Town Manager - Mark Ells


 REMINDER:  Town Offices will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017 in observance of the Veterans Day Holiday.

 

Official Election Results from November 7th Election

Of the 33,527 registered voters in the Town of Barnstable, only 9.45% or 3, 169 voters turned out at the polls on Tuesday, November 7th.  The election results are as follows:  School CommitteeMargaret M. Weber (2,403) and Stephanie I. Ellis (2,291); Town ClerkAnn M. Quirk (2,641); Housing AuthorityMichael Sweeney, Jr. (2,279) and Richard A. Cross, Jr. (2,213); Precinct 2 Town Council MemberEric R. Steinhilber (193); Precinct 4 Town Council MemberBritt S. Beedenbender (355), Michael J. Moynihan (154); Precinct 6 Town Council MemberPaul C. Neary (351), Deborah G. Converse (220); Precinct 8 Town Council Member Debra Sumpter Dagwan (84); Precinct 10 Town Council MemberMatthew P. Levesque (102); Precinct 12 Town Council MemberPaula K. Schnepp (248), John Norman (194).  Question 1 Summary of Act Amending the Charter of the Town of Barnstable passed with 1992 YES votes and 972 NO votes.  Question 2 Directing the Town of Barnstable’s government to communicate with Governor Baker regarding securing spent nuclear fuel generated by the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant passed 2,758 YES votes to 260 NO votes.

 

Veterans’ Day – Saturday, November 11th – First Annual Veterans Town Hall

 

Transfer Station Hours of Operation Veterans Day - Holiday Weekend

November 11 and 12, 2017

The Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division will be open Friday November 10, 2017 and closed Saturday November 11, 2017 in observance of Veteran’s Day. Trash and recycling services will resume on a normal schedule Sunday November 12, 2017. 

Friday, November 10, 2017 open 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Saturday, November 11, 2017 CLOSED

Sunday, November 12, 2017 open 7:30 am-3:30 pm

 

New Sergeants Sworn In at Barnstable Police Department 

On Thursday, November 9th, three new sergeants were sworn in at the Barnstable Police Department (BPD) to replace three retiring sergeants.  Town Clerk Ann Quirk was on hand to swear in the three new sergeants: Det. Robert Bitinas (over 10 years of BPD service); Ptl. Eric Drifmeyer (over 21 years);  and Ptl. Jason Sturgis (over 18 years).   Congratulations to Sgt. Bitinas, Sgt. Drifmeyer and Sgt. Sturgis!

 

Our Deepest Sympathies to the Family of Chief John J. Finnegan

Former Barnstable Police Chief John J. Finnegan passed away unexpectedly on October 29, 2017.  Chief Finnegan served in Barnstable from 1998 to 2006 and was instrumental in bringing Community Policing efforts to Barnstable.  Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Pam, son Brian and daughter Jennifer and their families at this difficult time.

 

Town Manager Fee Hearing was held on Tuesday, November 7th

On Tuesday, November 7th, Town Manager Mark Ells and Finance Director Mark Milne held the Fee Hearing for Calendar Year Fees.  Changes in fees were suggested for the Marina Enterprise Fund and the Golf Enterprise Fund in the Community Services Department as well as Consumer Affairs (for Parking Management and Resources, Use of Town Property, and Gateway Greeter Program) in the Regulatory Services Department.  Mr. Ells has taken the information provided at the Fee Hearing under advisement and will look to make a determination in thirty days.

 

Barnstable Youth Commission Members Participate in “This is Your Court” Program

Two members of the Barnstable Youth Commission (Matt McCauley and Reid Mason – pictured below) were invited to participate in the “This is Your Court” program on Wednesday, November 8th.  Presented by The Trial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Judges, Clerks, Registers, and staff of the Massachusetts Trial Court of Barnstable County, “This is Your Court” provides the public with an opportunity to become familiar with the inner-workings of the Judicial Branch and the vital role our judiciary plays in our government. The program began with brief presentations by Court personnel followed by a brief Question & Answer session. Volunteers of each department conducted tours of the Probate and Family Court, Superior Court, District and Juvenile Court Departments.  The opportunity was part of a collaboration with the Y Achievers program.

 

U.S. Custom House Receives Preservation Award from Massachusetts Historical Commission

On Thursday, November 2nd, the Town of Barnstable was the recipient of an award for the rehabilitation and restoration of the U.S. Custom House in Barnstable Village.  Accepting the award from Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin on behalf of the Town was former Precinct 1 Town Councilor Ann Canedy.  Also on hand were Town Architect Mark Marinaccio and Barnstable Historical Commission Member Nancy Clark.  Ms. Clark attended the Town Council meeting that evening to share the good news with the Town Council.

 

Recreation Division Winter Programs Registration Begins on November 15th

The Recreation Division new Winter Programs brochure is hot off the press.  Programs include:  Wicked Gross Science, After School Futsal Soccer, Intro to Fencing, Street Hockey, Mysteries of Magic with Richard Archer, Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Basketball, Sunset Adventures, After School Program, and more! Resident registration begins on Wednesday, November 15th.  On-line registration begins at 8:30 AM and walk-in registration runs from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Non-resident registration begins on Wednesday, November 22nd.  You can view the new brochure on the Town’s website.  You can view how to register online here.

 

An artistic celebration of time spent at the Sandy Neck Beach House Half Way Point with Betsy Payne Cook. Eight artists share their work on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through November 30th with artist reception November 15th

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.  The works of nine artists whose paintings and drawings are inspired by time spent out at Sandy Neck Beach are currently on display at Barnstable Town Hall now through November 30th, 2017.  The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Wednesday, November 15th, from 4:30 PM-6:00 PM at Barnstable Town Hall. Works are on display in both the Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.

 

Licensing Renewal Time
The following business licenses have a Filing Deadline for November 22, 2017:  All Alcohol/Beer & Wine; Amphibious Tours/Bus; Class I, II Auto Dealer; Common Victualler; Entertainment; and Lodging House.  Forms can be found online or at the Licensing Division Office, 200 Main Street, Hyannis.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact 508-862-4778 and we will be happy to assist you.

 

Barnstable Elderly & Disabled Taxation Aid Fund
The Barnstable Town Council has accepted Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 60, Section 3D which allows the Town to establish a fund to defray the real estate taxes of low income elderly and disabled persons.  Taxpayers contribute to the fund through a voluntary check off on their real estate tax bills.  The funds collected are distributed to needy individuals through an annual award process, which recipients need to meet eligibility requirements and complete and submit an application form.  Applications are available at the Barnstable Senior Center, on the Town of Barnstable website or call the Treasurer’s Office at 508-862-4656.  Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2017.  Awards will be announced by December 31, 2017 and applied directly to the applicant’s residential tax bill.

 

Inside Barnstable Town Government Winter Classes - Celebrating 25th Session

The twenty-fifth session of Inside Barnstable Town Government, A Citizens Leadership Academy will begin Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The 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. Inside Barnstable Town Government began in 2003 and is celebrating its 25th session. To date, over 700 Barnstable residents and employees have participated in the program.  The classes will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 PM and will be held in various locations throughout the Town.  The Academy also includes a bus tour of the seven villages.  The classes will be conducted by Town staff and provide interactive learning experiences, group discussions, and site tours.  The program is free of charge and open to anyone who resides or works in the Town of Barnstable.   Class size is limited.  Please register early to avoid the waiting list. Applications are available at the Town Manager’s Office, 367 Main Street, Hyannis or online at www.town.barnstable.ma.us.  To receive an application by mail or fax, please call 508-862-4610.  For specific information, you may call Academy facilitators Susan French at 508-362-2864 or Arthur Caiado at 508-221-0412.

 

Town of Barnstable Releases Tools for New Business Development

Economic Development Resource Tools for New Business Attraction and Development

The Town of Barnstable’s Planning & Development Department announces the release of 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’. Sections within this easily-navigable site include: “The Barnstable Advantage”; “Business Development and Permitting”; and “Business Assistance and Resources” and contain links to key resources at the Town, State and Federal levels.  The Barnstable Business & Permitting Guide is a user-friendly printed reference publication to help small businesses looking to locate within Barnstable navigate through the municipal permitting, licensing and zoning process.  This interdepartmental collaboration answers many commonly asked questions when opening such businesses as retail, food establishments, service and office entities. It contains information about licensing, permits, regulatory review, and business certificates, as well as checklists and key contact information.  “These business resource tools are easy to navigate and offer pertinent information for anyone looking to do business in Barnstable, from the small ‘mom & pop’ shops to a corporate enterprise” said Mike Trovato, the Town’s Economic Development Specialist.  “While Hyannis is our commercial hub, there are areas in each of the seven villages of Barnstable that are unique from each other, offering a diversified palette of opportunities for business owners to choose from.” Under the direction of Planning & Development Director Elizabeth Jenkins, the Town is developing a progressive marketing plan with a goal to draw attention to Barnstable and its seven villages as a viable location for a number of different business models including the creative and blue economies, healthcare, financial services, light manufacturing, as well as tourism-based hospitality, retail and food establishments.  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.

First Time Home Buyers – Hyannis Home Buyer Assistance Program

 

ROAD WORK

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

*NEW* NEW TRAFFIC FLOW- STRAWBERRY HILL ROAD AT OLD CRAIGVILLE ROAD, CENTERVILLE

DPW will be installing a new four-way stop at Strawberry Hill Road at Old Craigville Road, Centerville.  This work is tentatively scheduled for the week of November 20th, subject to weather.  Advance warning signs will also be installed as well as temporary red flags and reflective strips on the sign posts to alert drivers to the new stop signs where there were none before. Stop signs exist on Old Craigville Road. Those signs will be modified to alert drivers of the all-way stop.

ROAD WORK: West Main Street (between the West End Rotary and LaFrance Ave.)

Hyannis Water Department continues their final pavement repairs for the ‘West Main Cleaning and Lining’ project began Thursday, November 9, 2017 and may continue into the week of November 13th. 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 4:00 PM. As always, please slow down and use extreme caution when traveling through the road construction areas and detour routes, and follow posted safety signs.

SIDEWALK REPAIRS – Main Street, Pearl Street, South Street and Ocean Street, Hyannis

The Department of Public Works is performing sidewalk repairs on Main Street, Pearl Street, South Street and Ocean Street in Hyannis which began on Monday, October 23, 2017 and will continue through mid November. The work is limited to the following sections of these streets:

Main Street: from Sea Street to Center Street and Old Colony Road

Pearl Street: from Main Street to South Street

South Street: From Pearl Street to Ocean Street

Ocean Street: from South Street to Nantucket Street
The work includes repair of failed curb and sidewalk sections, correction of tripping hazards in existing sidewalk areas, repair of broken tree grates, complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and improving aesthetics. Motorists and pedestrians may be redirected around the construction operations when necessary. Both motorists and pedestrians are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid the construction work. Construction operations will start promptly at 7 AM and run until 5 PM.
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 Route 6A (from 2641 Main Street, Barnstable to 2701 Main Street, Barnstable) and Scudder’s Lane in Barnstable Village began early November and is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving. 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 Continues

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues 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 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 abatement work at the Osterville Bay School was completed on Thursday, November 2 and received the Asbestos Clearance Letter from Fuss & O’Neill, the Town’s consultant, on Monday November 6. The demolition contractor is mobilizing heavy equipment on site and demolition is scheduled to start on November 7. The ornamental cast book was salvaged from the front gable as requested by the Osterville Historical Museum, and is scheduled to be delivered within the next few days. As the building is torn down materials will be categorized, separated, and trucked off site.  Demolition work is expected to be completed in the middle of December.

Maintenance Dredging Project Barnstable Harbor Entrance Channel

The Town of Barnstable’s contractor is scheduled to commence maintenance dredging operations within the Barnstable Harbor Entrance Channel by mid-November 2017.  (Work was previously scheduled to start around the first of the month but the dredge arrival was delayed due to weather conditions.)  Work is permitted seven days per week, and hours of operation will vary depending on tide cycles.  The work is anticipated to be completed by mid-December 2017, contingent upon weather and other factors.  The project involves mechanically dredging an estimated 6,868 cubic yards of sediments from the existing 60-foot wide channel.  Dredged materials will be disposed offshore at the Cape Cod Bay Disposal Site.  This will clear the channel to a depth of 6 feet below mean low water with a tolerance of up to one foot deeper, significantly improving navigational safety.  The contractor will use a long-reach clamshell excavator mounted on a 30-foot wide barge with a scow.  The channel will remain open to commercial and recreational boats throughout the dredging project.  Boaters are urged to exercise caution when passing near the dredge rig.

Lombard Site (West Barnstable)

The General Contractor has received the building permit and construction is fully underway. The site contractor is in the process of reconstructing the entire ball field including adding under-field drainage, replacement sod, new fencing, upgraded field lighting & scoreboard and a new press box. 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.

 

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.

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.

 

e-News TRIVIA
Last week’s question:  Shirlee Oakley in the Town Manager’s office provided last week’s question.  Where is the site of Old Stone Fort located?  We had a lot of guesses, but Dan Wood was the only correct responder with “Parker Road in West Barnstable.”

 

This Week’s Question:  What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?  Please email your Answer here.