Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for Lombard Field & Luke’s Love Playground

The official ribbon cutting ceremonies for Lombard Field and Luke’s Love Playground were held on Friday, May 10th.  Lombard Field’s ceremony took place prior to the Barnstable High School Girls’ softball team’s game against Falmouth High School.  Town Council President Jim Crocker, Precinct 11 Town Councilor Phil Wallace, Town Council Vice President John Flores, Lombard Fund Trustee Judge Joseph Reardon, Community Preservation Committee Chair Lindsey Counsell, Recreation Commission Chair Joe O’Brien, BHS Athletic Director Scott Thomas, Recreation Director Patti Machado, Town Architect Mark Marinaccio, Structures & Grounds Foreman Chris Gonnella and his sons Michael and Lincoln joined the team in the ribbon cutting ceremonies.  Councilor Wallace had great form in throwing out the first pitch.  The Luke’s Love’s ribbon cutting followed shortly afterwards when Luke’s Love Founder Suzanne Powers, Lorenzo Powers, and Suzanne Duffy-Savage were joined by President Crocker, Vice President Flores, Councilor Wallace, Lindsey Counsell, Joe O’Brien, Patti Machado, Mark Marinaccio and Assistant Recreation Director John Gleason.  Special thanks to Assistant Planning & Development Director Liz Hartsgrove for the special ribbons she created for the events. 

Barnstable High School Varsity Softball 2019 Roster
Isabelle Wagner (Grade 8) #17; Estella Wagner (Grade 8) #14; Piper Hunt (Grade 8) #15; Laura Cogswell (Grade 9) #16; Kailey Cordeira (Grade 9) #12; Emma Corley (Grade 9) #8; Alyssa DePasqua (Grade 9) #19; Rileigh Nickulas (Grade 10) #4; Eleanor Swindler* (Grade 11) #1; Lindsay Massarsky (Grade 12) #11; Olivia Cooper (Grade 12) #5; Rena Alger* (Grade12) #10. *Captains
Head Coach Julia Ryan and Assistant Coach Alicia Chagaris. 

 

Town Council Meeting – May 16, 2019

Town Council President James Crocker opened last night’s Town Council Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence. Patrick Princi, the Town of Barnstable’s Delegate on the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates gave an update on his role within the Assembly including as Chair of the Finance Committee.  He also provided a brief update on the Barnstable County Fire Training Academy.  Town Manager Mark Ells provided updates on the following items for the period of May 3-16, 2019 during Town Manager Communications:

1.      Mr. Ells addressed a couple of items that came up through Public Comment as well as Mr. Princi’s comments. 

2.      We are proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2020 ahead of schedule.  Public Hearings for the appropriation orders for the Town of Barnstable FY 2020 Operating Budget begin tonight (May 16th).  In accordance with Section 6-2 of the Town Charter we have posted the Town’s FY 2020 Operating Budget on the Town website home page.  We have received a Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) report on the FY 2020 Operating Budget.  Mr. Ells said he would be remiss if he did not thank the CFAC, Finance Director Mark Milne, and all the directors and their staff who assisted in the preparation of this budget.  For information on our fiscal year budgets please view the town’s Open Budget website at http://budget.townofbarnstable.us.

3.      We coordinating 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 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 have submitted a final agreement authorizing the installation of test wells on the Fish & Wildlife parcel to F&W for signature.  We anticipate signing the access agreement shortly.  We plan to conduct testing on this and other parcels later this summer.  We will keep you advised of our progress on this important effort.

4.      As stated at the last Town Council meeting we have completed our New Source Alternatives Evaluation Report.  We view the management of our public drinking water resources in three broad categories: managing the existing sources, securing future potential public water supplies, and establishing interconnections with abutting public water supply systems.  We are proceeding with public discussion of this report and accomplishment of associated tasks to identify and secure future potential public water supply locations with the Town of Barnstable.  This includes installation and testing of wells on identified parcels of land within the report.  Our DPW has been tasked with the establishment of both internal and external working teams to accomplish this task.  Mr. Ells has requested through the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection that we commence meetings in May 2019 to discuss an expedited permitting process for the siting and approval of future potential water supply wells.  He discussed the matter last Tuesday with the Deputy Commissioner and expects a meeting shortly.  We will keep you advised of our progress on this important effort.

5.      On Tuesday May 14, 2019, the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund Management Board held its first meeting.  The Board elected Bud Dunham, Town Manager from Sandwich, as its Chairman and Kevin Galligan, an Orleans Selectman, as its Vice Chairman.  A Bylaws Committee was established on which Mr. Ells shall serve. 

The Town Council voted to submit a letter of support for a funding opportunity through the CDC for the Massachusetts PFAS Study being conducted by UMASS Amherst.  President Crocker said that Agenda Item 2019-088 Authorizing the Town Manager to execute a Regulatory Agreement between the Town of Barnstable and 720 Main Residences, LLC, for property located at 720 Main Street, Hyannis, MA to redevelop 702 Main Street, Hyannis with 40 units of Workforce Housing was withdrawn without prejudice.

Town Manager Mark Ells and Finance Director Mark Milne provided the Town Council with a summary of the FY 2020 Operating Budget. Old Business began with Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins presenting Agenda Item 2019-164 Appropriation Order in the amount of $2,130,304 be appropriated for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Planning and Development Department budget which was approved.  Community Services Director Lynne Poyant presented the four Agenda Items representing the Community Services Department budget (2019-165 Appropriation Order in the amount of $2,569,427 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Community Services Department General Fund budget; 2019-166 Appropriation Order in the amount of $877,860 be appropriated for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Public, Education & Government Access Television Enterprise Fund budget; 2019-167 Appropriation Order in the amount of $3,876,414 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Golf Course Enterprise Fund budget; and 2019-168 Appropriation Order in the amount of $3,400,131 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Hyannis Youth and Community Center Enterprise Fund budget) which were approved.  Inspectional Services Director Brian Florence presented Agenda Item  2019-173 Appropriation Order in the amount of $2,140,557 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Inspectional Services Department budget which was approved.  Finance Director Mark Milne presented the following items which were approved:  2019-178 Appropriation Order in the amount of $268,987 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Town Council budget; 2019-179 Appropriation Order in the amount of $709,451 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Town Manager budget; 2019-180 Appropriation Order in the amount of $6,322,843 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Administrative Services Department budget; 2019-181 Appropriation Order in the amount of $23,894,141 for the purpose of funding the Town’s Fiscal Year 2020 Employee Benefits budget; 2019-182 Appropriation Order in the amount of $7,152,492 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 General Fund Debt Service budget; 2019-183 Appropriation Order in the amount of $2,115,460 for the purpose of funding the Town’s Fiscal Year 2020 Library and Tourism Grant budgets; 2019-184 Appropriation Order in the amount of $250,000 be appropriated for the purpose of funding the Town’s Fiscal Year 2020 Reserve Fund; 2019-185 Appropriation Order in the amount of $18,758,861 for the purpose of funding the Town’s Fiscal Year 2020 Insurance, Assessments, Transfers and Other Fixed Costs budget and that the following sums be transferred from the Town’s Enterprise Funds for the purpose of reimbursing administrative, employee benefit and insurance costs budgeted within the General Fund:Water Pollution Control $503,449; Solid Waste $395,683; Water Supply $188,311; Airport $770,538; Golf Course $483,199; Marinas $67,842; Sandy Neck $107,936; HYCC $332,069; PEG $84,245; and further, that the sum of $500,000 be transferred from the General Fund Reserves all for the purpose of funding the Town’s Fiscal Year 2019 General Fund budget as presented to the Town Council by the Town Manager; 2019-188 Appropriation Order in the amount of $501,578 for the purpose of paying the Fiscal Year 2020 Comprehensive Water Management and Private Way Improvement Fund debt service requirements; 2019-189 Revolving Funds That the Town Council hereby authorizes the following spending  limitations for Fiscal Year 2020 revolving funds: Senior Services Classroom Education Fund - $100,000;

 

Recreation Program Fund - $525,000; Shellfish Propagation Fund - $200,000; Consumer Protection Fund - $400,000; Geographical Information Technology Fund - $10,000; Arts and Culture Program Fund - $50,000; and Asset Management Fund - $500,000.   The Town Council moved the following items to their June 6, 2019 Town Council Meeting: 2019-161 Appropriation Order in the amount of $8,041,243 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Airport Enterprise Fund budget; 2019-162 Appropriation Order in the amount of $69,599,861 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Barnstable Public Schools budget; 2019-163 Appropriation Order in the amount of $15,342,667 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Barnstable Police Department budget; 2019-169 Appropriation Order in the amount of $1,238,947 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Marine & Environmental Affairs Department General Fund budget; 2019-170 Appropriation Order in the amount of $832,780 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Marina Enterprise Fund budget; 2019-171 Appropriation Order in the amount of $1,147,959 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Sandy Neck Park Enterprise Fund budget; 2019-172 Appropriation Order in the amount of $165,398 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Licensing Department budget; 2019-174 Appropriation Order in the amount of $10,189,353 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Public Works General Fund budget; 2019-175 Appropriation Order in the amount of $3,419,883 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Public Works Solid Waste Enterprise Fund budget; 2019-176 Appropriation Order in the amount of $4,816,380 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal  Year 2020 Department of Public Works Water Pollution Control Enterprise Fund budget; 2019-177 Appropriation Order in the amount of $6,955,015 for the purpose of funding the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Public Works Water Supply Enterprise Fund budget; 2019-186 Appropriation Order for the Fiscal Year beginning  July 1, 2019, the following sums of the annual revenues of the Community Preservation Fund be set aside for further appropriation and expenditure for the following purposes: $404,676 for open space and recreation; $404,676 for historic resources; $404,676 for community housing; $801,534 for a budget reserve, and that the sum of $200,000 be appropriated from the annual revenues of the Community Preservation Fund for the administrative expenses the Community Preservation Committee; and 2019-187 Appropriation Order in the amount of $1,921,467 for the purpose of paying the Fiscal Year 2020 Community Preservation Fund debt service requirements. Prior to New Business, the Town Council accepted the May 2, 2019 minutes as presented.  Three Agenda Items (2019-196 Appropriation and Loan Order in the amount of  $62,900 pursuant to Temporary Repair to Private Roads Program regarding Samoset Road in the village of Marstons Mills, Barnstable, MA; 2019-197 Appropriation and Loan Order for $748,000.00 Pursuant to Temporary Repairs to certain Private Ways Program regarding Gleneagle Drive, Centerville, MA; and 2019-198 Appropriation Order in the amount of $38,840.00 Community Preservation Funds for the Barnstable Centerville Historical Museum roof replacement and adjoining Tin Shop located at 513 Main Street, Centerville, MA) were referred to Public Hearings on June 6, 2019.  Agenda Item 2019-199 Resolution approving amendments to Eversource existing right of way easements by increasing the width of easements on Parcels shown on Assessors Map 36-001 more specifically shown as Parcels 71 and 72 on the Plan of Land entitled “Parcels 71 & 72 Width Issue” attached hereto and by amending the easement language for Parcels 92, 94, and 113 as shown on two plans of land entitled “Parcels 92 And 94” and “Parcel 113” received a First Reading.

Assistant DPW Director Rob Steen and Hyannis Water System Supervisor Hans Keijser presented Agenda Item 2019-200 Resolve to extend the contract for the operation and maintenance services for the Hyannis Water System which was approved.  Agenda Item 2019-201 Approval of Order to Grant Electric Services Easement for the Barnstable High School Fields was moved to the June 6, 2019 Town Council Meeting.  The next Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.

 

Today - Barnstable High School Senior Art Show: Home is where the ART is

Friday, May 17th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Guyer Barn in Hyannis

On Friday, May 17th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Guyer Barn in Hyannis, BHS Art Students would like to invite the public to an Art Opening celebrating the creations and accomplishments of students from across many different artistic disciplines. Additionally, there will be open gallery hours at the Guyer Barn on Saturday, May 18 from 11:00-1:00 PM as well as Monday through Wednesday, May 20th - 22nd from 2:30-4:00 PM.  The fabulous, talented art students of the Barnstable High School Art Department invite the public to a Student Art Opening featuring noteworthy works of all different artistic disciplines created at Barnstable High School. The exhibit opening will be celebrated on Friday, May 17th, at 5:00 PM on the grounds of the Guyer Barn, located at 250 South Street in Hyannis. This exhibit is completely created and curated by the students and includes work from the fine arts, graphic design, ceramics, animation, film making, woodworking, and fashion design classes at BHS. Additionally this year the show will feature work from some of our remarkable younger high school students in our “Rising Stars” exhibit.  Visitors to this open and free show will have the opportunity to see an array of work spanning the artistic scope from portraits painted in oil to a virtual reality installation.

 

Notice of Informational Meeting

Hyannis/Barnstable Intersection and Pedestrian Improvements

Monday, May 20th at 5:30 PM – Hyannis Golf Course Function Room

The Town of Barnstable invites the community to an informational meeting on proposed intersection and pedestrian (sidewalk) improvements in the area of Independence Drive, Attucks Lane and Kidd’s Hill Road/Phinney’s Lane.  The meeting will be held at 5:30 PM on Monday, May 20, 2019 at the Hyannis Golf Course Function Room, 1840 Iyannough Rd #2, Hyannis.  The meeting is to provide interested individuals an opportunity to hear more about the scheduled intersection and pedestrian improvements and speak directly with Department of Public Works staff and the project consultant, VHB.  The project includes:  

·        Design and traffic signal improvements at Attucks Lane and Wilkins Lane; and Phinney’s Lane and Kidd’s Hill Road

·        Sidewalk installation along Independence Drive and portions of Attucks Lane, Kidd’s Hill Road, and Merchants Way

·        Sewer and water improvements in Merchants Way and Attucks Lane area

This infrastructure improvement project aims to serve existing and future commercial and residential development in the area, supporting the economic and housing needs of Barnstable’s residents and the Cape Cod region.

    

A Coastal Resilience Workshop to Discuss How the Town Can Prepare and Adapt to Storms, Sea Level Rise and Erosion – Thursday, May 23rd

 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

4:30 – 7:00 PM

Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street

Dinner and Refreshments Provided

Register Here

The Town of Barnstable, with the Cape Cod Commission, and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, are hosting a community event to explore strategies to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards in threatened areas of our community.  You are invited to join us for this interactive session where attendees will have the opportunity to be the first to test out a new regional tool and conversation catalyst, the Cape Cod Coastal Planner, developed by the Cape Cod Commission and partners.  The Cape Cod Coastal Planner integrates information and visualizations that Cape communities will need to draw on as they consider options to adapt and enables users to see, try and discuss options to address real needs in a community.   This workshop is a product of the Resilient Cape Cod project. Learn more about the project at www.capecodcommission.org/resiliency.

  

 

Hyannis Open Streets This Sunday, May 19th  

Hyannis Open Streets closes Main Street to traffic and opens it to musicians, magicians, dancers and more with free outdoor events for all ages! This event has been held on four Sundays annually since 2016. Closed to cars, Main Street becomes a big dance floor for those ready to move to the sounds of live bands at every corner, playing many varieties of music. Ample free parking is available behind buildings on both sides of Main Street, and many shops and restaurants will be open.

 

SAVE THE DATE – Monday, May 27, 2019 Memorial Day Ceremonies

Parade:  The Town of Barnstable’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019.  The parade will form at 9:30 AM at the Centerville Library and kick off sharply at 10:00 AM and proceed down Main Street to Monument Square for a brief program where there will be the placement of wreaths at monuments for the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars followed by a firing salute by the Yarmouth Minutemen.  The parade will reform and proceed to the Beechwood Cemetery for the main program. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Lt. Colonel Charles D. Carroll, USAFR, Retired.   Lt. Col. Carroll is a retired Command Pilot with over 8,000 flight hours in service to the United States Air Force, The Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard.  In a career spanning over 33 years he has flown fighters and heavies, tankers and transports, and is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff School and Air War College. The public is invited to bring pictures with them to the event of a family member, friend or acquaintance who has passed away and was a veteran.  The parade will not reform but streets will remain blocked to allow safe foot traffic back to the Library. 

JFK Memorial:  The John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee annual Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at approximately 12:15 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Memorial on Ocean Street (located next to Veterans Beach).  Assisting the John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee will be a group of Cub Scouts from Pack 54, the Barnstable Police Department Honor Guard and other special guests.  This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Barnstable Town Council Vice President John Flores.  It is at this ceremony that the 2019 JFK Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship will be awarded to this year’s recipient, a 2019 Barnstable High School Graduate.  Three finalists are in consideration for the scholarship.  All finalists have incredible academic and extracurricular activity records.  These students are a wonderful tribute to our community and its school system.  All are welcome to attend.

 

Parking Improvements at Hyannis Harbor

Designated Large Capacity Vehicle Loading/Unloading Zones at Hyannis Harbor

In an effort to assist with improved traffic flow and public safety at the Hyannis Harbor, the Town of Barnstable is pleased to announce designated large capacity vehicle passenger loading/unloading zones beginning May 17th.  Passengers may connect with their large capacity vehicles at the waiting area along Old Colony or passengers requiring departure or arrival assistance may use Ocean Street area if available. Passenger operations and waiting in un-designated areas, including the Bismore parking lots will be managed by Barnstable Police and Parking Management to ensure public safety.  For information about this and other parking management program services, please feel free to contact us or visit our website.

Designated Taxi, Rideshare/Cell Waiting Area at Hyannis Harbor

In an effort to assist with public safety at the Hyannis Harbor, the Town of Barnstable is pleased to announce beginning May 17th a designated Taxi and Rideshare/Cell waiting area along Nantucket Street.  Passengers may connect with their taxi/rideshare at the designated area. Ferry passengers requiring departure or arrival assistance may use Hy-Line Cruises’ property only. Passenger operations and waiting in un-designated areas, including the Bismore Park Parking lot will be managed by Barnstable Police and Parking Management to ensure public safety. For information about this and other parking management program services, please feel free to contact us or visit our website.

www.townofbarnstable.us/parkingdivision

@parkhappybarnstable

508-862-4771

200 Main Street ~ Hyannis, MA 02601

We are happy to help!

 

DPW Staff Takes Training from Eversource

To help keep Town of Barnstable DPW employees safe on the job, Eversource gave them a presentation about electric safety awareness.  From responding during storms to managing tree removal, our DPW employees often work in proximity to high-voltage electric equipment.  The training was coordinated by DPW Safety Officer Megan Savage and was presented by George Popovici. 

  

 

Recreation Summer Program Registration is Underway

Barnstable Recreation Summer Program Registration began on Tuesday, March 14th for Residents and there are already several programs that have filled!  Don’t wait to sign up for swim lessons, sailing, tennis, skating, basketball, yoga and more.  There are dozens of programs to choose from and there’s something for the whole family!  Non-residents can begin registering on May 21st at 8:30 AM.  You may register online anytime 24/7 at www.townofbarnstable.us/recreation or come into the Barnstable Recreation Division office located in the Main Lobby at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center at 141 Bassett Lane in Hyannis.  Registration walk-up hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.  For more information, look for the Barnstable Summer Program Brochure online or call 508-790-6345.

 

Blish Point Ramp Repairs

Just in time for the busy boating season!  The State with Barnstable DPW worked together with the Harbormaster to improve the Blish Point boat ramp today by paving locations that needed repair.  Staff is on scene and the boat ramp will reopen right after the repairs are done.

    

 

Friendly Reminder from Animal Control:
Pursuant to the Town Manager’s Dog Control Regulations, “no person owning or having the care, custody or control of any dog shall allow said dog on any Town Beach or Recreation area from May 15 to September 15 without the written authorization of the Town Manager or official in control of said Beach or Recreation area.”  Please note:  Dogs are not allowed in your car in the parking lot.  Any questions, please call 508-790-6274.

 

2019 Beach Parking Permits Walk-up Sales at HYCC

The Barnstable Recreation Division’s 2019 Beach Parking Permits walk-up sales are underway at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sundays & Holidays 9:00 AM-Noon.  The Resident/Taxpayer Sticker is $45.  You must have a valid car registration.  Leased vehicles must have valid lease agreement.  Resident Parking Permits are required January 1st to December 31st.  More information is available on the Town website or by calling 508-790-6345.

 

Town of Barnstable Notice of Fund Availability (NOFA) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The Town of Barnstable Planning and Development Department (PDD) is accepting proposals for the 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020).  CDBG is a federally funded program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide affordable housing, economic opportunities and a suitable living environment to low and moderate income residents.  Projects must address at least one of the goals of the 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan: create or preserve affordable housing units or economic opportunities; public facilities, infrastructure or other public improvements; or provide services to low income and special needs populations including but not limited to seniors and homeless persons.  Proposed projects that address the goals in the Downtown Hyannis Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) defined in the consolidated plan may be given preference.  The Town is expecting $278,102 for the 2019 program year.  The amount available for Public Service activities is about $41,700.  To be considered, applications must be received in the Planning and Development Department by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, May 23, 2019. Application and Guidebook are available on the Town website www.townofbarnstable.us/CDBG and Attachment A of the application lists the required attachments.  Contact: Kathleen Girouard, CED Coordinator, Phone: 508-862-4678, TDD# 508-790-9801, Email:  kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us, Planning and Development Department, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601.  Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. This location is handicap accessible.  Interpreters available upon advance request.

 

There’s lots going on at the Village Libraries of Barnstable

Barnstable Libraries’ Corner

Visit a Town of Barnstable Library today!

Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village
www.sturgislibrary.org

 

Centerville Public Library

www.centervillelibrary.org

 

Cotuit Library

www.cotuitlibrary.org

 

Hyannis Public Library

www.hyannislibrary.org

Marstons Mills Public Library
www.mmpl.org

Osterville Village Library
www.ostervillevillagelibrary.org

Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable

www.wheldenlibrary.org

 - Promotion of veteran telecommunicator Ross Lloyd to our lead supervisor for the unit. Supervisor Lloyd takes great pride in developing and supervising our new staff.

- Worked through a 6 week complete renovation of our center in a less than ideal temporary room.

- Became a wireless direct answering point by being the first place to pick up the phone when you call 911 on your cell phone in the Town of Barnstable. This saves time and confusion by eliminating transfers from an off Cape call center to us.

- Several of our dispatchers received awards and recognition for a job well done.

- Development and implementation of a Training program currently being used to train new hires with our own qualified staff.

- Finally, probably the largest undertaking of all, was the successful collaboration with the Hyannis Fire Department as we began complete dispatch services for them last summer.

You may find it hard to thank them in person as they work around the clock, tucked away within the walls of the Barnstable Police Department. On behalf of all of the sworn officers of the BPD -- I thank you for your hard work, exceptional customer service and professionalism.

NEW Small Vessel Storage Permits

Required for all small vessels stored on Town owned land!  This decal enables better tracking of all vessels stored on Town owned land as well as an added resource for emergency contact should a vessel go adrift.

Permit decals are available for purchase Monday through Friday 8:30 AM-4:15 PM at the Marine and Environmental Affairs Department located at 1189 Phinney's Lane, Centerville. Any questions please contact the Harbormaster’s Office at: 508-790-6273 Fee:$25.00 for mooring permit holders; $50.00 for non-mooring permit holders.

 

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.

 

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

 

Creative Hands Gallery Group Art Exhibit at Barnstable Town Hall, 2nd Floor meeting rooms

EXHIBIT EXTENDED through June 13, 2019:  A multi-artist exhibit featuring: Carl Lopes, Carol Flax, Judith Freeman Clark, Richard Pawlak,   Candice Ronesi, Andrea Kuehn and Bob Singer

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.   Seven of the Creative Hands Gallery represented artists will have work on display in the Barnstable Town Hall, from NOW THROUGH June 13, 2019. This exhibit features a varied range of styles and mediums.

Creative Hands is a contemporary Cape Cod gallery of Fine Crafts and more located 812 Main Street, Unit 2, Osterville. It provides local and visiting patrons of Cape Cod a place to view and/or purchase one-of-a-kind handcrafted artwork for everyday use and enjoyment in a formal gallery setting.  The Gallery features the works of an eclectic cross section of both established and emerging artists: glass blowers, jewelry makers, potters, wood turners, furniture makers, print makers, photographers, painters, sculptural artists and more.  Each piece of artwork is displayed in a manner so as to give it space to be viewed and enjoyed individually.  Jim Irvine, the owner of Creative Hands Gallery, is a long time potter. Having grown up in Lincoln, Rhode Island, and having attended art school in Providence, he participated in many Fine Art and Craft Festivals throughout the years.  The next logical step in his career was to open a Fine Art and Craft Gallery, giving him a place to show his own work as well as that of other very talented artists he's met at the various craft shows and throughout his life.   The exhibition is open to the public and on display NOW THROUGH June 13, 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, 8:30am-4:30pm (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 Pictured above: Nobska Light by Bob Singer.

 

HyArts Art Shanties, Hyannis Harbor  - 2019 Season Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties * two locations *12 seaside studios * Ocean Street, Hyannis
 The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties opened for the 2019 season, Friday, May 3, 2019.  Visitors will find something handmade, hand designed or hand crafted by local artists in two locations along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, at the Harbor Overlook, 51 Ocean Street and Bismore Park, 180 Ocean Street, Hyannis.  The Artist Shanties are open weekends through Sunday, June 9, including Monday of Memorial Day weekend, then seven days a week through the fall.  Artists change weekly throughout the season. Discover new faces and artwork each week.

New this year at the Harbor Overlook:
Food vendors
offer tasty treats on various days throughout the season including during the ‘Live Lunch’ program: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, every Monday and Friday. Grab a snack and take in the sights and sounds as local musicians rotate throughout the season during this program and during the Thursday singer spotlight series. 

Every Saturday, through end of August, Sam Holmstock, one of the co-founders of the world fusion ensemble ENTRAIN, will facilitate a free drum circle each week, 4:00-6:00 PM! Drumming and rhythm is so much fun and accessible to all.  No experience necessary.  Reduce stress, increase mindfulness and have fun!

The Town run artist shanty program provides affordable rental space for Cape Cod artists and artisans to work and sell at these “seaside studios”.  This program provides prime visibility and opportunities for artists to gain and improve business, marketing and selling skills, connect with other artists and meet visitors from around the region and the world. 

PARK AND WALK:  It is easy to spend art-FULL days in downtown Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, Complimentary and metered parking lots are steps away from Main Street & Hyannis Harbor. Visit the artist shanties, Main Street Hyannis, museums, shops, restaurants and more, all walkable from the surrounding public parking lots.

2019 HYANNIS HYARTS ARTIST SHANTY HOURS: 
Always OPEN FROM 11:00 AM!
Closing time varies, at least until 6:00 PM and at least 8:00 PM in July & August
Weekends, Friday through Sunday until June 9:
Friday-Sunday:  11:00 AM - at least 6:00 PM & open Monday, Memorial Day

Seven days a week: June 10 through Columbus Day, Monday October 14, 2019
Weekends, October and November and December
select weekend programs. Over 95 artists will participate in the 2019 program.  Artwork varies and includes photography, jewelry, painting, fiber arts, glass, ceramics, rope work, mosaics, woodworking, window art, and so much more.  Artists rotate weekly throughout the season.                                                                     


 

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

*NEW* National Grid New Commercial Customer Hook ups

Monday, May 20, 2019 new customer hook up work at the New Cape Cod Five Headquarters located on Iyannough Road. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 new customer hook up work at 1747 Hyannis Road, Barnstable. 

Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM.  Work should be completed by the end of the day.

*NEW* National Grid New Residential Customer Hook ups

Monday, May20, 2019 new customer hook up work at 160 Harbor Bluffs Road, Hyannis;

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 new customer hook up work at 8 Merchants Mill Road, Hyannis;

Thursday, May 23, 2019 new customer hook up work at 17 Newton Street, Hyannis; and

Friday, May 24, 2019 new customer hook up work at 74 Circuit Avenue, Hyannis. 

Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM.  Work should be completed by the end of the day.

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

Crosswalk improvements in Cotuit are ongoing.  Remaining activities include installation of new crosswalk surfaces; installation of signage; application of pavement markings and installation of a new 3-way stop traffic pattern at the intersection of Main Street and Ocean View Avenue.  Normal work hours are 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.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

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

Crosswalk improvements in Cotuit are ongoing.  Remaining activities include installation of new crosswalk surfaces; installation of signage; application of pavement markings and installation of a new 3-way stop traffic pattern at the intersection of Main Street and Ocean View Avenue.  Normal work hours are 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.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*UPDATED* Road Work Sea Street, South Street, and Ocean Avenue in Hyannis

Construction activities during May 17-23, 2019 are scheduled to include adjusting valve covers in the paved areas; installing curbs, sidewalks, and driveways; restoring disturbed areas along the roadway edges; and other associated work.  In addition, Verizon is installing new utility poles along parts of the project area.  Businesses and residences along the work zones will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work, except during scheduled driveway construction.  During active construction in and along 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.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

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

Construction activities during May 17-23, 2019 are scheduled to include installing curbs, sidewalks, and driveways; constructing off-road stormwater treatment systems that will be landscaped later in the project; restoring disturbed areas along the roadway edges; and other associated work.  Businesses and residences along the work zones will remain accessible to traffic throughout the work, except during scheduled driveway construction.  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.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*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.  During active work on these lines 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.  As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas, and follow posted safety and detour signs.

*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 *Coastal Pollutant Remediation Grant Project (River Road, Marstons Mills, Cotuit Library, Putnam Avenue, Cotuit)
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 will start the week of May 13 and will run to June 29, 2019. PLEASE NOTE:  Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

*CONTINUES * National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Mains - Centerville
5-135 First Avenue, Hyannis.   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.  Work should be completed Memorial Day Weekend.   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 * Spring Road Work Program
Paving improvements are complete on Bursley Path, Cedar Street, Lothrop’s Lane, Cinderella Terrace, High View Circle and Locust Avenue. Restoration activities are ongoing. Roadway milling and paving work will begin on Abbey Gate Road, Buckingham Way, Oxford Drive and Queen Anne Lane in Cotuit during the week of May 20, 2019 and will continue through until June 14, 2019. Traffic during construction operations may 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 * 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.


Are You on the Town’s Reverse 911 System?
The Barnstable Police Department has an emergency notification system. 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: Which U.S. President made Mother’s Day a national holiday? We were quick to get a couple of correct answers!  Mother’s Day was proclaimed a national holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson.  Anna Jarvis was the founder of the Mother’s Day holiday in the United States.  In 1908, three years after her mother’s death, Jarvis held a memorial ceremony to honor her mother and all mothers at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, marking the first official observance of Mother’s Day.

 

This Week’s Question:  The Town Council began the acceptance process for the Town’s Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget at last night’s Town Council Meeting.  When does the Town of Barnstable’s fiscal year begin? Please email your answer here.

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