Town Manager - Mark Ells


REMINDER:  Town Offices will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017 in observance of the Columbus Day Holiday.

 

October 5th Barnstable Town Council Meeting

Last night’s Town Council meeting included a presentation by Erich Stephens from Vineyard Wind. Vineyard Wind has leased an area of about 160,000 acres about 14 miles from Martha’s Vineyard, where it expects to build as much as 1,600 megawatts of wind energy.  Massachusetts plans to have 1,600 MW of offshore wind energy online and operating by 2027.  Vineyard Wind hopes to make landfall with its cable in either Barnstable or Yarmouth and connect to the grid at an existing substation.  Another public meeting/open house is scheduled in Barnstable on November 7, 2017.    Under Old Business, appointments were acted upon to accept regular members to the Mid Cape Cultural Council, the Historical Commission, the Renewable Energy Commission, and the Barnstable Youth Commission. Reappointments were made for regular members to the Comprehensive Financial Advisory Committee, the Disability Commission, the Sandy Neck Board, the Shellfish Committee, and the Public Works Commission.

Edward O'Neil Appointed Barnstable Town Assessor

Last night, the Town Council ratified the appointment of Edward O’Neil of Walpole as Town Assessor.  Mr. O’Neil has over 30 years’ assessing experience.  He has worked as Chief Assessor for the City of Medford since 2003.  Mr. O’Neil is a Massachusetts Accredited Assessor and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UMASS Boston.  Mr. O’Neil begins his new position with the Town of Barnstable on October 6, 2017.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.
Ways to help through national organizations are:
American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services for all religious backgrounds.

The Barnstable Police Department is a donation station for relief in Puerto Rico.  Please donate only new/unopened items: Personal – shampoo/conditioner, soap/body wash, toothbrush/toothpaste, wipes, senior/children diapers, tampons/pads, razors/shaving cream, toilet paper; Baby – diapers/wipes, baby food/formula, bottles, any size clothes; Clothing – any size underwear/socks, any size summer clothes/shoes; Food – water, canned foods, cereal, peanut butter/jelly, granola bars/crackers; Home – blankets/towels, flashlights/batteries, towels/washcloths.  Items can be dropped off in the Police Department lobby at 1200 Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis.

 

Important Election Information from Town Clerk Ann Quirk

The absentee ballots are in.  You may vote in the Town Clerk’s office or request an absentee ballot if you are not going to be here on Election Day, are shut in, or for religious reasons cannot vote at the polling place.  If you have questions on the elections or your registration, please contact the Clerk’s office at 508-862-4044.

 

Election Schedule for “Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School”

More information on “Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School” can be found on the Town’s web site here.

 

Land Acquisition & Preservation Committee Presents Fall Walking Weekend

 

Public Health Division Influenza (FLU) Vaccination Clinics
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will hold two (2) Flu Clinics at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community Center (Route 28, Centerville) on Wednesday, October 11th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and Wednesday, November 8th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  These clinics are open to Town residents only.  The fee is $3.00.  Consent forms will be available at the following locations:  Barnstable Public Health Division Office, 200 Main Street, Hyannis and the Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Hyannis.  For more information, call the Health Division at 508-862-4644.

 

Construction Projects:

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

Town Architect Mark Marinaccio has informed us that construction is underway at the Lombard site.  The public should be aware that there is 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 contractor has taken possession of a portion of the site by erecting a fence that cuts off the access road from the parking lot to the playground and Old Selectmen’s Building. In addition, DPW has begun restoration work on Lombard Avenue adjacent to the West Barnstable Community Building. Work is expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Barnstable Dog Park
Town Architect Mark Marinaccio informed us construction is underway at the Barnstable Dog Park on the property of Hathaway’s Pond off of Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis.  More information will be posted when available.

 

First Time Home Buyers – Hyannis Home Buyer Assistance Program

 

road constructionROAD WORK

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

*NEW* 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. Paving of Fuller Avenue, Centerville will occur next week. Their work has begun on Kennesaw Avenue in Centerville. Their fall schedule is expected to continue until snow begins. Operations will start promptly at 7:00 AM and run until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. 

Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has begun their roadway improvements for the “Route 28 (Falmouth Road) at Strawberry Hill Road” project. The project will include new drainage, new traffic signals, pedestrian improvements and new pavement. The majority of the work will be completed by December 1st. 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 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

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

 

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.

Art-FULL days around Town!
There are plenty of ways to have an art-FULL day in the Town of Barnstable.  The ArtsBarnstable.com website features all seven villages and links to the Kennedy Legacy Trail and our two state designated cultural districts, Hyannis HyArts and Barnstable Village.   Find us on Facebook at ArtsBarnstable and @artsbarnstable on Instagram. 
Hyannis HyArts Cultural District - PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:    
MAIN STREET:
Open Streets:  Main Street
, Sunday, October 22nd    Noon-5:00 PM
Come to Hyannis Main Street and play in the street!   Plenty of music, activities, and fun for all ages. 
Main Street closed to vehicular traffic (Barnstable Road to Sea Street).
BISMORE PARK:
HYANNIS HYARTS ARTIST SHANTIES

180 Ocean Street/Bismore Park, Hyannis  Open through October 9th, 2017, Monday, Columbus Day.
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, 11:00 AM -6:00 PM
Browse among the seven colorful shanties featuring local artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios”.  Artwork varies and artists change weekly.
September Sounds at the Shanties:
Saturday, October 7th:   2:00 PM-3:30 PM.
Oct 7th:  Wicked Trio with Bert Jackson

 

Mellissa Morris selected as the new ‘Artist-In-Residence’ (AIR) at Studio 46
on the Hyannis HyArts Campus-Town of Barnstable

The Town of Barnstable is pleased to announce artist Mellissa Morris as the new Studio 46 Artist-in-Resident at 46 Pearl Street, Hyannis, on the Hyannis HyArts Campus.  Morris intends to offer meditation and yoga classes, monthly drawing and painting workshops. The Hyannis HyArts Campus Artist-in-Residence program is an opportunity for members of the creative economy to rent a professional working artist studio space and gallery. Studio 46 Pearl is situated on a small arts campus setting, which includes a gallery (Gallery Artrio), pottery studio (Bass River Pottery) and the Guyer Barn, a community art space.  The Town of Barnstable encourages and supports local artists with a variety of opportunities to advance in their work and interact with the public.  The artist in residence program is one of many arts oriented town programs in the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District contributing to a lively cultural destination where working artists engage residents and visitors alike in cultural activities.

 

Photographs of Alan Belanich on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through October 15th, 2017

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall. The works of photographer Alan Belanich are on display in the Selectmen’s Conference Room and the Town Hall Hearing Room now through October 15th, 2017.  Both meeting rooms are located on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall. Currently employed with the Barnstable Patriot, Alan Belanich is passionate about his work.   The Artwork on Loan program provides a venue for local artists to display their work.  Visitors who use the meeting rooms will discover an inviting and attractive environment and have an opportunity to learn about some of the Cape’s local artists.  For more information on the program, email melissa.hersh@town.barnstable.ma.us or call 508-862-4767.

 

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 webpage 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.

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.  To see what positions are currently available, click here.

 

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:  What iconic West Barnstable building is also celebrating its 300th Anniversary this year?  Robert Spaulding was quick to respond with the correct answer - West Parish Church also known as the 1717 Meetinghouse.

 

This Week’s Question:  Who is the Lombard property named after (full name, please)?  Please email your Answer here.