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:
The 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 to those from all religious backgrounds.

 

Election Results

Town Clerk Ann Quirk released the Official Election Results for the Preliminary and Special Elections that were held on Tuesday, September 19th.  For the Preliminary Election in Precinct 12, the top two vote getters were Paula Schnepp with 112 and John Norman with 85.  Marc Brunco finished with 40 votes. The Top (2) two candidates will be on the November 7th ballot.  The Special Election resulted in 2,639 total votes with 1,749 voting yes and 890 voting no.  The yes vote allows the Town to exempt the assessment received from the Regional School District for the debt service on the new school construction from the tax levy limit and levy ceiling should the vote to authorize the Cape Cod Regional High School District to incur debt for “Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School” on October 24th pass. 

 

 

 

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.

 

Be Prepared – A Reminder that Governor Baker Declared September “Emergency Preparedness Month”

With Tropical Storm Jose making his presence known this past week and with a watchful eye on Hurricane Maria, we want to make sure that you take the necessary steps to prepare yourselves and your property. 

Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September 2017 to be Emergency Preparedness Month to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and planning for individuals, families and communities. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) will promote public preparedness throughout the month. These efforts are part of a nationwide preparedness campaign to encourage all Americans to take simple steps to better prepare themselves, and their friends and families, for emergencies at home, work and school, and in their communities. To help individuals and families prepare during Emergency Preparedness Month, MEMA will promote four key preparedness messages: 1) Be Informed, 2) Develop an Emergency Plan, 3) Build an Emergency Kit, and 4) Get Involved in community preparedness and resilience.  MEMA will also stress the importance of considering the unique preparedness needs of children, pets, seniors and people with access and functional needs.   MEMA’s website, www.mass.gov/mema, features resources to help prepare for emergencies and information about the hazards common in Massachusetts. MEMA will also share emergency preparedness tips on Twitter and Facebook and will support various emergency preparedness events across the state.


Today is the Final Day to Complete Town-wide Comprehensive Field Study Survey

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works invites interested individuals to complete an on-line survey regarding the town-wide comprehensive field study. The Town would like your feedback regarding your existing and future use of the Town’s fields and courts.  The purpose of the study is to determine the types of athletic fields that will be needed in the future based on demographics and input from user groups, and then integrate that information into the inventory and condition of existing fields and available parcels for future field development. That integration will result in a draft plan for capital expenditure and recommendations for future field development. The deadline for the survey is today - Friday, September 22nd.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection - September 23, 2017

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division in collaboration with Barnstable County is holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Transfer Station located at 45 Flint Street Marstons Mills.  Hazardous Waste Collections are FREE to all Barnstable Residents.  Participants must have either a paid household trash sticker or free recycling sticker to participate.  Stickers are available during normal business hours at the transfer station, including on the collection day.   The hours of the hazardous waste collection are 9:00am - 12:00pm. For questions about this project, call P.J. Kelliher at 508-420-2258, or refer to the Town’s Web site or to the County’s website for Household Hazardous Waste at www.loveyourlocalwater.org.

 

Notice of Public Hearing -Sea Street Improvements Project, Hyannis
The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works invites interested individuals to attend a public hearing regarding planned improvements along portions of Sea Street and Ocean Avenue in Hyannis.  The hearing will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in the Town Council Hearing Room at Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  This state-funded project is planned to extend from Main Street to the entrance of Keyes Memorial Beach on Ocean Avenue.  The project objectives are to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and overall traffic safety, rehabilitate aging infrastructure, and enhance the streetscape.  The project scope is anticipated to include new ADA-compliant sidewalks on both sides of the road, new or resurfaced pavement, lane widths conducive to shared use with bicycles, improved drainage and lighting, and other streetscape elements such as plantings and benches where feasible.  Construction is planned to start in the spring of 2018 and is anticipated to continue through 2019, with construction breaks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and over the winter.  The project limits, scope, and schedule are contingent on available funding and other factors. The hearing will include a presentation providing an overview of existing conditions and potential improvements along this corridor, with opportunities for questions and comments. Questions and comments may also be sent to Paul Graves, Town Engineer, at paul.graves@town.barnstable.ma.us.

 

Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccine Baiting Program:
Cape Cod Rabies Task Force Collaborate with United States Department Of Agriculture-Wildlife Services, Public Agencies and Volunteers to Reduce Raccoon Rabies on Cape Cod

In cooperation with the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force (CCRTF), the United States Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services (USDA) is continuing to support the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccine (CCORV) Program to help reduce and eliminate raccoon rabies on Cape Cod.  The Cape Cod ORV Program, which began in 1994, is praised as one of the longest running, increasingly successful projects to control rabies in the country.  Unfortunately, the CCORV Program was one of the many public health initiatives which lost its state funding in 2009. The USDA, as a direct result of commitments by the CCRTF, local communities and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has continued to fund the ORV baiting.  The fall round of ORV baiting began the week of September 18, 2017. The USDA has continued to shift the bait zone west as a result of favorable rabies surveillance on Cape Cod, and high vaccination rates in wildlife.  In 2016, baiting was shifted west up against the Canal, in addition to a large portion of Plymouth County for the first time since 2003.  The purpose of the shift was to create a larger buffer zone for Cape Cod, and to begin to provide vaccination for a larger area of Massachusetts. This spring, bait distribution will occur again in the towns of Plymouth, Kingston, Carver, Middleboro, Wareham, Rochester, Marion, Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee, Barnstable, and Yarmouth.  Starting the week of September 25, 2017: Peninsular Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee, Barnstable, Yarmouth:  291 bait stations will be filled; hand-baiting by town, county, and federal officials and volunteers will occur the week of October 2, 2017. The oral rabies vaccine is licensed for use by the USDA.  The rabies vaccine is contained in baits that have a strong fish smell that is especially attractive to raccoons and unpleasant to humans.  Raccoons that consume a vaccine-bait unit will be vaccinated against this fatal disease.  Vaccine containing baits are distributed from cars along the roadside in wooded, brush covered, and wetland areas where raccoons are likely to find and eat them.  Driveways, lawns, buildings, schools and agricultural fields are avoided.  Studies have shown that most baits are eaten within four days and almost all baits are gone in one week.  If baits are not found, the bait will dissolve, exposing the vaccine packet.  Sunlight inactivates the vaccine quickly, as does exposure to air. Although, the vaccine will not harm domestic animals, people are urged to keep their dogs leashed to prevent them from scavenging the baits and vaccine packets.  Humans who encounter the bait should dispose of them in brushy areas where children and dogs are not likely to find them and wash their hands thoroughly.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires people to vaccinate their dogs and cats for rabies to protect both animals and humans.  People can also protect themselves from contracting rabies by following these simple guidelines: avoid contact with wildlife and do not offer food; dispose of food and trash properly; secure garbage cans tightly and report any wildlife behaving oddly to local Natural Resources, Animal Control or health officials.  Members of the public are advised to contact their local boards of health with any questions or concerns about vaccinating pets and the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccine Program.  

 

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

The Town of Barnstable has completed the 2016 program year for the Community Development Block Grant program and is preparing Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the period July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.  The Town was awarded $274,347 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the goals and objectives of the Town of Barnstable Consolidated Plan for 2015 – 2019.  The CAPER is a year-end report that outlines the accomplishments of the Town’s CDBG program and is available for review and comments before the Town submits to HUD for approval. DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: The Draft CAPER is now available on the Town website: http://www.townofbarnstable.us/CDBG or in the Planning & Development Dept. (PDD), 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. This location is handicap accessible.   PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  Written comments received by the Planning & Development Dept. on or before September 27, 2017 will be included in the final submission to HUD.  Please submit written comments to: Kathleen Girouard, Planning & Development Dept., 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. Or by email: kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with “CDBG Comments” in the subject line. 

 

Advanced Notice - Public Health Division Influenza (FLU) Vaccination Clinics
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will hold two (2) Flu Clinics at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community Center (Route 28, Centerville) on Wednesday morning, October 11th from 9:00-11:00 AM and Wednesday afternoon, November 8th 3:00-5:00 PM.  These clinics are 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.

 

Construction Projects:

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Town Architect Mark Marinaccio has informed us that construction is underway at the Lombard site.  We want to make sure that the public is 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. That work is expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Barnstable Dog Park
Town Architect Mark Marinaccio has also informed us that construction is underway at the Barnstable Dog Park on the property of Hathaway’s Pond off of Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis.  More information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

Municipal Employees Attend Purchasing Training Session

The Town of Barnstable, Barnstable County and the Cape Association of Purchasing Professionals (CAPPO) hosted over 100 municipal employees from across Cape Cod to a public purchasing training session at Barnstable Town Hall entitled Chapter 30B, Bidding Basics and More.  This half day session on September 13, 2017, through the offices of the Inspector General of Massachusetts and the office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, provided an overview of the procurement laws found in Massachusetts General Law that govern the expenditure of Public Funds for goods, services, construction and public works projects.  Elaine Davis, the Chief Procurement Officer for Barnstable County and Johanna Boucher, the Chief Procurement Officer for the Town of Barnstable arranged and oversaw this program for the many different municipal, school and fire district employees who attended.  This overview is part of the ongoing technical training made available to municipal workers by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to ensure compliance with the complex laws associated with public procurement on all levels of local government.

 

Art-FULL days around Town!
There are plenty of ways to have an art-FULL day in the Town of Barnstable's two state-designated Cultural Districts, Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village and in all seven villages in Town!  The ArtsBarnstable.com website features all seven villages and links to the two cultural districts and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.   Find us on Facebook at ArtsBarnstable and @artsbarnstable on Instagram. 
Barnstable Village Cultural District PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS :
Annual vintage motorcycle show
 Sunday, September 24th, 2017 10:00 AM-2:00 PM presented by the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce
Historical Lecture Series/Tales of Cape Cod
Every Monday, Now through September 25th, 2017 

7:00 PM -Olde Colonial Courthouse, Route 6A & Rendezvous Lane, Barnstable Village
Barnstable Village self-guided Historic Walking Tour:
Trace history as you stroll through the self-guided tour.  Experience the rich historical heritage of this area on the Old King’s Highway.  Walk from the Barnstable House, just beyond Rendezvous Lane to the Unitarian Church and cemeteries.  Start at any point on the map and follow in either direction. 
Free maps – on line artsbarnstable.com/resources and Cape Cod Art Association and area businesses.

Hyannis HyArts Cultural District PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:              
MAIN STREET:
Open Streets:  Main Street
, Sunday, October 22nd    Noon-5:00 PM 
Come to Hyannis Main Street and play in the street!  Music, entertainment, activities, food, shops, and more for all ages.  Main Street closed to vehicular traffic (Barnstable Road to Sea Street).
ASELTON PARK:
LOVE LOCAL FEST, last Sunday of the month  
Sunday, September 24th, 2017 11:00 AM-dusk,
Free family fun event, live music a
day, vendors, food trucks + more!

 

 BISMORE PARK, OCEAN STREET, HYANNIS
HYANNIS HYARTS ARTIST SHANTIES

180 Ocean Street/Bismore Park, Hyannis  Open through October 9th, 2017, Columbus Day.
Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and artists change weekly.
HOURS:
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, 11:00 AM -6:00 PM, now through October 9th, Columbus Day

September Sounds at the Shanties:
Saturday, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Through September 30th, 2017
23rd:  The Wicked Trio, Blues and Rock
30th:    Kareem Sanjaghi Trio, Jazz & Pop

ROAD WORK

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

UPDATED-Road Surface Paving Osterville-West Barnstable Road

The Department of Public Works will be performing roadway improvements on Osterville - West Barnstable Road in Marstons Mills between Rt. 28 and Flint Street beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017. Improvements include milling of the existing roadway surface and installation of new asphalt pavement. The milling work has been completed and paving will be scheduled for next week. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, September 29, 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.  Operations will start promptly at 9 AM and run until 3 PM, after which time traffic will be opened back onto both lanes of the roadway.

*NEW* Road Surface Reclamation Lombard Avenue, West Barnstable

The Department of Public Works is performing roadway improvements on Lombard Avenue in West Barnstable.  Work begins on Monday, September 25, 2017. Improvements include reclamation of the existing roadway surfaces and installation of new asphalt pavement along the entire lengths of both roads. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, October 6, 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.  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 the roadway. 

*NEW* 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. Gas main infrastructure upgrade work will occur in the area of Stanley Way in Centerville for the remainder of the month. Starting in October, their work will begin on Kennesaw Avenue in Centerville. 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. 

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has begun 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. 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

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.

 

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.

Mellissa Morris selected as the new ‘Artist-In-Residence’ (AIR) at Studio 46
on the Hyannis HyArts Campus-Town of Barnstable

The Town of Barnstable is pleased to announce artist Mellissa Morris as the new Studio 46 Artist-in-Resident at 46 Pearl Street, Hyannis, on the Hyannis HyArts Campus.  Morris intends to offer meditation and yoga classes, monthly drawing and painting workshops. The Hyannis HyArts Campus Artist-in-Residence program is an opportunity for members of the creative economy to rent a professional working artist studio space and gallery. Studio 46 Pearl is situated on a small arts campus setting, which includes a gallery (Gallery Artrio), pottery studio (Bass River Pottery) and the Guyer Barn, a community art space.  The Town of Barnstable encourages and supports local artists with a variety of opportunities to advance in their work and interact with the public.  The artist in residence program is one of many arts oriented town programs in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District contributing to a lively cultural destination where working artists engage residents and visitors alike in cultural activities.

 

Photographs of Alan Belanich on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through October 15th, 2017

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall. The works of photographer Alan Belanich are on display in the Selectmen’s Conference Room and the Town Hall Hearing Room now through October 15th, 2017.  Both meeting rooms are located on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall. Currently employed with the Barnstable Patriot, Alan Belanich is passionate about his work.   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 the program, email melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us or call 508-862-4767.

 

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, made up of five Town Councilors, will interview applicants and make recommendations to the Town Council, who vote to appoint members at their regular 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.

You can now apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the “Apply” link.  If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will 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.  To see what positions are currently available, click here.

 

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

 

e-News TRIVIA
Last week’s question:  With Tuesday, September 18th’s Preliminary and Special Elections, we thought we would ask a question related to elections.  The Town of Barnstable has thirteen precincts, approximately how many residents make up a precinct? We had some close answers including Dave H. with 3,200, but the correct answer is 3,500.

 

This Week’s Question: This question is courtesy of the Marstons Mills Historical Society.  The Grist Mill, located in Marstons Mills on the right side of Route 149, just after crossing Route 28, was first built in what year? Please email your Answer here.