Veterans Day

Veterans’ Day is Friday, November 11, 2016. The Barnstable Soldiers Veterans Day Program takes place on the Hyannis Village Green. The parade will form at 9:30 AM and march down South Street, to Old Colony, to Main, and finish on the Village Green. Josh Adams of Harbor Church in Hyannis will offer an invocation. Peace Poem winner Nicolas Barcelo, a third-grader at Hyannis West Elementary School will read a poem he wrote, entitled “My Dad is Fighting for Peace”. Captain Daniel Spiecher, Commander of the Operations Support Flight, 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod Air Force Station is the keynote speaker. The ceremony will include a wreath laying, a rifle salute, and TAPS, played by a Barnstable High School student.


Barnstable Voters Hit the Polls

According to Town Clerk Ann Quirk, Barnstable voters turned out in full force, with 77% of our Town’s registered voters turning out for this year’s election. This year saw the first-ever Early Voting, and 20 percent of our voters cast early ballots at Town Hall. We congratulate all of the candidates. I look forward to working with the members of our legislative delegation: Senator-elect Julian Cyr, State Representative-Elect Will Crocker, Congressman William Keating, and County Commissioners Mary Pat Flynn and Ron Beaty, and re-elected Barnstable Assembly of Delegates Representative Patrick Princi.

Click here to view the Town of Barnstable’s unofficial Election results.


Homeless Committee Update

This week, I met with members of the Homeless Subcommittee. We discussed communication strategy, and a plan underway to reach out to all those state, county, and non-profit organizations that provide social services in and around our community in hopes of improving communication in our area. I will be reaching out to coordinate the communication effort.


Off-Season Vessel Storage Prohibited

The Harbormaster’s office would like to remind all boaters that no vessel shall be stored or placed on any Town property between November 15 and April 15 without written permission from the Harbormaster.  Any vessel placed or remaining between those dates shall be considered abandoned property under this regulation, and will be scrapped or otherwise disposed of by the Town. The Town of Barnstable shall not be responsible for damage to or theft of any vessel placed neither at this parcel nor for loss of property considered abandoned under this regulation.


Hyannis Parking Study: Open House Planned

A study of parking in and around downtown Hyannis is underway. Consultant Nelson-Nygaard has completed a meticulous data collection and analysis process. An internal working group comprised of Growth Management, Consumer Affairs, and Regulatory Services staff met with the consultant last week to review the analysis of the downtown Hyannis parking system and to look at strategies they have put together. An Open House to gather input and share plans will be held in the Town Hall Hearing Room on Wednesday, November 30 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM. The evening will include a presentation and an opportunity to share comments. Final Recommendations and an implementation strategy are expected by the end of the year.


Improvements to Route 28 in Cotuit

The Town of Barnstable is working with the Cape Cod Commission and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on planned solutions to congestion and dangerous conditions along  Route 28 in Cotuit. The final public meeting for the corridor project was held last week. A final report on the plan is expected in early December. Click here for more information on the project from the Cape Cod Commission.


From the Words of Warriors II – Student Art Honors Veterans

Veterans Day will be marked at Barnstable Airport with a unique display of interpretive art by middle school students from Barnstable, Bourne and Provincetown.  “From the Words of Warriors II” includes 30 works of art that will be on display in the Airport between November 9th and November 18th. A closing reception for veterans and students will be held November 15th at 5:00 PM in the terminal.  The artwork represents students’ interpretations of veterans service during wartime and peacetime, based on in-person interviews the students conducted during the visit of the Collings Foundation exhibit “Wings of Freedom” at the airport in September.


Housing Production Plan Moving Forward

Barnstable’s Growth Management Department has completed preparation of the Housing Production Plan (HPP).  The Plan outlines a roadmap to a “vibrant, intergenerational community with diverse and attractive year-round choices.” The Plan was commissioned to help address the cost and availability of housing. The planning effort brought together perspectives from residents, business owners, employees, affordable housing advocates, and developers. Through a 10-month process, they set forth 18 recommendations to help the Town address local housing needs in ways that ensure protection of natural resources and support economic growth.  The HPP has been approved by the Planning Board.  Pending further discussion by Town Council, the next step is to submit the Plan to the Department of Housing and Economic Development.

Click here to view the Executive Summary           Click here to view the Plan


Barnstable Dog Park Update

Plans for a place for pups in Barnstable are moving forward. The Barnstable Dog Park will be built along Phinney’s Lane, near Hathaway’s pond. The project is being funded by the Stanton Foundation, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Foundation encourages positive dog/human relationships and provides grants to support the creation of enclosed dog parks in Massachusetts cities and towns.  Barnstable has applied for and received such a grant from the Stanton Foundation.  The Town of Barnstable has been working closely with the Committee for a Barnstable Dog Park to help in forming a first-class, no-fee dog park open to the public. You are invited to a public informational meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Selectmen’s Conference Room on the second floor of Town Hall, 367 Main Street in Hyannis. 


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 underway, and it will continue through December. If you have any questions, please contact the Department at 508-428-6691.


Last week, we asked: Recreational oyster season opened this week in Barnstable. How large must an oyster be before it can be harvested? The correct answer is: 3 inches at its longest length.

This Week’s Question: 77 percent of Barnstable voters turned out for the 2016 Presidential Election. What percentage of voters turned out in 2012? Email your answer here.

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