Barnstable Town Government Session #24 Graduation
Session of Inside Barnstable Town Government graduated 31 participants on
Thursday, April 11th.
academy is an 11-week commitment with the goal of educating the citizens of
Barnstable about the operations of town government, while also obtaining
valuable feedback and participation from those citizens participating in the
Academy. The program is designed to advance understanding of and participation
in civic affairs as well as to increase awareness of the challenges facing
municipal government. Pictured below is this session’s graduating class. The
members of this year’s class are: Britt Beedenbender, Ruth Ann Carey, Donald
Charlton, Carol Childs, Deborah Clough, Andy Clyburn, Gary Craddock, James
Craddock, Magaret Fearn, Allen Fullterton, Gene Guill, Susan Guill, Wesley
Harrington, Michael Judge, Mary Kanter, Michele Kiebacher, Linda Lesniewicz,
Richard Lesniewicz, Patricia Merriel, Greg Monahan, Loni Monahan, Kyle
Richardson, Joan Roberts, Ronald Roberts, Anne Schulte, Bob Schulte, Robert
Servidori, Gordon Starr, Deborah Stetson, Ted Williams, and Sam Yee. Thank You
for taking the time to learn about your Town and Congratulations!
2018 Budget Tasks Continue
proceeding with the tasks in the budget action calendar for FY 2018. In
accordance with Section 6-5 of the Town Charter, we have submitted the Town’s FY
2018 Capital Budget and FY 2018-FY 2022 Capital Improvements Project to the Town
Council and posted said documents on the Town website home page. We have
submitted the orders for the capital budget for the first reading this evening.
I would be remiss in not mentioning the work that went into its development by
my department heads, their staff and in particular, the members of the
Comprehensive Finance Advisory Committee who spent many hours reviewing and
commenting on the numerous projects submitted. We are actively reviewing the
proposed FY 2018 operating budget with departments with anticipated submittal to
Town Council on or before May 4. For information on our fiscal year budgets,
please view the town’s
Recreation for Our Annual Egg-stravaganza!
check out Barnstable Recreation’s Annual Easter Event!
Saturday, April 15th from 11:00am-1pm
the Barnstable Intermediate School, 895 Falmouth Road, Hyannis.
Admission is FREE to the event (some games and activities cost $1, food is cash
your own photos with the Easter Bunny and Sidekick Chick!
Farms West Main Street Store to Benefit HYCC
with the Grand Opening of their newly renovated store on West Main Street in
Hyannis, Cumberland Farms is donating ten cents for every hot or cold fountain
drink they sell between April 11th and May 9th to the
Hyannis Youth & Community Center. In 2012 when Cumberland Farms on the corner of
Bearse’s Way and Route 132 raised almost $3,000 for the HYCC. Town Manager Mark
Ells, Recreation Director Patti Machado and HYCC General Manager Joe Izzo joined
Cumberland Farms Region Manager Rick Boyle, District Manager Bryan Walker and
Store Manager Cheryl Sims for the ribbon cutting and program kick-off.
Congratulations to Cumberland Farms on their new store and THANK YOU!
Barnstable begins new Food Waste Collection/Composting Program
Mills Transfer Station and Recycling Center
The Office of
the Town Manager and the Department of Public Works is pleased to announce the
start of a new Food Waste Collection/Composting program at the Transfer Station
and Recycling Center, 45 Flint St., Marstons Mills. The goal of the program is
to reduce the amount of food waste that gets thrown away with the trash, thereby
reducing trash disposal costs for Transfer Station customers. According to the
Mass. Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), as much as 25% of
household trash is food waste that could be diverted from landfills and
incinerators, and composted. Residents with a current Trash Disposal or
Recycling Only sticker may now drop off their household kitchen scraps and food
waste for composting at no additional cost. The collection barrels are located
in one of the sheds used to contain recycled materials. The Town is partnering
with Watts Family Farms, located in Forestdale, which will pick up the kitchen
waste on a weekly basis, transporting it to their facility, where it will be
turned into high quality compost. Residents are advised that while most kitchen
scraps may be composted, including meat and bones, and paper towels and napkins,
such items as kitty litter, plastics, cardboard, and Styrofoam are excluded, and
may not be disposed of for composting. The Barnstable Food Waste Composting
program is, in part, being funding through a grant from MassDEP.
Barnstable’s Best Dog Contest
Now is the time to send in your photos of your family dog in order to enter
Barnstable's Best Dog Contest for 2017! Starting on April 1st, send in your
dog's photo (put your name and address on the back) along with a check for your
license. Don't forget to come in and vote too! The contest ends on May 1st. Once
the contest is over, we will return the photo and the new dog tag to you. Maybe
your dog will win the #1 tag! The actual dog licenses will not be issued until
May 5th. Barnstable's Best Dog contest: Send the photo (with your name and
address on the back); a self-addressed stamped envelope; Include a check for
$7.00 for a spayed or neutered animal; Or $10.00 for a male or female dog; A
copy of the current rabies certificate; and mail all of the above to: Town
Clerk, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. The winner of Barnstable's Best Dog
will receive the #1 tag and his/her photo will be on the Barnstable website for
the coming year. We will accept photos until noon on the 1st of May. The winner
will be announced on May 2nd. So remember to come in and vote during that time
for your favorite dog. All dog owners have until July 1, 2017 to get their 2017
license. Order early so you won't forget.
Development Block Grant Program 2017 Action Plan
Town of Barnstable is preparing the One Year Action Plan for CDBG program year
(July 1, 2017– June 30, 2018) and has updated the Citizens Participation Plan.
Drafts of the plans will be available on April 12, 2017 on the
and in the Growth Management Office, 367 Main Street, 3rd Floor,
Hyannis, MA 02601. These plans serve as the planning and strategic documents for
the Town’s CDBG Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD). Estimated funding for this program year is $274,347,
plus any carryover. The Town is seeking public input on the draft Action Plan,
which outlines funding priorities for the upcoming program year. Funding levels
are estimated and subject to change. Comments on these documents may be
submitted in writing to: Kathleen Girouard, Growth Management Department, 367
Main Street, 3rd Floor, Hyannis, MA 02601 or by email:
with “CDBG Comments” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted through
May 12, 2017 and included in the final plans submitted to HUD.
Acquisition and Preservation Committee Proudly Presents…
Having a Stay-cation?
There is a lot to see and do at the HYCC!
Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year: Nominations Close Patriot’s Day
The Mercy Otis
Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year is a woman who has made significant
contributions to the arts, business, education, and/or is deeply involved in the
community. Last year’s recipient was Ann Williams of Osterville. Past
recipients include Judy Walden Scarafile, Susan French, Dorothy Savarese, and
Lynne Poyant. Nominations for the 2017 application are now being accepted.
Application forms are available across Cape Cod at local town halls, libraries,
community centers, and online at
Nominations are due on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 17, 2017.
Parkinson's...Pie and Coffee Social at Barnstable Senior Center
The Parkinson’s Support Network of Cape Cod, a branch of
APDA, is celebrating its 10th year anniversary and in recognition of Parkinson's
Awareness Month (April) they are offering a Community Awareness and Outreach
Campaign...Pies for Parkinson's. All members of the community are welcome to
attend an event at the Barnstable Senior Center on Thursday, April 20th
at 1 PM. Please come to learn about the programs, support, and resources
available to families across Cape Cod living with Parkinson's and share a "Pie
Package" with a neighbor, friend, or colleague. Joyce Ginouves and Rose
Digregorio presented the Town Council with their own Pies for Parkinson’s bags
at last week’s Town Council Meeting. The event is free but reservations are
requested by calling 508-862-4750.
Youth Commission Ready, Set, Work! Job Fair – A Success
Youth Commission held what is sure to be the First Annual Ready, Set, Work Job
Fair at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on Wednesday, April 12th.
Youth 18 and under from Barnstable, Dennis-Yarmouth, Nauset, Sturgis East, and
St. John Paul II High Schools turned out to see what jobs were available at over
twenty (20) local businesses. Warren Rutherford of The Executive Suite provided
students with an opportunity to learn how to prepare for an interview, to learn
about the importance of a resume and how to write one, as well as how to
complete a job application. We are grateful to the vendors who helped make
Ready, Set, Work! a success. THANK YOU to: Warren Rutherford and The Executive
Suite; Barnstable Recreation; Cape Cod Times; Cape Wildlife Center; Catania
Hospitality; Chick-fil-A; Four Seas Ice Cream; Hyannis Public Library; Kandy
Korner; Katie’s Ice Cream; Olympia Sports; Palio’s Pizzeria; Sears; Shaw’s
Supermarkets’ Siena; Stop & Shop; Subway; Tropical Smoothies Café; and YMCA
Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccination Program will again distribute rabies/vaccine
bait packets in an effort to reduce rabies in wildlife. If you find a
vaccine/bait packet, use a towel or gloves to pick it up and throw it into the
woods where children and pets will not find it. If no suitable place is
available, you can dispose of the bait in the trash. Wash your hands thoroughly
after handling the vaccine/bait package. If your pet has eaten or had contact
with a bait, it is not harmful to them, but please report the contact to the
Cape Cod Rabies Program Coordinator Brian Bjorklund at (508) 476-2956. Staff
will use that information to educate those distributing baits that their baits
may not have made it to their target destination. Rabies is present in wildlife
in all areas of Southeastern Massachusetts. Do not handle wildlife. Also, make
sure your cats, dogs and other pets have received their rabies vaccinations. For
more information on the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccination program, call (508)
476-2956 or visit the project
Light It Up
Blue for Autism Awareness
For the fourth
year in a row, the Town of Barnstable is partnering with CapeAbilities and
Light It Up Blue™
Autism Awareness Month throughout April. Light It Up
Blue™ shows support for those affected by autism spectrum disorder and
brings awareness to the valuable role these exceptional individuals play in our
community. Blue lights have been installed in several municipal buildings
throughout the Town of Barnstable, including Town Hall, to show support for this
A Sure Sign of
The floats are
going in at the Barnstable harbor Marina!
ROAD WORK: West
Main Street (between the West End Rotary and Pitcher’s Way)
Department continues their water main improvements for the ‘West Main Cleaning
and Lining’ project as scheduled. The next phase of work began April 3rd
and ends April 28th
westbound lane of West Main Street
between the West End Rotary and Pitcher’s Way.
April 3, 2017, the westbound lane of West Main Street, Hyannis was detoured at
the West End Rotary.
Traffic will be directed southwest on Scudder Avenue, then directed north up
Pitcher’s Way. The end of the detour will occur as traffic migrates back to West
Main Street. Traffic to local businesses will be allowed access.
construction operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek
alternate routes to avoid the construction work.
The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM.
please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road
construction areas and detour routes, and follow posted safety and detour signs.
Barnstable Residents – become involved in your town’s government, apply for a
position on a board, committee or commission
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, made up of five Town Councilors, will interview
applicants and make recommendations to the Town Council, who vote to appoint
members at their regular 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 webpage linked from the town
and fill out the application. For a more detailed description and
responsibilities of the committees listed, please contact the Town Council
or phone 508-862-4738.
Marina Reconstruction Project Continues
Work has begun
on the reconstruction of the Prince Cove Marina bulkhead. The area closed on
March 13th, 2017 and will remain closed until approximately May 1st,
2017. The bulkhead will be reconstructed with sheet pilings, concrete and other
facilities. No access to the bulkhead will be available during construction. The
boat ramp and associated parking will remain open during construction. Residents
should avoid the bulkhead construction area. Questions regarding marine
activities in the area should be directed to the Marine and Environmental
Affairs Division at 508-790-6273. Project related questions should be directed
to Roger D. Parsons, P.E., Town Engineer at 508-790-6302.
Continues Route 28 (Falmouth Road) and Bearse’s Way
Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues their roadway
improvements for the ‘Route 28 Intersection Improvements at Bearse’s Way’ as
scheduled. The next phase of work will begin March 20th
and end March 31st in the eastbound
lane of Route 28 between 267 & 307 Falmouth Road.
20, 2017, the eastbound lane of Route 28 will be detoured at the intersection of
Route 28 and Bearse’s Way. Traffic will be directed
south on Bearse’s Way, then directed northeast up Walton Avenue. The end of the
detour will occur as traffic migrates back to Route 28. Traffic to local
businesses will be allowed access. Traffic during construction
operations will be delayed and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to
avoid the construction work. The work hours will be
between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM. As always, please slow down
and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and
detour routes, and follow posted safety and detour signs.
Reminder to Return the Town Census
Town Census forms were mailed earlier this year. When you receive your census
form, please look it over, make any changes necessary. You can mail it or drop
it off in the Town Clerk’s office. Even if there are no changes, you need to
sign the form and send it back. This will make your voting easier this year
and keep you up-to-date in the Voter Registration System. The census form must
be completed by all residents (not just citizens or voters) residing in the Town
of Barnstable. This is in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts. You cannot register to vote on the form. If you wish to
register to vote or make any other changes to your voter status, you can
register on-line at
or pick up a mail-in form at any of our local libraries or at the Town Clerk’s
Office. You will receive a confirmation letter once the change in voter status
2017 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers
The Recreation Division 2017 Parking Permits are now available through our
mail-in process. For those of you that supplied Barnstable Recreation with your
e-mail address, you should be receiving your application via e-mail. If you do
not receive it, or did not supply an e-mail address, applications may be
downloaded from our
In order to reduce our postage costs, we will not be sending out applications
via the postal system. If you do not have access to a printer and need an
application mailed to you, please feel free to submit your request in writing
(please include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can mail the application
to you) to: Town of Barnstable – Parking Permits, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA
Looking for a
Job? The Town of Barnstable is a Great Place to Work.
You can now
apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on
the “Apply” link. If this is the first time you are applying using our online
job application, you will 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. To see what positions are
currently available, click
Upgrading Natural Gas Main in Hyannis
Work will cause roadway disruption
Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project in downtown Hyannis.
Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street,
and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting.
Gas main infrastructure upgrade work will occur in the area of 93-420 South
Street; 70-110 High School Road; 10-50 Ocean Street; 500 Old Colony Road,
Hyannis. They have completed work on Route 149, and are moving to Main Street
Cotuit and Salten Point Road. Work began on November 30 and is expected to
continue through June, 2017. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run
until 4:30 PM Monday through Saturday. As always, please slow down and use
extreme caution when traveling through the construction areas and follow posted
we are in budget season here at Town Hall, we will stay with another budget
question. How many Enterprise Funds does the Town of Barnstable have? Extra
points if you can name them!
guessed the number of Enterprise Funds correctly at eight. The funds are:
Airport, Golf, Hyannis Water, Hyannis Youth & Community Center, Marinas,
Sandy Neck, Solid Waste, and Water Pollution Control.
Question: Monday is Patriot’s Day. West Barnstable was home to the patriot who
was labeled as the “Firebrand of the American Revolution”? Who was this
Email your answer