Girl Scout Troop 80095 Presents Care Packages to Barnstable Police Department

Friday night Girl Scout Troop 80095 presented the Barnstable Police Department’s Community Impact Unit (CIU) with special care packages for the homeless. Last year the girls, all sixth graders, asked how they could help the homeless in the Town of Barnstable. They made collections of hats, gloves, socks, and toiletries (I.e. shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, tissue) through their schools and other events. Sgt. Jennifer Ellis, Head of the CIU, joined with Chief Matthew Sonnabend and Ptl. Danielle St. Peter to thank the girls for their efforts. The girls all received a personal letter and special water bottle and straw. Chief Sonnabend presented the Troop Leaders Jenn Steinhilber and Alicea Sader with a special Community Impact Unit Award. The Barnstable Town Council, represented by Town Council President Jim Crocker and
Town Councilors Eric Steinhilber, Matthew Levesque, and Paul Neary, presented the girls with the
Town Council’s Hometown Hero Award.

Congratulations and Thank You to Girl Scout Troop 80095!

Pictured from left to right: Christie Reinhart, Jenn Steinhilber, Alicea Sader, Melanie Ineson, Payton Gordon-Reiner, Mary Steinhilber, Town Councilor Eric Steinhilber, Lauren Schoote, Town Council President Jim Crocker, Dana Edwards, Town Councilor Paul Neary, Ava Shea, Simone Sader, Keira Nakachi, Town Councilor Matthew Levesque, Michaela Stampfl, Chief Matthew Sonnabend, Sgt. Jennifer Ellis, and Ptl. Danielle St. Peter.  Missing from the picture:  Madeleine Boyle, Ayla Camelo, Teagan Geraghty, Evelyn Santana, and Hannah Maclachlan.

 

Town Council Meeting – March 21, 2019

Town Council President James Crocker opened last night’s Town Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence.  Next was Public Comment.  Town Manager Mark Ells provided updates on the following items for the period of March 8-21, 2019 during Town Manager Communications:

1.      Mr. Ells thanked everyone for their patience during the various road works projects taking place throughout town (please see below for a complete listing of road works projects).

2.      We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2020 as scheduled.  Mr. Ells plans to approve the FY2019 Rates as proposed with the exception of the proposed increased charge for mattresses and box springs from $17 to $50.  We dispose of 2,200 mattresses and box springs per year.  A state grant that subsidized the disposal costs of mattresses and box springs has been eliminated and leaves us with full cost recovery for disposal.  We are applying for another grant this spring and we will know if we shall receive the grant by Fall 2019 with implementation commencing January 2020.  Mr. Ells plans to approve a range from $17 to $50 and task DPW with pursuing all options to minimize costs.  A change within this range would require notification and approval by the Town Manager.  The initial rate for FY2019 commencing on July 1, 2019 will be set on/by June 1, 2019 providing DPW time to pursue cost reduction options.  For information on our fiscal year budgets, please view the Town’s Open Budget website.

  1. We continue our discussions with Mass Fish & Wildlife (F&W) 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 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).  We submitted our recommended proposed public water supply well locations and associated withdrawal information on January 18, 2019.  We are in continuous communication with F&W and USGS as they complete their review and have a meeting planned for March 28, 2019.
  2. Mr. Ells spoke with Jack Yunits, Barnstable County Administrator, regarding the County Farm parcel for future uses included potential future public water supply and the Cape Cod Fire Training Academy.  The Town and the County have planned a meeting to move forward with conducting exploratory test drilling on the County farm for selection of potential new well sites for public water supplies.  Also discussed was our progress relative to issues related to the Cape Cod Fire Training Academy.  Assistant Town Manager Andy Clyburn offered additional updates on the conversations with Joint Base Cape Cod regarding the Fire Training Academy.
  3. Mr. Ells was asked by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito to serve on a Municipal Work Group which consists of Mayors, City and Town Managers.  The first meeting was held on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.  Topics of discussion included Community Compact, Municipal Modernization Bill, and Housing Choice Bill.  They expect to convene again in the near future.
  4. MassDOT will hold an Open House for the Iyannough Road (Route 28) and Yarmouth Road Intersection Improvement Project in Barnstable on March 27, 2019 (please see below for more information). 
  5. There is a hearing scheduled at the Cape Cod Commission regarding the Chapter H: Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) Threshold Revisions proposed in the Hyannis Economic Center and Hyannis Industrial Service and Trade Area on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Cape Cod Commission.
  6. The Town of Barnstable is hosting a community planning event (March 29, 2019) 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, the 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 (please see below for more information).

Daniel Santos P.E., Director, Department of Public Works, provided an update on the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan from Mark S. Ells, Town Manager.  Senior Services Director Madeline Noonan provided information regarding Renaming the Senior Center. The Town Council then acted on the minutes which included the Town Council President’s announcement on the review and determinations on the following Executive Session minutes: 1/19/17 purchase of land or lease for water supply;  11/2/17 Cape Wind; 02/1/18 strategy for contract extension, Mark Ells; 04/26/18 strategy for contract extension; 05/3/18 Barnstable v. AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation et al (Opioid litigation). OLD BUSINESS began with Agenda Item 2019-080 Authorization for the Airport Commission to enter into a Forty-Nine year lease for the property identified as Map 311, Parcel 092 and addressed as 790 Iyannough Road/Route 132, Hyannis, Ma was continued to the April 25, 2019 Town Council meeting. Airport Manager Katie Servis presented Agenda Item 2019-153 Supplemental Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $200,000 for the Fiscal Year 2019 Airport Enterprise Fund Capital Budget which was approved.  DPW Director Dan Santos presented Agenda Item 2019-151 Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $80,000 for burial equipment for the Department of Public Works cemetery program which was approved. Agenda Item 2019-154 Supplemental Appropriation and Transfer Order in the amount of $44,617 for the purpose of funding Fiscal Year 2019 public safety operational and maintenance improvements at Bismore Park was presented by Liz Hartsgrove, Assistant Planning and Development Director.  The item was approved. NEW BUSINESS

Agenda Item 2019-157 Appointment of Barnstable member (Town Manager Mark Ells) to the Cape and Islands Water Protection Fund Management Board was approved.  Finance Director Mark Milne presented Agenda Item 2019-158 Rescission of borrowing authorizations in the amount of $38,297,163 of unissued loan authorizations which also passed. Agenda Items 2019-159 Resolve acceptance of sidewalk easement for 80 Perseverance Way, Hyannis, MA and 2019-160 Appointments to a board/committee/commission for the Infrastructure and Energy Committee and Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee received first readings.  The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.

   

Celebrating an Icon – Detective Reid Hall

After 44 years and 8 months of dedicated service to the Town of Barnstable and the Barnstable Police Department, Detective Reid Hall attended his final roll call on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:45 AM at the Barnstable Police Department.  Detective Hall’s retirement caps off four plus decades of working with the youth of the Town of Barnstable.  For many years, Detective Hall was assigned as the department juvenile detective and later on as a school resource officer at Barnstable High School.  As a career long member of the Barnstable Police Honor Guard, Detective Hall made countless traditional appearances at parades, ceremonies and events where he proudly bore the flag of the Barnstable Police Department. Det. Hall was presented with the banner he carried during those ceremonies.  Joining Det. Hall for his last roll call were his family (wife Leslie, son Josh and stepdaughter Kara), Rep. Will Crocker, Town Manager Mark Ells, Town Councilors Paul Hebert and Matthew Levesque, many current and past members of the Barnstable Police Department, representatives from the Hyannis Fire Department and Yarmouth Police Department.  Adding to his already busy day, Det. Hall was sworn-in as a special officer at 10:00 AM.  Thank You for your service, Det. Hall!

 

 

 

Town Manager Mark Ells Participates in Mayors for Meals

On Wednesday, Town Manager Mark Ells participated in the annual Mayors for Meals event coordinated by Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands. This national event is designed to raise awareness about senior hunger and isolation and to celebrate the invaluable services provided by the Meals on Wheels programs – both home-delivered and congregate. Given the exemplary public-private partnership Meals on Wheels embodies, this annual campaign is also intended to showcase the successes of the Older Americans Act, help recruit new volunteers from our community and to increase fundraising from local businesses and supporters. As he visited the center during the monthly Council on Aging meeting, members of the Barnstable Council on Aging and Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging boards were on hand to welcome him and thank him for his continued support of the Barnstable Senior Center. Mr. Ells then accompanied Barnstable Meals on Wheels volunteer driver Jeff Harper on his daily delivery route and met some of the older people in our community who rely on this vital program.

 

5th Annual Seventh Grade Youth Summit A Success!

Congratulations to the Barnstable Youth Commission on the success of their 5th Annual Seventh Grade Youth Summit which was held on Friday, March 15th!  The entire Seventh Grade class from the Barnstable Intermediate School was transported to Cape Cod Community College via busses courtesy of Five Star Bus.  The full school day interactive program included Kevin Stevens, Power Forward Foundation and former two-time Stanley Cup winner for the Pittsburgh Penguins; Dynamic Influence’s Robert Hackenson, Jr., an edutainer who is a professional magician, certified hypnotist and Master of Influence; Kevin Rosario from Gosnold on Cape Cod; and students from Barnstable High School’s Peer Leadership program.  Students were treated to lunch and door prizes provided incentive for students to visit the resource tables (vendors included: Barnstable Recreation, Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Prevention Council, Children’s Cove, Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod, Youth Street Reach, Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office, YMCA, Gosnold on Cape Cod, Cape Cod Flag Football/AAU Warriors, Independence House, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, Barnstable County Child, Family and Military Service, and Barnstable Youth Commission).  Barnstable High School (BHS) students also roamed the cafeteria to share information about activities from sports to drama and music and more during lunch.  This year’s Youth Summit was sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund, Cape Cod Healthcare, Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office, and Kiwanis Club of Hyannis.  Raffle prizes were generously sponsored by BMEA, Barnstable Police Department, Barnstable Fire Department, Advanced Embroidery, Patti Machado, Butler’s Sporting Goods, Four Seas Ice Cream, Barnstable Market, Brazilian Grill, Cape Cod Creamery, Cape Cod Community College, Dairy Queen, Dunkin Donuts, Hy-Line Cruises, Nirvana, Palio’s Pizza, Ryan’s Family Amusements, and Steve & Sue’s Par-Tee Freeze.  A special thank you goes out to the administration, teachers and staff from Barnstable Intermediate School.

 

Barnstable Youth Commission Pictured from left to right:  Front row - Jenna Schmidt (BHS/Grade 8), Kippy Diggs (BYC Adult Advisor), Piper Hunt (BHS/Grade 8), Lily Beal (Sturgis East/Grade 10), Morgan Contrino (BHS/Grade 10), Alianna Debarros, Vice Chair (Cape Cod Tech/Grade 11), and Recreation Director Patti Machado.  Middle row - Town Councilor Matthew Levesque, Connor Levesque (BHS/Grade 11), Ethan Sirhal (Sturgis East/Grade 12), Matthew McCauley, Chair (BHS/Grade 12), and Lucas McCauley (BHS/Grade 9).  Back row – George Cole (BHS/Grade 12) and Sean Dowling (BHS/Grade 12).  Missing from picture: Youth Commissioner Alexandra Stampfl (St. John Paul II/Grade 10)

 

Barnstable Police Department Celebrated Five New Officers at Swearing In Ceremony

At noontime on Friday, March 15th, Patrol Officer Liam Loiselle, Patrol Officer Braila Roy, Patrol Officer John Gardiner, Patrol Officer Luis Mattos, and Patrol Officer John York all took the police officers’ oath from Barnstable Town Clerk Ann Quirk during a swearing-in ceremony at the Barnstable Police Station.  The five new officers are recent graduates of the Plymouth Police Academy and completed a two-week in-house orientation program at the Barnstable Police Department.  This week they began a rigorous 3-4 month field training program where they will be paired up with veteran officers specially trained in conditioning new officers for patrol duty.  Officer York is a fourth generation police officer and his father and grandfather were present for the ceremony.

Pictured from left to right: Patrol Officer John York, Patrol Officer Luis Mattos, Patrol Officer John Gardiner,
Patrol Officer Braila Roy, Patrol Officer Liam Loiselle, and Chief Matthew Sonnabend.  Below:

 

A Family Tradition – the York Family

With the swearing in of Ptl. John A. York, he becomes the fourth generation to serve as a police officer in the York family.  John J. York was a patrol officer with the Watertown Police Department, John J. York, Sr. was a Detective Sergeant with the Watertown Police Department, Det. Sgt. John J. York, Jr. is currently serving with the Barnstable Police Department and was joined by his son last week. 

 

Barnstable Community Innovation School Open House March 26 from 5:30-7:00 PM

Now enrolling innovators, thinkers, creators, problem solvers, investigators, leaders, collaborators, and friends in Kindergarten through Grade 3. Barnstable Community Innovation School will hold an Enrollment Open House on Tuesday, March 26th from 5:30-7:00 PM at the future site of the school (and the current Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School also known as BCHMCPS) located at 165 Bearses Way in Hyannis.  Onsite Pre-Registration support and Portuguese and Spanish Interpreters will be available.  Prospective families of students, Kindergarten through Grade 3, are invited to tour the facilities, and speak with students, teachers, and parents.  Students must be pre-registered by April 8, 2019 to be included in the public lottery on April 9, 2019. Pre-registration will remain open past April 8th if space is available.   For more information, or to pre-register a new student, please visit: www.Barnstable.k12.ma.us.

 

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.

 

Small Vessel Storage on Town Property

Starting April 1, 2019 the Town of Barnstable Harbormaster’s Office will start selling Small Vessel decals for the upcoming season. Per Chapter 430 §430-2 of the Barnstable code - Regulation of vessels on Town ways to water, landings and beaches, a decal issued by the Harbormaster is required to store any vessel on Town land with public access to water. The decal will be available Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM at the Marine and Environmental Department Office located at 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville, MA 02632.

The price for the decal is $25.00 for a current Town of Barnstable mooring permit holder and $50.00 for anyone else looking to store a small vessel on Town land.  More information can be found at https://townofbarnstable.us/Departments/HarborMaster/ or at 508-790-6273.

 

MassWildlife to Hold Public Listening Session on Topics Related to Coyotes

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is holding a public listening session on the topics of coyote population management, coyote hunting, and coyote hunting contests. The session will include a short presentation by MassWildlife staff, followed by an opportunity for attendees to comment and/or ask questions.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 4, 6:00-8:00 PM, at Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, in Lecture Hall A in the Science Building (Building 6). A map of the campus is available at the following link: https://www.capecod.edu/web/about-us/campus-map. In addition, please be advised that the Fisheries and Wildlife Board is planning to hold its June monthly business meeting on Cape Cod, and with MassWildlife staff will hold another listening session the evening of the same day, June 18, 2019, at a time and suitable location to be determined, which will be communicated to the public widely when it is confirmed. A similar short presentation by MassWildlife staff will be provided during this listening session, followed by another opportunity for attendees to provide comments and ask questions.

 

2019 Hazardous Waste Collection Dates Announced

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

 

Upcoming lottery for an affordable rental unit at Ridgewood Avenue

 

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 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 Sea Street from Nautical Road to the northern end of Oak Neck Road beginning the week of March 25th, 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 7:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.   The pavement reconstruction will involve 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.  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 50 feet at the ends of side streets where they intersect 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 in Marstons Mills Village Center

Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works with their contractor, Lawrence-Lynch Corp., is scheduled to reconstruct pavement on portions of Route 149, Main Street, and River Road beginning the week of March 25th, contingent upon 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 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The pavement reconstruction will involve 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.  The paving operations are scheduled to be performed sequentially starting on Main Street from Route 149 to about 100 feet east of the school driveway; then on River Road from Route 149 to a point alongside the Cash Market; then on Route 149 from the overlook at Mill Pond to the intersection of Main Street & River Road; and finally on Route 149 from the intersection at Main Street to the intersection at Lovell’s Lane.  Businesses and residences along the work zone will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work.  Through-traffic will be detoured around active construction areas, and police will direct drivers headed to locations within the work area.  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.  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* Sewer Work at Intersection of Attuck’s Lane and Phinney’s Lane

Sewer work at the intersection of Attucks Lane and Phinney’s Lane associated with the future Cape Cod Five Headquarters is scheduled for March 26th & 27th, weather permitting.   Work will consist of directional drilling to install a new sewer pipe under Phinney’s Lane.  Equipment is anticipated to be set up in the roadway shoulders.  However, motorists can expect adjusted traffic patterns during construction and are advised to seek alternate routes if possible.

*NEW* Vineyard Wind Upland Route Geotechnical Borings – Location Mark-out for Dig Safe Clearance

Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. (Stantec) as engineers for Vineyard Wind’s power duct bank project in Barnstable, will have two of their engineers (using a Stantec pickup truck with yellow flashing lights) on the streets of Barnstable this week (or next) for 2 to 3 days, to mark-out the proposed locations of about thirty (30) geotechnical borings, spaced roughly at 1000-ft intervals along the proposed duct bank route.  The duct bank route where borings will be drilled includes:  Craigville Beach Road, Strawberry Hill Road, Route 28 (crossing), Wequaquet Lane, Phinney’s Lane, Route 132 (crossing), Attucks Lane, and Independence Drive up to Mary Dunn Road.  After proposed boring locations are marked along the route (using wood stakes, and paint) Dig Safe crews will mark-out locations of utilities within the Streets.  The Town of Barnstable will also be assisting in locating water mains, sewers and drains at boring locations.  After the required Dig Safe clearance period, the drilling Company (New England Boring Contractors) will be starting their work.

*NEW* From the Army Corps of Engineers: Bourne Bridge lane restrictions set to start on Monday, March 25

Maintenance work on the Bourne Bridge spanning the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne, Mass., is scheduled to start, weather permitting, on Monday, March 25, 2019 and 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.

*UPDATED*Road Work on Sea Street and Ocean Avenue in Hyannis
Construction activities during March 22-30 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. The paving operations are scheduled to be performed sequentially by completing grading, compacting, and paving on the section of Sea Street and Ocean Avenue from Keyes Memorial Beach to Nautical Road; then pulverizing existing pavement, grading, and compacting the section of Sea Street from Nautical Road to the north end of Oak Neck Road. After each section of road pavement is reconstructed, the contractor will install granite curbing and sidewalk along the east side of Ocean Avenue and Sea Street in these areas. Throughout this work the contractor will also be installing underground electrical conduit across the road at various locations for new street lighting to be installed later in this 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.
*UPDATED*Road Work on Route 149, Main Street, and River Road in Marstons Mills

Construction activities during March 22-29 are scheduled to include preparations for and commencement of 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. The paving operations are scheduled to be performed sequentially starting on Main Street between the intersection of Route 149 & River Road and a point about 100 feet east of the school driveway; then on River Road between the intersection of Route 149 & Main Street and a point alongside the Cash Market; then on Route 149 between the overlook at Mill Pond and the intersection of Main Street & River Road; and finally 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. 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 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* 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.

 

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.

 

e-News TRIVIA
Last 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?  The Hyannis Youth & Community Center has two rinks – the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Rink and the Patrick M. Butler Rink.

 

This Week’s Question: What was the name of the full moon that rose on the first day of Spring this week? Please email your answer here.