Even the dogs were smiling during the October 31st Ribbon Cutting
for the Barnstable Dog Park

What began as an idea in February 2011 with the creation of a Committee for Barnstable Dog Parks is now a reality.  Town Manager Mark Ells and his daughter Lucie brought Mawzie with them to celebrate.  The park is available to the public, at no charge, dawn to dusk unless closed for weather conditions or maintenance.  The park has three off leash areas: the training area, the small dog area and the mix use area.   All areas have a pea stone covering, water bubblers, waste disposal stations and benches.  Note: during the winter months the water is turned off.  The park is owned and operated by the Town of Barnstable and is maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers.  These stewards visit the park daily to ensure that it is clean and safe for people and dogs.  We are grateful for the support of The Stanton Foundation. Special Thanks to the Friends of Barnstable Dog Parks (Elaine Grace, Barbara Cappellina, Barbara Chester, Donald Jacobs, Leanne Jacques, Martina Mehl, Penny Scott, Demetra Kapolis, John Cappellina, Anne Mayo, and Beth Marcus); the Barnstable Town Council, represented by Town Councilors Debra Dagwan, John Flores, Paula Schnepp and Phil Wallace; DPW Director Dan Santos; Recreation Director Patti Machado; Assistant Recreation Director John Gleason; Recreation Commission Vice Chair Joe O’Brien; PKM Construction; and the Marine and Environmental Affairs (MEA) Department represented by MEA Director Dan Horn; Director of Natural Resources Nina Coleman; Animal Control Officer Charlie Lewis; Administrative Assistant Debbie Lavoie; and Natural Resource Officers Amy Croteau, Sean Kortis and Chris Nappi.

 

Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 4th.  Remember to set your clocks back.


Town Council Meeting – November 1st
During last night’s Town Council, the Moment of Silence was offered by Town Councilor Paul Hebert in memory of those who lost their lives tragically in Pittsburgh last week.  Prior to Public Comment, Agenda Item 2019-032 Amending Article V, Chapter 240, Section 25 of the Zoning Ordinance to revise regulations for the  Highway Business District was referred to a Joint Hearing with Planning Board on November 15, 2018.  During Town Manager Communications, Town Manager Mark Ells said that we are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2020 as scheduled.  We are planning the calendar year permit and fee hearing on November 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM.  The Town Council will conduct a joint meeting/ workshop tonight with the School Committee in accordance with the Town Charter to review the financial condition of the Town.   For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the town’s Open Budget website. DPW staff has prepared a new source alternatives evaluation report in our efforts to maintain existing and provide future water supply in the Hyannis Water System.  This report includes options to improve existing public water supply wells and identify future locations for future potential public water supply wells.  The Fish & Wildlife parcel is identified as one of several viable sites in close proximity to the Hyannis water system and discussion continues to progress on siting of a future public water supply on the Fish & Wildlife 250 acre parcel immediately abutting the Hyannis Water system.  Another site identified in this report that we are proceeding with preliminary investigation is the County Farm site.  As part of the Town settling its dispute with the County regarding PFOAS contamination of the Mary Dunn Wells, the Town secured an Access Agreement from the County to perform exploratory investigation of the County farm for future potential water supply wells.  We have begun planning for a broader discussion of public water supply wells and the need to update the delineation of zones of contribution to public water supply wells as future potential water supplies are identified.    On October 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM a public hearing was held for the purposes of making changes to the Town of Barnstable Shellfish, Eel, Herring and Aquaculture Rules and Regulations.  The changes were approved by the Shellfish Committee and Natural Resources staff.  I have forwarded to Town Council for approval which will occur thirty days from the date of written notification (October 31, 2018). On October 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM a public hearing was held for the purposes of establishing Dog Park Regulations.  The regulations were approved. On November 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm, Mr. Ells plans to meet with the Board of Health (BOH) to further discuss the proposal to eliminate or modify Chapter 360 Article XV. Protection of Saltwater Estuaries Interim regulations.  The Department of Public Works in its continued efforts to better serve the solid waste disposal and recycling needs of our community is asking our residents to participate in an online survey or go to the Town’s Home page of the web site and the survey is under Notifications.  The survey will be open through November 15, 2018.  The Town of Barnstable has entered into a two-year contract for electricity supply for all of the municipal electric accounts. A competitive RFP process was administered by the Cape Light Compact, who acted as agent on behalf of the forty participating public entities on the Cape and Vineyard, which included towns, fire districts, school districts, and others. The Compact does not charge towns for this service. The Compact does this as a service to towns that choose to participate. All the towns on the Cape and Vineyard, except Bourne, participated.  The Compact received three bids to supply a firm fixed price for electricity. The Town of Barnstable’s representative to the Compact, David Anthony, was present on the bid due date last Thursday, and participated in the selection of the winning bid.  The winning bidder was NextEra Energy Services, who is the supplier for the Town’s current contract, and had offered the best combination of price and contract terms and conditions. The Town’s new contract, which runs from July 2019 through July 2021, provides the Town with a fixed supply rate of 9.651 cents/kWh, only very slightly above the current rate of 9.614 cents/kWh.  The contract does not allow for any pass through charges, including any pass through costs for changes in law that may occur during the term. This protects the Town by eliminating the town’s exposure to fluctuating market electricity prices and changes in law that could impact electricity supply rates on a state or federal level. Under the Cape Light Compact Light Fixture Program we have upgraded lighting at 200 Main Street ($23,900), Barnstable Police Station ($45700), School Administration Building ($35,400), and work pending at the Hyannis Youth & Community Building ($250,000).  The lighting upgrades have improved working conditions and are expected to result in further energy efficiency cost savings.  Building Commissioner Brian Florence provided updates to the Town Council on 31 Babbling Brook Road on the Town’s efforts relative to properties that are abandoned or in various states of disrepair.  Next up was the Annual Joint Meeting with the School Committee and Town Council.  Finance Director Mark Milne provided the state of the Town’s finances.  You can watch Mr. Milne’s presentation here.  Town Council President Eric Steinhilber asked the Town Council for the Acceptance of the Town Council 2018-2019 Strategic Plan which was approved.  The Orders of the Day began taking New Business item 2019-041 out of order - the Resolve to authorize the Town Manager to extend the contract of the Director of Finance, Mark Milne until June 30, 2023 received a first reading.  Returning to Old Business, Barnstable Police Chief Matthew Sonnabend presented Agenda Item 2019-038 Supplemental Appropriation request of $75,400 for the Barnstable Police
Department Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget for the purpose of funding the hiring of five current patrol  officer vacancies which was approved.  The Town Council approved Agenda Item 2
019-040 Appointments to a Board/Committee/Commission: Council on Aging, Historical Commission, Infrastructure and Energy Committee, and Youth Commission. New Business started with Agenda Item 2019-042 Amending Chapter 240, Article III, of the Zoning Ordinances to expand the highway Business District being referred to a Joint Public Hearing with the Planning Board on November 15, 2018.  The Planning & Development Department’s Housing Coordinator Arden Cadrin presented Agenda Item 2019-043  .................................................................... Acceptance of a Department of Housing and
Community Development Housing Choice Community Grant in the amount of $250,000 for the purpose of supplementing a planned upgrade to the sewer infrastructure in the Downtown Hyannis Growth Incentive Zone which was approved.  DPW Director Dan Santos presented two agenda items 2019-044 Transfer
Order of $18,000 from the Fiscal Year 2019 Public Works Department Personnel Budget to the Fiscal Year 2019 Public Works Department Operating Expense Budget for the purpose of funding development of the Stewart’s Creek Management Plan and performing associated monitoring and reporting and 2019-045 Transfer Order of $15,000 from the Fiscal Year 2019 Public Works Department Personnel Budget to the Public Works Department Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget to fund Barnstable Senior Center landscape improvements which were both approved. Agenda Item
2019-046 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $120,000 for the repair of storm damage at Blish Point, Barnstable Village was referred to a Public Hearing on November 15, 2018.  The next Town Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Hearing Room of Barnstable Town Hall.

Important Information from the Town Clerk’s Office
As a reminder from Town Clerk Ann Quirk, the last day and time to vote by absentee ballots is Monday, November 5th at NOON in the Town Clerk’s office.  Please stop by and you can vote right now in the office, your ballot will be taken to the polling locations to be counted on Election Day, November 6th. Early Voting at the Town Clerk’s Office ends TODAY Friday, November 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM.  The Town Clerk’s Office will be the centralized tabulation facility for early voting ballots.  The Town Clerk’s office will be closing at NOON on Monday, November 5th to prepare for Election Day, November 6th. 
Questions?  Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-862-4044.

Polling Places:

Precinct 1              Zion Union Church at 805 Attucks Lane in Hyannis
Precinct 2:
             Community Center @ St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, 1130 Route 28, Centerville

Precinct 3:             Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis

Precinct 4:             Our Lady of Victory Church Hall, 230 South Main Street, Centerville

Precinct 5:             The Osterville Fire Department, 999 Main Street, Osterville

Precinct 6:             Gym of Christ Chapel, 2C Oak Street, Centerville

Precinct 7:             Freedom Hall, Main Street, Cotuit

Precinct 8:             Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis

Precinct 9:             Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis

Precinct 10:          Seventh Day Adventist’s Community Building, 2736 Falmouth Road (Route 28) in Marstons Mills

Precinct 11:          West Barnstable Fire Department, 2160 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable

Precinct 12:          Seventh Day Adventist’s Community Building, 2736 Falmouth Road (Route 28) in Marstons Mills

Precinct 13:          Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis

 

Public Hearing for Fees for Calendar Year – Thursday, November 8th at 10:00 AM
A public hearing on changes to various, permits and program fees that will take effect January 1, 2019 for FY 2019 within the Town of Barnstable will be held on November 8th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the New Town Hall Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.  Information is available on the Town website at www.town.barnstable.ma.us or in the Town Managers Office from 8:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m., located at the Town Hall 2nd floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.  The proposed fee changes can be viewed here.

 

Save the Date:  Oyster Season Opens November 3, 2018
Scudder Lane Recreational Shellfishing Area

Effective Saturday, November 3, 2018, the Scudder Lane Recreational Shellfishing Area in Barnstable Harbor is open for the recreational harvest of shellfish, except for a portion(s) of the area defined and marked by yellow buoys, which will remain closed for shellfish propagation projects and/or scientific research project protection. (For more details see related notices of shellfish management closures for said projects). Effective Monday, April 1, 2019, the Scudder Lane Recreational Shellfishing Area in Barnstable Harbor will be closed to the harvest of all shellfish. The Scudder Lane Recreational Shellfishing Area extends from the sign post near the beach house west of the Scudder Lane Landing to the Barnstable Yacht Club pier, and extends to the Huckins Island tidal flat.

OYSTERS

Effective Saturday, November 3, 2018, Town of Barnstable waters currently open to the harvest of soft shell clams and quahogs are open for the recreational harvest of oysters. Effective Monday, April 1, 2019, the recreational harvest of oysters will be prohibited throughout the Town of Barnstable.

LEGAL SIZE OYSTER: Minimum legal harvest size is three (3) inches longest length.

RECREATIONAL HARVEST LIMIT: Not more than 1/2 peck (5 quarts dry measure) per calendar week.

SHELLFISH MANAGEMENT: The Natural Resources Office reserves the right to prohibit the harvest of shellfish at any time in any area of the Town for management purposes.


Barnstable Public Health Division Flu Clinics
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division is pleased to announce that there will be two more influenza vaccination clinics open to Barnstable residents as follows:
               Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 3:00-5:00 PM
                              at St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community Center, Route 28 Centerville;
               Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
                             
at Hyannis Youth & Community  Center, 141 Bassett Lane Hyannis, in the front lobby.
Drive-thru service will be available on November 7th at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Route 28 Centerville. Consent forms will be available at the Public Health Division Office and at the Senior Center. 
The fee is $3.00.

Recycling Survey from Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works

Please help the Department of Public Works to better serve the solid waste disposal and recycling needs of our community by taking a very brief online survey.  You can access the survey by entering the following link into your computer browser. The survey will be open through November 15, 2018.


Save the Date: Veterans Day Activities in the Town of Barnstable
Veterans’ Day Parade to be held on Sunday, November 11th

This year’s Veterans’ Day Parade will take place on Sunday, November 11th at 10:00 AM.  The parade will form next to the Town Hall Building, extending back to the Village Green.  Volley by Yarmouth Minutemen at 9:58 AM. The parade will step off promptly at 10:00 AM.  The parade will conclude at the Hyannis Village Green for the Annual Barnstable Soldiers Veterans’ Day Program. This year’s keynote speaker is Second Lieutenant David R. Morris.  Second Lieutenant Morris is a Space Operations Officer at the 6th Space Warning Squadron based at Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts. He currently serves as a crew commander, conducting radar operations in support of US missile warning and space surveillance capabilities.  Lieutenant Morris was born in England and hails from South Windsor, Connecticut. He is a third-generation military officer, having received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in June of 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His off-duty hobbies include aviation, rifle and pistol shooting, and baseball. He currently resides in Bourne, Massachusetts.

Veterans’ Day – Sunday, November 11th – Second Annual Veterans Town Hall

The Second Annual Barnstable Veterans Town Hall will be held on Sunday, November 11th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall, 2nd Floor Hearing Room, Hyannis, MA -  Ten Minute Testimonies of Combat Veterans: Veterans Tell the Community What It Felt Like to Go to War.  Please join this community event hosted by the Town of Barnstable and the Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center: an opportunity to listen respectfully and demonstrate your interest genuinely.  This is a solemn and non-political event. There is no question and answer period; no debate on the merits or justifications of war; no recrimination or accusations.  This event’s concept was created by Sebastian Junger, Journalist, Author and Veterans Advocate and supported by Congressman Seth Moulton, former Marine and Iraq Veteran. 


Barnstable Elderly & Disabled Taxation Aid Fund
The Barnstable Town Council has accepted Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 60, Section 3D which allows the Town to establish a fund to defray the real estate taxes of low income elderly and disabled persons.  Taxpayers contribute to the fund through a voluntary check off on their real estate tax bills.  The funds collected are distributed to needy individuals through an annual award process, which recipients need to meet eligibility requirements and complete and submit an application form.  Applications are available at the Barnstable Senior Center, on the Town of Barnstable website or call the Treasurer’s Office at 508-862-4656.  Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2018.  Awards will be announced by December 31, 2018 and applied directly to the applicant’s residential tax bill.


Time to Renew Your Burglar Alarm Registration with the Barnstable Police Dept.
All burglar alarm registrations within the Town of Barnstable will expire on December 31, 2018.   If you are an Alarm User, commercial or residential, monitored or non-monitored, you need to renew your Alarm Registration and get your 2019/2020 decal.  Please complete a 2019/2020 Alarm Registration renewal form and submit with a $25.00 registration fee.  Renewal forms are available at the Barnstable Police Department or online at www.barnstablepolice.com.  Please renew by the expiration date (12/31/2018) to avoid costly late fees and unregistered alarm fines.  If you have any questions regarding the renewal please call 508-778-3824.  Please familiarize yourself with the regulations by visiting our website.  Thank you for your continued assistance and diligence in reducing false alarms in our Town!    

New Restaurant Startup Guide for Barnstable

Opening a restaurant can be a complicated undertaking that includes various permits, licenses and inspections. It can take multiple steps from ‘soup to nuts’ before an owner/chef can open the doors and welcome hungry diners. To help new or relocating restauranteurs navigate the ins and outs of required permits and inspections, the Town of Barnstable has developed its own Restaurant Startup Guide. “Restaurants are one of the harder businesses to get off the ground because they require multiple regulatory agency approvals. From Alcohol to Zoning and everything in between, an applicant needs these approvals to ensure public safety,” according to Barnstable Building Commissioner Brian Florence. With numerous food service establishments located in Barnstable — and more opening all the time — this new Restaurant Startup Guide is designed to help simplify the process for restaurant owners. The brochure is colorfully designed and laid out in a step-by-step fashion to assist the user. Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato expands on the need for this guide: “Our goal is that this new permitting guide, specifically designed for entrepreneurs looking to open a food service establishment in Barnstable, will serve as an effective planning tool for people who have great culinary ideas and need guidance on how to make their vision a reality.” Copies of the guide will be distributed to the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) and the village business associations, as well as local commercial real estate brokers. It will also be available at Town Hall and the Town’s Regulatory Offices located at 200 Main St, Hyannis. The guide is also downloadable on the Town’s economic development website BusinessBarnstable.com for anyone who wishes to access it. The guide will also be made available in Spanish and Portuguese.  For more information about this program, contact Economic Development Specialist Mike Trovato at 508-862-4791 or michael.trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us.

 

FALL IS HERE

RESIDENT SEASON PARKING RATES ARE BACK!

 

Parking Management continues efforts towards identifying opportunities within public parking areas to creatively improve quality of life for our residents and guests while supporting the economic vitality of our community. To support and accommodate our residents, public parking rates and times have adjusted to the following rates: 

 

Barnstable Senior Center Introduces New Evening Programming
Fall is a mellow, cozy interval and a great time of year to indulge in some special time for yourself with any of the BSC’s educational, recreational or health and fitness and social opportunities for adults of all ages. Not able to take advantage of daytime offerings? We now have evening hours!  Learn to play the tin whistle, craft a gorgeous boxwood tree for the holidays (day or evening session), or dance your way to better health.  Get sewing or painting, learn French or Spanish, or improve your computer skills.  The entire array of offerings is online at http://www.townofbarnstable.us/SeniorServices.   Or pick up a print copy of the October/November Compass at the BSC, town libraries and other locations for a complete list of enrichment resources as well as fee and registration information.

 

Recycling Changes for Barnstable Transfer Station & Recycling Center

Over the past year, there have been significant changes to the global recycling market. The major outlets for U.S. recyclables have overhauled their regulations and increased their enforcement, with some outlets shutting down. This has created stricter standards in the acceptance of recyclables. Due to these changes, the Solid Waste Division has adjusted its operation and changing the process on how recyclables are accepted at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center.  Beginning October 1, 2018, all recyclables disposed of at the Recycling Center need to be separated into designated containers for cardboard, plastics, mixed paper, metal cans and glass. Sticker holders are responsible for separating their recyclable items and disposing of them into the respective containers. To aid in the transition from single stream to separation, there will continue to be two (2) containers for single stream recycling. These two containers will only be available until November 30th to allow sticker holders to adjust to the recycling changes. We will be installing updated signs and will have increased personnel in the Recycle Center to help with any questions and concerns.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and assistance in transitioning from single stream to source separated.


Inside Barnstable Town Government Winter Classes

26th Session Now Accepting Applications

The twenty-sixth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 29, 2019. The academy is an 11-week commitment with the goal of educating the citizens of Barnstable about the operations of town government, while also obtaining valuable feedback and participation from those citizens participating in the Academy. The program is designed to advance understanding of and participation in civic affairs as well as to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government. Inside Barnstable Town Government began in 2003. To date, over 700 Barnstable residents and employees have participated in the program.  The classes will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 PM and will be held in various locations throughout the Town.  The Academy also includes a bus tour of the seven villages of the Town of Barnstable.  The classes will be conducted by Town staff and provide interactive learning experiences, group discussions, and site tours.  The program is free of charge and open to anyone who resides or works in the Town of Barnstable.   Class size is limited.  Please register early to avoid the waiting list.  Applications are available at the Town Manager’s Office, 367 Main Street, Hyannis or online here.  To receive an application by mail or fax, please call 508-862-4610.  For specific information, you may call Academy facilitators Susan French at 508-362-2864 or Arthur Caiado at 508-221-0412.

 

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

*NEW* Drainage Structure & Pavement Repairs - Phinney’s Lane & Hyannis Road

The Department of Public Works will be performing drainage structure repairs on various sections of Phinney’s Lane and Hyannis Road between Attucks Lane and the intersection with Route 6A in Barnstable Village beginning on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Failed sections of pavement around the structures will also be removed and replaced with new asphalt pavement. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 9, 2018, weather permitting.  The drainage repairs and paving operations are both mobile activities that will proceed along one travel lane at a time. Vehicle access will be restricted to one lane around the mobile operations.  Motorists can expect minor delays at times during this construction process.

Operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM, after which time through traffic will be opened back onto all lanes of these roadways.

*Continues* National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains

The Department of Public Utilities has shut down all National Grid projects until further notice.  We will update as information becomes available.
*CONTINUES* Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way Continues
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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
*CONTINUES* Utility Pole Relocations along Route 149 in Marstons Mills

During October, Verizon will be installing new utility poles in some locations along Route 149 between Route 28 and Lovell’s Lane, as well as on Main Street between Route 149 and the former elementary school.  After the new poles are installed, Eversource and Verizon will relocate their overhead lines to the new poles and remove the old poles.  This work is in preparation for the Town project to improve these sections of roadway.  DPW will announce the road construction start date when it is determined.  The utility pole relocations are not expected to interfere with traffic, although temporary lane closures with police details might be necessary in some locations.
*CONTINUES* Sewer Work- Attucks Lane, Hyannis

Sewer work along Attucks Lane, Hyannis associated with the future Cape Cod Five Headquarters began in September and continue through the fall.  The sewer work will involve the installation of approximately 1,300 LF of sewer force main and approximately 650 LF of gravity sewer along the western portion of Attucks Lane.  Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid construction work. 
*UPDATED* Sidewalk Repairs on Route 6A and on Route 132
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has notified the Town of upcoming sidewalk repairs on Route 6A (Main Street) between #2760 & #2772, and on Route 132 (Iyannough Road) near the Park & Ride lot at #2145.  The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 5, 2018 and is scheduled to be completed on Thursday, November 8, 2018, weather permitting.  Traffic during construction operations may be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.  The work hours will be 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
*CONTINUES* Water Works Construction on Main Street in Hyannis

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works’ Water Supply Division is continuing a water works construction project that will improve the water quality and fire flows for customers of the Hyannis Water System in the Main Street area.  This project will clean and line approximately 1,700 feet of 12-inch water main on Main Street from the Barnstable Road intersection to School Street. Included in the project are the replacement of valves, fire hydrants and customer water services up to the property line. A temporary water bypass system is installed to maintain a continuous supply of water during this project. The major work is anticipated to be done this fall and final paving to be completed in the spring of 2019. For questions relative to this project call Michael Gorenstein, Project Manager, at (508) 775-0063.
*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements - Mistic Drive, Marstons Mills

The Department of Public Works has substantially completed roadway improvements on Mistic Drive in Marstons Mills.  Minor restoration is all that remains. Restoration work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 9, 2018, weather permitting. 

*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements – Smith Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will continue roadway improvements on Smith Street in Hyannis. Remaining improvements include paving of sidewalks and driveway aprons, paving final top course on the roadway, line striping and site restoration. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 9, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during this work 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 these roadways.

*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements – Airport Road, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will be making minor pavement repairs on Airport Road at the intersection with Rt. 132 in Hyannis during the week of November 5, 2018.  Work will include milling and paving a 100 ft long section of Airport Road where it meets Rt. 132. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 9, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during this work 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 these roadways.
*UPDATED* Roadway Improvements – West Main Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works will be making pavement repairs on West Main Street in Hyannis during the week of November 19, 2018.  Work will include removing failed cobblestone median strips and replacing them with hot mix asphalt pavement to match the existing roadway elevations. Work is expected to be completed by Wednesday, November 21, 2018, weather permitting.  Vehicle access during this work may be restricted to one lane at times.  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 these roadways.

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Barnstable Dog Park

The dog park is open.  The three remaining Dog fountains are on order and will arrive in three weeks.  Temporary water faucets have been installed.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Playground fencing and landscaping is being installed.  The site contractor is working with the landscaper to install trees and asphalt sidewalks.  Work to complete the ball field is underway.  The stone dust track along the outside edge of the ball field is being installed to be followed by the infield and fence.   The new entrance off of Meetinghouse Way is open to traffic.  The ballfield, site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love playground are expected to be completed in 2018.

 

Friendly Reminder from Animal Control

Dogs must be on a leash at all times.  The leash must be in the hand of the person with the dog.  Officers may ask to see the dog’s license tag which by law must be on the dog’s collar.  Violators may receive a written citation.  We hope you and your dog enjoy your visit but please be considerate of others during your stay.  And don’t forget that you must pick up and properly dispose of any waste left by your dog.

 

Personal Flotation Devices Must Be Worn From September 15th through May 15th

A friendly reminder from Marine & Environmental Affairs that from September 15th through May 15th, a personal flotation device (PFD) must be worn while paddling.  All persons in a canoe or kayak are required to wear a PFD.

 

Call to artists for the 2019 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties.
TWO locations on Ocean Street, Hyannis:  Bismore Park & Harbor Overlook
Applications available on line at
www.ArtsBarnstable.com

The Town of Barnstable is currently accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2019 Hyannis HyArts Cultural District Artist Shanty program.

Applications are received on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
Applications can be downloaded from www.ArtsBarnstable.com

Artist shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park/Ocean Street, Hyannis and steps away at the Harbor Overlook, 51 Ocean Street, at the corner of South and Ocean Street, overlooking Aselton Park and Hyannis Harbor.   The expansion of the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program to two locations creates an additional attraction for visitors walking from Main Street to Hyannis Harbor through the Hyannis Village Green along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, and at the same time provides affordable selling space and increased exposure for local artists and artisans. The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty Program began in 2005, as the first in a series of arts oriented strategies designed to provide opportunities and exposure for local artists; enliven the economic climate in downtown Hyannis; and establish an important vibrant backdrop for year round residents and visitors.  The shanties are open weekends May through mid-June and then seven days a week through Columbus Day.   The Harbor Overlook supports extended weekends in the fall through December holiday festivities.  Work is handmade or hand crafted, and all artists are from Cape Cod.   A variety of work is represented including jewelry, paintings, photography, visual art, woodcarving, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, glass work, literary art, mixed media, and more.   This artist program is made possible in cooperation with the Town of Barnstable, and its Cultural District partners including the Cape Cod Art Center (CCAC), Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and the JFK Hyannis Museum and Cape Cod Maritime Museum.


Town Manager Approves Use of Town Property Guidebook

The Town of Barnstable welcomes and celebrates events that promote Barnstable’s quality of life and unique character of the seven villages of the Town. Town properties and facilities within the seven villages are available for use with an event permit that offers unique opportunities to complement and enhance your event.  Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells has adopted a Special Event on Town Property Guidebook containing procedures to assist with navigating through the permitting process. In addition, beer and wine is now permissible for special events through an enhanced permit application for the Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis Harbor Overlook and the HyArts Campus buildings. Whether a small family gathering or a large production, our team is committed to working with our resident and visitor event organizers to ensure a streamlined process providing a positive experience from start to finish. To obtain your copy of the guidebook please visit our website at www.townofbarnstable.us/TownManager.  Planning an event on Town Property? Need assistance in understanding the special event permitting process, timeframes, etc.? Please contact Assistant Director of Planning & Development Liz Hartsgrove via email at Elizabeth.Hartsgrove@town.barnstable.ma.us or call, 508-862-4068.

 

Building Department Public Service Announcement
Re: Article VII Sign Regulations § 240-61 (N) Temporary Signs on Public Property
The Town of Barnstable Building Department would like to advise its citizens of a recent policy change concerning the existing temporary signs on public property ordinance.  The Department has reviewed and updated our guidelines as a result of the public’s expressed desire to maintain the quiet dignity and decorum of our memorial sites as well as to address safety concerns regarding motor vehicle traffic line of sight.  The revised policy includes restrictions on the number and placement of temporary signs on public property and a prohibition of temporary signs on memorial sites and traffic islands.  This revision was carefully and purposefully crafted to balance the need of the community to publicize special non-profit events while preserving the integrity of the memorial sites and to ensure traffic safety in each of the seven villages of Barnstable.  As always, applicants seeking to install signs on public property will need to register their event with the Building Department prior to placement of signage.  Forms are available online here or they may be obtained at the Building Department located at the 200 Main Street building.  The Sign Ordinance online link may be found here.  Staff is available to answer questions or to assist applicants with the registration process and can be reached at 508-862-4038.

 

Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod: The Business Barnstable website (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’.
The
Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly tool for assisting small businesses looking to locate in the Town of Barnstable through the permitting, licensing and zoning process.
For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508-862-4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us

Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. This system was used during the recent winter storms.  Make sure you are on our list. Sign up here today. What is CodeRED and why is it important to me? CodeRED is an emergency notification service by which town officials can notify Barnstable residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about time‐sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire town.  Only authorized officials are allowed access to use the system.  Frequently asked questions can be reviewed here.  Be sure to take a moment to learn more about this important notification system.


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 consists of five Town Councilors who interview applicants and make recommendations to the Town Council.  All Councilors then vote to appoint members at the Town Council 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 web page 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.

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

 

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

 


Last Week’s Question: Our beloved Boston Red Sox are in the World Series.  There are fourteen Cape Cod Baseball League alumni in the Series (both on the Sox and LA Dodgers).  Three of those players played for either Hyannis or Cotuit.  Can you name them?  Steph K was quick to respond: World Series MVP Steve Pearce (Red Sox / Cotuit 2007); Jackie Bradley Jr. (Red Sox / Hyannis 2009) and Dylan Floro (Dodgers / Hyannis 2011).

 

This Week’s Question: Finance Director Mark Milne asked us the following question – New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has won against all NFL teams but one.  Name the team.  Please email your answer here .