Remembering Joe DaLuz

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joe DaLuz.  I have known Joe for a long time.  He was the Town of Barnstable’s Building Commission for over 20 years.  Joe was also a longtime civil rights advocate and community leader here in Barnstable and all of Cape Cod.  For more than 50 years, Joe has been recognized for his efforts with human rights issues, housing, community service and more.  Our thoughts are with Joe’s wife Dolores and their family.


FY2018 Budget

We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2018.  I have met with the School Superintendent and agreed to proceed with the 60/40 split of projected FY 2018 revenues.  We are issuing instructions to Departments for FY 2018 Operating and Capital budgets. For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the town’s Open Budget website at


Open Budget Receives Accolades

Speaking of our Open Budget website, on Wednesday, September 28th, our Open Budget site was called out by Socrata’s CEO Kevin Merritt during the White House Open Data Innovation Summit.  We learned that the White House’s Open Budget platform opened on the same day as ours!  Kudos to Finance Director Mark Milne, Budget Analyst Nathan Empey and Application Developer/Analyst Taryn Peterson for their efforts on the Town of Barnstable’s Open Budget website.


Subcommittee for Asset Management

On Monday, September 26th, I met with the Subcommittee for Asset Management to discuss our objectives in managing municipal assets.  We plan to discuss tax title properties and property disposal at our next schedule meeting.


Barnstable Bags It: Plastic Bag Ban to Begin in October

In an effort to promote sustainability and to protect our environment, Barnstable will be enacting a ban on thin-film plastic bags, effective Monday, October 3, 2016. Bags with a thickness of 3 mils or less (or, 0.003 inches) will be banned from use. Businesses are encouraged to offer re-usable or paper bags, and consumers are encouraged to bring their own bags when shopping.  Learn more about the Barnstable Bags It initiative:

   Single-Use Plastic Carry-Out Regulation      FAQ       Exemption Form


Town Council Update

On Thursday evening, two updates were presented to the Barnstable Town Council.  The Cape Light Compact’s Maggie Downey (Administrator), Austin Brandt (Power Supply Planner) and David Anthony (Governing Board and Executive Committee Member) presented information on Grid Modernization.  Jo Anne Miller Buntich (Growth Management Director) and Arden Cadrin (Housing Coordinator / Growth Management) provided a review of the draft Housing Production Plan.  During Town Manager Communications, Department of Public Works Director Dan Santos provided an update on the status of the Comprehensive Water Management Plan effort. The Town Council also approved two grants that will give the Barnstable Police Department a boost. The first grant for $12,000 will pay for bullet proof vests for the Barnstable Police Department. The second grant of $25,889 will pay for a portable drug and substance analyzer.


Site Selected for Performing Arts Center

A site has been selected for the future Oceanside Performing Arts Center. The local non-profit, under the same name, recently announced plans to purchase a nearly 40-acre parcel of land in Hyannis. The land is now part of the Twin Brooks Golf Club. The Oceanside Performing Arts Center will house the Cape Symphony and other year round performances.  “We are so pleased to hear of Oceanside’s plan to invest in a signature performing arts center for our community. This is a significant opportunity to further strengthen the efforts of the Town of Barnstable to attract visitors and residents to our arts district, and expand the Cape’s variety of community and arts activities,” said Mark Ells, Barnstable Town Manager. 


Changes Coming to Cape Cod Municipal Health Group Insurance Plans

The Cape Cod Municipal Health Group (CCMHG) held a meeting this week for town and school administrators to review the Groups’ financial condition, the health insurance marketplace and challenges they face to control costs, what they have done to control costs, and their new proposals for FY 2018.  The new proposals include making plan design changes to bring them up to the levels of the State’s Group Insurance Commission benchmark plan and to add new high deductible ($2,000 individual/$4,000 family) plans that qualify for Health Savings Accounts (HSA). The features and advantages of HSA’s were reviewed as well as collective bargaining approaches that can be used regarding the proposed changes. The proposed changes will be voted on by the CCMHG’s board of Directors on October 19, 2016.


A Special Visitor Comes to Bismore Park
Bismore Park Dockmaster Bernie Garauskas shared that a special visitor came to Bismore Park recently – the younger sister of Ralph Bismore for whom Bismore Park is named!  She is 94 and her husband is 91.  They arrived with some younger relatives.  They saw the picture of Ralph that resides in the Dockmaster’s office, took pictures by the stone and sign, and relayed stories about Ralph.  Bernie was very touched to share those moments with members of the Bismore Family.


Hyannis Open Streets
The Greater Hyannis Civic Association, in partnership with the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, hosted a very successful first Hyannis Open Streets Event on Sunday, September 25th. Main Street was closed to vehicular traffic from 12 noon until 5:00 pm. It is estimated that between 7-10,000 people enjoyed entertainment, retailers, restaurants, and vendors up and down Main Street.   Hyannis Open Streets was the perfect complement to the Love Live Local event that was held on Aselton Park.  People found the Walkway to the Sea to be the perfect route to traverse between both events.  Following last weekend’s success, the next Hyannis Open Streets event will be held on Sunday, October 23rd.



Centerville 99 Grand Re-Opening
On Thursday, September 29th, I joined the Barnstable Silver Bullets for the Grand Re-Opening and Re-Branding of the Centerville 99. District Manager Tom Cattaneo and Restaurant General Manager Tom Hann presented the Barnstable Silver Bullets with a $1,000 check.  The restaurant was closed from Sunday night, September 25th and reopened on the 29th with a ribbon cutting and festivities to highlight their new changes.



Armory RFP Deadline Extended

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Armory (located on South Street in Hyannis) has been extended to October 21, 2016 in response to questions from potential responders. Click here to view the full proposal:


Public Hearing on Shellfish Regulations

A public hearing has been schedule on October 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM for proposed changes to the Town of Barnstable Shellfish, Eel, Herring and Aquaculture Rules and Regulations.  The proposed regulations can be found on the Town’s website.


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 3rd, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM, and Friday November 4th from 8:30 AM until noon. Extended hours will be held Saturday, October 29th from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Barnstable Police Station. 


DPW 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.


·         Willow Street, West Barnstable

Tuesday, September 27 – Friday, October 21


·         Flint Street, Marstons Mills

Wednesday, September 28 – Friday, October 21


·         Ongoing work on Bearse’s Way for sewers


·         Upcoming work at Route 28/Bearse’s Way



Visit the HyArts Artist Shanties at Bismore Park, open seven days a week from 11:00 AM until at least 8:00 PM.  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.



This Weekend: through October 2

Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Kyle Kochiss

Marstons Mills (Green): Pottery by Jean Marie O’Clair

Centerville (Red): Photography by Roberta Anslow

Cotuit (Blue): Mijiza Images by Beverly Roberts

Osterville (Orange): Jewelry by Dawn Rosell

Hyannis (Yellow): Fabric Designs by Margo Sherman

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Woodcarving and Nautical America by Val and Dave Small


Coming Week: October 3-10 *LAST WEEK*

Barnstable (Light Blue): Jewelry by Kyle Kochiss

Marstons Mills (Green):  Paintings by Anne DeRoches

Centerville (Red): Photography by Roberta Anslow

Cotuit (Blue): Paintings by LaVerne Christopher

Osterville (Orange):  Jewelry by Joyce Sullivan

Hyannis (Yellow):  Fabric Designs by Margo Sherman

West Barnstable (Dark Blue): Woodcarving and Nautical America by Val and Dave Small


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This Week’s Question:  The Town of Barnstable’s Open Budget webpage was recently recognized at the White House Open Data Innovation Summit. What other governmental entity went on-line the same day?  Email your answer here.


Barnstable This Morning

Week in Review

September 26-30, 2016


Monday, September 26, 2016


We began our week with Energy Coordinator Richard Elrick, who discussed a number of renewable initiatives in town.  Next, we aired the first in a new series of programming being produced in partnership with Barnstable High School B2B Channel 22, “Principal Perspectives”, a series that will take an inside look at our public schools.  Cape Cod Community College Center for Corporate and Professional Education Employer Relations and Contract Training Manager Michelle Constantino stopped by to discuss efforts to increase the number of skilled workers on Cape Cod.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Due to staffing issues there was no live episode on Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

To begin our program we chatted with Barnstable Senior Center Activity Coordinator Susan Griffin. Susan told us about exercise programs, lecture series and other events happening at the Barnstable Senior Center. We also talked with Marstons Mills Library Director Stacie Hevener about upcoming events including a visit from the Atlantic Paranormal Society Home Team on October 15th. We were updated on town Board, Committee and Commission meetings during our weekly BCC Round-up. We talked with Town Manager Mark Ells about the successful Hyannis Open Streets event and other town happenings. And finally we chatted with Finance Director Mark Milne about the FY17 tax bill process.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

On Thursday’s show we talked with Barnstable Human Rights Commissioners Paul Thompson and Tia Cross about the Mid-Cape Community/Police Forum that will be held at the Zion Union Heritage Museum Saturday October 1st from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Consumer Affairs Supervisor Elizabeth Hartsgrove talked with us about the plastic bag ban that goes into effect October 3rd. State Representative Brian Mannal stopped by to talk about four ballot measures voters will consider this November and constituent services. And finally, Town Council President Jessica Rapp Grassetti gave us a preview of this week’s Town Council meeting.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday we began our program with our weekly Arts and Culture Segment featuring Artist Jackie Reeves. We talked with Animal Control Officer Charlie Lewis about the fall oral rabies vaccine baiting program. We remembered Joe DaLuz during our Barnstable Voices segment. Finally, we got a visit from some adorable pets up for adoption at the Centerville MSPCA.


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