Town Manager Fee Hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 13th

A public hearing on changes to various, permits and program fees that will take effect July 1, 2018 for FY 2019 within the Town of Barnstable will be held on February 13th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the New Town Hall Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.  Information is available on the Town website or in the Town Managers Office from 8:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m., located at the Town Hall 2nd floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.  Proposed fee changes are for: GIS, Parking Program, Solid Waste, Water Service, Water User, and Water Pollution Control Division.

 

Olympic Watch Begins:  BHS 2006 Graduate Mike Trapp
Mike Trapp has arrived in PyeongChang, South Korea!  The Barnstable High School graduate Class of 2006, who has won a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team and will be competing in the men’s parallel giant slalom. The Town received a letter of congratulations on Mike’s selection to compete in the Olympics from Vice President Michael Pence earlier this week.  We will update you with Mike’s competition schedule when it becomes available. Here are links to articles in today’s Cape Cod Times and Barnstable Patriot.  Picture courtesy of Carrie Kizuka.

 

Highlights in Education at February 7th School Committee Meeting

Two different Highlights in Education were featured at this week’s School Committee meeting.  Barnstable High School Art Department Head Matt Kemp brought four of his students whose work is on display at Barnstable Town Hall.  The students spoke about their experiences at the House at the Halfway Point at Sandy Neck and the art it inspired them to create.  The pieces featured included kinetic art, watercolors, and mutli-dimension art.  Next up was David Schroeter who is the Grade 6-12 Music Department Head in the district. Mr. Schroeter introduced a number of students who participated in the All Cape Music Festival that was held at Barnstable High School Thursday, February 1st through Saturday, February 3rd.  The students spoke about their experiences in orchestra, band, choral and choir performances.  We love seeing the enthusiasm these students share when they are taking about their passionate pursuits.

 

Town of Barnstable Villages Tourism Grant Applications Now Available

The Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce has issued a request for proposals on behalf of the Town of Barnstable for its FY2018 Tourism Grant Program.  The Tourism Grant Program is designed to aid villages in promoting new or existing events and festivals to draw visitors to the town.  All civic and nonprofit associations marketing village events to visitors or who are providing visitor services are eligible and encouraged to apply.  These grants are matching funds grants up to a maximum of $1,000. Applications must be submitted to the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce on or before March 9, 2018.  Grants will be awarded on or before March 31, 2018. Applications and complete rules & guidelines are available by emailing Todd Deluca at the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, todd@hyannis.com or calling 508-775-7778.

 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Notice of Fund Availability The Town of Barnstable Planning and Development Department (PDD) is accepting proposals for the 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program year (estimated July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).  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: creation or preservation of affordable housing units or economic opportunities; improvements to public facilities, infrastructure or other public improvements; or provision of services to low income and special needs populations including but not limited to 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.   Estimated available total funding is $283,342 plus any carry over funds and program income.  This estimate is based on last year’s funding levels and will be adjusted when final amounts are known.  The amount available for Public Service activities is limited to 15% of the actual allocation estimating about $42,000.  To be considered, Letters of Interest must be received in the Planning and Development Department by 4:00 PM on February 28, 2018. Please follow the Letter of Interest Instructions on the Town website www.townofbarnstable.us/CDBG and refer to the CDBG Application Guidebook for more details on the process and eligibility requirements. Applicants are encouraged to submit by email: kathleen.girouard@town.barnstable.ma.us with “CDBG LOI” in subject line or mailed or delivered to the contact below.  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 – Thursday between 8:30am and 4:30pm This location is handicap accessible.  Interpreters available upon advance request.


Board of Health Public Hearing on Lifeguard Exemption Requirements
The Board of Health (BOH) of the Town of Barnstable Massachusetts in accordance with and under the authority granted by Section 31 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for the purpose of the protection of public health and safety, announces that there will be a public hearing to review and discuss lifeguard exemption requirements.  The public hearing will be held on Tuesday February 27, 2018 at or after 3:00 PM at the Town Hall, second floor Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.  The Board of Health previously voted in favor of removing the lifeguard and qualified swimmer requirements for only those low usage semi-public swimming pools associated with facilities containing 75 units or less which meet the criteria which can be found on the Town’s website.  The deregulation is proposed to continue to be in effect until such time alternative guidelines or regulations are provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) in this regard; but in no case shall this deregulation continue after December 31, 2022 without approval by the BOH.  

 

RFP:  Disposition of Property Via Sale – Various Parcels of Municipal Property

The Director of Property and Risk Management for the Town of Barnstable on behalf of the Town Manager of the Town of Barnstable is selling various surplus parcels acquired through the foreclosure of Land through Land Court for the non-payment of taxes, Land of Low Value and gifts made in lieu of Foreclosure that are located throughout the Town of Barnstable.  This solicitation is being conducted in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30B, Section 16, and all sales must be strictly awarded in accordance with the requirements of the Request for Proposals regarding Real Property Transactions. A public session pre-response meeting will be held on February 29, 2018 at Barnstable Town Hall in the Hearing Room, 2nd. Floor at 2:00 PM to allow the public or any interested parties to ask questions about the process or the property.  More information including a list of parcels can be found on the Town’s website

 

2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers

The Recreation Division 2018 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 website.  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  02601. 2018 Parking Permits/Beach Stickers will be available in person at the HYCC beginning May 7th.  Operating hours will be Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and Sundays & Holidays 9:00 AM-Noon.

 

Barnstable Youth Commission Prepares for Second Ready, Set, Work! Job Fair

Seeking Businesses Looking to Hire Youth

 

Fiscal 2019 Budget Process:  Capital Improvement Plan Submission Review

Work continues on the Capital Improvement Plan submission review.  We will be holding meetings with various departments and divisions on their capital requests.  Each year through our Capital Trust Fund, Barnstable has been able to address a number of important capital programs.  This year, as we review more than 125 project submissions, we will be seeking to make decisions on projects which are the most needed and in the best financial interest of the Town. 

 

Exemption Applications Due in Assessor’s Office by April 2nd

FY2018 statutory exemption applications, including residential exemptions, are due in the Assessor’s office by Monday, April 2nd.  More information can be found on the Assessor’s page of the Town’s website.

 

Town of Barnstable Hyannis Main Street Vendor/Contractor Parking Permit

The Town of Barnstable recognizes vendors and contractors are a critical component to our community’s economy and quality of life. Therefore, starting January 1, 2018 daily parking permits will be available to qualifying vendors and contractors hired to service businesses and residents located on Main Street, Hyannis who need their vehicles in close proximity on the date of services rendered, parking beyond the 2-hour limitation on Main Street during the hours of 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday through Sunday.  Through an application process by the Parking Division, Vendor/Contractor parking permits are valid for one space per vehicle or trailer, for no more than five (5) calendar days per calendar month, and no more than three (3)  vendor/contractor parking permits per business or residency at any one time.  Applications must be submitted one business day prior to the date requested and payment of cash/check must be included with the application:

November 1st – March 31st                           $  5.00/day/space

April 1st – October 31st                                  $15.00/day/space

For more information about this new program and/or a copy of the application, please visit online at www.townofbarnstable.us/parking or feel free to contact:  Barnstable Parking Resources Division, 200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 or 508-862-4771. We are happy to help!

 

Call to artists for the 2018 Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanties
New this year, two locations! Bismore Park & Hyannis Harbor Overlook, corner of South and Ocean along the Walkway-to-the-Sea

The Town of Barnstable is currently accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2018 Hyannis HyArts Cultural District Artist Shanty program. Artist shanties are located in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, at Bismore Park, Ocean Street, Hyannis and NEW this season, three additional shanties at the Harbor Overlook, along the Walkway-to-the-Sea, at the corner of South and Ocean Street, overlooking Aselton Park, Hyannis.  Expansion of the Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty program creates an additional opportunity to connect visitors walking from Main Street to the Harbor front with local artists.  And for artists and artisans it provides increased exposure and selling opportunities in affordable, highly visible studio space. Artists will be juried as applications are received and applications are accepted on a rolling basis for remaining spots for the 2018 season.  Spots are filled based on need and availability.  Applications can be downloaded from  www.ArtsBarnstable.com.  The Hyannis HyArts Artist Shanty Program began in 2005, as the first in a series of arts related strategies designed to provide opportunities and exposure for local artists; enliven the economic climate in downtown Hyannis; and to establish an important vibrant backdrop for year round residents and visitors. The shanties are open weekends May through mid-June and then seven days a week through Columbus Day in October.  The Harbor Overlook shanties will remain open weekends, October through December, 2018.  Work is handmade or hand crafted, and all artists are from Cape Cod.   A variety of work is represented including jewelry, paintings, photography, visual art, woodcarving, fiber arts, ceramics, rope work, glass work, literary art, mixed media, and more.   

 

Friendly Reminders from the Marine & Environmental Affairs Office

 

Building Department Public Service Announcement

Re: Article VII Sign Regulations § 240-61 (N) Temporary Signs on Public Property

The Town of Barnstable Building Department would like to advise its citizens of a recent policy change concerning the existing temporary signs on public property ordinance.  The Department has reviewed and updated our guidelines as a result of the public’s expressed desire to maintain the quiet dignity and decorum of our memorial sites as well as to address safety concerns regarding motor vehicle traffic line of sight.  The revised policy includes restrictions on the number and placement of temporary signs on public property and a prohibition of temporary signs on memorial sites and traffic islands.  This revision was carefully and purposefully crafted to balance the need of the community to publicize special non-profit events while preserving the integrity of the memorial sites and to ensure traffic safety in each of the seven villages of Barnstable.  As always, applicants seeking to install signs on public property will need to register their event with the Building Department prior to placement of signage.  Forms are available online here or they may be obtained at the Building Department located at the 200 Main Street building.  The Sign Ordinance online link may be found here.  Staff is available to answer questions or to assist applicants with the registration process and can be reached at 508-862-4038.

 

Stay Informed during a Storm
In the event of a winter storm, the Town will re-activate the Storm Alert feature on our website.  The Department of Public Works will share actual road plowing activities.  Also available to residents is a storm information line that can be accessed by dialing 508-862-INFO (4636), which will be updated with the same information from the DPW.  Our Town’s social media site on Facebook and Twitter will also be updated during any storm event.  The 2018 Department of Public Works Snow and Ice Brochure has been updated. You can view the brochure here.

 

ROAD WORK UPDATES

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

ROAD WORK: National Grid Upgrading Natural Gas Main

National Grid and NEUCO continue their gas main replacement project. Improvements include marking of underground utilities, excavation of the street, and installation of a new gas main. Work will be ongoing, weather permitting. Their scheduled work along Peppercorn Lane, Cotuit and Route 6A between Allyn and Crocker Lanes in Barnstable Village will continue. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Bearse’s Way Continues

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 between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday..

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Osterville Bay School Demolition

The contractor has completed demolition operation and is in the process of demobilizing and removing equipment from the site.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Work has slowed due to the freezing temperatures.  The contractor is installing underground drainage structures under the future parking areas.  The new press box has been installed.  The sidewalk path will be rough graded with stone dust as part of the sidewalk relocation. The public should be aware that there will be limited access and parking for the West Barnstable Community Building, as well as no access to Luke’s Love Playground, the ball field or the Old Selectmen’s Building for the duration of the project. The re-construction of the ball field, additional site improvements and the re-installation of Luke’s Love are expected to be completed in the Spring/Summer of 2018.

 

Town of Barnstable Tools for New Business Development

EEconomic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department provides two economic development resource tools for new business attraction and development. The newly re-designed Business Barnstable website and the Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide were created for companies and entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Barnstable, the commercial hub of Cape Cod. The Business Barnstable website (www.BusinessBarnstable.com) provides an online comprehensive one-stop resource to assist with new business start-up or expansion, and sends a clear message that Barnstable is ‘Open for Business’. For more information about these tools or Barnstable’s economic development program in general, please visit www.BusinessBarnstable.com or contact Economic Development Specialist, Mike Trovato at 508.862.4791 or Michael.Trovato@town.barnstable.ma.us.

 

Adult Supportive Day Program at the Barnstable Senior Center

IIf you are a caregiver in need of respite, or a senior who may benefit from the Adult Supportive Day (ASD) Program, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we may meet your needs.  ASD offers the following:  assists elders in maintaining their independence and remain active while aging in place in the community; offers structured and stimulating activities in a safe environment, with a focus on socialization, cognitive skills and physical well-being; provides respite and peace of mind for caregivers and families; caregiver supports/referrals are available; and professional, caring and experienced staff.  For more information, call 508-862-4765 to schedule a tour and a Free Trial Day.

 

Barnstable Public Schools on Facebook

Barnstable Public Schools has a Facebook page.  You can follow them here. You may also want to follow Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown on Twitter @meg_bps.  

 

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.

 


Last Week’s Question:  On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted there would be six more weeks of winter.  Cape Cod has its own prognosticator for days of summer.  Can you name it?  We had lots of correct answers to this question.  David Lawler was fast to respond that Doug the Quahog is the prognosticator for days of summer. We thought you would enjoy the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce’s lyric video for Doug the Quahog.            

This Week’s Question:  With the Osterville Chocolate Festival and Valentine’s Day fast approaching, what is the most popular chocolate bar in the world? Please email your answer here.    

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