County bid farewell to longtime administrator Mark Zielinski. Mark most recently served as Director of Finance for the County. His expertise in fiscal management has guided the County’s operating and capital budgets through good times and bad. As a former member of the Assembly of Delegates serving on the Finance Committee, I worked directly with Mark reviewing County budgets. I found him to be an honest and trustworthy individual, never entering in to the budget discussions with a personal agenda and always put the best financial interest of the county forward for debate and approval. Mark is a fine example of a true public servant and will be missed at the County.



14 Acre Parcel Purchase Celebration on Sandy Neck

A celebration was held on Sandy Neck Beach last weekend to commemorate the acquisition of a 14 acre parcel and to unveil a beautiful sign created by the Barnstable Senior Center woodworkers. The 14 acre parcel, located on “Little Neck” close to Beach Point, is comprised of an extensive dune system, front beach and mud flats. It is home to a variety of wildlife and a large variety of shorebird species, including state and federally listed “threatened” piping plovers.  The complex dune system provides storm damage protection by acting as the first line of defense for the cottage colony, Barnstable Harbor and ultimately, the mainlands of Barnstable and the Great Marsh.  It is one of the few undeveloped pieces of Sandy Neck and is the missing link in the protection of the entire barrier beach system.


Barnstable DPW Increases Pay Rates for Snow & Ice Contractors

The Town of Barnstable is seeking experienced snow plow contractors with equipment from ¾ ton four-wheel drive trucks to ten wheelers, dump trucks, large trucks, skid steers and other equipment to assist during winter snow and ice operations.  Pay rates have been increased to match those paid by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. An early sign-on bonus is being offered to contractors who properly submit all required paperwork by November 15, 2015. Apply in person at the Town of Barnstable Highway Division office, 382 Falmouth Road, Hyannis MA 02601. Call Joe Marshall at 508-790-6330 for further information. Contractor information and an application can be found online, click here to view the paperwork. Drivers must be experienced and own their own equipment.


Community Development Block Grant Funds Now Available

The Town of Barnstable Growth Management Department (GMD) is the lead agency for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funds in amounts up to $25,000 are now available for façade improvements and $2,500 for sign improvements for commercial businesses located in downtown Hyannis in the designated program areas. Applicants are required to provide a one-to-one match, and property owner permission is necessary for tenants applying. Please visit for eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply. Please submit applications to the Growth Management Department, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. Department offices are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Applications will be accepted until 3:00 PM on November 16, 2015.



West Barnstable Shooting Range: Share Your Thoughts

Since December 11, 2012, the West Barnstable shooting range has been closed due to insurance issues. The closure brought to light a number of environmental and policy issues that must be rectified. Town Council has suggested we survey our citizens regarding the future of the West Barnstable shooting range. We are reaching out for a broader discussion on options at the facility.   A poll and a discussion topic have been posted online at We invite you to share your thoughts.


Click here to answer the poll   Click here to add your comments



Halloween Events


Barnstable Village Halloween Stroll TONIGHT

Friday, October 30 4:30 – 6:45 p.m. Main Street, Barnstable Village.

All children and families are invited to meet in front of the Barnstable County Complex at 4:30. The children will walk along Main Street in costume and end at the Barnstable Fire Department. All are welcome to bring a carved, painted or creatively decorated pumpkin to display on Main Street in front of the Courthouse. Candles are provided. The Elbows will perform at the Jailhouse Stage and the BBQ Sandwich food truck will be on site. Sponsored by the Barnstable Village Association.


Hyannis Main Street Safe Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Main Street, Hyannis

The 26th Annual Safe Trick or Treat will be held on Main Street, Hyannis on Saturday, October 31st from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Local businesses up and down Main Street will be handing out special treats and candy. Participating businesses will have an orange Safe Trick or Treat flyer in their window. Children of all ages are invited and encouraged to dress up and take part in the 26th Annual Safe Trick or Treat on Main Street, Hyannis.




Last week, we asked: There was a champion on Jeopardy this week from Cape Cod. Do you know the champion’s name and which Cape Cod town he/she was from? We managed to stump many of you – some knew the town, but none knew the name. Our Cape Cod Jeopardy champion was Robert Arrowood of Provincetown.  


This week’s question: Election Day in the Town of Barnstable is on Tuesday, November 3rd. Candidates for School Committee, Housing Committee, and Town Council appear on the ballot. In what year did Barnstable change its form of government to Council-Manager, and how many Councilors were elected that year? Email your answer here.  



Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

October 26-30, 2015


Monday October 26, 2015


Town Manager Tom Lynch joined us live in-studio Monday morning to discuss Town Hall building safety, recent interviews with Barnstable Police Department lieutenant candidates, and the Aging in Barnstable community forum held at the Barnstable Senior Center last Friday. We visited with Barnstable Public Schools Transportation Coordinator Sandy Gifford, who told us all about bus safety.  Interim Superintendent of Schools Bill Butler reviewed a recent meeting with the Special Education Parents Advisory Council, a School Committee workshop on standardized testing, and provided an update on the search for a new Superintendent of Schools.  Finally, we talked with Cape Cod Community College Communications Director Michael Gross, who discussed the recent Phi Theta Kappa honor society induction, and ongoing recruitment for the new air frame and power plant maintenance program being offered by the College.


Tuesday October 27, 2015


Chief of Police Paul MacDonald talked with us Tuesday about a recent stabbing incident in town and a pair of rather serious motor vehicle accidents.  In our Community Profile segment, we learned about Barnstable art teacher HoYin Yuen, who recently was named Middle School Art Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association.  We took a trip to Sandy Neck Beach Park for the weekend celebration of the acquisition of fourteen acres of land for conservation.  First Barnstable State Representative Tim Whelan discussed forward motion on a bill designed  to block trafficking of Fentanyl in Massachusetts, and work being done to assist Gold Star Families in receiving property tax exemptions.  Director of Public Works Dan Santos shared information about fall clean-up work being done in preparation for the winter months.


Wednesday October 28, 2015


Our Business Barnstable segment this week featured Cape Cod Commission Economic Development Officer Leslie Richardson, who talked with us about the regional plan for economic development.  Director of Growth Management Jo Anne Miller Buntich discussed how her department utilizes social media, and previewed planned focus groups and listening sessions related to the Housing Production Plan.  Director of Finance Mark Milne talked with us about the new Financial Overview document, created by the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee, which aims to better educate the public about the Town’s budget and expenditures.


Thursday October 29, 2015


Len Gobeil’s Sports segment began our Thursday program. This week, Len talked with Barnstable High School Girls Cross Country coach Keith Caldwell. Next, we visited with Cape & Islands Mass Bike Chapter President Rob Miceli, who shared some important cycling safety tips.  Sturgis East Senior Katie Curran, founder of Project Next Generation, joined us next for a special segment highlighting her work.  2nd Barnstable State Representative Brian Mannal talked with us about recent hearings on legislation relating to farming and farm animals.


Friday October 30, 2015


Friday’s show began with a visit to Barnstable Municipal Airport, for an Arts & Culture segment focused on a new exhibit from the Cape and Islands Art Association. Director of Leisure Services Patti Machado talked with us about winter recreation programs and preparations for holiday and vacation programs. Hyannis Youth and Community Center General Manager Joe Izzo talked with us about Try Hockey for Free Day, taking place on Saturday November 7.  Natural Resources Supervisor Doug Kalweit joined us live in studio for a discussion on oyster and scallop seasons, and hunting in Barnstable.


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