The Barnstable Bulletin
A MONTHLY TOWN OF BARNSTABLE NEWSLETTER
From the Town Manager December, 2004
As we prepare for the new year ahead I thought it an excellent time to take a few moments to reflect
on some of the tasks accomplished by my team of professionals…
In response to community concerns, and in cooperation with interim Superintendent McDonald and
the School Committee, we have made significant progress to consolidate municipal and school
finance, Human Resources and legal functions. These efforts are historic, complex, and on-going
and will, in the long run, result in streamlined operations that are more transparent, efficient and cost
We have moved forward with our goal to negotiate a Regulatory Agreement with the Cape Cod
Commission in an effort to achieve more local control over development. Our efforts in the exciting
area of downtown revitalization continue as we work to conclude the public engagement process
and develop a Community Report on our shared vision for the greater downtown Hyannis area. In
2004 we celebrated the long awaited opening of the Walkway to the Sea and, before the end of
2005, look forward to the completion of the significant Main Street Improvement Project.
We have experienced great progress in the development of affordable housing in the Town of
Barnstable, enabling more Barnstable residents to remain in our town. We have been so successful,
in fact, that we have earned the right to control further 40B development through the year 2005.
2004 has seen an historic fundraising achievement that will enable us to move forward with the
design and construction of a new Youth and Community Center, a project that will demand
significant work on the part of countless staff over the next several years.
We will continue to invest in more and better ways to communicate with you: 2004 brought you this
newsletter, a weekly talk show, a new self-help information area, and enhanced television and web
site programming. 2005 will bring you a new live, call-in talk show, new publications, continued
community outreach, and much much more.
I am proud of my team who continue to work diligently on these and countless other efforts on behalf
of all of our residents. I wish you all well this holiday season and look forward to an exciting year to
Inside this month:
Town Offices Closed
Friday, December 24 for the Christmas Holiday A new live call-in talk
SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT : NEW CALL IN TALK SHOW
A NEW, LIVE CALL-IN TALK SHOW
WILL AIR JUST PRIOR TO TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS
ON CORRESPONDING THURSDAY NIGHTS
6:00 – 6:30 PM
CHANNEL 18 SHOW STARTS TH. DEC. 2ND!!
WILL BE HOSTED
THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION!
SIMPLY FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ON THE TV SCREEN AND CALL IN WITH YOUR
ALL CALLS WILL BE SCREENED. CALLERS ARE ASKED TO ENGAGE IN A CIVIL
DISCUSSION WITH OUR HOST AND TO LIMIT COMMENTS TO THE SUBJECT
BEING DISCUSSED THAT EVENING.
THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER YOUR OPINION, TO LEARN ABOUT
IMPORTANT ISSUES FACING YOU AS A CITIZEN AND TO JOIN IN ON THE
PLEASE HELP MAKE THIS SHOW A SUCCESS BY CALLING IN WITH YOUR
REASONED COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS!
FINANCE DIVISION WINS AGAIN!
The Government Officers Association of the United States and Canada
(GFOA) has again awarded Barnstable its Distinguished Budget
Presentation Award. “The award represents a significant achievement
by the entity (and) reflects the commitment of the governing body and
staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting.”
Congratulations to award recipients, John Klimm and Mark Milne,
Director of Finance.
The GREEN TEAM hits the Road
An interdepartmental effort to identify proactive methods of reducing energy
costs through environmentally friendly methods is generating a lot of heat of its
own these days!...
The Green Team presented on their efforts to Barnstable County Directors and Department
Heads at a workshop on October 27, 2004. The goal was to share the structure and practices
of the Green Team to see if they could be adopted county wide.
On November 12, 2004 the Green Team presented to the Monthly Cape Cod Selectmen's
and Town Councilors meeting. The opportunity to showcase Barnstable's success and to
offer the opportunity to collaborate further with other Towns on the Cape was well received by
the group which included representatives from the MTC and Cape Light Compact.
On Sunday Nov. 14th, the Green Team presented their founding principals and methodology
used in its formation at the annual conference of Massachusetts Climate Action Network at
MIT. One of the many diverse workshops at the day long conference offered the experiences
of Barnstable along with those of Keene NH and Newton MA to other communities looking to
adopt similar programs and ideas.
The Green Team is looking to help a community group develop in Barnstable to add to the
Towns exposure through the Mass Climate Action Network. Interested residents can contact
Barnstable Police Department (BPD) In an effort to reduce the number of false alarms
throughout the Town of Barnstable, the Barnstable Town Council has amended Alarm
Ordinance. to regulate the use of residential and commercial alarm systems. This action was
taken due to the large number of false alarms responded to by Barnstable Police Officers
(approximately 5,000 in 2003).
The amended law requires all residential and non-residential alarm users register their alarm
systems with the BPD before December 31, 2004. The $25.00 registration fee will cover the
two-year period of 1/1/05 – 12/31/06. All alarms, whether monitored by an alarm company
or not must be registered with the BPD before December 31, 2004. Registration forms are
available on our website @ www.barnstablepolice.com or you may pick up a registration form
at the Police Department Facility, 1200 Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis, or at the Town Clerk’s at
Town Hall. Should you have any questions regarding the False Alarm Reduction Program,
please contact the BPD Records Division @ 508-775-5466 between the hours of 8:00 AM –
4:00PM- Monday through Friday.
Town Clerk’s Office The Town Clerk would like to thank all participating voters for their
patience and their participation! Thanks as well to all the poll workers, officials, departments
and individuals who worked on the election. Their jobs are only done about 2 days a year, but
they are two very important days. Special thanks go to my staff who worked long hours and
extraordinarily busy days to prepare for the election, and answer as many questions as possible.
Over 25,552 people voted.
The town census will be going out in the early part of 2005 – please correct any inaccuracies on
the form and return it to the Town Clerk as soon as possible. Even if there are no corrections,
you need to return it. If you had a problem with your voter status at the recent election, in most
cases those problems can be linked to the fact that you did not answer your census, or notify the
Town Clerk of any residential or mailing address change. The census is BY LAW a voter
confirmation form and it is required that you confirm to the Town Clerk your residence yearly.
If you do not get a form by the end of February – please contact us so that we can possibly send
another to you, or at a minimum confirm your information over the telephone.
On behalf of my staff I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season – and health and happiness
in the coming year.
Veterans Services Notice of move. Effective December 1, 2004 the Department of Veterans
Services will be relocating from the JFK Museum Building on Main Street to the First Citizens Credit
Union Building, 66 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, Ma. Please note that phone numbers are expected to
change. The new numbers will be publicized on Channel 18.
Senior Services Division
Friday, Dec. 10t 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Annual Holiday Party incl. complete turkey dinner, entertainment,
craft fair and more. $ 10. per person. Space limited. Register now!! 862.4750
Thursday, Dec. 16, 9:30 am Friends of the Barnstable Council on Aging Annual Meeting. Come find out
all about the plans ahead for the expansion of the Senior Center and more. Membership $10.00 for
single $15.00 to join with friend, partner, spouse.
Board and Committee Meetings
Day/Date Group/Committee Time Location
Wednesday, Dec.1 Hyannis Main St. Historic 6:00 pm SAB
ZBA 7:00 pm SHR
Thursday, Dec. 2 Town Council 7:00 pm SHR
Monday, Dec. 6 Rec. Commission 5:30 pm Kennedy Rink
LCP Workshops 7:00 pm SHR
Tuesday, Dec. 7 Conservation Comm. 6:30 pm SHR
Wednesday, Dec .8 Old King’s Highway 7:00 pm West Barns.
Thursday, Dec. 9 Site Plan Review 9:00 AM SHR
Monday, Dec. 13 Licensing Authority 9:30 am SHR
Planning Board/LCP 7:00 pm SHR
Sandy Neck Board 7:30 pm MEA
Tuesday, Dec. 14 Conservation Comm. 8:30 am SCR
Golf Commission 5:30 pm Olde Barnstable
Board of Health 7:00 pm SCR
Wednesday, Dec. 15 Personnel Advisory Bd. 8:30 am SAB
Disability Comm. Noon SCR
Shellfish Comm. 7:30 pm MEA
Thursday, Dec. 16 Town Council 7:00 pm SHR
Monday, Dec. 20 Airport Commission 6:00 pm Airport
Tuesday, Dec. 21 BEDC 8:00 am SCR
Board of Health 7:00 pm SCR
Thursday, Dec. 23 Site Plan Review 9:00 AM SHR
Monday, Dec. 27 Licensing Authority 9:30 am SHR
Tuesday, Dec. 28 Waterways Comm. 7:00 pm MEA
SHR= Selectmen’s Hearing Room, 2nd floor of Town Hall
SCR= Selectmen’s Conference Room, 2nd floor of Town Hall
SAB= School Administration Building, Basement
MEA= Marine and Environmental Affairs Office, Phinney’s Lane, across from Police Station
West Barns Community = West Barnstable Community Building, Route 149
Airport = Barnstable Municipal Airport Meeting Room
Olde Barnstable = Ole Barnstable Fair Grounds/Golf Course Clubhouse
For more information visit the town website at: www.town.barnstable.ma.us
THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ANY OF THESE MEETINGS!
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT?
Join the educational series “Inside Barnstable Government, A
Citizen’s Leadership Academy.” This 11 week class is free and
open to the public. Widely hailed as a valuable and
interesting course, students who graduate have a comprehensive
understanding of how their money is spent, how departments
work, and the scope of duties assigned to their local public
Applications for the next session are now being accepted.
Please contact the Town Manager’s Office at 508.862.4610 or
stop in and pick up an application. Applications may also be
downloaded from the town’s website at:
The next session will run on consecutive Tuesday evenings
6:30-9:00 pm from January 25- April 12, 2005. (Exception being
Feb. 22 when no class will be held).
Come join your friends and neighbors for an exceptional
experience in local government!
Town of Barnstable
367 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
16 Ella's Lane
Centerville, MA 02632