Search Underway for Barnstable’s Next Chief of Police

Town Manager Mark Ells will hold an open session for people interested in discussing what they feel the Town should look for in our next Chief of Police at the Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Hyannis, on Tuesday, March 13th at 10:30 AM. As the search for Barnstable’s next Chief of Police continues, please take a few minutes to complete this survey and have your voice be heard.  Deadline for responses has been extended to Wednesday, March 14, 2018. 

 

Baker-Polito Administration to Open Resource Recovery Centers for Coastal Storm Survivors

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced Resource Recovery Centers will open later this week in Quincy and Marshfield and will provide enhanced services and programs to meet the needs of homeowners, tenants and others who were impacted by last week’s coastal storm. Disaster survivors who are not able to go to one of the Resource Recovery Centers will be able to call Massachusetts 2-1-1 for access to the same disaster recovery programs that will be available through the physical Resource Recovery Centers. Volunteers will be available through voluntary organizations to help clean out damaged homes.  “We are opening these Resource Recovery Centers to ensure the people whose homes were damaged by last week’s severe coastal flooding have access to the resources they need to get back on their feet,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Centers and Massachusetts 2-1-1 will be set up in Quincy and Marshfield to serve our coastal communities in need, and we are grateful that volunteers are willing to pitch in to visit damaged areas to clean up debris in homes and businesses.”  “The response to last week’s storm would not be possible without the hard work and cooperation between the Commonwealth, MEMA, the National Guard, volunteers and all those impacted by this storm and we are grateful for their ongoing commitment to keep Massachusetts safe,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Many communities and their residents are still recovering from last week’s major coastal storm and we hope these new resources will ease the recovery process and help people get back on track.  Many government and non-profit organizations have worked tirelessly in the response and recovery from the historical coastal storm,” said Secretary of Public Safety Dan Bennett. “Our key partners at Massachusetts 2-1-1, the American Red Cross and Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters have helped organize these recovery resources for those impacted by the storm.” “These Resource Recovery Centers are one stop shopping to access an array of services from the state and non-profit organizations that may be needed after a disaster,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “A disaster survivor can go into a resource recovery center, or call 2-1-1, to be connected to service organizations that can assist those in need.”

Resource Recovery Centers

MEMA and the American Red Cross, working collaboratively with local emergency managers, will open two regional Resource Recovery Centers to support disaster survivors.  Based on input from coastal communities, one center will open Thursday afternoon in Quincy (to serve the greater Quincy/Hull area), and a second center in Marshfield (to serve the greater Scituate, Marshfield and Duxbury area) will open on Saturday. Disaster survivors from any of the communities along the Massachusetts coastline are welcome in these regional centers.  Each Resource Recovery Center will be staffed by representatives of key local and state agencies, the American Red Cross and Salvation Army and disaster relief organizations affiliated with Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). State agencies include the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Department of Public Health (DPH) and Division of Insurance (DOI).

Quincy Recovery Resource Center

Schedule: Thursday March 8 & Friday March 9, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Address: 1 Merrymount Parkway, Quincy, MA

Marshfield Recovery Resource Center

Schedule: Saturday March 10 & Sunday March 11, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Martinson Elementary School, 167 Forest St., Marshfield, MA

Virtual Recovery Assistance

MEMA, the American Red Cross, and Massachusetts 2-1-1 activated the 2-1-1 information line as a virtual Resource Recovery Center beginning on Thursday March 8th. Disaster survivors can call 2-1-1 to access disaster services from state agencies, private non-profits and the MA VOAD, similar to the services are available in the physical Resource Recovery Centers. Homeowners and tenants of flooded homes will also be able to request volunteer support from VOAD agencies to help clean out their damaged homes by calling 2-1-1 or visiting a Resource Recovery Center.

 

MarineFisheries Advisory:  Shellfish Opening in Certain Areas
Effective sunrise March 9, 2018, according to Marine Fisheries shellfish areas in the Town of Barnstable will now revert back to their former status prior to the closure on March 1, 2018. Marine & Environmental Affairs would like to remind all recreational shellfishers that as of March 8, 2018 the recreational harvest of OYSTERS is CLOSED for the season.    Click here for official notice.

 

From Sandy Neck Beach Park: Important Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Application Information
Sandy Neck Off Road Vehicle Permit Applications will no longer be mailed to current ORV Permit holders.  All current permit holders will be receiving an email very soon with complete instructions for purchasing an ORV Permit.  Once you send in the required paperwork, you will still receive your 2018 Sandy Neck ORV Permit in the mail.
ORV BEACH REMAINS CLOSED
Due to the extreme conditions and excessive debris on the ORV beach, the Off Road Vehicle Beach will remain closed until further notice. The Gatehouse was flooded from storm Riley and is closed until further notice.  Please check back for further updates.

 

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.

 

Fiscal 2019 Budget Process:  Capital Improvement Plan

The FY 2019 Capital budget and FY 2019 to FY 2023 Capital Improvements Plan was submitted to the Town Council on Monday, February 26th.  The proposed budget for FY 2019 includes 35 projects totaling $18.4 million.  Funding for the plan includes $6.1 million in cash reserves, $10.6 million in new borrowing authorizations, $1.3 million in anticipated grant funding and $443,000 from balances remaining in completed projects. The plan is available on the Town’s website. Public hearings will begin on April 5th.

 

DEADLINE TODAY - Town of Barnstable Villages Tourism Grant Applications

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.

 

2018 Open Space and Recreation Plan Draft for Public Comment

A copy of the 2018 Open Space and Recreation Plan is available for review on the Town Open Space and Recreation Plan website, found at www.townofbarnstable.us.  The Planning and Development Department will be taking public comments until Monday, March 12, 2018 at noon.  Residents and community organizations are encouraged to review the plan and attend the public hearing with comments or questions.  If you have additional questions or would like to submit written comments, please contact Anna Brigham. Principal Planner, Planning and Development Department at 508-862-4682 or anna.brigham@town.barnstable.ma.us.

 

Barnstable Youth Commission’s 4th Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and Seventh Grade Youth Summit

Prior to the start of the program, non-profit organizations (Youth Street Reach, District Attorney’s Office, Caron Inc., Gosnold of Cape Cod, Big Brother Big Sister, YMCA & Y Achievers Program, Barnstable County Substance Abuse Coalition, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Barnstable County 4–H, Military Families, Barnstable Recreation, and more) will be available to share information about programs available to help with community outreach.  Barnstable Recreation will provide free child care.  This is an opportunity to learn what is happening and available in our community.  Know the street language, learn what some of these substances and paraphernalia look like, and be able to talk to others about it…especially your kids!   On Friday, March 16th the Youth Commission has the entire 7th Grade student body from Barnstable Intermediate School coming to the 4th Annual 7th Grade Youth Summit at Cape Cod Community College for a full school day of activities.  The program is designed to prevent the students from becoming victims of substance abuse with a program developed by the Barnstable Youth Commission. Dynamic Influence (Rob Hackenson) is an interactive hypnotist and magician who weaves his craft into making good choices and examples of how it can be done.  Kevin Rosario, Life Coach for Gosnold of Cape Cod, shares his life story.  With his amazing motivation, Kevin is known to grab the students’ attention and motivate them to make good decisions.  Our own Barnstable High School Peer Leadership Class will lead the students in numerous interactions that will prepare them to look out for each other and help detour bullying issues.  Then the Barnstable High School students will present what programs, activities, clubs, and sports are available to students as they enter high school next year.  The goal is for each student to learn the value of being engaged in some way in our community or in the school community.  During lunch the non-profit organizations that were at the Forum will be available for the students.  They can play BINGO by going to each organization to find out what they are about and what they do in our community…once the entire card is complete they are entered to win prizes…such as gift certificates to various businesses, a Go-Pro camera, tablet, and other items that were donated by local businesses and many of the Town of Barnstable employee unions and associations.  This event is truly a model where the entire community has stepped up for Substance Abuse Prevention.   This year’s event sponsors are: The Caroline Fries Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation, John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund, Cape Cod Healthcare, 5 Star Bus Company, Cape Cod Media Group, Minuteman Press and as well as local businesses and Town of Barnstable employee unions.

 

Notice of Public Information Meeting - Sea Street Improvements Project

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works invites interested individuals to attend a public information meeting regarding planned improvements along portions of Sea Street and Ocean Avenue in Hyannis.  The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Hyannis Transportation Center, 215 Iyannough Road, Hyannis.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide residents an opportunity to review the proposed improvements prior to final design and to learn about the projected timeframe for construction.  This state-funded project is planned to extend from Main Street to the entrance of Keyes Memorial Beach on Ocean Avenue.  The project objectives are to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and overall traffic safety, rehabilitate aging infrastructure, and enhance the streetscape.  The project scope is anticipated to include a new shared use path and landscape buffer on the east side, a new sidewalk on the west side, new or resurfaced pavement with narrow lane widths, and improved drainage and lighting. Construction is planned to start in the fall of 2018 and is anticipated to continue through 2019, with construction breaks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and over the winter.  The project limits, scope, and schedule are contingent on available funding and other factors.

 

Barnstable Youth Commission Prepares for 2nd Ready, Set, Work! Job Fair

Seeking Businesses Looking to Hire Youth

 

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. More information including a list of parcels can be found on the Town’s website or contacting David Anthony, Director of Property and Risk Management, at 508-862-4652 or email at david.anthony@town.barnstable.ma.us.   

 

Barnstable Recreation Offerings

Barnstable Recreation’s Leisure Program registration for the summer of 2018 begins for Resident on-line and walk-in registration on Tuesday, March 13th from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  Non-resident registration begins on Tuesday, March 20th.  Walk-in registration takes place at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.

The Barnstable Recreation Division is again teaming up with the Cape Cod YMCA to offer Lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard Training. Lifeguard Training will be available for ages 15 to 18 at a cost of $180. Junior Lifeguard Training will be available for ages 13 to 18 at a cost of $60. Both programs begin March 27th. You can learn more about the program here.

 

First Tee at Hyannis Golf Course

The First Tee program of Massachusetts continues its offerings at the Hyannis Golf Course.  The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.  Through golf and core values, your kids and teens will learn life skills like:  making proper introductions; managing emotions; resolving conflicts; setting up step-by-step goals; planning for the future; and appreciating diversity.  On-line registration information can be found here.

 

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.

 

Art Visits Nature–spend time in a living museum!

Sandy Neck Beach Park House at the Halfway Point -  2018 Artist Excursion Dates

Artists invited to be inspired by nature’s canvas: 

Sunset trips 2:00 PM-after sunset: 
April 8th, May 6th, September 7th, September 23, October 5, October 21st

 

The Town of Barnstable in partnership with the Cape Cod Art Center is offering late afternoon/sunset excursions to the House at the Halfway Point at Sandy Neck Beach.  Applications are available online at www.ArtsBarnstable.com and at www.CapeCodArtCenter.org    Artists in all disciplines invited to apply.  A Beach Ranger provides the 3.5 mile transport through the dunes out to the halfway point.  In some of the excursions a naturalist is on hand to share knowledge and expertise.  Trips are scheduled for several dates in April, May, September and October.   Costs are $70.00/day for members and $95.00 for non-members, Proceeds benefit the SNB house at the Halfway Point program. Prior participants say time at the halfway house is, “a unique opportunity to see a beautiful and remote part of the Cape.” The house at the Halfway Point is a rustic cottage set in the middle of the dunes, marsh and water at Sandy Neck Beach.  Excursions to this special locale provides artists with the opportunity to "unplug" and enjoy the solitude and scenic landscapes as sources for inspiration. This program is designed for the plein air painter, photographer, musician, writer and other artists who crave the time to create without everyday interruptions.  The program is sponsored by the Town of Barnstable's two cultural districts: Hyannis "HyArts" Cultural District and the Barnstable Village Cultural District, the Cape Cod Art Center and Sandy Neck Beach Park. Contact Kate Walls at Cape Cod Art Center:  kate@capecodartcenter.org  or 508-362-2909 for application and fee information OR Melissa Hersh: melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us   www.ArtsBarnstable.com.

 

 

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, applications are no longer sent via mail.  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.

 

ROAD WORK UPDATES

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

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 Route 6A (two crews) 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.

Route 6 (Mid-Cape Highway) - Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will begin their roadway ‘Fabrication and Installation of Ground Mounted Guide and Traffic Signs’ along Route 6 beginning February 20, 2018. This project is estimated to be completed by May 24, 2018. The work will consist of replacing the existing directional signs along Route 6 from Sandwich to Eastham. There are no proposed lane closures. All work will be performed on the highway’s shoulder accompanied by a police officer. The work hours will be between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

 

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.

 

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!

 

Town of Barnstable Tools for New Business Development

Economic 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

If 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 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.

 

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.  

 


Last Week’s Question:  What Barnstable resident was dubbed “the Firebrand of the American Revolution?”  A lot of folks were quick to respond with Sam Adams. Fred Pagnato was the first person with the answer we were looking for - West Barnstable Resident James Otis, Jr.  James, also known as Jemmy, was also called “The Patriot” and stated that “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” 

 

This Week’s Question:  When did we start using daylight savings time in the United States?  Please email your answer here.

 

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