At last night’s Town Council Meeting, there was a special recognition of the Barnstable Police Department (BPD). Town Councilor Matthew Levesque, also a member of the Blue Coats, introduced Chief Matthew Sonnabend who presented BPD Medals of Valor to Barnstable Police Lt. Michael Clark, Officer Joseph Cairns, Officer Michael Lima, Yarmouth Police Officers Christopher VanNess and Sean Geary (represented by his parents) and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael Turgeon.  Chief Sonnabend also recognized all members of the Barnstable Police Department who were on active duty on April 12, 2018 when Yarmouth K9 Sgt. Sean Gannon was shot and killed in the line of duty serving an arrest warrant in Marstons Mills with a letter of commendation for their professionalism and unwavering support during this difficult time. State Representative Will Crocker presented citations from the Massachusetts Senate and House. Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson offered words of appreciation.

Pictured from left to right (front): Trooper Michael Turgeon, Officer Christopher VanNess, Officer Michael Lima,

Officer Joseph Cairns, Lt. Michael Clark, Officer Sean Geary’s parents, and Chief Matthew Sonnabend.

Surrounding the Officers are members of the Barnstable Town Council: James Tinsley, Paul Hebert, Jessica Rapp Grassetti, Paula Schnepp, Debra Dagwan, Paul Neary, Eric Steinhilber, Phil Wallace, James Crocker (President), and Matthew Levesque.

 

Town Council Meeting – April 4, 2019

Town Council President James Crocker opened last night’s Town Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence. Please see above for the Special Recognition of Local and State Police Officers that took place. Next was Public Comment.  Town Manager Mark Ells provided updates on the following items for the period of March 8-April 4, 2019 during Town Manager Communications:

1.      Special thanks to DPW’s Structures & Grounds Division and Barnstable Public Schools for their efforts to get Lowell Park ready for the high school baseball team to play at the ballfield. 

2.      Mr. Ells also gave an update on the Cape Cod Commission hearing on “Chapter H” – the modification of District of Regional Impact thresholds in Hyannis’ Commercial and Industrial area.  At Thursday’s Commission hearing, Mr. Ells and Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins made a presentation on behalf of the Town, and Fred Chirigotis, the Town’s Cape Cod Commission representative, gave testimony.  The Commission approved the item.  Mr. Ells offered thanks to the Commission staff for their thoughtful review.

  1. We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2020 as scheduled.  We commence the second reading of the FY 2020 Capital Improvement Program this evening.  For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the Town’s Open Budget website at http://budget.townofbarnstable.us.
  2. We continue our discussions with Fish & Wildlife regarding the future potential to site water supply wells on the 250 acre parcel owned by the Commonwealth that directly abuts the Hyannis public water supply.  The Town continues work with Mass Fish & Wildlife (F&W) to finalize an agreement that would enable the Town to install public water supply wells on the 250-acre Hyannis Ponds Wildlife Management Area (WMA).  Discussions progressed and we received an affirmative response from F&W staff subject to the F&W Commissioners approval that Barnstable can proceed with the installation and sampling at that site. 
  3. We have continued our efforts at the West Barnstable Shooting Range and anticipate a response to the Notice of Project Change filed by the Town to address the additional exchange of acreage requested by the State to offset the 27 acre area identified as the West Barnstable shooting range and surrounding shot fall area.  Upon issuance of the Certificate of Acceptance of the Notice of Project Change by MEPA the next steps include signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the State and Town that remove the conditions of the Self-Help grants on the West Barnstable shooting range 27 acre parcel then submission of a petition to the general court of the Commonwealth approved by Town Council Order (2015-005, 2017-030 & 2017-029) to enact special legislation approving the change in care, custody, management control of three parcels of land i.e. the 27 acres defined as the West Barnstable shooting range for two parcels located on Breed’s Hill Road (17 acres) and Nye Road (10 acres).  Once approved by the state legislature, work including lead reclamation, reconfiguration and safety improvements would commence.  Upon the reopening of the West Barnstable Shooting Range, the Barnstable Town Manager has assigned the operation of the West Barnstable Shooting Range to the Barnstable Police Department (BPD).  Initially, use of the facility will be limited to the BPD.  Range use will be limited to the hours between sun-up and sun-down Monday through Saturday.  The BPD has been assigned the responsibility to develop a program for the public use of the shooting range and to bring forward said program for Town Manager review and approval as appropriate.  The range shall be operated by the BPD in strict compliance with all gun range safety requirements and best practices.
  4. The Town of Barnstable received an FY2019 Earmark from the State of Massachusetts for $45,000 for Emergency Winter Sheltering.  We worked with our surrounding communities and Duffy Health Center and sheltered 30 individuals for a total of 244 nights at facilities in Barnstable, Yarmouth and Falmouth through April 1, 2019.  We anticipate use of the entire earmark and will commence discussions with the Cape delegation for continued funding of this earmark. 

Given the large crowd in attendance for Agenda Item 2019-117 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount  of $620,000 for the purpose of funding the Marstons Mills Tennis Court Improvement Project as outlined in the Fiscal Year 2020 Fiscal Year 2024 Capital Improvement Plan, President Crocker took the item out of order.  After the Public Hearing, the Town Council voted to approve the item.  While the crowd dispersed, Town Councilor Britt Beedenbender gave an update on the MassWildlife’s Public Listening Session on Topics Related to Coyotes that was held earlier in the evening at Cape Cod Community College.  Councilor Beedenbender reported that this was the first of two listening sessions.  The next will be on June 18th at a location to be determined.  The orders of the day continued with Barnstable Public Schools Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown, Facilities Director David Kanyock and Deputy Finance Director Gareth Markwell who joined Finance Director Mark Milne in presenting ten Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) items (2019-093 $250,000 for the purpose of funding the engineering and planning segment of phase 2 of the field improvements as part of the Barnstable High School Sports Field Upgrade Project; 2019-094 $500,000 for the purpose of funding the Barnstable Public School District –Wide Communication, Video Surveillance and Entry Improvement Project; 2019-095 $1,000,000 for the purpose of funding the Barnstable High School (BHS) Synthetic Turf Replacement Project; 2019-096 $250,000 be appropriated for the purpose of funding the Barnstable Public School Campus Wide Mechanical Upgrades Project; 2019-097 $1,000,000 for the purpose of funding the Barnstable Public school Barnstable High School Environmental Lab Project; 2019-098 $1,500,000 for the purpose of funding the Barnstable High School and Barnstable Intermediate School Roof Top Unit Ventilator Replacement Project; 2019-099 $500,000 for the purpose of funding the Centerville Elementary School Unit Ventilator Upgrade Project; 2019-100 $150,000 for the purpose of funding the Comprehensive School Facilities Assessment; 2019-101 $450,000 for the purpose of funding the Hyannis

West Elementary School Roof Replacement Project; and 2019-102 $250,000 for the purpose of funding  the Centerville Elementary School Roof Replacement Project which were approved.   Airport Manager Katie Servis and Assistant Airport Manager Matt Elia presented ten CIP items which were approved:  2019-103 $220,000 be appropriated for the purpose of funding the Airport’s Replacement of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Equipment; 2019-104 $490,000 for the purpose of funding the Airport’s Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Building Roof Repairs; 2019-105 $800,000 for the purpose of funding the Airport’s Snow Removal Equipment Replacement (Kodiak Snow Blower); 2019-106 $230,000 for the purpose of funding the Airport’s Snow Removal Equipment Replacement (Heavy Duty Carrier Vehicle with Plow and Sander); 2019-107 $280,000 for the purpose of funding the Airport’s Main Terminal Ramp Hardstands for Heavy Aircraft Parking; 2019-108 $475,000 for the purpose of funding the Airport’s Runway 15-33 Surface Treatment and Repainting Project; 2019-109 $1,000,000 for the purpose of funding the Airport’s Repairs to the Access Road on the East Side of the Airfield Including Drainage and Utilities; 2019-110 $100,000 for the purpose of funding the Airport’s Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) Mitigation Project; 2019-111 $165,000 for the purpose of funding the Airport’s Replacement of Airfield Mowing Equipment; and 2019-112 $100,000 for the purpose of funding the Airport’s Replacement of Steel I-Beams in the Airport Owned Hangar Project.  IT Director Dan Wood and GIS Coordinator Jim Benoit presented two CIP items 2019-113 $100,000 for the purpose of funding the Aerial Flyover and Mapping Update Project and 2019-114 $50,000 for the purpose of funding the Summer Aerial Flyover of Waterways Project which were approved.  Agenda items 2019-159 Resolve acceptance of sidewalk easement for 80 Perseverance Way, Hyannis, MA and 2019-160 Appointments to a Board/Committee/Commission: Infrastructure and Energy Committee and

Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee were taken out of order and approved.  DPW Dan Santos joined by his staff of Assistant DPW Director Rob Steen, Town Architect Mark Marinaccio, and Acting Town Engineer Amanda Ruggiero, presented CIP items 2019-115 $679,000 for the purpose of funding the Hyannis Youth and Community Center Roof, HVAC Controls, Parking and Security Improvement Project (with Recreation Director Patti Machado); 2019-116  $415,000 be appropriated for the purpose of funding the Craigville Bath House and Parking Lot Improvement Project; 2019-118 $446,000 for the purpose of funding the Hyannis Golf Course Cart Path System Replacement Project (with Director of Golf Operations Bruce McIntyre); 2019-119 $1,730,000 for the purpose of funding the Channel Dredging Project (with Marine & Environmental Affairs Director Dan Horn and Marina Manager Derek Lawson); 2019-120 $60,000 for the purpose of funding the Design and Permitting of the Sandy Neck Gatehouse and Off Road Vehicle Access Trail Relocation (with MEA Director Dan Horn and Sandy Neck Beach Park Manager Nina Coleman); 2019-121 $3,450,000 for the purpose of funding the Public Roads Maintenance Project; 2019-122 $500,000 for the purpose of funding the Public Bridge Improvements and Repairs Project; 2019-123 $125,000 for the purpose of funding the Bearses Way Bike Path Design & Permitting Project; 2019-124 $900,000 for the purpose of funding the Bumps River Bridge Repairs Project; 2019-125 $314,000 for the purpose of funding the Sidewalk Overlay & Guardrail Project; 2019-126 $114,000 for the purpose of funding the Main Street Hyannis Tree Lighting Project; 2019-127 $150,000 for the purpose of funding the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program; 2019-128 $300,000 for the purpose of funding the Crosswalk Improvement Project; and 2019-129  $480,000 for the purpose of funding the Town Hall Security Improvement Project which were approved.  Agenda Items 2019-130 through 2019-150 have been re-advertised for Public Hearings on Thursday, April 25, 2019.  The next Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.

 

Tonight! New Rules of Golf Presentation

In the most sweeping revision in more than 60 years, officials from the USGA and R&A, golf’s governing bodies, have reorganized the rules to make them easier to understand and apply. The number of rules has been cut to 24 from 34, and the language simplified to make it more practical.  This “modernization” also aims to improve overall pace of play.  On Friday, April 5th at 5:00 PM in the function room at Hyannis Golf Course, PGA Professional Jesse Schechtman will conduct a presentation outlining these changes and how they will affect every day golfers.  All attendees will be provided with a copy of the brand new “Players Edition of the Rules of Golf”, and appetizers will be served (both complimentary).  We hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be an interesting and educational discussion.  While walk-ins are welcome, we do ask that you let us know if you plan on attending so that we can best plan the event.  You can do so by calling the Hyannis GC Shop at 508-362-2606.  Hope to see you there!

   

2018 Red Sox World Series Championship Trophy to Visit the HYCC during the Festival of Museums

On Saturday, April 6th we expect lots of activity in the Hyannis Youth & Community Center and meeting rooms which will be full of fun for the whole family with the Festival of Museums taking place from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.  The 2018 World Series Championship Trophy will be on site from 12:00-2:00 PM! Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to take a photo with the Red Sox 2018 World Series Championship Trophy. Artwork by Barnstable Public School K-12 students will be on display.  150 art pieces will be displayed on the walking track at the HYCC. This special exhibit was coordinated by Mary Taylor of the Cape Cod Museum Trail and Kristin Maloof of the Art Department from Barnstable United Elementary School.  Then, in the Butler Rink from 1:00-3:00 PM, the participants of the HYCC Skating School Learn to Skate classes will present their annual Spring Show.  The theme this year is “Road Trip.”  Admission is FREE for both of these events!  Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox.

 

Concussion Discussion at Barnstable High School’s Knight Auditorium on April 6th  

“Concussion Discussion,” a symposium for medical professionals, coaches, trainers, parents and young athletes, will be held from 9:00 AM to noon on April 6th in the Knight Auditorium at Barnstable High School’s (BHS) Knight Auditorium, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis. The free program will feature a panel of local physicians and will be moderated by Dr. Peter Bentivegna, MD, FACS. Panelists will include neurologist Sean Horrigan, DO; neurosurgeon Nicholas Coppa, MD, FAANS; pediatrician Kathryn Rudman, MD, who is the official doctor for BHS; and physiatrist Andrew Judelson, MD, director of the Sports Concussion Clinic at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Sandwich. There will be time for discussion and questions.  The forum, sponsored by Cape Cod Healthcare, will also feature a talk by Michael J. O’Brien, MD, director of the Sports Concussion Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of orthopedics at Harvard Medical School.

 

2019 Hazardous Waste Collection Dates Announced

More information can be found here on the Town of Barnstable’s website.

 

School Vacation Week with Barnstable Recreation and the HYCC

 

Upcoming Lottery for an Affordable Rental Unit at Ridgewood Avenue

 

Commissioner of Education Jeffrey C. Riley at Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center

On Friday, March 29th, Barnstable Public Schools were delighted to host the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeffrey C. Riley at our Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center. Our preschool students loved showing off their playful learning and inclusive classrooms. Thank you Commissioner Riley for having some fun with us!

 

MEA Department Takes Stop the Bleed Training

The Marine & Environmental Affairs Department participated in Stop the Bleed training hosted by West Barnstable and Barnstable Fire Departments on Thursday, March 28th.  The training was part of the continuous training the department takes as First Responders.  

 

Barnstable Transfer Station Now Accepting Credit Cards

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division will now be accepting credit and debit cards as a form of payment for all services, including annual stickers.  American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards are accepted.  Cash or checks, will also continue to be acceptable forms of payment at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center. For questions about this project, call P.J. Kelliher at 508-420-2258 or refer to the Town’s website.

 

Special Events on Town Property Webpage

The Town of Barnstable is proud to announce the launch of the new Special Events Page! This new resource advances our goal to create opportunities for special events on Town Property that enhance Barnstable’s quality of life and the unique character of the seven villages.

townofbarnstable.us/Departments/specialevents

The new page is primarily for permitting events on Town public spaces and roadways through the Town Manager’s Office. The site is designed to support our resident and visitor event organizers and promote an efficient, positive, and streamlined permitting process from start to finish. It features the following:

·        Mobile-friendly event calendar to connect audiences to information on scheduled events, locations, available event links and much more.

·        For events held on public ways and spaces, the “Use of Town Property Application” is now available through online submission.

·        Forms and staff contacts for event enhancements (food, entertainment, etc. requiring additional permits) are provided in the “Forms/Documents” page.

·        Site plans of frequently reserved town properties on the “Maps” page to aid event organizers.

·        Facilities under designated department management such as Town Beaches & Recreation facilities, the HyArts Cultural District Campus, Sandy Neck, the Barnstable Adult Community Center and Hyannis Youth & Community Center are listed within “Facilities & Links” page.

 

Barnstable Public Schools Kindergarten Registration Is Open!

To enroll your child in kindergarten for September 2019 please visit our district website to begin the online registration process!  PRE-REGISTER AT www.barnstable.k12.ma.us.

Requirements for Enrollment:

·        Students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019.

·        You must be a full-time resident of Barnstable.

·        If you are in the process of moving to Barnstable, you may begin the pre-registration process. Registration will be completed once you are residing in Barnstable and provide the required documentation.

·        After you complete the online process use the online scheduler to make an appointment with the school your child will be attending.

·        At your appointment, please bring all required documents and a valid photo ID.  Registration appointments completed by May 1st will be entered into a drawing to win a book gift basket for your kindergartener.

·        If your child currently attends Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center, they are already registered for Kindergarten. 

Prescreening Dates:

 (After you register your child he/she will be screened at their school on the following date):

Barnstable West Barnstable: May 10, 2019

West Villages: May 17, 2019

HyWest: May 20, 2019

Centerville: May 22, 2019

Barnstable Innovation School: May 28, 2019

 

Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable
At the January 3, 2019 Town Council meeting, DPW Director Dan Santos presented an Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable.  Mr. Santos was joined by Assistant DPW Director Rob Steen, Interim Town Engineer Amanda Ruggiero, and Interim Assistant Town Engineer Griffin Beaudoin who have been working on the planning internally.  We thought we would share this important information again in this week’s eNews.  Mr. Santos’ presentation can be viewed here. Additional updates have been provided at the February 28, 2019 Town Council Meeting and March 21, 2019 Town Council Meeting.

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*COMM Water Dept. Work on Route 149

Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM) Water Dept. is scheduled to install new water lines in the east side of Route 149 from about 200 feet south of Lovell’s Lane to about 300 feet north of Lovell’s Lane. The work will also include crossing Route 149 at the intersection of Lovell’s Lane.  The work is scheduled from April 8-12, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM, subject to weather and other factors. The work is expected to close one lane at a time. Detours may be implemented as necessary. Police details will direct drivers around the work area.

*CONTINUES* MassDOT Asphalt Pavement Repairs and Improvements
MassDOT will be conducting Asphalt Pavement Repairs and Improvements work in Barnstable in the near future.   The project consists of repairing HMA Berm and Pot Holes at various locations associated with Route-6 eastbound / westbound from the Sagamore Bridge to Dennis / Yarmouth town line (Bass River Bridge).  The project is expected to begin April 1st and go through April 13th, weather permitting.  Hours of Operation (Day/Night):  9:00 PM – 5:00 AM.  Lane restrictions controlled by Police Details.

*CONTINUES*Crosswalk Improvements on Main Street, School Street, High Street & Ocean View Avenue in Cotuit

Crosswalk improvements in Cotuit are scheduled to commence during the week of April 1, 2019.  The Town’s contractor for this project is Lawrence-Lynch Corp.  The initial construction activities include removal of existing curb and pavement sections and drainage system modifications. Subsequent activities include installation of new granite curb; new wheelchair ramps; new paved crosswalk surfaces; pavement repairs; installation of signage and restoration of disturbed areas. Normal work hours will be between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Construction is scheduled to continue through until May 23, 2019.  

Through traffic will be maintained on these roads throughout construction.  During active construction in the roadway, there will be lane closures with police details to direct traffic.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work.

*UPDATED*Road Work on Sea Street and Ocean Avenue in Hyannis
Construction activities during April 5-13, 2019 are scheduled to include pavement reconstruction using a process called full-depth reclamation in which large equipment is used to pulverize and mix the existing asphalt and underlying gravel base, and then to grade and compact the resulting material to form a suitable base for the new pavement; after this is completed, it will be paved over with asphalt. Vehicles can drive on the compacted material until the asphalt is placed. These paving operations are scheduled to be performed on Sea Street and Ocean Avenue from Keyes Memorial Beach to Main Street, and in the intersection of South Street and Sea Street. After the road pavement is reconstructed, the contractor will install granite curbing and sidewalks along the east side of Ocean Avenue and Sea Street in these areas. Businesses and residences along the work zones will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work. During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic. Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.

*UPDATED*Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction activities during April 5-12, 2019 are scheduled to include pavement reconstruction using a process called full-depth reclamation in which large equipment is used to pulverize and mix the existing asphalt and underlying gravel base, and then to grade and compact the resulting material to form a suitable base for the new pavement; after this is completed, it will be paved over with asphalt. Vehicles can drive on the compacted material until the asphalt is placed. These paving operations are scheduled to be performed on Main Street between the intersection of Route 149 & River Road and a point about 100 feet east of the school driveway; on River Road between the intersection of Route 149 & Main Street and a point alongside the Cash Market; on Route 149 between the overlook at Mill Pond and the intersection of Main Street & River Road; and on Route 149 between the intersection of Main Street & River Road and the intersection of Route 149 & Lovell’s Lane. After each section of road pavement is reconstructed, the contractor will install granite curbing and sidewalks along the roads in these areas. The contractor will also be installing a retaining wall on the east side of Route 149 opposite the gas station, and underground electrical conduits for street lighting to be installed later in the project. Businesses and residences along the work zones will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work. During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic. Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction area.

*CONTINUES*Overhead Utility Line Relocations Route 149 & Main Street Marstons Mills 
Verizon has installed 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. Eversource and Verizon will be relocating their overhead lines to the new poles, and when that is completed they will remove the old poles. This work is in conjunction with the Town project to improve these sections of roadway. The overhead utility relocations are not expected to interfere with traffic, although temporary lane closures with police details might be necessary in some locations.

*CONTINUES*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 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

*CONTINUES*SNEP Grant Stormwater, Prince Avenue (next to Prince Cove Marina) in Marstons Mills 
The sand filter is completed and will be planted in the spring. The area is open to traffic.

*CONTINUES*Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Project Section
Work continues at new sites for future green stormwater control infrastructure placement. Field work can include but is not limited to site visits, survey, soil borings, pulling manhole covers and wetland delineation. This work will continue through 2019.

*CONTINUES*Ropes Beach, Old Shore Road, Cotuit

Work on the retrofit stormwater system located in front of the sea wall can start the week of April 1 and will run to June 29. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

*CONTINUES*SNEP Grant Stormwater - Cordwood Landing, Cotuit
Remaining work includes the plantings to be completed in the spring.  Area is open to vehicles. This is a “No Plow” area.

*CONTINUES*National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains - Centerville
22 to 369 South Main Street, Centerville.   The work will include marking underground utilities, excavating utility trenches, installing new gas mains, backfilling the trenches and repaving.  As part of this project, National Grid will also replace the natural gas service piping that connects the main to the customer’s gas meters. Construction is expected to occur within the dates listed above, weather permitting. National Grid has committed to complete this project promptly and with minimal disruption to the community. Visit
ngrid.com/mainline to view a YouTube video on this gas main replacement process. A second video explaining the replacement of the service pipe to customer homes is available at ngrid.com/service line. National Grid will distribute written notifications to all affected constituents. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  Reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

*UPDATED*Road Work on Main Street and School Street in Cotuit
The DPW began crosswalk modifications on Main Street and School Street in Cotuit Village on April 1, 2019. The modifications will include removing, resetting and installing new granite curb; improving handicap accessibility; installing new stamped-asphalt crosswalks; installing a raised crosswalk across School Street in front of the US Post Office; creating a new three-way stop traffic pattern at the intersection of Main Street and Ocean View Avenue; repaving of disturbed sidewalk areas; and restoring any disturbed areas as needed. Work is currently scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend, 2019. During active construction in the roadway there will be lane closures and detours with police details to direct traffic. Traffic may be delayed during this work, and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction areas.

Vineyard Wind Upland Route Survey

Feldman Land Surveyors (Feldman) as surveyors for Vineyard Wind’s power duct bank project in Barnstable, will have a survey crew (using a Feldman truck with yellow flashing lights) on the streets of Barnstable next week for 3-4 days, to establish right of way lines and to obtain supplement mapping. The duct bank route includes Craigville Beach Road, Strawberry Hill Road, Route 28 (crossing), Wequaquet Lane, Phinney’s Lane, Route 132 (crossing), Attucks Lane and Independence Drive.

*CONTINUES* From the Army Corps of Engineers: Bourne Bridge lane restrictions

Maintenance work on the Bourne Bridge spanning the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, MA, has started, and weather permitting, will continue through about May 23, 2019, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District officials.  During the work, travel over the Bourne Bridge will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to ONE WIDER 12-FOOT LANE IN EACH DIRECTION. State and local police will be on duty at all times work is being performed to assist the motoring public.  The lane restrictions will remain in place 24 hours per day. Motorists planning to use the Bourne Bridge should be aware that travel delays are likely to occur during the morning and afternoon peak travel periods each day.  This bridge work is critical to maintaining the structural integrity of the bridges, which are a vital component to the transportation system of Cape Cod, the Islands and southeastern Massachusetts. Work will include the replacement of bridge joints on the roadway, repair of deteriorated steel and concrete, patching of damaged pavement surfaces, and replacement of waterproof membranes. Work crews will also perform maintenance work on the bridge lighting and drainage systems during this timeframe.  Traffic signs, message boards and bridge work alert emails will be used to help inform motorists about pending lane restrictions and bridge work. To sign up for bridge work alert emails send an email to CapeCodCanalBridges@usace.army.mil with the subject title "Bridge Work Alerts." An email alert is sent when there is a major change to the bridge work status or schedule.  Additionally, updates are available from the Corps' New England District via Facebook and Twitter: on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CorpsNewEngland; on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CorpsNewEngland. Or visit the District website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil.

 

Recycling Notice

The Solid Waste Division is continuing to adjust its recycling operations to be the most efficient and fiscally responsible for its sticker holders. On February 4, 2019, the Transfer Station & Recycling Center began accepting source separated NEWSPAPER in a designated container in the Recycle Area. Source separated newspaper currently holds a higher value in the recycling market when separated from Mixed Paper. By separating Newspaper, we intend to lower the cost of disposal for Mixed Paper while increasing the return of value for Newspaper.  Source Separated Recyclables will now be separated into six categories. These categories will be:

  • Corrugated Cardboard (corrugated cardboard similar to shipping and Amazon boxes. Some items not accepted are soiled boxes or greasy pizza boxes)
  • Plastics (clean plastic jars, tubs, jugs and bottles. Some items not included are 5-gallon buckets, large kids toys, Styrofoam, plastic bags)
  • Mixed paper (paperboard, mail, magazines, office paper)
  • Newspaper (clean newspaper only, free of excessive ink, non-paper material and other mixed paper, no inserts)
  • Metal cans (clean aluminum, tin and steel food and beverage cans)
  • Glass (clean clear and colored glass bottles and jars. Some items not included are Pyrex, window and automotive glass).

Sticker holders will be responsible for separating their recyclable items and disposing of them into the respective containers. The largest concern with recyclables is contamination. Please clean and/or rinse any residue from all recyclables.  We will be installing updated signs and personnel in the Recycle Center will help with any questions and concerns. Please visit MassDEP’s Recyclopedia at https://recyclesmartma.org/ for more information on what recyclable items are widely acceptable.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and assistance.


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.

 

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Last Week’s Question: The 2018 Red Sox World Series trophy is going to be at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center on Saturday, April 6th as part of the Festival of Museums.  How many World Series trophies have the Red Sox won? Tom McClearn was the first to respond with nine!  The Red Sox have won the World Series in 2018, 2013, 2007, 2004, 1918, 1916, 1915, 1912, and 1903.

 

This Week’s Question:  The Festival of Museums is taking place at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center on Saturday, April 6th.  Can you name three museums located in the Hyannis Main Street area of the Town of Barnstable? Please email your answer here.