Irish Eyes are Smiling at the Barnstable Senior Center
St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated at the Barnstable Senior Center on Thursday, March 14th.  A full corned beef and cabbage meal, sponsored by the Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging and catered by Roche Brothers, was enjoyed by all.  Music was provided by Sean Murphy & Friends.

Hyannis Resident Awarded Carnegie Hero Award
On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Hyannis’ David Duncan, received the Carnegie Hero Medal at the Barnstable Police Department.  Mr. Duncan is one of 18 people named a Carnegie Hero after saving police officer James M. Melia from an August 24, 2017 assault.  Mr. Duncan disarmed a knife-wielding man who approached the officer while he was attempting to take another man into custody.  Mr. Duncan has recently been awarded the Carnegie Medal for an extraordinary act of heroism.  Lt. Mark Cabral, who was the road supervisor that evening, and Chief Matthew Sonnabend made the presentations. Also recognized were Ross Lloyd, the dispatcher, now dispatch supervisor; Officers Nolan O’Melia, Evan Haussmann, and Maxwell Morrow. Town Council President James Crocker and Councilors Eric Steinhilber and Matthew Levesque were on hand for the ceremony. The Cape Cod Times has an online photo gallery of the event. Congratulations, David Duncan! Pictured below: David Duncan and Officer James Melia.


 

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.

 

Public Meeting of the Regional Transit Authority Task Force, Thursday, March 21st  at the Hyannis Transportation Center

 

Town of Barnstable Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program 2019 Annual Action Plan Public Meeting Notice
The Town of Barnstable’s Planning and Development Department will conduct a public meeting: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the Planning & Development Conference Room, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601. This location is accessible.  If you need reasonable accommodations including translation services, please contact the Planning & Development Department at 508-862-4678, TDD# 508-790-9801 by March 14, 2019. The purpose of the meeting is to obtain the comments and views of citizens, public agencies, community organizations, and other interested parties on the Town of Barnstable’s housing and community development needs for the Annual Action Plan and recommended allocation levels for program activities.  The Action Plan serves as the planning document for the Community Development Block Grant program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The 2019 funding estimate is $287,000 plus any carryover funds. According to the Five Year Consolidated Plan, projects or programs that fall into categories of Affordable Housing, Economic Opportunities, Public Facilities, Infrastructure or other Public Improvements, Public Services, and Downtown Hyannis Neighborhood Revitalization activities can receive funding in 2019. Information obtained from the meeting will be considered in the preparation of the Draft 2019 Annual Action Plan.  Anyone unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments before 2:30 PM, March 27, 2019, to the Planning and Development Dept., 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 ATTN:  CDBG or by email to kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with “CDBG Comments” in the subject field please.  

 

MassDOT Intersection Improvement Project Open House - March 27th
for the Iyannough Road (Route 28) and Yarmouth Road Intersection Improvement Project in Barnstable

The goal of this project is to improve safety and traffic operations by providing a complete street to better accommodate motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Currently, there are numerous deficiencies within the project area including traffic operation, intersection geometry, access, signal phasing, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, and emergency vehicle prioritization. The proposed project will address these concerns while improving operational efficiency and multi-modal access.   As a stakeholder, MassDOT appreciates your unique perspective and invites you to join the project team for an open house at the Hyannis Transportation Center on March 27, 2019. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about intersection improvements, design details, construction timeline, and traffic impacts. The project team will be available to answer any questions you may have related to the project.

Iyannough Road (Route 28) and Yarmouth Road Intersection Improvements Open House

Date: March 27, 2019

Times: Session 1: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, Session 2: 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Location: Hyannis Transportation Center, Conference Room, 215 Iyannough Road, Hyannis


 

Barnstable Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Climate Resilience Event - March 29th at Barnstable Town Hall

 

Friday, March 29, 2019

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis

Lunch & Refreshments Provided

Learn More and Register Here

The Town of Barnstable is hosting a community planning event to explore how we are impacted by natural hazards and to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce potential risks, improve our ability to recover quickly after major hazard events, and improve our overall resilience. Through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness process, participants will explore current and future vulnerabilities to our infrastructure, community, and environment resulting from natural hazards and changing climate conditions and develop and prioritize municipal and community response actions.  During the MVP workshop, participants will work with local and regional leaders to:

·        Characterize the hazards facing the community

·        Identify community vulnerabilities and risks

·        Identify and prioritize potential community actions

·        Recommend overall priority actions for the community

This workshop is a product of the Town of Barnstable’s participation in the Commonwealth’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. This program provides support for towns in Massachusetts to plan for and implement projects that mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural hazards. Communities that complete the MVP program become certified as an "MVP community" and are eligible for State grant funding and other opportunities.

Interested participants should register online at

townofbarnstable.us/PlanningAndDevelopment

or by calling 508-862-4678.

 

Donald Gauland, Ink Painter, Art Exhibit at Barnstable Town Hall, 2nd Floor meeting rooms now through April 18th, 2019

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.   Artwork by Donald Gauland is now on display in the Barnstable Town Hall, through April 18, 2019. 

Donald Gauland is a self-taught artist and a passionate student of Eastern philosophy, who works principally in colored inks on mulberry paper and acrylic on canvas.  Donald’s artistic journey began 1985 with watercolor collages.  A life-long interest in Eastern philosophies and his practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Chi Kung, he was inspired to work in ink and paint abstract expressions.  He paints with “chi (energy), jing (essence) and shen (spirit) to create abstract images of growth, stability, and balance.” Each original painting is signed and dated with the Chinese year and stamped with his artistic seal.  In addition to painting, Donald plays alto sax and percussion in the Barnstable Town Band, as well as in the Cape Cod Concert Band and Cape Community Orchestra.  He also enjoys improvisatory Irish sessions playing bodhran and rhythm bones.  You will find Donald on the Hyannis Village Green every Wednesday in July and August during the Barnstable Town Band concerts. Donald and his wife will be in the Hyannis HyArts Artist shanties for a stay in June and then again in September.  His wife Janet is a percussionist in the Barnstable Town band and is an artist as well, channeling her creativity as a jewelry designer.  The Barnstable Town Hall exhibit is open to the public and on display now through April 18, 2019, in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.  There is complimentary parking in the Town Hall parking lot. Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (except State and Federal holidays) and frequently opens during evening hours for scheduled meetings.  For more information on this program email melissa.chartrand@town.barnstable.ma.us  or call 508-862-4767. Program information available at: www.ArtsBarnstable.com

 

2019 Hazardous Waste Collection Dates Announced

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

 

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

 

Town of Barnstable Bismore Welcome Center Brochure Program

Registrations are now being accepted for profit and non-profit cultural organizations, businesses and attractions to participate in the 2019 Bismore Park Welcome Center Brochure Program. Located at Hyannis Harbor and open 7 days/week from the last week of April to the first weekend of December, the Town of Barnstable Welcome Center is staffed by skillfully trained, customer oriented Gateway Greeters readily available to assist connecting guests to local services and experiences – creating customized, exemplary and enduring impressions to over 50,000 visitors each year. For more information about this opportunity please visit on-line or contact Liz Hartsgrove, Planning and Development Gateway Greeter Program, at 508-862- 4068.

 

Update on Chapter 337 An Act Regulating and Insuring Short-Term Rentals

At the January 17th Town Council meeting, Town Manager Ells introduced Ryan Castle, CEO, Cape and Islands Association of Realtors (Property Owners’ Obligations); Mark Milne, Director of Finance (Summary of Key Points of Act Affecting Municipalities and Municipal Actions); and Elizabeth Jenkins, Director of Planning and Development: (Local Regulatory Considerations) to present information as it relates to Chapter 337 of the Acts of 2018-An Act Regulating and Insuring Short-Term Rentals which can be viewed here.   There have been many questions as it relates to this Act and its ramifications.  There are a lot of unknowns at this point in time.  Finance Director Mark Milne has prepared Cape Cod & Islands Water Protection Fund Frequently Asked Questions.  Health Director Tom McKean has also shared Short-term Rental Frequently Asked Questions.

Update on Wastewater Management Efforts in Barnstable
At the January 3rd 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.

EPA Announces First-Ever Comprehensive Nation Wide PFAS Action Plan

On Thursday, February 14, 2019, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) Assistant Administrator – and former EPA New England Regional Administrator – Alexandra Dunn unveiled the Agency's Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan.

EPA's Action Plan will move forward with the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) process outlined in the Safe Drinking Water Act for PFOA and PFOS—two of the most well-known and prevalent PFAS chemicals, continue their enforcement actions and clarify their clean up strategies, expand monitoring of PFAS in the environment, and enhance their research and scientific foundation for addressing PFAS by developing new analytical methods and tools.

 

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* Road Work on Ocean Avenue and Sea Street in Hyannis

Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works with their contractor, Robert B. Our Company, is scheduled to reconstruct the pavement on Ocean Avenue and Sea Street from Keyes Memorial Beach to Nautical Road began on Tuesday, March 12, contingent on weather and other factors.  The work is expected to take about two weeks to complete.  The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.  The pavement reconstruction will involve a process called full-depth reclamation in which large, heavy 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.  Businesses and residences along the work zone will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work.  The work will be performed using single lane closures when possible, with police directing traffic past the work area.  Detours will be provided where appropriate.  The equipment used to perform this work will be loud and will create vibrations that may be felt by residents and others in this area.  The contractor is required to implement dust control measures.   The work will include pavement reconstruction for distances of about 10 feet to 100 feet at the ends of side streets where they intersect Ocean Avenue and Sea Street.  The section of Sea Street that is a private road will not be reconstructed except for its northernmost end where it intersects the Town section of Sea Street. Traffic during construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes.  Follow posted safety and detour signs as well as directions from police officers.

*NEW* Road Work on Main Street and School Street in Cotuit
The DPW is scheduled to begin crosswalk modifications on Main Street and School Street in Cotuit Village beginning the week of March 25, 2019. The modifications 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.

*CONTINUES* Road Work on Sea Street, Ocean Avenue, and South Street in Hyannis
Construction activities during March 15-23 are scheduled to include pavement pulverization, grading, and compacting on the section of Sea Street and Ocean Avenue from Keyes Memorial Beach to about Nautical Way; installation of drainage systems in the intersection of South Street & Sea Street and patching disturbed pavement; installing underground electrical conduit between the light pole bases along the road edge and crossing the road; placement of base material for the shared use path (wide sidewalk) along the east side of Sea Street; and other associated 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* Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction activities during March 15-22 are scheduled to include constructing the boardwalk along the west side of Route 149 at Mill Pond; installing underground electrical conduit for street lighting along the edges of Route 149, Main Street, and River Road; constructing drainage systems where landscaping will be planted later in the project along the sides of Route 149; relocating a fire hydrant on the east side of Route 149 opposite the gas station; preparing for construction of a retaining wall along the east side of Route 149 below the public library; pavement patching; and other associated 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 along Route 149 and Main Street in 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 and Putnam Avenue, Cotuit

Work to repair/retrofit the existing stormwater wetland pockets along the Old Shore Road shoulder. Manhole covers will be opened as pipes and valves are repaired. 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.

*CONTINUES* Vineyard Wind Upland Route Survey

Feldman Surveyors will be starting some of the route mobilization. Initial work will include marking control points along the route for the ground survey and mobile LIDAR work.  Route includes Craigville Beach Road, Strawberry Hill Road, Route 28, Wequaquet Lane, Phinney’s Lane, Route 132, Attucks Lane to Independence Drive.


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.

 

e-News TRIVIA
Last Week’s Question: With Daylight Saving Time beginning this weekend, we thought we would ask what two states do not observe Daylight Saving Time?  John and Ellen Perry were correct with the states of Arizona and Hawaii.

 

This Week’s Question: This weekend is Lobster Pot Weekend at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC).  How many rinks does the HYCC have and can you name them?  Please email your answer here.